Pennsylvania Native, CrossFit CEO Named On Positive Impact List

by Kelly Nee | Managing Editor

SCRANTON – BarBend, a media company for strength sports news, has released a comprehensive list of 20 sports personalities that have positively impacted the industry, including Pennsylvania native Eric Roza, who is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CrossFit.

Almost five years ago, industry professionals realized that there was no one resource to view all their sports news, training advice, and other content in one place. As a result, the BarBend site was launched, which now attracts roughly three million visitors per month.

Max Whiteside is a part of BarBend’s Community Outreach, and spoke with The Aquinas about their decision to create The BarBend 20. This list includes athletes, coaches, and executives who have been influential in the sports community beyond their athletic feats.

“We have relationships with athletes around the world, and often what they accomplish outside of the gym is even more impactful than than the world records they are breaking in the gym. This content allowed us to highlight both,” Whiteside said.

The BarBend team plans to make this an ongoing project, and refresh the list every year.

The full list can be viewed at this link: