Iron Tribe Fitness to be included in Prestigious Empact Showcase and recognized at United Nations

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Iron Tribe Fitness to be included in Prestigious Empact Showcase and recognized at United Nations

Birmingham, AL, Oct. 12, 2014 – Iron Tribe Fitness (, today announced that it has been named to the 2014 Empact Showcase by Empact, an organization that celebrates the impact and diversity of young entrepreneurs.

Now in its fourth year, the Empact Showcase recognized Jim Cavale as being among the United States’ “Best Companies Started & Run by Young Entrepreneurs”.

“I’m truly humbled by this honor. It’s amazing to be recognized by Empact for doing what we love here at Iron Tribe, which is changing lives and having a global impact.” said Cavale.

Empact Showcase companies were started and are run by entrepreneurs who are age 35 and under. In 2013, the companies comprising the Empact Showcase contributed more than 10,000 jobs to the economy, and controlled over $1 billion in revenue.

Founders in the Empact Showcase will be recognized for their achievements at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in October. Past celebrations have taken place at the White House and United Nations.

“Young entrepreneurs are having a big impact on our economy, and it’s so powerful to have so many of these leaders in a room together,” said Sheena Lindahl, Co-Founder of the Empact Showcase. “Many of the companies are social enterprises that are also making a huge difference in people’s lives. It is never an easy road to build a successful organization, and we believe it’s important to celebrate all the spirit and grit these entrepreneurs have put into making the world a better place.”

About the Empact Showcase
In early 2014, entrepreneurs meeting the minimum criteria from across the country were invited to apply for the Empact Showcase.

Applications were then reviewed by Empact and Empact’s Academy of leading entrepreneurs, and include:

Jeff Hoffman, Founding Team Member,
Clifton Taulbert, Author and Speaker
Richard Caruso, Founder and Chairman, Integra Life Sciences
Elizabeth Gore, first Resident Entrepreneur at the United Nations Foundation and Chair of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council
Chip Paucek, Co-founder & CEO, 2U & Former CEO, Hooked on Phonics
Kay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Network & ScyFy Channel & Chairman, Springboard Enterprises

The Academy selected honorees in several categories including the Empact100 (the top 100 companies in the Showcase), Most Disruptive, Largest Potential, Biggest Social Impact, and Best Female Founder.

Honorees were selected with factors including revenue, employees, social impact, growth over the past year, and innovativeness coming into play.

For more information on the Empact Showcase, visit, or connect with Empact via Facebook at or Twitter at Please direct any questions to Empact Showcase co-founder, Sheena Lindahl, at [email protected]

About Iron Tribe Fitness
Started in a garage in 2009 by Birmingham native and former Auburn University cheerleader Forrest Walden, Iron Tribe Fitness opened its first brick and mortar location in 2010. From its humble beginnings, the company quickly grew to five corporately owned gyms in Birmingham and 67 franchise locations sold since April 2012. There are 26 locations open today and the company plans to have 60 gyms open across the nation by the end of 2015. For more information,

Iron Tribe Fitness is neither associated with nor an affiliate of the brand CrossFit and may not be referenced as a CrossFit facility of any kind, in any context.

About Empact
Empact aims to facilitate a culture of entrepreneurship in communities around the world by exposing young people to entrepreneurship, convening entrepreneurs in peer support networks, and celebrating the vital role young entrepreneurs play in our economy. Empact has worked with over 500 colleges & universities, workforce development organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and Small Business Development Centers in the US and abroad to help promote entrepreneurship among aspiring entrepreneurs. Learn more at