February 11, 1986 was the start of it all! Anchorage real estate professional Andrew Eker and former Alaska Pacific Bank president Tom Behan, along with a group of 50 investors, bought the Alaska Teamsters’ recreation center in east Anchorage and established the East Club. By 1997, more locations were added and today there are 14 locations across the state. The Alaska Club has a great deal to celebrate: three decades of being the state’s largest fitness organization, a steadfast membership base and the ability to continually reinvest in our facilities. Some of the most recent investments include multi-million dollar renovations at the Fairbanks and Juneau clubs, a new pool and splash park at the Eagle River club, new racquetball courts and a state-of-the-art group cycling studio at the South Anchorage club, and upgrades to the racquetball courts at the East club. New equipment, spa amenities and classes continue to be added and more projects are slated for this year. “With these successes, there have been challenges,” says CEO Robert Brewster, who has been with The Alaska Club for over 28 years. He credits many of the early successes to the founders’ strong business acumen. “They were able to shepherd the organization through some difficult early years.” Robert attributes three key factors to the sustained success of The Alaska Club: convenience, variety and community.