Presenter Bios

Meet our presenter faculty!

We have over 50 highly talented presenters ready to share their knowledge of a broad range of fitness, business and wellness topics!

Presenters are ordered by last name.

Trever Ackerman

Trever Ackerman

Trever Ackerman, MBA, is the CEO of WellBizBrand, Inc., which manages the health and wellness brands Elements Massage®, Fitness Together® and FIT36®. Previously, Trever served as head of marketing for Les Mills U.S., where he oversaw the company’s marketing and communications efforts for more than 3,300 fitness facilities. Prior to that, he held multiple leadership positions in business development, human resources and marketing. Trever holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a BSBA from the University of Denver.

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Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson has been a personal trainer for 19 years and is a co-author of Pressing Reset: Original Strength Reloaded, the author of Habitual Strength and the co-founder of Original Strength Systems, LLC. He also served as a professional firefighter for 12 years in the state of North Carolina where he worked in his department’s health and fitness work-team. The mission of his company, Original Strength, is “To change the world through movement.”

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Travis  Barnes

Travis Barnes

Travis Barnes is the owner and CEO of Journey Fitness, a multimillion-dollar company that grew to five locations in less than 4 years! What makes his success even more impressive is that he started over after a decade of incarceration, on an unemployment check and while living in a FEMA trailer. He is the co-author of the best-selling book Results Fitness and the author of Journey Fitness, with foreward written by Todd Durkin.

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Jenna Bell

Jenna Bell

Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD, LD, is the senior vice president and director of food and wellness at Pollock Communications, a member of the editorial advisory board for Today’s Dietitian, a leader with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as its current nutrition entrepreneurs delegate/policy advocacy leader. She is an international presenter for healthcare professionals and consumers, co-author of two books, and her expertise has been featured in many print and web publications. Jenna earned her doctorate with distinction in health and human performance with an emphasis on exercise science at the University of New Mexico.

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Leslee Bender

Leslee Bender

Leslee Bender is an international presenter, the creator of the Bender Method of training and a graduate of the Gray Institute of Applied Functional Science®. She is best known for the 2007 Bender Ball Fitness infomercial and has filmed over 20 DVDs. Leslee is a lead trainer for Club Pilates, bringing functionality to flexibility and fascia as a modality to keep the body pain free.

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Lee  Burton

Lee Burton

Lee Burton, PhD, is currently the president and co-owner of Functional Movement Systems, a consulting and education organization focusing on a systematic approach to injury prevention and exercise programming. Lee received his doctorate degree from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in health promotion and wellness. He is an internationally recognized speaker and author on human movement and performance enhancement.

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Rose Calucchia

Rose Calucchia

Rose Calucchia has been moving, climbing, tumbling, dancing, competing and performing all her life. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus in dance, she found LAVA, the all-female dance/acrobatic company in Brooklyn, New York. She trained and performed with the company and also joined the teaching staff, spending a total of 8 years working with LAVA. Rose relocated to Santa Cruz, California, in 2012 and in 2015 co-opened a studio there called The Radical Movement Factory.

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Fabio Comana

Fabio Comana

Fabio Comana, MA, MS, is a faculty instructor at San Diego State University, UC San Diego and NASM, an SCW educator, and a scientific advisor for Orange Theory Fitness®, Core Health & Fitness, Stroops® and Turbo-Strapp. Previously, Fabio was an exercise physiologist and certification manager for ACE® where he was the creator of ACE’s Integrated Fitness Training Model™ and the primary developer of all live personal training educational workshops. As a national and international presenter, he is frequently featured on television and radio, and in print publications.

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Rachel Cosgrove

Rachel Cosgrove

Rachel Cosgrove, 2012 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, co-owns and operates Results Fitness, located in Southern California. Results Fitness was voted one of the top 10 gyms in the U.S. by Men’s Health, and one of the Best Gyms in the U.S. by Women’s Health, and was featured on BBC World for their scientific programming. Rachel has authored two best-selling books, The Female Body Breakthrough and Drop Two Sizes.

