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Glenn Arrington has been committed to serving the tennis industry and its customers for the past 30 years. His unique talent for building simple and successful strategies for targeting, recruiting and retaining players of all ages has been recognized throughout the sport. In his current role as USTA National Manager - Tennis On Campus & Tennis Service Representatives, Arrington is responsible for the popularity and growth of the USTA Tennis On Campus program (currently serving 600 college campuses and more than 35,000 players) and provides valuable oversight to 100 Tennis Service Representatives who work with local tennis professionals, facilities and community-based organizations in an effort to help grow the sport of tennis nationwide.
Chris Baker, D.C., is a sports chiropractor at Premiere Spine and Sport in San Jose, Calif. He uses a variety of specialized diagnostic and treatment techniques, including RockTape Fascial Movement Taping, Functional Movement Systems, TRX Sports Medicine, Active Release Technique, and Graston Technique. Baker graduated magna cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose in December 2011. Prior to beginning his career in clinical practice, he was a PTR pro with seven years of teaching experience. He played DIII tennis at Grove City College where he studied molecular biology and psychology, was team captain his junior and senior years, an ITA Scholar Athlete, and an eight-time conference champion. As the tennis director for RockTape, Baker hosts injury treatment and prevention workshops at tennis clubs all over the Bay Area. Baker is currently pursuing his post-graduate diplomate degree in corrective exercise and rehabilitation.
Mike Barrell has taught tennis for more than 25 years working with players of all levels. He is the CEO and Development Director of evolve9, a company that consults with tennis federations and companies all around the globe on 10 and Under Tennis. Barrell has helped to develop programs for Tennis Australia, LTA, KNLTB, Tennis Norway and the ITF. He has trained coaches in more than 40 countries, as well as authoring the ITF Tennis10s manual, programs for Lifetime Fitness, Tennis Corporation of America and numerous other U.S.-based facilities. An LTA Level 5 Coach and LTA Master Coach Education Tutor, he is currently based in Southampton, England.
Lorenzo Beltrame has been involved in tennis all his life, first as a top-ranked junior, then as a professional player, and ultimately as a coach. He has worked with dozens of ATP and WTA touring professionals, including Jim Courier and Pete Sampras, and has coached players in the four Grand Slams, Davis Cup, and Hopman Cup. Beltrame has served as director of tennis at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Fla., since 1996. He is featured as guest instructor in several episodes of "On Court with USPTA" on the Tennis Channel. Beltrame is a registered coach for the WTA Tour, is a USPTA Master Professional, and is certified as Maestro by the Italian Tennis Federation. He is also an ACE-certified personal trainer, and a USPTA Specialist in Competitive Player Development. His appearance is courtesy of the Human Performance Institute.
Nancy Biggs is the former director of marketing for Konica Canada and Konica USA. She launched Tenniscores Inc. in 1999 with business partner Nancy Swan. Tenniscores is now the second largest database for online scoring and league management in the United States with customers in Canada and China. In 2006 they began developing Courtside USA and in 2008 signed an exclusive agreement making the platform the official network of the USPTA. In 2010 Courtside became the national program of Tennis Canada. Her appearance is courtesy of CourtsideUSA.
USPTA Master Professional Nick Bollettieri founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (NBTA) in Florida in 1978, as the first full-time tennis boarding school to combine intense training on the court with a full academic curriculum. The Bollettieri approach not only builds athletes on the court, but more importantly, prepares them for a successful life. Bollettieri has coached 10 world No. 1s – Agassi, Becker, Courier, Hingis, Jankovic, Rios, Seles, Sharapova and Venus and Serena Williams, as well as a multitude of other world-class players, including: Haas, Kournikova and Arias to name a few. The NBTA quickly became synonymous with tennis excellence and continues to reflect Bollettieri’s passion for excellence today.
In 1987, Bollettieri expanded his vision when he joined forces with IMG to turn the Tennis Academy into a multi-sport training facility, now known as IMG Academies. Located on over 400 acres, the IMG Academies complex trains over 13,000 junior, collegiate and professional athletes annually, including families and corporate groups. Bollettieri is still going strong teaching private lessons, overseeing the progress of numerous professional players and elite juniors. He also travels the world on an annual basis conducting clinics, making appearances, and giving motivational speeches.
USPTA Master Professional Peter Burwash is the founder and president of Peter Burwash International, for 35 years the world’s largest tennis management company operating in 32 countries. PBI was named “One of the Ten Best-Managed Companies in America” by author James O’Toole in Vanguard Management, and Burwash is a featured international speaker for Fortune 500 companies, giving more than 100 speeches per year.
Burwash is a graduate of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is a Member of Urban Land Institute, American Hotel & Lodging Association and Rotary. He has been a TV color commentator for ATP events for 27 years, is an instructional editor for Tennis magazine and is a certified sport physiologist and nutritionist. He is also the author of 10 books on service, leadership, health, fitness and personal development, including “The Key to Great Leadership,” “Total Health,” “Improving the Landscape of Your Life,” “Dear Teenager, How to Navigate the Teenage Years,” “Tennis for Life,” and “Total Tennis.”
