October 22-23, 2024
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

The SUMMIT is the premier business conference serving Youth Sport, Performance, and Education Industries. Focusing on the issues and opportunities of our unique industry, the SUMMIT is a powerful blend of smart, relevant, entertaining…and immediately useful information. Fast paced yet personal, the SUMMIT provides fresh, tangible, well-researched concepts that can make an immediate impact on your operational, educational and financial operations. the SUMMIT is undeniably the most exciting opportunity of the year to brainstorm and spend quality time with the top leaders in the industry. Whether you are an owner, manager, coach or teacher, you will leave inspired and energized and ready to take your business to the next level!

Speakers and Topics 

Cindy Cary, Ed.D., Organizational Leadership

Dr. Cindy Cary is a former Associate Professor of Child Development at the University of La Verne(ULV) in the College of Education. During her tenure at ULV, she was the Student Teacher Supervisor at the Fairplex Child Development Center.  Her educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and master’s degree in early childhood curriculum from the University of Texas at El Paso. She also has an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne.

Committed to ensuring high quality curriculum, she provides training and support for early childhood professionals in the Rancho Santa Margarita area.

Dan Berzansky

How to Be the Most Impactful Employer in an Employee’s Journey

Dan Berzansky is the founder and CEO of Premier Aquatic Services, which operates Premier Aquatics and Premier Health and Safety, and is Co-founder of Premier Swim Academy. Since 2011, Premier Aquatic Services has grown into a full-service swim school, lifeguard service, and health and safety education provider in the Western US. Premier employs over 200 year-round employees and ramps up to over 550 seasonal employees in over 100 locations throughout California and Arizona.

In addition to Premier, Dan has developed SaaS startup called OneTeam360, which is an employee engagement and incentivization tool created specifically for small to medium sized businesses employing part-time hourly employees. In all, Dan has over 20 years of management, coaching and teaching experience, as well as over 20 years of experience in large scale project management. In his free time, Dan is Vice President of Stop Drowning Now, a drowning prevention education program, the Co-Chair of the Orange County Drowning Prevention Task

Force, and is the Forum Chair for Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Orange County chapter. Dan is a graduate of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business Management where he completed his MBA. Dan lives in Laguna Niguel, CA with his wife and three young children.

Lynn Ledford

What Great Leaders Do Differently

Lynn is a decisive, analytical leader who guides with energy, high standards, compassion and creativity. An attorney by trade, Lynn followed a strong entrepreneurial calling and purchased Cal Elite Kids in Orange County, California.  Together with business partner Jett Cutler, they grew Cal Elite from a small gymnastics center with 8 employees to become one of the most successful children’s activity centers in the U.S. Today Cal Elite Kids serves 3,000 students and provides over 12,000 hours of lessons each week. After raising 4 children with husband, Mark Ledford, Lynn got to work!

In  2016 Lynn joined Jett in establishing Pro-Swim Academy, a swim school in Chicago, Illinois.  In 2017, Cal Elite partnered with The Blue Kid Center in Suzhou, China to bring Cal Elite’s preschool gymnastics brand to China. In 2018 Cal Elite expanded its dance brand by establishing the REVE Dance Conservatory.

In 2019 Cal Elite expanded its performance brand by collaborating with South County Performing Arts – creating a strong musical theater program at Cal Elite and also acquired the Fun & Fit Gymnastics Centers in Los Angeles. In April or 2020, Lynn and Jett opened their third swim facility, in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  The growth that Lynn is most excited about is the 2020 launch of Sweet Peas Gymnastics, a preschool gymnastics licensing program. There are currently over 40 licensees throughout the U.S. and growing.  Lynn is dedicated to helping others in the youth sports industry find business success that will allow them to follow their coaching and entrepreneurial dreams while finding balance and peace through the journey. 

Cindy Freedman

Cindy is a recreational therapist and an Occupational therapist. After working for ten years as a recreational therapist in a variety of settings, she pursued a Master’s degree in OT. Her career as an OT includes specialty training in sensory integration, reflex repatterning, and aquatics. She is currently certified as an Autism Specialist by IBCCES. As a swimmer and national champion diver, Her love of the water combined with her education and work experience created them an opportunity for Swim Angelfish to become a reality! “Our mission is to create an aquatic community of trained instructors so that together we can decrease the alarming statistic of drowning being the leading cause of death for children with special needs.”

Ailene Tisser

Ailene is a pediatric Physical Therapist with more than 25 years of experience treating a variety of diagnoses, both in and out of the water. She is NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment) trained in pediatrics and is trained in DIR/Floortime. She is currently certified as an Autism Specialist by IBCCES. Ailene brings all of her Physical Therapy expertise into the water, where she helps children of all abilities feel safe, confident, and independent. She combines her passion and skill for working with children with special needs with the therapeutic properties of the water to achieve amazing results. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience by educating other Aquatic Professionals so that they can also make a significant impact on the lives of swimmers with special needs.