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Sean Cristea

Sean Cristea

Sean Cristea is a master trainer for The BioMechanics Method® and the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a performance enhancement/human movement instructor at the Wellness Academy. While serving as a U.S. Army medic, he created fitness models to enhance tactical performance and reduce injury rates of elite military personnel, later doing the same for professional rugby players. Sean is an international presenter and published author whose work has been featured in multiple media outlets.

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Yancy Culp

Yancy Culp

Yancy Culp coaches many of the top OCR (obstacle course racing) athletes on the planet, including seven Spartan Pro Team members and eight elite-level Toughest and World’s Toughest Mudder athletes. He owns YancyCamp.com, where he trains over 400 OCR athletes from 18 different countries. Yancy has competed at the elite level in OCR for 7 years, he’s a certified Spartan SGX coach, and he was voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Obstacle Racing.

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Michael  Cummings

Michael Cummings

Michael Cummings has expertise in product development, small-business consulting and startups. He also has 20 years of experience in the industry as a personal trainer specializing in injury prevention, health club manager, strength and conditioning coach for schools and teams, international presenter, and fitness content developer and contributor. Michael has over 50 utility and design patents in sport and fitness training to his name.

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Nick Ekbatani

Nick Ekbatani

Nick Ekbatani, MBA, is a Los Angeles-based fitness professional and speaker. After losing his leg in a catastrophic motorcycle accident in 2012, Nick aims to inspire people far and wide with his high energy and positive attitude. A lifelong athlete, having once played football for UCLA, he remains undeterred in his passion for fitness and athletic performance.

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Shannon Fable

Shannon Fable

Shannon Fable, 2013 IDEA and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, is a fitness business and programming consultant who has worked with impressive brands such as Anytime Fitness®, Schwinn®, Power Systems®, ACE® and BOSU®. As an experienced educator and certified Book Yourself Solid® business coach, she helps fitness professionals navigate the industry and make more money. Fable, a member of the ACE board of directors, is also the owner of GroupEx PRO®, a cloud-based group fitness management tool.

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Vince Gabriele

Vince Gabriele

Vince Gabriele, MS, is the CEO of Gabriele Fitness and Performance in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, and the co-owner of Anteater Academy, a fitness entrepreneur consulting system. He is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and he holds a master’s degree in exercise science from the California University of Pennsylvania. Vince and his business partner, Paul Reddick, consult for 80 gyms across the U.S. and Canada, helping build businesses that matter.

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Amy Goodson

Amy Goodson

Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, is a registered dietitian with an emphasis in overall health, wellness and sports nutrition. She has 11 years of experience as the sports dietitian at Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and has worked with Texas Christian University Athletics, the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers, FC Dallas Soccer, Jim McLean Golf School and many PGA Tour players, as well as with many middle school, high school and endurance athletes.

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Jack Graham

Jack Graham

Jack Graham launched GVP’s Continuing Education Division in 2011. He has expertise in all aspects of development, execution and reporting of continuing education activities. Through the development of nearly 350 educational activities, he has directed content, managed partnerships with subject matter experts, cultivated relationships with commercial supporters and driven course enrollment. In addition to managing the Continuing Education Division, Jack serves as general counsel and EVP of GVP. GVP is a nationally recognized publishing company with a 25-year history of serving health professionals.

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Trina  Gray

Trina Gray

Trina Gray is a passionate, world-renowned leader in fitness as well as a successful health club owner, IDEA presenter and business coach. She has owned a medically-based health club and a large group training studio for more than a decade, and she founded Team Rockstar Fit, an online coaching team of thousands of fitness professionals who partner with Beachbody®. Trina is the recipient of the Top 10 Small Business of the Year Award in Michigan, the CEO Award from Beachbody and the Community Service Award from IHRSA.