He competed on the ATP World Tour from 1968-1974 and was the winner of 19 international singles and doubles titles. He is a former Canadian No. 1 and Davis Cup player, and has coached and played in 135 countries.
Burwash was named the USPTA Alex Gordon Professional of the Year in 1990 and also received the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award. He was inducted into the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010, was the Tennis News' Tennis Person of the Year in 2006, and was named Canada's TV Tennis Commentator of the Decade for 2000-2010.
Doug Cash, USPTA, retired from Tennis Corporation of America in 2005. As the chief operational officer he was responsible for 42 clubs, 2,700 employees and more than 200 tennis professionals.
He currently runs a company called CashFlowTennis that helps club owners and tennis professionals increase programming, build their memberships, and make their clubs more profitable. Cash has trained and coached more than 250 head professionals during his 35-year career. He has run the only tennis owners/managers conferences in the U.S. and Canada in order to make clubs more successful.
Cash was inducted into the Midwest USPTA Hall of Fame in 2005.
He is sponsored by Antiqua Clothing and Dunlop Sports.
Joe Dinoffer has had an extensive world-class career in the tennis industry, and has conducted clinics and exhibitions in more than 50 countries, personally logging more than 30,000 hours of instruction in English, Spanish and German. He is a Master Professional in both the USPTA and PTR, a distinction awarded to only a handful in the tennis industry. Dinoffer also received the prestigious 2006 USPTA Industry Excellence Award.
Dinoffer is the author and editor of seven books and more than 20 DVDs. He writes regularly for Tennis Life and Racquet Sports Industry magazines, and also has had numerous shows and tips airing on the Tennis Channel. As a member of the HEAD Penn Advisory Staff and National Speaker Bureau, Dinoffer is a frequent speaker at national and international tennis conferences, having conducted more than 250 workshops in the last 15 years.
He is also the founder and president of Oncourt Offcourt, Ltd., a company exclusively serving the needs of tennis, fitness and physical education coaches with innovative training aids and educational tools. He lives in Dallas with his wife, Monika, and their daughter, Kalindi.
A passionate and enthusiastic presenter, Eric Eisendrath, Positive Coaching Alliance's Lead Trainer for the East Coast, has presented more than 500 workshops in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. A former Division I goalie, Eisendrath played hockey for Brown University. Upon graduating, he began a career in sports television, which allowed him to cover five Olympic Games, the NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL. In addition, he has worked as a high school varsity hockey coach, youth soccer coach and lacrosse coach. He has also run three marathons (New York twice and Boston once). One of his most memorable sports moments however, was catching batting practice for the Boston Red Sox during the baseball strike in 1976.
Barbara Fackel has been a performance and training consultant for more than 30 years. Her career began in public education and evolved into the public and private business sector.
In 1977, Fackel was co-founder and co-owner of Professional Training Associates, Inc. During that time, she created and presented training seminars and programs for companies including AT&T, Auburn University, IBM, Gulf Oil, Holiday Inn and Wells Fargo Bank. She has appeared on the program of many association meetings, as well as national and international conventions. In 1993, she began BJF Enterprises, and continues as an independent consultant with clients across the country.
Fackel’s training programs deal with performance, training and coaching issues. She creates, customizes and presents programs to meet individual, company and organizational issues. Fackel has developed a Performance Management System, which includes the 360-Degree Performance Review, and a Leadership Series, focusing on six elements of effective leadership.
Fackel is a long-time volunteer with the USTA and her most valuable asset is her ability to analyze needs, identify options and find solutions to organizational issues. She is a firm believer that work and training should be fun.
Jim Fromuth played competitive tennis in high school and at the University of Delaware. During and after his time in college he taught at the Racquet Club of Reading and ran the City of Reading’s tennis program for seven years.
While in school, Fromuth became active in the retail tennis business started by his father. With the friends he made while teaching and playing, he realized that there was a market that the manufacturers were not servicing adequately. He started the distribution business in the late ’70s, concentrating on serving the outdoor country club pro shops in the summer months and the racquet clubs the rest of the year.
Fromuth managed the growth of Fromuth Tennis through the mid ’90s, at which time he and his father sold the business to Pat Shields. Fromuth continues to concentrate on the product and financial side of the business as he has done for the last 30 years.
After more than 15 years on the court as a tennis coach (Professeur Level 2 in France), and in particular with juniors, Antoni Girod specialized in mental training and communication. For five years he was an applied-psychology teacher for the Sports Science Department at the University of Montpellier and now at the University of Orleans. He is a member of the educational team of the French NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programing) Institute of Paris, and as a consultant for Halifax Consulting works with major companies such as Saint Gobain, Safran and Dell. He is a certified pratician in sophrology and ericksonian hypnosis.
For more than 10 years, he has worked with top athletes as a mental coach in many different sports, such as ATP player Cyril Saulnier (career high No. 48), WTA Tour player Alizé Cornet (career high No. 11), Guillaume Nery (four-time world record holder of dynamic free diving), and Philippe Presti (double World Champion of Finn, coach of Team Oracle – U.S. winner of the 2010 America's Cup).
Since 2001, he is a regular speaker for the ITF and he is involved in different coaches’ education programs for tennis federations and academies all over the world.
