After training and working as industrial designer, in 1983 he started Technogym, leading its development for more than 30 years, until today (see Chapter 5, Par. 5.1.5, of the Registration Document).
After approximately 20 years of experience in the fitness and the wellness sectors, in 2002, Nerio Alessandri sets up the Wellness Foundation, a non-profit organisation that promotes wellness as a social opportunity for governments, companies and individuals; one of the key projects of the Foundation is the Wellness Valley, which aims at turning the Romagna region into an important district for competencies on wellness and quality of life.
He received an honorary degree (laurea honoris causa) from the Faculty of Motor Sciences at the University of Urbino, in April 2004, and an honorary degree (laurea ad honorem) from the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Bologna.
Lastly, in February of 2014, he received a Master honoris causa in Business Administration from the CUOA Foundation. His capacities as entrepreneur were recognised also with several awards and accolades at the Italian and international level, among which the appointment as "Cavaliere del Lavoro" (Knight of Labour) in 2001, the Leonardo Award for Italian Quality in 2004 as well as, in 2010, the Guido Carli Award for corporate social responsibility.
In addition, in November 2007, the US Chamber of Commerce named Nerio Alessandri as entrepreneur of the year in the economics category.