IART has announced the schedule for the 2013 training symposium for racquet technicians, which will run from Sept. 21 to 25 at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Fla.
New courses will offer a fresh look on the training side. IART has always offered a four-hour racquet customization course led by MRT and 2012 RSI Stringer of the Year John Gugel, but this year, he’ll be joined by co-presenter Ron Rocchi, principal designer at Wilson who also is the team leader of the Wilson Tour Services stringing team.
New classes include a look into what it takes to successfully run a tournament stringing operation, presented by Bob Patterson, who has tournament stringing experience at all levels. His presentation also will include how to work as an independent contractor, based on his experiences running operations at professional tournaments.
Mark Gonzalez of Alpha Racquet Sports and Ben Porter of Prince will host a class on what it takes to become a brand manager for one of the leading companies. USRSA certification testing will once again be conducted by USRSA Executive Director Dave Bone. Richard Parnell, MRT from Spain, will lead the certification for ERSA.
A TIA roundtable discussion to identify oppotunities with PlayTennis.com and the recently announced "Tennis Tune-Up" campaign is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, September 22.
The cost of registration for the five-day event is $495, but if you join the IART organization you will receive a 10% discount off of your registration fee. For information and to register, visit www.gssalliance.com or call Tim Strawn at 540-772-4418.