Girod writes a monthly article on mental training for Tennis magazine in France and is the author of many books about mental training and communication, including “Winning at tennis – Learn from the Champions,” “TMK Method” and “Racky discovers the secrets of the mind.”
A lifelong tennis enthusiast, Rita Gladstone takes every opportunity to grow tennis from a community grassroots level. She joined the USTA Recreational Coach Workshop (RCW) Trainer faculty in 2006 and continues to conduct workshops in her home state of Florida and across the country. In addition to RCW and 10 and Under Tennis workshops, she also conducts in-service trainings for physical education teachers and after-school program providers. As a trainer, Gladstone strives to give new coaches, P.E. teachers, parents and volunteers the confidence to provide a great "first time" experience for their players. Her goal is to instill enthusiasm for coaching players and also a love for tennis.
Gladstone is an active USTA volunteer on both a sectional and national level. She has served on the USTA Florida Recreational Tennis Council since 2007 and is currently a member of the USTA 10 and Under Task Force and Vice Chair of the Junior Team Tennis Committee. She is very active with local USTA programming, acting as league coordinator for USTA Junior Team Tennis in her county. Gladstone also is a past speaker at both the Tennis Teacher’s Conference and Community Tennis Development Workshop.
Gladstone has enjoyed more than 30 years in tennis as a player, coach, volunteer and national trainer. As a player, she competed on a national, collegiate and international level. A University of South Carolina alum (1984-1988), her 127 career singles wins is still a school record. She also competed professionally, attaining a world ranking from 1986-1990.
Julio Godreau is the director of The Mississippi Tennis Academy at the Parham Bridges Tennis Center, head coach for the USTA Competitive Training Center in Mississippi, and a coach for USTA Southern Talent Identification Camps. Julio also serves as National Advisory Staff for adidas and Prince. For more than 20 years he has been an extremely successful tennis coach, trainer, teacher and speaker possessing superior customer service skills.
Godreau is bilingual, English and Spanish, and holds a master's degree in business administration from American Intercontinental University with an undergrad in psychology. He is a USPTA Pro 1, is USTA High Performance certified, and has been recognized by the USPTA and USTA as Pro of the Year in his division/section.
Godreau is comfortable teaching large or small groups of adults or children in single or multiple courts as well as instructing and coaching privately all segments of the tennis industry. Further, he is expert in biomechanical video analysis of tennis strokes using Dartfish. Among his coaching highlights, he developed players to achieve rankings as high as No. 5 in the U.S. In 2013 his students, Mathis Billman and Juliette Finch, are both ranked No. 1 in USTA Southern Section Boy’s & Girl’s 10 & Under.
A former three-time president of the USPTA Eastern Division and an inductee in the division’s Hall of Fame, Spike Gonzales now lives in Naples, Fla., where he oversees a staff of professionals providing lessons and programs for Collier County Parks and several country clubs.
Gonzales helped build Tennis Corporation of America from one club to more than 30 in his 20-year employment with the Chicago-based company. He was the key person in founding the National Tennis Rating Program in the late 1970s, bringing together the USTA, USPTA and IHRSA to adopt it as a universal program.
An advocate for developing character in young people, Gonzales founded the Rochester Love-15 program, bringing free tennis instruction and tutoring to thousands of underprivileged youth in Rochester. He has coached numerous nationally ranked junior players (including one No. 1), and has been ranked as high as No. 1 in two Florida USTA divisions. He has been teaching concentration and other mental skills to juniors and adults for 35 years.
Brian Gordon is a researcher in tennis stroke biomechanics and the founder of 3-D Tennis Technologies. 3-D Tennis Technologies is the first tennis facility operation to use scientific grade 3D measurement equipment and analysis systematically in the development of players. The headquarters of 3-D Tennis Technologies is at the Rick Macci Tennis Academy (RMTA) in Boca Raton, Fla.
Brian’s academic and applied research in tennis stroke biomechanics has led to a new system to understand and teach stroke mechanics. Known as the “Biomechanically Engineered Stroke Technique (BEST)” system, it defines optimal technique from the perspective of the neuromuscular-skeletal system. The technique’s elements are the foundation of the system’s teaching methodology and progressions.
Brian earned his doctorate in sport biomechanics at Indiana University. He completed his master’s degree in exercise science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs while working as a researcher at USA Swimming at the Olympic Training Center. He is the author of scientific papers in sport biomechanics and coaching information articles on tennis stroke biomechanics. Currently, he is a private coach and applied sport scientist.
Ansley Golf Club’s athletic/director of tennis, Matt Grayson, is a graduate of Baylor University (1994) with degrees in business broadcasting and marketing. While attending school, he played tennis as a walk-on and played men’s volleyball for the university for two years as well.
Grayson began his tennis-teaching career as an assistant tennis professional at Atlanta Country Club and Atlanta Athletic Club and then moved to Laurel Springs as the head tennis professional in 1997. In 2003, he joined the Country Club of Roswell staff as the head tennis professional and moved into the director role in 2004. In 2009, Grayson restructured the club’s management and took over as the athletic director. As of 2012, he now coordinates the tennis, fitness, aquatic and youth care programs at the Ansley Golf Club in mid-town Atlanta.