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Pete Holman

Pete Holman

Pete Holman, MSPT, is a physical therapist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, U.S. National Taekwondo champion and two-time Gleason’s International Master Boxing champion. He is the creator of the TRX® Rip Trainer and its accredited 8-hour TRX Rip Training Education Course. Pete has lectured on four continents and educated thousands of professionals on concepts that include biomechanics, core performance, functional training and rehabilitative medicine. He has worked with professional athletes and strength coaches from the MLB, NFL, NBA, UFC and X-Games.

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Kristen Horler

Kristen Horler

Kristen Horler, MS, drew from her experience as a personal trainer, triathlete and mother, and developed Baby Boot Camp to balance the fitness needs of new moms with their desire to spend time with their young children. She has a bachelor’s degree in physical anthropology from UC Santa Barbara, a culinary arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu and a master’s degree in applied nutrition with an emphasis in sports and fitness nutrition from Northeastern University.

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Farel Hruska

Farel Hruska

Farel Hruska has nearly 20 years of experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and educator, and has been with FIT4MOM® since 2002. She has presented at numerous fitness conferences, including Fitness Festival of South China, MEFIT in Dubai and IDEA. Farel is the recipient of the FIT4MOM Instructor of the Year award, and was nominated for IDEA Instructor of the Year and Program Director of the Year 4 years in a row.

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Greg Justice

Greg Justice

Greg Justice, MA, is a best-selling author, speaker and fitness entrepreneur. He opened Kansas City’s original personal training center, AYC Health & Fitness, in May 1986. Greg is also the CEO of Scriptor Publishing Group, has been actively involved in the fitness industry for more than three decades and was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Brett Klika

Brett Klika

Brett Klika is the CEO of SPIDERfit Kids and an IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year. He is also a personal trainer, author and international motivational speaker inspiring men, women and children around the world to create a culture of wellness in their home and live the best version of their life.

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Ashley Koff

Ashley Koff

Ashley Koff, RD, is your better health enabler. A go-to nutrition expert for the country’s leading doctors, media, companies and nonprofit organizations, Ashley regularly shares her Better Nutrition message with millions on national and local television, and in magazines and newspapers. She is a founding partner of Give Healthy, and in addition to her private practice, makes her “better” tools and real support available to anyone, anywhere with her online Better Nutrition membership.

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Len Kravitz

Len Kravitz

Len Kravitz, PhD, is the program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico where he received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. In addition to being a 2016 inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame, Len was awarded the 2006 Fitness Educator of the Year by the American Council on Exercise®, and has received the prestigious Canadian Fitness Professional Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Vito La Fata

Vito La Fata

Vito La Fata is the founder and CEO of Fitness Profit Systems, creator of The Fitness Preneurs Life and co-founder of Team Rockstar Fit, as well as a certified high-performance business and fitness coach, certified personal trainer, nutrition specialist and internet entrepreneur. As an internationally recognized speaker and writer, he has contributed to IDEA, IHRSA World Conference, MindBody Conference, Australian Fitness Health Expo, Todd Durkin Mastermind Group, canfitpro, Fitness Business Summit, and Fitness and Club Industry.

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Tom Langton

Tom Langton

Tom Langton is an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist and the director of training at Gabriele Fitness. He spent the past decade working with clients ranging from middle school kids to professional athletes to 85 year olds. Tom did his undergraduate work at Central Michigan University, where he also played 4 years of Division 1 football for the Chippewas.

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Marc  Lebert

Marc Lebert

Marc Lebert is the owner of Lebert Fitness, a world leader in developing innovative body-weight training tools and home of the EQualizer®, as well as a fitness club owner, black belt, certified NLP practitioner and international presenter. Marc was the 2010 Silver Lining Entrepreneur of the Year, named Top 100 Fitness Entrepreneurs in the Industry in 2011, recipient of the 2015 NEOS International Personal Trainer of the Year, named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Health Influencers by Opimyz Magazine in 2017, and is a member of the canfitpro fitness advisory panel.

