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

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)




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