American Council on Exercise

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American Council on Exercise
Founded 1985; 32 years ago (1985)
Headquarters San Diego, California, U.S.
Key people
Scott Goudeseune
Number of employees

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit fitness certification, education and training provider with more than 60,000 [1] certified professionals who hold more than 67,000 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 Alex Mirnezam, Chief Financial Officer Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer Graham Melstrand, Executive Vice President, Engagement, Corporate Affairs Kerri O'Brien, Executive Vice President of Product and Business Development Carolann Dekker, Executive Vice President, Marketing Amanda Cass, Vice President, Finance and Human Resources

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