Avista Corp : Ecova Congratulates 24 Hour Fitness for Exceptional Partnership and Telecom Achievements
03/28/2012| 11:05am US/Eastern
24 Hour Fitness received the industry award for telecom optimization
total energy and sustainability management company--today congratulated
its client, 24
Hour Fitness, for earning the Environment Optimization Excellence
Award from AOTMP.
AOTMP is a leading authority on driving efficiency and performance into
enterprise fixed and mobile telecom environments. The partnership
between Ecova and 24 Hour Fitness spans nearly 12 years, in which the
companies worked to eliminate billing errors and optimize the 24 Hour
Fitness telecom environment for peak efficiency.
"We congratulate 24 Hour Fitness for recognition of their outstanding
focus on telecom
management," said Jeff Heggedahl, CEO of Ecova. "Working with 24
Hour Fitness has been exceptional. This relationship is a classic
example of what can be achieved through partnership between an
enterprise and trusted advisor. We are proud to play a role helping our
client prioritize expenses and strengthen its financial fitness."
In 2008, 24 Hour Fitness established a savings goal of $1 million for
its telecom services across its large network of more than 450
locations. To meet the company's ambitious targets, Bob Noriega, 24 Hour
Fitness' Procurement Telecom & Utility Analyst, migrated to a converged
data and voice VOIP service while enlisting Ecova to help audit and
As a result of the partnership with Ecova, the fitness leader was able
Audit over 5,000 lines and place the information into a common system
for ongoing tracking and maintenance.
Identify and disconnect over 2,500 lines that were no longer needed.
Cancel erroneous carrier fees on more than 1,600 lines, resulting in
over $1.5 million in annual cost savings, more than 50 percent over
the initial cost savings goal.
Additionally, using Ecova's telemanagement services, 24 Hour Fitness has
captured over $4.5 million in audit recovery savings.
"Working with Ecova, I've been able to not only save 24 Hour Fitness
time and money, but to expand my team's efforts to include utility
expense management and other important areas," said Noriega. "During the
recent recession it was even more important that 24 Hour Fitness find
savings for the bottom line. Working with Ecova we were able to exceed
our goals and focus on our customer experience in our large network of
Ecova is the total energy and sustainability management company
whose sole purpose is to see more, save more, and sustain more for its
clients. Using insights based on consumption, cost and carbon footprint
data spanning thousands of utilities, hundreds of thousands of business
sites and millions of households, Ecova provides fully managed,
technology-optimized solutions for saving resources, which in turn
increase returns, lower risks, and enhance reputations. Ecova is the
largest non-regulated subsidiary of Avista Corp (NYSE: AVA and avistacorp.com).
For more information, visit the company's website at ecova.com,
on LinkedIn at linkd.in/ecovainc,
or follow Ecova on Twitter at @ecovainc.
About 24 Hour Fitness
Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., 24 Hour Fitness is a leading health
club industry pioneer, serving nearly four million members in
approximately 420 clubs across the U.S. Founded in 1983 as a one-club
operation, the company is dedicated to helping members change their
lives and reach their individual fitness goals. With convenient club
locations, personal training services, innovative group exercise classes
and a variety of strength, cardio and functional training equipment - 24
Hour Fitness offers fitness solutions for everyone.
Wendy Carhart, 503-525-2700 ext. 465
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