Dr. Timothy Russell has been appointed by the ITA Board of Directors as the new CEO of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, with his role set to begin on July 1, 2015. A special appointed ITA Search Committee, chaired by David Benjamin, worked closely with a highly respected executive search firm, GSI Executive Search, to successfully complete an extensive selection process.
Scott Fowler, a sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer, is the winner of the 2015 Tennis Media Award, presented by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) in conjunction with the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). Fowler will be recognized at the NSSA’s 56th annual NSSA Awards Weekend in Salisbury, N.C., June 6-8.
The Tennis Industry Association is accepting nominations for the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame for 2015, which honors individuals who have made a significant impact on the sport of tennis. Nominations, which are due by June 1, can be in any of four categories: Inventors, Founders, Innovators or Contributors.
Bahram Akradi, the founder, president and CEO of the Life Time Fitness chain of clubs, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2014 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2015 issue. Akradi led off the magazine’s 14th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.
Greg Mason has been named president of HEAD USA Racquet Sports. Mason, who previously was vice president of sales and marketing for HEAD USA, also serves at the president of the TIA.
The USTA will have new leadership in 2015, with former pro and longtime tennis advocate Katrina Adams nominated to assume the post of chairman, CEO and president on Jan. 1, 2015. She is slated to serve a two-year term, succeeding outgoing president Dave Haggerty.
All of us at the Tennis Industry Association were saddened to hear of the passing of Vic Braden on Oct. 6. Vic devoted his life to bringing tennis to players of all ages and abilities. His “Laugh and Win” style of teaching the game created thousands of lifelong players. Along the way, his research into the sport helped revolutionize tennis teaching.
Former world No. 4 men’s tennis player Todd Martin, the new CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum (ITHF), has joined the board of directors of the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). Martin takes over the TIA board role held for many years by Mark Stenning, who stepped down recently as CEO of the ITHF after 35 years with the organization.
Longtime tennis industry veteran and industry pioneer Jim Baugh will become the ninth inductee into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, during the TIA Tennis Forum and Tennis Show at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.