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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!

Topics and Speakers

The Next Talent Pool
Reality. Solutions. Success.
Justin Nassie: Brand Management

Justin owns and operates Brandastic, Inc. a Digital Marketing Agency based in Southern California. With a talented team of creative and digital marketing rockstars, designers and programmers, Brandastic has worked on marketing material, photo/video shoots, and has built new websites and redesigned other websites for brands such as Friar Tux, Meathead Movers, Health Mate Saunas, Ricoh, ViewSonic, Super Glue,

Don Roberto Jewelers, CBRE, Kingston Technologies, Fujifilm, Pioneer and American Ninja Warrior Adventure Park.

Brandastic is a nationally recognized Top Certified Agency focused on business growth for our clients. Brandastic partners with our clients in SEO, Paid Media, Social Media Marketing, Web Design & Development. Having offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, and Austin Texas, Brandastic has been featured in USA Today, Yahoo Finance, Inc and Forbes magazines.

After spending a summer in Uganda, Africa in 2005 working with the country’s 2.2 million orphans, Justin was hit by the “give back” bug and donates to charities including Rescue Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Acres of Love, Child Rescue Coalition and Calvary Chapel – Chino Hills. Justin holds a business degree in marketing, loves music, and has taught Advanced Web as an adjunct professor for Chapman University.

Dan Berzansky
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.

Steve Greeley: Decision Making for Business Leaders and Other Humans

Steve Greeley wants to live in a world where eating ice cream every day makes us healthier and smarter and where the word ‘team’ actually has an ‘i’ in it so people will stop saying that. All fun aside, as a business person, Steve founded and operated Imagymnation Gymnastics Center in Simi Valley, the “Hogwarts of educational creativity” and one of the most unique, non-competitive gymnastics schools in the country. In 2007, Steve went off his meds and moved to sunny, sub-tropical Cincinnati to become co-owner, with Jeff Metzger, of Kids First Sports Center, one of the USA’s largest children’s sports facilities. While in Ohio, he co-founded Kids First Too.

Steve has won multiple USA Gymnastics awards such as Business Leader of the Year, Best Staff Manual, Best Business Brochure, Best Tee Shirt Design and Best Newsletter. He was presented the Summit’s esteemed Matterhorn Award for Distinguished Creativity, Imagination and Vision in Business. Steve is a member of USA Gymnastics’ Board of Business Advisors. He founded Digital Delinquent, which produces Flip Art, digital clip art for the children’s sports industry featuring cartoon masterpieces often compared to Michelangelo and Van Gough. His big mouth has made him a tolerated speaker at local, national and international events. His awesome typing skills have also led to articles published in Technique and Elite Coaches Association Journal. In September of 2019, Steve left Kids First and returned to his homeland of Southern California. He created Steve Greeley, LLC, and is a highly sought after consultant in the children’s sports world. His first product is “A.W. E.: Awesomer Workshop Experiences.

Lynn Ledford: Lived and Learned

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. 

Katy Heddens: Can’t Find Them? Grow Them!

Katy Heddens is the founder and owner of Black Diamond Gymnastics and Sports Centers, with two locations – Park City and South Jordan, Utah. Black Diamond has year-round sports enrichment and academic programs offered in a multi venue centers. Programming includes gymnastics, dance, martial arts, cheer, camps, parties, yoga, indoor rock climbing, afterschool enrichment, academic preschools and language programs.

Katy holds a bachelor of science degree in Health and Physical Education with emphasis in child development and adaptive physical education. She completed post-graduate work in sports psychology and academic administration at the University of Virginia. Katy is a member of the education staff with USA Gymnastics – teaching the Risk Management and W200 course for the organization. She is a nationally Ranked Women’s Artistic Judge and USAG National Level Coach. She is an Air Awareness Coach for USA Ski and Snowboard Teams and has served as a Dry-land Coach to several Winter X-Games Big Air champs. She has served on both the state USAG and NAWGJ committees.

Katy speaks on a variety of topics for youth sports and educational organizations throughout the United States and Australia. She and her husband Rich have four children and reside in Park City, Utah.

Steve Cook: Think Bigger: How to Scale, Dominate, and Inspire

=With over 40 years of experience in sales, marketing, customer relations, leadership and team building, Steve Cook, Director of Sales, oversees AAI’s worldwide sales of gymnastics, cheer and physical education products. Steve has been actively involved in gymnastics as a gymnast, coach, business owner, salesman, and sales manager. As a successful public speaker, Steve combines motivation, inspiration, and entertainment and has been responsible for running national, regional, and local trade shows, sales conferences, and business seminars.