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Kolleen  Losch

Kolleen Losch

Kolleen Losch is a certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine® and a senior master trainer for TriggerPoint™. Kolleen owns and directs Core Physique, a unique approach to fitness, in Alpharetta, Georgia, that focuses on personal training, strength and conditioning, and nutrition coaching. She works with high-level athletes in the NFL as well as the athletes of tomorrow. Her passion is helping people improve their lifestyles.

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Jessica Matthews

Jessica Matthews

Jessica Matthews, MS, is on the faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University where she developed an integrative wellness program that she teaches within the kinesiology master’s program. The 2017 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and a sought-after media resource, Jessica serves as the senior advisor for health and fitness education for the American Council on Exercise® and is a professor of yoga studies at MiraCosta College. Jessica is currently examining the efficacy of mindfulness-based health coaching interventions at the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine.

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Jessica Maurer

Jessica Maurer

Jessica Maurer has been teaching in collegiate, corporate and private venues as a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor for 15 years. She is a master trainer for BOSU®, Hedstrom Fitness®, Tabata GX™, Lebert Training Systems™ and Barre Above™, as well as the co-creator of LOK Fitness. Jessica also presents on social media for fitness businesses and is the social media/online manager for many fitness personalities.

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Pat  McCloskey

Pat McCloskey

Pat McCloskey, MS, has been training clients and teaching trainers for 30 years. He is the director of education for One To One Fitness in Washington, DC, and has been on the faculty of the Gray Institute® since 2010, serving as a member of their design and instructional teams for esteemed courses such as MAPS (Movement Assessment and Performance System) and CAFS (Certificate in Applied Functional Science®). Pat earned his master’s degree in exercise kinesiology from West Virginia University.

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Derek Mikulski

Derek Mikulski

Derek Mikulski is the proud founder of ActivMotion Bar®. He holds certifications from NASM, NPTI and NSCA, and also possesses a degree in health promotion and exercise physiology from Central Michigan University. He has presented internationally on fitness and business-related topics, and has been featured in many nationally circulated print publications and on television. Derek and his team at ActivMotion Bar have the grand vision of making the world stronger and more balanced through fitness.

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Michael  Piercy

Michael Piercy

Michael Piercy, MS, came into the fitness industry full time following a career in professional baseball. He is the owner of The LAB (Performance and Sports Science) in West Caldwell, New Jersey, and a TRX® master course instructor teaching various formats of high-level education to elite fitness professionals. Mike is the recipient of the 2017 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year award and the 2013 TRX All-Around Instructor of the Year award (F.A.C.E.U.P). He is a certified performance enhancement specialist, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

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Billy  Polson

Billy Polson

Billy Polson is a nationally recognized fitness entrepreneur and business coach. In 2004, he founded DIAKADI Fitness (named the Top Gym and/or Trainers in San Francisco for 13 years), which currently houses the practices of 98 of the Bay Area’s leading entrepreneurs from the fitness and health industries. Billy has helped hundreds of personal trainers build their confidence to leave their corporate training jobs, develop their own brands, grow their private practices, and find great financial success as entrepreneurs and independent personal trainers.

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Krista Popowych

Krista Popowych

Krista Popowych has been inspiring fitness leaders, trainers and managers for over two decades with her motivating and practical sessions. She is the 2014 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and a two-time canfitpro Canadian Fitness Presenter of the Year. An international trainer and education consultant for Keiser® and JumpSport®, Krista is also a TV personality, DVD creator, past program director, published author and professional speaker.

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Tristan Rice

Tristan Rice

Tristan Rice has worked with EXOS® since 2008 as a performance specialist and instructor. He has worked with athletes of numerous sports and at various levels, including Olympic, professional, amateur, recreational and youth athletes, in addition to extensive work with the general population. He has taught in over a dozen countries, on five continents.

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Brian  Richey

Brian Richey

Brian Richey is a medical and corrective exercise expert, an international lecturer and the owner/operator of Fit 4 Life DC, a medical exercise and Pilates studio in NW Washington, D.C. With over 25 years of experience in postrehabilitation and fitness, Brian’s goal is to help people move better, stand taller and exercise pain free.

