Chairman of the Board of Directors, ALS TDI
A pioneer in the fitness industry, Augie co-founded Lifecycles, Inc. in 1980. Over the course of 20 years, he grew the company, now called Life Fitness, Inc., to be the largest commercial manufacturer of fitness equipment in the world. Yet in March of 2005, Augie’s life took an unexpected turn; he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease). Drawing strength from his family, friends, and a flood of supportive emails, Augie maintains a positive attitude and continues to lead an active life in Corona Del Mar, California, with his wife, Lynne, and their four children. As Chairman of the Board of Directors at ALS TDI, Augie is instrumental in the management of the Institute and acts as a spokesperson for the company.
After graduating from University of Colorado with a BA in Accounting, Lynne joined her family real estate development and management firm in 1980. Her original involvement was with the single family home building division of the business, building upwards of 200 homes per year. She later became president of 'Classic Management' – the company's property management division, and grew its portfolio of apartments from 800 to 1,200 units, while also overseeing the commercial and office building portfolio. She retired from the firm in 2000.
Lynne continues to be involved in real estate investing and served on the board of CT Realty, a California real estate investment company. She served as Co-Chair of the ALS Division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 2006 until “Augie’s Quest” left the ranks of MDA and became part of ALS Therapy Development Institute in 2014.
Lynne co founded Augie’s Quest with her husband Augie and has played a pivotal role in its success through her vision, leadership and focus on the bottom line where her accounting background has been key. Among other things, Lynne created the concept for the BASH fundraiser, Augie’s Quests most successful single day event, and she represents Augie as the "voice of Augie’s Quest," at all major events and with the media.
Lynne lives in Southern California with her husband Augie and their dog, Hazel. They have four adult children, and two amazing grandchildren.
Augie's Quest and ALS TDI
The purpose of Augie’s Quest has always been to fund research and drug development aimed at ending ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since 2007, Augie’s Quest has raised nearly $40 million in support of finding effective ALS treatments- making it the largest individual fundraising program for ALS!
All funds raised by Augie’s Quest benefit ALS TDI, the world’s largest ALS-dedicated drug development organization. Support comes from a huge network of national events and promotions, including the BASH for Augie’s Quest, Tradition of Hope Gala and widely successful campaigns within the very generous fitness industry, such as the Clubs for the Quest, as well as a hugely innovative joint-fundraising initiative called the ClubCorp Charity Classic which benefits Augie's Quest and other local charities chosen by that networks members directly.
The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is the world’s leader in ALS research. Our mission has precise focus: to discover and develop effective treatments to end ALS. As a nonprofit biotech, ALS TDI combines the ambition and strategy of a pharmaceutical company with the dedicated spirit of a 501c3, with incredible flexibility to expedite promising potential treatments from lab bench to people living with the disease today. Founded by a patient and his family, and featuring PALS and their loved ones in the highest leadership roles, a sense of urgency and perseverance drives every decision made at the Cambridge, MA-based institute.
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