Steve and his family own Grand Slam USA in Malvern PA, a family sports and entertainment facility that promotes baseball, basketball, cheerleading, and volleyball. Steve recently launched Paradigm Playbook a business education platform for sports entrepreneurs. Paradigm Playbook offers subscription, membership, and event attendance opportunities for all who believe in lifetime learning and have a growth mindset. Steve has been married for over 50 years to Dorothy and is a proud father of Daniel and Theresa and Grandfather to Katie and Amelia

Felipe Delgado: Enrollment Strategies: 2023

Felipe Delgado is the Founder and Managing Partner of Evolution Swim Academy with two indoor swim school locations in Orange County, California. He is also the Founder and President of Evolution Swim Academy INC (which provides outdoor seasonal swim lessons and camp programs) and Team Director of Evolution Racing Club.

Felipe grew up swimming in Mission Viejo, California. A 3x Olympian (2x’s as a swimmer and 1x as a coach), he has put in his hours both in and out of the water. Felipe has a degree in Marketing from Arizona State University. He and his wife, Megan, have 4 children.

Sean Dever: Human Resource Pitfalls – What you don’t know can hurt!

SEAN DEVER is a CPA and financial planner based in Massachusetts.
He provides tax, accounting, payroll, consulting and financial services to Gymnastics, Dance, Swimming and other child sport centers throughout the United States.  His specific areas of expertise include taxes, payroll, bookkeeping, financial planning, tax planning and business valuations for business buyers and sellers.
Besides his experience as an accountant, Sean has owned and operated several small businesses, including several gymnastics schools, a dance studio, an inflatable rental company and most recently a swimming school!
Sean is a consultant for small business owners and has been a speaker for the US Swim School Association, USA Gymnastics, Dance Teacher Summit, Jackrabbit Boost Conferences, The Summit and the BostonBizExpo.com conferences since 1996.

Georgette Cutler: In The Pocket

Georgette (Jett) Cutler is a partner and CFO of various children’s sports and educational businesses, including Cal Elite Kids, Pro Swim Academy, Premier Swim Academy, Reve Dance Conservatory, Sweet Peas Gymnastics. Jett has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. After graduation, Jett pursued a career in public accounting at a regional CPA firm, completed her CPA and gained working experience as a controller in private industry in manufacturing and property management industries.

Jett has been an active member of both the United States Gymnastics Association and United States Swim School Association, where she currently serves on the Membership Connection Committee. She has volunteered as a speaker at national and regional conferences, the Summit and at the BBTC Transformations Conference. Georgette is a member of Entrepreneur Organization and served on the board of directors as the Membership Chair. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for SAMCORP and Brookhollow Business Park associations and is a contributor, supporter and former board member of Stop Drowning Now Foundation.

Bob Hubbard
Bob Hubbard and his wife, Kathy, founded Hubbard Family Swim School & Hubbard Sports Camps in 1998, a work that they are grateful for every day, and which has led to many professional presentations. positions and recognitions – including the US Swim Schools Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bob’s grew up in NYC, served as an ocean lifeguard, matured into a cheerleader, shines as an auctioneer, and relishes his role as a music lover. His healthy passion is biking with a group of old guys that gets him out on most of the roads in Phoenix. Bob earned his undergraduate degree from Xavier University in psychology(1973) and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati (1976). He worked as a lawyer and as an executive in a variety of industries including homebuilding, life insurance and hotels.

Kathy and Bob are seasoned presenters of the Infant Toddler Workshops and the business and management aspects of the Learn To Swim business and are requested speakers throughout the USA and the world. They now have 4 swim schools, operate 3 summer sports camps with over 160 employees. Bob and Kathy love to travel, learn and share their enthusiasm for the swim school industry. They have 8 children and 23 grandchildren.

Kim Lindauer: How WE Get to be the Positive in Their Day

Kim Lindauer is an entrepreneur, life and business coach, and a mom of 3 boys. In 2002, at the age of 21, Kim started her first business, Kim’s Gym, a non-competitive gymnastics company in Austin, TX.  In 2019, Kim founded My Venn Life, a coaching business designed to support mom-owned businesses. Once Covid entered our lives, she was forced to slow down and breathe, and in July 2021, Kim decided it was time to sell Kim’s Gym.  She quickly found herself in the midst of an identity crisis and knew she wasn’t alone, so she created and hosted a podcast called The Cocoon to document the weekly reality of making such a huge life change, and all of the feelings that come along with that choice.  