Grayson is a USPTA Pro 1 and has served on many boards and committees on the local and southern levels. He was honored as the Head Professional of the Year 1999-2002 by the Georgia Professional Tennis Association, Southern Assistant Professional of the Year by the USPTA in 2002 and 2003, and Southern Pro of the Year in 2013. He has made presentations at the Southern and national level on club management and on-court strategies. Grayson is now currently serving on the USPTA Southern Division Board of Directors as it second vice president. He joined the Wilson Speakers Bureau in January 2012.
Dr. Brian Hainline is chief medical officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As the NCAA’s first chief medical officer, Hainline will oversee the NCAA Sport Science Institute, a national center of excellence whose mission is to promote and develop safety, excellence, and wellness in college student-athletes, and to foster lifelong physical and mental development. The NCAA Sport Science Institute will work collaboratively with member institutions and Centers of Excellence across the United States.
For more than 20 years, Hainline has been actively involved in sports medicine. He co-authored "Drugs and the Athlete," and played a pivotal role in the development of drug testing and education protocols worldwide. He has served on the New York State Medical Advisory Board, the USOC Sports Medicine Committee, and was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Section, where he continues to serve as councilor and chair of the strategic planning group. Hainline has played a pivotal role in the development of health and safety standards in tennis, both nationally and internationally. He was chief medical officer of the US Open Tennis Championships for 16 years, and then served as chief medical officer of the USTA before moving to the NCAA. He is chair of the International Tennis Federation Sport Science & Medicine Commission and oversaw the rollout of international wheelchair tennis competition, a sport for which he wrote the rules of eligibility for both para- and quad-tennis. Hainline is clinical professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine. He is author of several peer-reviewed journal articles, medical textbook chapters, and both medical and lay books. Hainline loves tennis: he played No. 1 in singles and doubles at University of Notre Dame, and continues to compete as time allows.
Feisal Hassan, a USPTA Master Professional, is the general manager and tennis director at the Midlothian Tennis Club in Midlothian, Va. He is also a member of the HEAD Penn Racquet Sports National Advisory Board and National Speaker's Bureau and holds USPTA specialist degrees in Competitive Player Development, Facility Management and Little Tennis. He is a USTA Recreational Coach and QuickStart trainer, a member of the National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team and co-chairs the USPTA National Education and College Curriculum committees. Hassan was also the director of coaches' education and Junior Davis Cup team coach for Tennis Zimbabwe.
Hassan was one of Tennis Industry magazine's prestigious "40 Under 40" for being one of the top 40 people under 40 years old who have had and will continue to have a strong influence in the sport.
Hassan writes and conducts seminars, workshops and clinics for international, national and sectional organizations and events. In 2011, he was named USPTA's Alex Gordon Professional of the Year. He was also named to the USPTA Mid-Atlantic Hall of Fame inaugural class of 2012.
Brett Hobden, USPTA Pro 1, has helped people of all ages and skill levels learn tennis successfully. His students have won more than 20 national junior championships across two continents, and several have played on the pro tour. Also, children and senior players alike are thriving with their grasp of his modern hitting technique. Hobden has co-authored several books on modern teaching, served as a consultant to coaching associations in several countries, and is a popular speaker at national coaching conferences. His approach accelerates player development by providing explicit "technical solutions to tactical problems."
Randy Jenks, a three-time USPTA Florida District Professional of the Year, has also served the division as a district president since 2009. He is the tournament director and chairman for The Firehouse Subs, Jacksonville, Florida’s, largest men’s tennis event. The Firehouse has a total purse of $10,000 and in 2012 raised just over $350,000 for charity. Prior to being named USPTA National Courtside Manager in June, Jenks was the director of tennis at Eagle Harbor, Jacksonville’s largest club with just under 600 tennis members and 70 league teams.
Craig S. Jones is the director of youth play and competition for USTA and is considered an industry leader in the QuickStart Tennis Play Format. Jones is a USPTA P-1 and is the owner of the Petersburg Racquet Club in Martinez, Ga. Jones He has received numerous awards for his work with QuickStart, including 2007 USTA/USPTA Community Service Award and the 2007 RSI Magazine Junior Champion of the Year. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and no stranger to the USPTA World Conference. His appearance is courtesy of the USTA.
Kurt Kamperman is the USTA’s chief executive for community tennis and he has led the USTA’s efforts to increase tennis participation in the United States. Kamperman previously was president of the Tennis Industry Association. Prior to joining the TIA in 1996, he was president of Stan Smith Design, as well as the director of tennis at Sea Pines Resort. As a tennis management and marketing consultant, he worked with dozens of top clubs, resorts, and companies. Kamperman attended Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, on a four-year scholarship. He later coached at YSU while attending graduate school and was named Conference Coach of the Year in 1981. He is a Master Professional and past national president of the USPTA (1996-1997). His appearance is courtesy of USTA.
Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified health/fitness instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and a USPTA-certified tennis coach. He recently created the International Tennis Performance Association.
He was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and earned a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama.
Kovacs has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text "Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance" and is currently an associate editor of the "Strength and Conditioning Journal." Kovacs was an assistant professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.
