American Council on Exercise

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American Council on Exercise
Founded 1985; 33 years ago (1985)
Headquarters San Diego, California, U.S.
Key people
Scott Goudeseune (CEO), Alex Mirnezam (CFO)
Number of employees

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit fitness certification, education and training provider with more than 73,000[1] certified professionals who hold more than 83,000 ACE certifications. Founded in 1985, American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. The organization’s mission is to protect all segments of society against ineffective fitness products, programs and trends through independent, third-party research, education and outreach. ACE national headquarters is located in San Diego.


In 2003, American Council on Exercise was granted accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies for all four of its primary certification programs.[2]


The American Council on Exercise executive team consists of:[3] Scott Goudeseune, president and chief executive officer, ACE board member Alex Mirnezam, chief financial officer Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., chief science officer Graham Melstrand, executive vice president of engagement, corporate affairs Carolann Dekker, chief marketing officer Amanda Cass, executive vice president of finance and human resources Shane Kinkennon, chief strategy officer David Fisher, vice president of online technology

Law enforcement implementation[edit]

On November 14, 2017, the Annapolis Police Department in Annapolis, Maryland announced that they will be implementing a structured fitness and wellness program that will include police officers certified by the American Council on Exercise. 4]

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