Once Kim allowed herself the time to rest, she came back to the sport and industry that she has always loved.  She is in the midst of launching Heart Centered Sports, a coaching/consulting business designed to help gym owners implement best business practices and educate their staff about all aspects of positive discipline within the gym. She is passionate about building up the whole child and empowering owners and directors to build up themselves as well as their teams.  She knows deep down that we are raising the future generation and does not take that job lightly.

Jeff Metzger: The First $10 Million is the Hardest

Jeff Metzger. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio Jeff was a gymnast from his elementary through university years. He dropped out of mechanical engineering college after he accidentally discovered a new passion—teaching gymnastics. He opened his first gymnastics school in 1973 in a church multi-purpose room. Today, with 162,000 sf and two dozen profit centers, Kids First Sports Center is one of the largest and most influential Children’s Instructional Services operations in the world. Gainfully retired, Jeff 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.

Jeff is the founder of Metzger Small Business BOOT CAMP, a 4-1/2 day, total-immersion leadership, marketing and organizational workshop for the CIS industry. With over 2,500 graduates from the USA and around the world, BOOT CAMP has elevated the industry and enriched the lives of countless industry professionals. Jeff personally guarantees BOOT CAMP to be a life changing educational business event. Visit www.metzgerbootcamp.com or contact Megan Smith at 513.489.7575 or info@metzgerbootcamp.com

John Mitchell: Leadership: Essential Strategies to Guide Your Team into the Next Stage of Development.

John’s spent his teen years running a small Non Profit Club. At the age of 21 he privatized Delta Gymnastics and became a serious entrepreneur. He grew Delta to seven locations, opened an Occupational Rehab company, four physiotherapy practices, seven part time volleyball centers, an international sports center and a merchandise range. Self-described as the expert in the undisciplined search for growth, he nearly went broke under the weight of complexity and chaos.
Determined to transform his passion into a REAL business, John and his wife, Megan, set about building a sustainable gymnastics business that would fuel their dreams moving forwards. Over the past ten years Delta Gymnastics has emerged as the leading gymnastics business in Australia. With Australia’s largest privately owned facility, Delta has produced Australia’s sole female gymnastics Olympian, opened a new concept commercial “GymKids” facility, designed and developed an ERP to enable expansion and transformed the way they do business. 2021 saw the opening of the second “GymKids” with plans to open four more in the near future. John is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Director of the Gymnastics Clubs Australia Organization and Director of the International Association of Children’s Development Programs. He chairs the GCA Mastermind Education Forum and speaks nationally and internationally about structure and strategy within the Children’s Activity

Meet the Experts
Industry Standards, Profit Margins, Staffing, Payroll, Taxes, Real Estate, Scheduling, Best Decisions and Biggest Regrets. Let’s Talk!

Conference Pricing

Full Conference

December 5-7
Monday, December 5th
Check-in and Welcome Reception

Tuesday, December 6th
Full-Day Business Meetings
Lunch Included

Wednesday, December 7th
Full-Day Business Meetings
Lunch Included

Partial Conference

December 5-6
Monday, December 5th
Check-in and Welcome Reception

Tuesday, December 6th
Full-Day Business Meetings
Lunch Included

Partial Conference

December 7
Wednesday, December 7th
Full-Day Business Meetings
Lunch Included

Virtual Conference

December 6-7

the Summit now offers a Virtual Conference registration option! The business meetings will be recorded and registrants will be sent a link that will allow them to log in at a later time and enjoy the event from the comfort of their own home or office!

Event Information

December 5-7, 2022
Check-in will be from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. and the Welcome Reception will begin at 5:00 pm in the Grand Parisian Ballroom at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa. The Business Sessions will be held at the Riverside Convention Center.

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

Surrounded by breathtaking architecture, timeless beauty, and old-world charm, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa offers a destination where rich history, modern luxury, and classic elegance exist in perfect balance. Originally built as a two-story adobe guesthouse in 1876, the Inn has become the crown jewel of Inland Southern California, occupying an entire city block. The Inn is world-renowned for its holiday appeal. With over 4 million lights, animated scenes, carolers, ice skating, performers, and live reindeer, you will revel in the spirit of the season!

Our group rates start at $176 (plus taxes) per night. Prices subject to change. You can make your reservations directly through the website using this link theSUMMIT International attendees must book directly with the hotel by calling (800)-843-7755. Don’t forget to mention you are booking for “The Summit” to get the group rate available through November 18th. We have a limited room block and rooms will be issued on a first come first serve basis. The Mission Inn will be completely booked out during our event. Please book early.

3649 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA 92501

The Riverside Convention Center

Our meetings will take place in the Rain cross Ballroom one block north of The Mission Inn.

3637 5th St, Riverside, CA 92501

Vendor Registration

Participant Registration