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Martin Rooney

Martin Rooney

Martin Rooney, MHS, is an internationally recognized fitness expert and best-selling author. He holds a master’s degree in health science and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. A former U.S. bobsledder, he is the creator of the Training for Warriors system. Martin has trained athletes from the NFL, MLB, UFC, NBA, WNBA, Division I Athletics and Olympic medalists. The author of 11 books, Martin has also been featured on sports TV and various news outlets.

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Ashley Selman

Ashley Selman

Ashley Selman, MA, is the founder of Evolution Trainers, a seven-figure personal training and wellness studio that operates at a remarkable 40% profit margin. She has assembled a world-class team of over 40 leading health and fitness professionals. Ashley’s passion is to help other studio owners around the country build strategic, sustainable and successful businesses, and to change the way the industry thinks about fitness studio ownership.

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Cody  Sipe

Cody Sipe

Cody Sipe, PhD, is an associate professor and director of research at Harding University, the co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute and the co-owner of Miracles Fitness. He has 20 years of industry experience as a trainer, manager, director, owner, teacher and researcher. As a recognized leader in functional fitness for older adults, he has shared his expertise and cutting-edge approaches to the world through numerous publications, international presentations and educational courses. He was awarded the 2005 IDEA Program Director of the Year.

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Brian  St. Pierre

Brian St. Pierre

Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD, is the director of performance nutrition at Precision Nutrition. He coaches dozens of elite athletes, and works with professional sports teams including the San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Browns. Brian has authored several books, including High Performance Handbook Nutrition Guide, The Show and Go Nutrition Guide, and Ultimate Hockey Nutrition. He holds a master’s degree in food science and human nutrition and is a registered dietitian.

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PJ Stahl

PJ Stahl

PJ Stahl, MA, is the Project Steel program creator and director, a Reebok master trainer and a ReebokONE elite ambassador. With his background in competing in and coaching gymnastics, along with coaching professional athletes, he was naturally led to become a fitness performance coach. He utilizes over 20 years of experience and numerous certifications in the industry to provide an elite level of service. PJ is the co-owner and head coach of Lock Box Fitness and Performance Center in Los Angeles.

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Chris Stevenson

Chris Stevenson

Chris Stevenson is the owner of Stevenson Fitness, a full-service health club. The club’s success is based on providing an elite member experience that centers on proper staff hiring and training, as well as exceeding member expectations by doing what others won’t. Chris regularly speaks at IHRSA, Club Industry, and many other fitness and business events. From health and wellness to fitness business strategies, Chris presents viable, applicable lectures that resonate with every audience.

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Helen Vanderburg

Helen Vanderburg

Helen Vanderburg is the owner of Heavens Elevated Fitness and Fusion Fitness Training®. She has spent more than 30 years innovating in fitness, personal training, yoga, club management, program development and motivational speaking. She is the recipient of the 2005 IDEA Instructor of the Year and the 2015/2013/2006/1996 canfitpro Presenter of the Year, as well as a former World Champion synchronized swimmer and honored member of the Sports Hall of Fame.

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Chuck  Wolf

Chuck Wolf

Chuck Wolf, MS, specializes in functional anatomy, movement analysis, function and advanced program design, and he is one of the industry’s top educators, bringing a whole new approach to how we train the body. Currently the director of Human Motion Associates in Orlando, Florida, Chuck is also a fellow of Applied Functional Science® with the Gray Institute® and has a master’s degree in exercise physiology.

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Bennie Wylie

Bennie Wylie

Bennie Wylie is a seasoned strength and conditioning coach and winner of Season 1 of the NBC television series competition, STRONG. He has served on the coaching staff of the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Tech, and the University of Tennessee, and as the head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Texas. Bennie currently trains everyday athletes at his fitness and performance facility, The Performance Lab, in Abilene, Texas.

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