Ted Vickey, PhD
Point Loma University, San Diego, CA, USA
Dr. Ted Vickey has 25 years of experience in exercise science and business, with special expertise in fitness technology.
Ted is the Founder & President of FitWell, Inc., a fitness consulting company specializing in innovation and emerging technology. He works with start-ups and established companies and organizations within the health, fitness and wellness space as a strategist for the effective use of technology within the industry to help improve the lives of others.
In addition, he is a Professor at Point Loma University in San Diego in the school of Kinesiology teaching master level classes with research interests in fitness management, wellness entrepreneurship, disruptive health technologies, professional ethics and fitness center design. In 2017, he leads the development of the 100% online Masters of Integrative Wellness program and curriculum providing students from around the world the opportunity to expand their knowledge of wellness, behavior change, entrepreneurship and technology.
His PhD is from the National University of Ireland Galway from the school of Engineering and Informatics where his research areas focused on disruptive health technologies, social networks, mobile fitness apps and data mining. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Directors for the American Council on Exercise, the largest non-profit accredited certification organization in the fitness industry and is the Senior Advisor for Fitness Technology for the Council. He has also served as the Senior Advisor for Disruptive Health Technologies at the Canyon Ranch Institute under the direction of former United States Surgeon General Richard Carmona.
Prior to his recent studies, Ted was Vice President of Comprehensive Health Services where he led the fitness and wellness division of the largest privately held occupational medicine company in the United States. From 2001-2006, he was a member of the Senior Management Team at Comprehensive Health Services as Vice President of Health and Fitness where he was responsible for the operations, sales, consulting, and client account management for the fitness management and wellness screenings division.
From 1994-2005, Ted was the Executive Director of the White House Athletic Center, the fitness center serving the fitness, health, and wellness needs of the staff at the Executive Office of the President under the Clinton and Bush administrations. He has also consulted with companies and organizations such as the White House, Department of Commerce, Securities and Exchange Commission, Fruit of the Loom, TSA, Sylvania, and Allied Irish Bank.
Ted holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Exercise Science from Penn State and a master’s of business in International Business and Entrepreneurship from the University of Limerick. He frequently presents on fitness and technology to diverse audiences around the world and is the author of four books, numerous academic papers, and tens of thousands of tweets. Ted lives in Southern California, where he frequently plays golf, tinkers with fitness and health gadgets, and takes long walks along the beach for outdoor physical activity. He is the Media Center Chair for the Farmer's Insurance Open PGA golf tournament held every January in San Diego.