Michele Krause is the Cardio Tennis Manager for the Tennis Industry Association. Cardio Tennis is a fun, group fitness activity consisting of fast-paced tennis drills and games for players of all ability levels providing a full body calorie-burning workout. Krause has overseen the program since its inception in 2005, and there are now 1,800 Authorized Providers, 1.5 million Cardio Tennis participants in the U.S. and the program has spread to more than 30 countries. Krause has developed Cardio Tennis Kids, Supersize Cardio Tennis and TRX Cardio Tennis.
Krause oversees the Cardio Tennis program in the U.S. and internationally. Her responsibilities include administration, programming, curriculum, event planning, training and marketing. She is also responsible for the 40 tennis professionals on the National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team who assist her with training, educating and consumer events. She also serves as the coordinator for those countries that are in the process of establishing, launching or continuing development of Cardio Tennis. She speaks at many industry conventions, meetings and events to provide ongoing education on the Cardio Tennis program. She also trains coaches how to deliver the product through national and international courses.
Krause is a USPTA and PTR tennis professional who managed tennis facilities throughout the U.S. for more than 16 years. She is formally educated in TRX Suspension Training and is a certified Ignite 360 (Combine 360) Trainer.
Richard L. LaRocca
Richard L. LaRocca, CCM, CCE, has been the General Manager/COO of the Country Club of Orlando (Fla.) since February 2013. Previously, he was the General Manager/COO for the Kirtland Country Club in Cleveland for 10 years and the General Manager for Allegheny Country Club in Pittsburgh for 12 years. All three clubs have year-round tennis play, and LaRocca believes a positive tennis program is a catalyst for member retention and recruitment.
LaRocca is a 1984 graduate of Youngstown State University. He has been a member of CMAA since 1986, earned his CCM in 1997, was named to the Honor Society in 2004, and became a Certified Chief Executive in 2008. He served on the following national committees: Nominating, Long Range Planning, Chapter Member Services, Technology and At-Conference. He is past president of the Greater Cleveland Chapter CMAA (2012) and the Pittsburgh Chapter CMAA (1999-2000).
He has always been driven by his desire to provide genuine service and connect with people in a way that creates a professional, yet welcoming environment. It is the ability to develop camaraderie and lead the team by cultivating, rather than by “demanding” respect, combined with a passion for excellence, that creates a management style that is more inclusive and successful.
Michael G. Leemhuis
Michael G. Leemhuis is the CEO of Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. One of Leemhuis' career highlights has been guiding Congressional Country Club to the No. 1 spot in the Platinum Clubs of America. His extensive leadership and sports experience has included his roles as president of the Club Managers Association of America in 2009; GM/director of golf at the PGA TOUR; general manager, Sport and Recreation at Sun City Resort; tournament director of the Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Challenge; and managing director of Sports International.
Certification combined with education are what Leemhuis believes are the cornerstones of success in business and in life and to that end he is a Certified Club Manager and Certified Chief Executive through the CMAA, as well as a certified PGA member through the PGA of America (A13) and the PGA of South Africa (Master Professional). In 2011, Leemhuis was awarded the CMAA Club Manager of the Year award for his dedication and commitment to the club industry.
Michael was born and had his initial education in South Africa. After graduating from Pretoria Boys High School, he went on to study at Wits University in Johannesburg where he graduated in 1976 with a teaching degree in physical education and history. He later spent semesters at UCLA in California and then completed his graduate degree at East Carolina University in 1991, where he was awarded a master’s degree in education, specializing in sport administration and management.
Michael’s lifetime goal of a career in sport has been realized. His work experience in sport has run through many different industries: hotel/resort management; stadium management; athlete representation; event management and private club management to name a few. He is also no stranger to major sporting events, having been very involved in the organization of a US Open (2011) USTA tennis event, numerous PGA TOUR events and multiple ultra-distance marathon and triathlon races.
An avid sportsman himself, Mike has twice completed the grueling Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon, numerous other ultra-triathlons, two ultra-distance marathons and 40 regular marathons. His other passions are fishing, photography, travel, wine and reading.
Page Love is an expert on sport nutrition and eating disorder issues particularly with elite athletics. In 1992, she founded Nutrifit Sport Therapy Inc., a company of professionals dedicated to helping clients reach their wellness goals through performance eating. Love has assembled a team of caring and experienced dietitians with specialties in nutrition for disease prevention and control, weight management, treatment of eating disorders, development of nutrition and fitness plans, and much more.
She has worked with professional players, college teams as well as individual athletes. Her past and current clients include the ATP World Tour, the WTA Tour, USTA, the Atlanta Braves, U.S. Figure Skating, and U.S. Synchronized Swimming, and she served as a nutrition consultant during the Olympic Games in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004.
Love’s tennis experience includes being a USPTA-certified tennis teaching professional and serving on the Sport Science Advisory Board for the PTR. She played Division I collegiate tennis at Baylor University and still plays competitive league tennis in Atlanta year round. She shares a passion to help professional tennis players learn how to better fuel and hydrate their bodies. She just published a tennis sport nutrition-specific education kit for players and coaches. See nutrifitga.com for more information. Love will also serve as the onsite dietitian for the US Open this year.
