PINEHURST — John Caliri, director of FirstHealth Fitness, has been awarded the Hank Boerner Pioneer Award by the Medical Fitness Association.
“The Pioneer Award is named for Hank Boerner, who passed away suddenly a few years ago,” Caliri said. “Hank was a friend of mine, and a positive impact on everyone he met. He was an incredible person, one who I cannot live up to, and it is an honor to receive an award named after him.”
The award was presented at the 26th annual Medical Fitness Association International Conference & Trade Show. The award is given to an individual who has significantly advanced the medical fitness industry through service to the industry and the association.
“In the past 20 years, John has dedicated his time to making a difference at FirstHealth and in the communities we serve,” said Dr. John F. Krahnert, chief medical officer of FirstHealth of the Carolinas. “He has worked effortlessly to establish services and programs that meet the needs of our members, and I can think of no one else who deserves this award more than him.”
A New Jersey native, Caliri moved to North Carolina during his service in the U.S. Marine Corps. He joined FirstHealth of the Carolinas in 1997 as aquatics director, then became operations director and later regional operations director before being named director of all five FirstHealth Fitness locations.
Caliri has been an active member of the MFA since 1998, has served on the MFA’s board of directors, and recognized as a MFA Fellow, the organization’s highest level of membership. As director of FirstHealth Fitness, Caliri is responsible for all aspects of programs in Moore, Hoke, Montgomery and Richmond counties.