The eighth annual TIA Tennis Forum will be Monday, Aug. 31, on the Ballroom level of the Grand Hyatt New York City, right before play begins at the 2015 US Open. Free to attend, the Forum will present the latest news about the state of the tennis industry, including participation, equipment sales data, grassroots initiatives, Youth Tennis, updates from the USTA, and more. Plus, in a ceremony at the conclusion of the Forum, Peter Burwash will become the 10th inductee into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame.
Peter Burwash, the founder and president of Peter Burwash International (PBI), the largest tennis management company in the world, will become the 10th inductee into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame in a ceremony during the TIA Tennis Forum on Aug. 31 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
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.