July 18th, 2017

Speakers Announced for TIA Tennis Forum During US Open

General News

The 10th Annual Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Forum will be held in New York City on Monday, Aug. 28, the first day of play at the 2017 US Open. The Forum will include industry executives who will present the latest news about the state of the tennis industry, ITF and USTA updates, business insights and a spotlight on innovation.

It will also outline ways to better define and boost the economic growth and impact of the tennis industry, and effective ways to distribute clear, consistent messaging of health, fitness and the reasons to play tennis. Attendees will receive a summary report on key industry research.

Forum speakers will include:

  • USTA President and Chairman of the Board Katrina Adams;
  • ITF President David Haggerty;
  • TIA President Jeff Williams, the managing partner of the Tennis Media Co.;
  • USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis and USTA National Campus Kurt Kamperman;
  • TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer; and
  • Dan O’Connor, the founder and CEO of RetailNet Group.

This year’s Forum also will honor Haggerty as the 2017 inductee into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame. Haggerty, who is currently serving a four-year term as ITF president through 2019, is the immediate past president of the USTA and a former president of the TIA. His business experience includes as the former chairman and CEO of Head USA, president of Dunlop Maxfli Slazenger Sports, and general manager/owner of Prince Sports Group.

The unique “Tennis Innovation Challenge” will take center stage, moderated by Carlos Salum, who is president of Salum International Resources and a member of the SportsCouncil Silicon Valley, which is co-sponsoring the challenge. The three finalists in the competition will each have five minutes to present their innovative product or service to a panel of judges and in front of an audience of tennis industry leaders.

The forum is free to attend but registration is required. For the full schedule or more info visit www.TennisIndustry.org.