Love’s extensive credentials include being a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Specialist in Sport Dietetics of the American Dietetic Association, a strength and conditioning specialist certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, past president of the Atlanta Dietetic Association and past media spokesperson for the Georgia Dietetic Association. Love is often consulted by media both locally and nationally, and she has been featured many times as an expert by programs and publications such as CNN’s “On the Menu,” “CNN Headline News,” “Peachtree Morning,” “Good Day Atlanta,” Women’s Sports Illustrated, Tennis magazine, People magazine, WSB Radio, Z93 Radio and Fox News.
Paul Lubbers is currently the director of coaching education and sport science for the USTA. In this role, he works to provide educational experiences and opportunities for coaches throughout the United States. Prior to working with the USTA, he served as the head men's and women's tennis coach at the University of North Carolina Greensboro from 1991-1999. From 1985-1989 he worked as a teaching professional at South Fulton Tennis Center in College Park, Ga.
Lubbers is active as a speaker and presenter, contributing to conferences of the world's tennis organizations including the ITA, ITF, LTA, Mexican Tennis Federation, PTR and USPTA. As a writer he has contributed to many leading tennis publications and websites including Tennis Magazine, ITF Coaching and Sport Science Review, USTA High Performance Coaching Newsletter and TennisPlayer.net. Recently, he was a co-author and editor of the USTA Mental Skills and Drills Manual.
Lubbers received his bachelor's degree from Hope College, his Master of Science degree from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. in exercise and sports science at UNC Greensboro.
Rick Macci is one of the top coaches in the game today. He has coached five players who have been No. 1 in the world: Venus and Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, Jennifer Capriati and Maria Sharapova. His tennis academy in Boca Raton, Fla., has produced more than 134 national titles and has had students win all four major junior grand slam titles. The academy offers cutting-edge 3D analysis of stroke mechanics with an actual MRI of player strokes. He teaches more than 50 hours a week, working with beginner players as young as age 4 to touring pros.
Macci is an instructional editor for Tennis magazine and has appeared on all major TV networks. He is a featured instructor in the award-winning television show “On Court with USPTA” for the past eight years on the Tennis Channel. He is a USPTA Master Professional and is in the USPTA Florida Division Hall of Fame and the Greenville, Ohio, Hall of Fame for tennis and basketball. He has been the Florida Division’s Coach of the Year six times and was the 2005 USPTA Alex Gordon Professional of the Year.
Macci has been a consultant for Donald Trump Management and serves on the USPTA Player Development Committee. He also works with the USTA Player Development Program.
Patrick McEnroe is the general manager of USTA Player Development, working out of the USTA’s national headquarters in White Plains, N.Y. The former Davis Cup player led the 2001 team to the championship in 2007, and he has captained the team to the semifinals or better on five occasions. He also was coach of the 2004 U.S. Olympic men’s tennis team. In his 11-year professional career (1988-98), McEnroe won one singles and 16 doubles titles, including the 1989 French Open doubles title. He reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 28 in 1995 and an individual doubles high of No. 3 in 1993. In addition to his duties with the USTA, McEnroe is a respected television and radio commentator. His appearance is courtesy of USTA.
Jim Morton, USPTA, is the director of lawn and tennis at the prestigious Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., where he has worked for the past 25 years. As the director, he has overseen the club's tennis operation as well as its tennis pro shop for the last 20 years. Prior to his current position, Morton ran his own tennis pro shops as the head professional at the Belle Haven Club, the New Haven Lawn Club and the Milbrook Club, all in Connecticut. Morton is a member of the HEAD Advisory Staff and his appearance is courtesy of the Ocean Reef Club.
Charlie Osborn has been a prominent member of the tennis industry for more than 30 years. He started his tennis career as a teaching pro for nine years and ran a pro shop for five of those years. Osborn then moved onto Wilson, working as a territory manager for 10 years, regional sales manager for six years and the national sales manager for two years. Osborn has been the vice president of specialty sales for Prince Global Sports for the last eight years. He is a leader in the industry and a distinguished member of the tennis community.
Ajay Pant is the general manager for the Tennis Center at College Park, Md. Prior to his current position, Pant was the national tennis director for Tennis Corporation of America. Pant was with TCA for 18 years and also served as head tennis professional, club manager and general manager for TCA clubs in Chicago and other parts of the United States.
Pant has worked with beginner to world-ranked players at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He was the coordinator for the Arthur Ashe/Nick Bollettieri “Cities” Tennis Programs in New York, New Jersey, Kansas and Missouri.
A USPTA Master Professional, Pant was recognized as a “Specialist in Competitive Player Development” in 2001, was named the USPTA Missouri Valley Facility Manager of the Year for 2006, and was the recipient of the USTA/Missouri Valley President’s Award for 2007.
Pant is a USTA Recreation Coaches Workshop Master Trainer, a member of the National Cardio Tennis and HEAD Penn speakers teams, and serves as the chairman for the USTA National 10 and Under Task Force. He previously served on USTA national committees for Schools, Community Tennis and Multicultural Participation.
He lives in Ellicott City, Md., with his wife, Megan, son, Arun and daughter, Kiran.
