Tennis facility owners and managers will get a glimpse of the future during the award-winning TOM Conference, which will be April 8-11 at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C.
The conference will include a Manufacturer-Retailer-Technology “hub” that will feature new and innovative products, which attendees will be able to demo in on-court sessions on Monday, April 9. Manufacturers and companies taking part in the TOM also will be exhibiting in the Resource Center throughout the conference.
The on-court demos will follow an “Equipment Knowledge 101” session by retail experts Dave Emkey of Fromuth Tennis, Adam Burbary of Game-Set-Match, Sean Barkulis of ShopKeep, Josh Myers of Sea Pines Resort, and Peg Connor, former manufacturer director of marketing and promotions. Products will include racquets, ball machines, backboards, “smart” technology and more.
“We’re excited to offer these ‘learn-try-test-demo’ sessions so facility owners and managers can learn about the latest products, innovations and technology,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “It’s important for staff and players to understand the importance of using the right equipment.” Coaching legend Nick Bollettieri also will be on-hand during the on-court demos. The afternoon will include refreshments and prizes, followed by a traditional “Low-Country Shrimp Boil” dinner.
The tentative schedule for the nine demo courts includes a “smart court” with line-calling and coaching technology, a “smart racquet” demo court, courts to test manufacturers’ latest racquets, a POP Tennis court, a Cardio Tennis court (with CT Global Education Director Michele Krause and MyZone President Emmett Williams), and pickleball courts.
To learn more and to register, visit TheTOMConference.com.