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promoting the alliance of like-minded, future-thinkers and problem-solvers to find innovative solutions 

to evolve real growth and engagement in racquet and paddle sports ... be part of the community network!

NETWORK / Collaborators / innovators

Jolyn de Boer
Carlos Salum

Jolyn de Boer - Founder of the Racquet & Paddle Sports Alliancean independent network resource group developed to provide a positive growth platform for business, related industries and associations through collaboration, education, technology and innovation to better engage players, fans and consumers.  de Boer is the former Executive Director & COO for the Tennis Industry Association and current Advocacy Director for PHIT America, national non-profit focused on getting kids active, healthy and on pathway to lifetime sports including tennis, pickleball and golf.

Carlos SalumFounder of Salum International Resources, Inc., The Sircle Executive Club and SIR Conferences as an Leadership Performance Strategist and Consultant to global organizations with headquarters in four continents.  Leadership Legacy Advisor to High Net Worth Individuals transitioning life and career stages.


Virtual Sports Advisor:

Victor Bond CEO of the Virtual Sports Association dedicated to building a network of sporting federations, manufacturers, game developers, consultants, service providers, and players that are defining the sport of the future: Virtual Sport

Tennis Innovation Advisor:

Fernando Segal - Founder /CEO of Segal Institute Lab.  TBD Conference developer and organizer.  Fernando is a worldwide tennis expert well-known for his philosophical concepts about how to develop the game, and increase participation to create a continuous educational and developmental pathway for coaches, players, parents, managers, tennis organizations and others. He is plenty of healthier, wealthier, more fulfilling, passionate and purposeful life for tennis. 

Sports Tech Advisor:

Kristin Geer - Founder/CEO of Bleachr, a sports tech industry leader in mobile sports app development.  The company’s TennisONE App is gaining global popularity, serving as the Official App for dozens of tournaments and events.  TennisONE won the TIA 2020 Innovation Award.  Additionally, Bleachr won the 2021 Sport Tech Award for Best Digital Technology and is nominated for a 2021 Sports Pro OTT Innovation Award for creating CrowdVIEW LIVE, the first interactive face-to-face live stream platform to revolutionize sports broadcasting

Sports Business Advisor:

Tom Wilhelm, Founder & Managing Partner of NYTE IS YOUNG VENTURES (“NYTE”). Tom has 10 years of strategy and business development experience with Tennis Channel and ESPN. Tom led Tennis Channel and Sinclair Broadcast Group’s corporate development and strategy initiatives focused on innovation. His core areas included OTT strategy, engagement, technology, sports betting, immersive media, international, digital transformation and platform/distribution strategy.

Health & Wellness Advisor:

Dr. Jack Groppel - international authority and pioneer in science of human performance, expert in fitness and nutrition.  Co-founder, J&J Human Performance Institute and Adjunct Professor of management at J.L. Kellogg School.  Author of The Corporate Athlete, fellow in American College of Sports Medicine, board certified nutritionist in the American College of Nutrition and former research associate to the USOTC, served as 16 years as USTA Chairman of National Sport Science Committee.

Advocacy Advisor:

Jim Baugh - Founder of PHIT America, a 501-c3 to shed light on the Inactivity Pandemic and impact on kids health, lack of PE in school and to date helped nearly 1M kids get active.  A champion of collaborative efforts and industry sports leader, former Wilson President, TIA President and more

Sustainability Advisor:

Derrick Senior - Founder of Recycleballs, a 501-c3 Derrick is a thought-leader who has brought his success from 30 years in manufacturing, distribution, and management to the RecycleBalls mission. 

Research Advisor:

Keith Storey, President, Sports Marketing Surveys USA, Keith has more than 30  years experience in business analysis and market research, manages the USA's single largest sports participation study for the Physical Activity Council and also new sports insight tool - SportsEye. 

Adam Hile, Senior Research Analysis at Sports Marketing Surveys USA.  Adam will be analyzing the virtual sports integration plans into the racquet sports community and working with the team at Virtual Sports Association and Racquet Sports Alliance/Discovery Sports Zone.



One-Court Solution:   

Dave Meharg - Innovator of the Next-Court - one court for multiple sports,  founder of Tennis Court Consult, Putnam Tennis and more than 30 years experience in design, construction and maintenance of all types of courts in all environments from professional tournaments to private residents.

Business Software Solution: 

Charlie Ruddy - Innovator of Foundation Sports Systems,  business software platform tennis, pop tennis, pickleball, platform, padel, virtual sports

Court Product Solutions:

Mike Ballardie - CEO, Slingerbag, Mike started his tennis business career at Wilson in the late 1980s where he spent 11 years growing and ultimately leading their EMEA Racquet Sport division. In 2002 Mike was part of the management team that acquired Prince and in 2012 he became the Prince CEO. Mike is a proven business leader who has successfully brought several high-performance innovations to market for leading global brands.

Padel Court Solutions:

Virgil Christian - Managing Director Absolute Padel, manufacturing and North America delivery. He's credited with some of the most innovative changes to happen to collegiate tennis, he provided the vision and created The Home of America tennis, 100 million dollar tennis campus which included the relocation of the USTA to Lake Nona and continues to invest in real estate, developing unique properties with Health & Wellness Sports District component..     


POP Tennis / Paddle Tennis Network:

Mitch Kutner - IPTA, President

Padel Network

Pilar Grantham - USPA, President

Luigi Carraro - FIP, President

Pickleball Network:

Mike Nealy, USAPA, President

ustin Maloof, USAPA,  Executive Director

Platform Network:

Amin Khadduri - APTA, President

Dave Meharg


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