Ira Peskowitz, a USPTA Professional, deputy sheriff with 19 years in law enforcement, and adjunct professor in West Palm Beach, Fla., combines his three fields of expertise by sharing the game with at-risk and all youths. He enjoys introducing kids and families to tennis with special attention to kids in inner cities.
Peskowitz is the founder of the Kids and Police Tennis Association (KAPTA). Started in June 2010, more than 500 kids have signed up. He has been asked to promote this program nationally with USTA NJTL and PAL National. He plans to grow KAPTA nationally/internationally and start a new program called Jail House Tennis, which will build tennis courts and teach tennis to youth and adults in jails and prisons. The program also will address re-entry, diversion, mentors, teaching and recidivism in the correctional facilities. Another goal is to increase tennis exposure in charter schools.
Peskowitz has played tennis since he was 11 years old and competed on junior high, high school and college teams. He also played in the Police Olympics for the past four years and won silver and gold medals for singles and doubles.
He is the recipient of the 2011 USPTA Growing Tennis Through Diversity Award, 2012 USPTA Florida District Pro of the Year, and 2012 Welch Tennis Court Scholarship Tennis Professional of the Year. His greatest accomplishment outside the tennis industry is his education and work experience, which includes numerous certifications and specialty skills, including the USTA High Performance Coaches program. Peskowitz earned a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Palm Beach Atlantic University and state certifications as a law enforcement officer, firefighter and paramedic. He is a husband and father of two boys.
Warren Pretorius, USPTA Master Professional, is currently the tennis market manager and Southwest region director for Dartfish USA. His responsibilities for Dartfish include sales and training of Dartfish software and Dartfish.tv Web sharing, along with process design and implementation. His key accounts include USPTA, USTA, ITF, IMG, Tennis Canada, Tennis South Africa, US Ski and Snowboard, and Nike Tennis Camps as well as numerous universities and academies.
A former NCAA Division I collegiate player, Pretorius also successfully competed on the USTA senior circuit, winning nine USTA balls, including four national championships. Before working for Dartfish, Pretorius was the director of tennis at Park City Racquet Club, Utah, for 14 years. In the tennis industry, he consults with numerous players and coaches on the ATP and WTA tours.
Jeff Salzenstein is the founder and president of JRS Sports, LLC, an organization focused on helping tennis players improve their game with world-class tennis instruction in the areas of technique, footwork, nutrition, injury prevention, motivation, and athletic development training. Salzenstein developed www.JeffSalzensteinTennis.com where he shares tennis tips and lessons to help players transform their games. He created several successful online instruction courses, including the “Tennis Forehand Solution” and the “Tennis Serve Secrets.” Salzenstein also has an online tennis instruction membership site, the Total Tennis Training Inner Circle, that has hundreds of members with more than 25 countries represented.
A member of the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame, Salzenstein competed against the best players in the world. Today, this devotion and passion for the game are being borne out in the athletic and personal accomplishments of the players he coaches.
Salzenstein earned an athletic scholarship to Stanford, where he graduated with a bachelor’s in economics in 1996. He was named team captain and an all-American in his junior and senior years and played No. 1 singles. He led the Cardinal to back-to-back NCAA national team championships and received Stanford’s Senior Athlete of the Year award in 1996.
Salzenstein turned professional and joined the ATP World Tour immediately after graduation. He quickly rose through the ATP rankings, playing the circuit in Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America and the United States, including all the Grand Slam events. In 1997, Salzenstein was named Rookie of the Year by Tennis Weekmagazine. Highlights of his career include wins over Taylor Dent, Mardy Fish, Justin Gimelstob, Paul Goldstein, Fernando Gonzales, David Nalbandian, Greg Rusedski and Fernando Verdasco.
In 2004, despite having two major surgeries in the first three years of his professional career, Salzenstein broke into the top 100 in the ATP rankings after eight years on tour. He was the first American to accomplish this feat after his 30th birthday. At that time, Salzenstein was the 10th ranked American in the ATP world rankings after such notables as Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, James Blake, Todd Martin and Taylor Dent.
Salzenstein concluded his playing career in 2007 to launch a second career in high-performance tennis coaching in Denver. In addition to being a USPTA-certified Professional 1 and USTA High Performance Coach, he is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
Jane Savage is a certified health coach who empowers her clients to prioritize their health and well-being. As founder of Savage Health, she works with groups and individuals in Hudson Valley, N.Y.
While playing college tennis for four years at the University of Delaware, Savage developed a passion for tennis. She continued in the tennis world and joined the USPTA in 2004. For the next eight years, Savage enjoyed teaching students of all ages while at the same time improving her own fitness. After becoming a certified health coach in 2008 by attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, she formed Savage Health. Continuing on the path of health, she became a certified trainer in early 2012.
Savage is totally committed to speaking at local fitness clubs, companies and schools. She focuses her time and talents on her health coaching business, her family and her fitness.
USPTA Master Professional Paula Scheb is the director of tennis and fitness at the Bonita Bay Club, and is on the HEAD Penn National Advisory Staff and National Speaker’s Bureau, presenting regularly throughout the country on various tennis and business topics.
