Powerhouse of Racquet Industry Leaders Featured Speakers to Take the Main Stage of the 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show

The Racquet & Paddle Sports Show will bring together racquet sports professionals, industry leaders, facility suppliers and wide-ranging product manufacturers from around the world for merchandise sourcing, product testing, education and professional networking.  The industry gathering will begin with hands-on product testing at Demo Day:  Lake Nona Experience, at the USTA National Campus, on Jan. 21.  The Show Floor, open Jan. 22-24 and co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), will feature more than 100 comprehensive exhibits, a multi-use court demonstrations, table tennis tournament, complimentary industry presentations and an extensive educational programming, including the Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference and the Complimentary Regional Education Day (Jan. 22) presented by the USTA, USPTA and RacquetFit.

Racquet sports professionals can register, free of charge, at RacquetPaddleSportsShow.com.

Main Stage Schedule – 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show

Wednesday, January 22

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.                        Impulse Purchases: Using Accessories to Increase Sales
Karen Giberson, President, Accessories Council

10 – 10:30 a.m.                         Cost-Effective Indoor Tennis Facilities
Geoffrey Ching, Director of Sales, ClearSpan
Berhe Serekeberhan, Owner Blakeney Racquet Club (Charlotte, NC)

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.                      The Future of Pickleball (panel discussion/Q&A)
Dan Santorum, CEO of PTR and PPR
George Bauernfeind, Managing Director, Marketing & Communications USA Pickleball Association
Fred Stringfellow, Executive Director, American Sports Builders Association

12:15 -1:00 p.m.                        Update on USTA Programming & Pathways
Craig Morris, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA National Campus

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.                         In Full Swing: Racquet Sports Growing Popularity at Private Club
Henry Wallmeyer, President & CEO, National Club Association

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.                         Leading With Change & Innovation
Scott Steinberg, CEO, TechSavvy Global

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                         2020 Vision for World TeamTennis: Innovation, Expansion and Technology
Carlos Silva, President & CEO, World TeamTennis (WTT)

Thursday, January 23

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.                         Pioneering True Private Pickleball at the Tennis Club at Newport
Sean Bollettieri-Abdali, High Performance Coach and Multi-Private Tennis Club Owner

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.                     Growing Your Community While Growing Your Business
Delaine Mast, National Director, Community Tennis, World TeamTennis

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.                     Play is the Heart of Experience Design
Erin Alley, Studio Director & Licensed Architect, RMW architecture and interiors

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.                       What’s New in Racquet Venue Development?
Virgil Christian, Senior Director Section Infrastructure, Tennis Venue & Design Group

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.                         Real Virtual Tennis and the Future of Sport
Victor Bond, Founder & CEO, Virtual Sports Association

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.                         How Technology Drives Engagement
Dent Wilkens, SVP Operations, U.S. Squash

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.                         Life after the Pros
Nick Matthew 3X World Squash Champion
Dent Wilkens, SVP Operations, U.S. Squash

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.                         Bridging the Gap between the Course & the Court
Dr. Sean Drake, Vice President RacquetFit
Mike Malaska, PGA, Teacher of the Year, 2018 Southwest Section & 2011 National

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.                          TIA Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge
Racquet innovators present five-minute pitches about their new product or service to a panel of industry judges in a “Shark Tank”-style competition to determine a winner.

Friday, January 24

10-10:30 a.m.                           Productive Use of Tennis Technology
Alex Johanssen/Director New England Tennis Academy (MultiBall)