Patrick Biron

The Disney Philosophy of Design

Patrick Biron is the owner and President of Birons Youth Sports Center in Houston, Texas. Patrick has been in the children’s instruction field for over 18 years. He began his career with Kidventure Inc. serving over 10,000 children each summer at over 25 camp locations, and later pioneered their expansion into the DFW region. He transitioned to Biron Gymnastics in 2013, and spearheaded the company’s growth and rebranding into Birons Youth Sports Center.

Under Patrick’s leadership, the company has more than quintupled its physical space, and quadrupled the staff size. His innovative approach and strategic changes diversified its business model and increased annual revenue over 300% in the last 6 years.

He received his bachelors degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Patrick is currently on the board of two 501c3 children’s charities, is a national USAG Judge, and has coached national champions in both gymnastics and cheer. He is the proud father of three with his wife, Katy.

Jeff Metzger

.Five Lessons That Will Pay for Your Summit Expenses Many Times Over

Jeff was born raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was a gymnast from his elementary through university years. In 1972, Jeff dropped out of mechanical engineering college after he accidentally discovered a new passion—teaching gymnastics to youngsters. One year later, in 1973, he opened his own gymnastics school, operating from a church multi-purpose room. Today, with 162,000 sf and two
dozen profit centers, Kids First Sports Center has grown to become one of the largest and most influential Children’s Instructional Services operations in the world. Serving as its President since inception, Jeff recently stepped away from daily operations and now holds the title of Senior Advisor, a position he proudly proclaims he has earned by half. Jeff also founded or has an interest in a number of CIS businesses including Kids First Too, The Campus at Kids First, RG Sports Academy, and Cincy Sports Nation.

Barbara Smith

Using Metrics to Positively Influence Your Business

Barbara has an impressive and well-rounded 30-year record in software development within the learn-to-swim industry. She authored the Splash learn to swim program before partnering with iClassPro to become Product Manager. In 2017 Barbara self-funded industry research providing insight into the participation of 240,000 individual children in Australia and NZ. She has been fundamental in supporting swim school owners to utilize business analytics to support better decision making and is currently leading a North American research project in our industry. In addition to her software knowledge Barbara is a swimming parent from new-born through to the transition to college athlete. Barbara has been a swim club president, race secretary, and a national qualified technical official.


Kim Mills

Finding Balance: A Personal Story of Hope, Representation and Diversity

Tiffany Mills brings over 20 years of dedicated experience to the world of gymnastics coaching and program direction. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a specialized focus on Sports Management, she seamlessly blends her passion for athletics with strategic acumen. Tiffany’s leadership ethos centers on fostering diversity and cultivating an environment of inclusivity. Through meaningful relationships, hilarious storytelling, and genuine situations, she creates a vibrant atmosphere where individuals thrive. She is committed to providing top-tier educational experiences, ensuring that every individual she works with reaches their full potential. Personal and professional excellence becomes not just a goal but a tangible outcome that I want to share with others.

Coming Soon


Full Conference

October 22-23

Tuesday, October 22nd
Full-Day Business Meetings
Lunch Included
Dinner at the Ledford Home

Wednesday, October 23rd
Full-Day Business Meetings
Lunch Included

One Day Conference

October 22

Tuesday, October 22nd
Full-Day Business Meetings
Lunch Included
Dinner at Ledford Home

One Day Conference

October 23

Wednesday, October 23rd
Full-Day Business Meetings
Lunch Included

Virtual Conference

This is NOT a live stream, the business meetings will be recorded and registrants will be sent a link that will allow them to log in at a later time after the event is over.



Event Information

OCTOBER 22-23, 2024

The Summit has a new home and a new date!  We are super excited to bring the SUMMIT to Orange County, California October 22nd – 23rd!   The agenda will be lined with industry icons who have unparalleled expertise and experience and we always have  a sprinkling of guest lecturers who bring in outside knowledge and trending topics. Every hour is impactful.


Registration includes:
  • Two full days of amazing content;
  • Access to videos of all presentations
  • Dinner at my home on October 22nd with a special performance by child acrobats, gymnasts and dancers;
  • Lunches on both meeting days;
  • Opportunities to meet our industry vendors/business partners;
  • Amazing networking and friendship.

Bell Tower Regional Center

Business sessions will take place in the William Lyon Ballroom at the Regional Bell Tower in Rancho Santa Margarita. The Bell Tower is 5 minutes (4 miles) from our host hotel.

The Bell Tower is located at 22232 El Paseo Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Host Hotels

We have a room block ($159/night) at the Ayres Hotel and Spa and the Ayres Suits in Mission Viejo. These hotels share the same parking lot however they are different buildings and different reservation systems. Please book your room(s) with the hotel of your choice. The Ayres Hotels is an easy 20 minute drive from Orange County Santa Ana Airport.

Group Rate Ends September 24, 2024!

Ayres Hotel and Spa

The Ayres Hotel and Spa is located at 28951 Los Alisos Blvd. Mission Viejo, CA. 92692
Phone: 949.305-7200
Website: Ayres Hotel and Spa

Ayres Hotel Suites

The Ayres Hotel Suites is located at 28941 Los Alisos Blvd. Mission Viejo, CA. 92692
Phone: 949.455-2545
Website: Ayres Hotel Suites