Scheb was the Head Tester for the Florida Division for 12 years, certifying and testing more than 1,300 professionals. She was also the USPTA Pro of the Year for the Florida Division.
Scheb grew up under the tutelage of Nick Bollettieri, and as a teenager she taught various clinics with him all over the world. More recently she hosted clinics with some of the biggest names in tennis, including Evonne Goolagong, Gigi Fernandez, Rick Leach, Billie Jean King, Tom Gorman, Jim Loehr, Tim Mayotte, Rick Macci, Stan Smith, Jack Groppel, Fred Stolle, Mikael Pernfors and Jimmy Arias.
Scheb has been a regular contributor of tips and articles to Tennis magazine, which featured her and some of her teaching tips in a special edition periodical called “Tips from the Masters” that was promoted at the US Open.
Her YouTube videos, “Paula’s Pointers for Club Players,” have received praise from recreational and professional players alike. Scheb and the Bonita Bay Club members host one of the largest tennis fundraisers in the country, with more than 20 former touring professionals, eight former No. 1 players and four tennis Hall of Famers, and the event raised more than $300,000 this year for a pediatric cancer pharmacy in the new Tom Golisano Children’s Hospital in Ft. Myers.
Scheb graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing. She played college tennis for the No. 2 nationally ranked Lady Gators and was a doubles all-American while attending UF.
James B. Singerling
James B. Singerling is the CEO of the Club Managers Association of America. Prior to this appointment, he was a corporate official in the golf course design and management companies of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. He also served as vice president and general manager of the Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
During his 22-year tenure as CMAA’s chief executive, Singerling has helped lead the Association to the forefront of the club industry. The CMAA Business Management Institute (BMI) has grown from offering three programs annually in 1990 until now, presenting dozens of programs in America and on four continents around the world. More than 1,000 club management professionals now participate in the BMI programs each year. CMAA’s public website, cmaa.org, consistently averages more than 2 million hits per month. Singerling also serves as the president of The Club Foundation, which to date has issued more than $5 million in scholarships and grants.
Singerling has been a CMAA member for more than 30 years. He is a Certified Club Manager (CCM) with CMAA. Additionally, Singerling served as president of the Team USA Culinary Foundation from 1992 to 1996. Singerling has been recognized as Industry Leader of the Year by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Michigan State University, in addition to receiving awards from Florida State University, Pennsylvania State University, Oklahoma State University and Sun Yat Sin University – China.
He is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and has served as its president. Singerling has also completed two full terms on the Board of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce as well as the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association. He accepted the nomination to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, the country’s most prestigious group of chief staff executives.
Kathy Woods served as president of the USPTA from 1994-1996 and has the distinguished honor of being the first and only female to serve the Association in that capacity.
Currently, she is the director of tennis at the Racquet Club of St. Petersburg, a facility that boasts 16 clay and three hard courts, swimming pool, pro shop and restaurant. Woods previously directed tennis programs in clubs and communities including Princeton, N.J., Key Biscayne, Fla., and Westport, Conn. She has been a certified teaching professional for nearly three decades, dedicated to helping players of all ages and playing abilities.
Woods has also worked with the Tennis Industry Association on the Cartoon Network Tennis Tour as a tennis club consultant in programming and staff training and in corporate tennis entertainment. She has been a featured speaker for the International Tennis Federation at the Worldwide Coaches Workshop, the Japanese Professional Tennis Association and the USTA National Tennis Teachers Conference.
In 1996, Woods was honored with the prestigious Educational Merit Award by the International Tennis Association for outstanding service to tennis at the national level.
As a competitive player, she earned a coveted Gold Ball by winning the USTA National 30s Doubles championships and has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by USPTA in both singles and doubles.
Woods played varsity tennis and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ron Woods, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of health science and human performance at the University of Tampa. He is also a long-time tennis coach and co-author with his wife, Kathy, of “Playing Tennis After 50!”
Ron spent 20 years with the USTA as the first Director of Player Development, a program that helps develop top junior players into professional players. He was inducted into the USTA Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame (2010) and the USPTA Middle States Hall of Fame (2012).
For 17 years, Woods was a professor of physical education and the men’s tennis coach at West Chester University. He has also been inducted into West Chester University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
A graduate of East Stroudsburg University and an inductee into their Athletic Hall of Fame, Woods received his doctorate from Temple University with an emphasis in sport psychology and motor learning.
He has been honored by the International Tennis Hall of Fame with the Educational Merit Award in 1997, the USPTA as National Coach of the Year in 1982 and as a Master Professional in 1984.
His accomplishments include eight years on the Coaching Committee of the United States Olympic Committee and the Coaches’ Commission of the International Tennis Federation. Woods has also authored “Social Issues in Sport and Energy Every Day” and written and edited numerous USTA publications including “Coaching Youth Tennis,” “Tennis Tactics,” and “Coaching Tennis Successfully,” all published by Human Kinetics. He lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., with his wife, Kathy.
John Yandell is the creator of Tennisplayer.net online tennis magazine. He is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading high-speed videographers and analysts, and has worked with dozens of world class players as well as tour and college coaches. Yandell is also an instructional editor for Tennis magazine. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco California.