John Aglialoro

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John Aglialoro
Born (1943-11-27) November 27, 1943 (age 78)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Alma materTemple University
Board member ofAtlas Society
Museum of the American Revolution
Barnes Foundation
(m. 1979)

John Aglialoro (born November 27, 1943) is an American businessman and film producer. He is an entrepreneur who has owned and operated a variety of businesses, primarily in the health and fitness industries, as Chairman and co-founder of UM Holdings Ltd.[1] (formerly United Medical Corporation) of Haddonfield, New Jersey. Owner of the movie rights to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, Aglialoro is CEO of Atlas Distribution,[2] which he founded to distribute films using the technology developed to bring Rand’s best-selling novel to the screen.

Education and Career[edit]

Born in Philadelphia the youngest of 4 children, Aglialoro grew up in Collingswood, New Jersey and was the first member of his family to attend college.[3] He graduated from Collingswood High School in 1961 and Temple University in 1965.[4] Aglialoro served as Chairman of Cybex International, a manufacturer of commercial exercise equipment, from 1983 to 2016 when UM Holdings sold Cybex to Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).[5] He was Chairman of EHE International, a national provider of physical examinations, from 1987 to 2016 when the business was sold to Summit Partners.

Boards and Achievements[edit]

Aglialoro is on the Board of Trustees of The Atlas Society, an objectivist think-tank, The Museum of the American Revolution, and the Barnes Foundation sponsor of the Barnes Museum, a renowned collection of impressionist art by Philadelphia art collector Albert C. Barnes (1872–1951). He serves as Co-Chair of the Foundation for Individual Liberty, with a mission to support free markets, limited government and individual liberty. Aglialoro is the former mayor of Tavistock Borough[6] in Tavistock, NJ (population 5 in 2010). Aglialoro has been profiled by Forbes[7] and Fortune[8] magazines and was praised in a Forbes/CNN blog post.[9] He received the Distinguished Citizen Award from Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation in 2018.[10]


During the almost two decades after acquiring the movie rights to Atlas Shrugged from the Estate of Ayn Rand, Aglialoro optioned the rights to several notable producers. In 2011, facing expiration of the rights, Aglialoro decided to finance the production and distribution himself to bring the epic novel to the screen. Since the book is more than 1200 pages separated into three parts, he and fellow Producer, Harmon Kaslow, decided that filming each part separately would enable more of the book’s message to be delivered cinematically. On April 15, 2011, Atlas Shrugged: Part I premiered and ultimately played on 700 screens in the US earning $5M in box office. Aglialoro shared screenplay credits for his work on the script).[11] With the participation of additional executive producers, Aglialoro produced Atlas Shrugged: Part II which debuted in October 2012 on 1200 screens. The third and final part of the trilogy Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who is John Galt? opened on 200 screens.[12] The movies were critically panned, but Aglialoro received a Saturn Award,[13][circular reference] an award from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation,[14] an Anthem Film Festival Award and others. Aglialoro continues to consider partnering with other producers for a re-make or multi-part feature.

Using the technology tools developed for the distribution process required for Atlas Shrugged, Aglialoro formed Atlas Distribution in 2014. The company provides comprehensive services for theatrical film distribution through is proprietary Cinema CloudWorks[15] system.

Personal life[edit]

Aglialoro is a poker enthusiast, winning the US Poker Championship in 2004.[16] He is an ardent supporter of individual liberty and free markets. He has 2 children, 2 stepchildren and 8 grandchildren and resides in Philadelphia with his wife and business partner, Joan Carter.


  1. ^ UM Holdings, LTD
  2. ^ Atlas Distribution
  3. ^ Gillespie, Nick. "Atlas Shrugged Producer John Aglialoro on Ayn Rand's Enduring Impact". Reason, September 8, 2004. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Franks, Serena. "Atlas Shrugged Film Event @ Camden County College", Gloucester Township, NJ Patch, March 26, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Letter from the CEO Archived December 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Cybex International
  6. ^ "Home page, Borough of Tavistock". Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  7. ^ John Aglialoro Profile Forbes
  8. ^ Top 25 richest execs – 10. John Aglialoro. CNN.
  9. ^ John Tamny A Name to Know In 2011: Atlas Shrugged Producer John Aglialoro Forbes, December 12, 2010
  10. ^ "Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge".
  11. ^ "IMDb – Atlas Shrugged Part 1".
  12. ^ "Box Office Mojo".
  13. ^ "Saturn Awards".
  14. ^ Atlas Shrugged Movie Blog
  15. ^ Cinema Cloudworks
  16. ^ 2004 United States Poker Championship: No-Limit Hold'em Championship Bluff Magazine October 31, 2004

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