Key industry conferences set for March

January 20, 2015

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC — Two key tennis industry conferences are set for March in Indian Wells, Calif., bringing together tennis industry executives, legends, pros, coaches and other sports and business personalities.

The events are the 2015 Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Summit March 17-18, followed by the Tennis Owners and Managers (T.O.M.) Conference March 18-19. Both will be at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa and will take place during the BNP Paribas Open men’s and women’s pro tennis tournament.

The TIA Tennis Summit ( will examine the state of the tennis industry and the sport and discuss how tennis and the business of tennis will grow in the future. Top executives and personalities in tennis and the sports industry, along with business and management experts, will share their views and insights on topics that include trends to watch, the importance of collaborative leadership, how to effectively capture the youth market, increasing adult and family play, how health and fitness will boost the sport, how the professional game impacts grassroots tennis, and much more.

Speakers to date include coaching legend and tennis Hall-of-Famer Nick Bollettieri, Dr. Jim Loehr of the Human Performance Institute, Life Time Fitness Founder and CEO Bahram Akradi, internationally known management consultant Dr. Gerald Faust, U.S. Tennis Association President Katrina Adams, Tom Cove of the Sports & Fitness industry Association, media executives, tennis industry and organization leaders, and many more.

“This year’s Tennis Summit will build on the success of last year’s event, as this sport looks to continue to add more tennis players, more tennis fans, and more tennis consumers,” says TIA President Greg Mason.

Immediately following the TIA Tennis Summit will be the Tennis Owners and Managers (T.O.M.) Conference (, for club and facility owners and managers. This second annual conference will bring together leading experts in facility management, programming and other vital areas to provide practical information to grow tennis businesses and bring in more tennis players. Key speakers from the Tennis Summit will also present at the TOM Conference, including Bollettieri, Loehr and Faust.

“Tennis facilities and clubs are where the rubber meets the road in this industry-where players hit the courts and buy the products and services that help keep not only tennis businesses moving forward, but the entire sport as well,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. Speakers and panelists include management and business consultants, facility/club operators, executives from the Professional Tennis Registry, U.S. Professional Tennis Association and USTA, sports facility legal experts, and many more.

Helping to assemble the speakers and topics is an experienced tennis and sports industry advisory team made up of consultants Doug Cash, founder of CashFlow Tennis; Rod Heckelman, general manager of Mt. Tam Racquet Club; Greg Lappin, former national tennis director for Life Time Fitness; and Mark McMahon, tennis consultant and principal of McMahon & Associates.

For speakers, schedule and registration information for the Tennis Owners and Managers Conference, visit For more information on the Tennis Summit, including the latest schedule and speakers and to register, visit

The TIA is the non-profit trade association for tennis whose mission is to promote the growth and economic vitality of the sport. The organization, whose nearly two dozen board members come from all segments of the tennis industry, works closely with the USTA and all industry partners to develop initiatives to increase tennis participation and improve the health of all industry businesses.