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Directors & Leadership + PPR Conferences

Indian Wells, CA // December 10-12, 2021

The PTR Directors & Leadership Conference is BACK! If you’re a director or on the career path to be one, this is the conference for you!

Surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Palm Desert, CA, take your leadership game to the next level. Join us for our Directors & Leadership Conference! We have a schedule full of interactive workshops, informative panels of professionals, and plenty of opportunities for discussions with like-minded pros just like you!

Topics of Discussion

Confirmed Speakers


*Schedule subject to change

6pm-8pmPTRW Empowering Women Course
9am-1pm Golf Scramble/Tennis/Pickleball
2-2:30pm Dr. Mark Brouker How Leaders Influence & Inspire those Around Them
2:35-4:05pm Kim Bastible Leading Customer Service Excellence
4:10-5:50pm Linda Low & Sarah McQuade Coaching Skills for Leaders
5:50-6:00pm Brian Parkkonen Reflect and Apply – Key Concepts from Day 1
6-7pm Power Hour Personal Consulting with Industry Experts
7-8:30pm USTA Social & Thank You Party
8-9am Power Hour
9-9:30am Dr. Mark Brouker
Intentional Leadership
9:35-10:05am Ashley Keber
Leading Collaborative Teams
10:10-10:40am John Borden
Strategic Leadership – Leading the Rebuild
10:45-11:15am Laurent Leclerc
Leading Your Team – Taking Coaching Seriously
11:20am-12:00pm Scott McCulloch
Growing Your Staff and Programs through Innovation & Collaboration Post COVID
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-1:30pm Jarrett Chirico
Leaders Eat Last
1:35-2:05pm Trisha Goyal
Creating Your Brand – Fostering Creativity
2:10-2:40pm Delaine Mast
Fostering Innovation – Win – Win Relationships within Your Community
2:45-3:00pm Networking Refresh
3:00-3:35pm Len Simard
Dynamic Leadership and Optimum Staff Performance
3:40-4:10pm Tito Perez
Innovative Programming to Transition from Summer to Indoor Season
4:15-4:45pm Jorge Capestany
Marketing Your Programs to Grow Your Bottom Line
4:45-5:00pm Brian Parkkonen, Milena Stephens, & Dr. Mark Brouker
Reflect and Apply – Growth Mindset, Leading into the Future
5:00-6:00pm Power Hour
Personal Consulting with Industry Experts
8:30am-4:30pm PPR West Coast Conference MORE INFO

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 6-8pm

Led by Linda Low & Sarah McQuade, the session will be focused on:

  • Communication skills

  • Negotiating skills

  • Developing networks

    Ticket price is $77

Pricing & Registration

Directors & Leadership Conference: $247

PTRW Empowering Women Course: $77

PPR West Coast Conference $97

Location & Accommodations

Official Hotel

The Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas, Palm Springs

$185 per night (includes a Hot Breakfast Buffet and the Resort fee is waived)

Find The Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas, Palm Springs in the secluded desert of Rancho Mirage, CA.

2022 PTR International Tennis Symposium


Hilton Head Island, SC // February 8-10, 2022

 Join us on beautiful Hilton Head Island at the Sonesta Resort and Van der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club for this year’s Intl. Tennis Symposium. We are excited to be back with you for all the education, networking, and idea-sharing that has become synonymous with the PTR Symposium. 

Over 30 presentations from industry leaders, on every topic you need for coaching, tennis business, marketing & programming and more!  You’ll earn up to 25 hours of Continuing Education and Professional Development.   You’ll have opportunities to make important connections with other pros, coaches and industry leaders from around the country and around the world. 

Your Registration includes all the excellent live educational presentations on-court and in the classroom Tuesday – Thursday.    Along with the excellent learning, you’ll also be able to attend the following…

Tuesday, Feb. 8th

  • More than 15 Lectures and Presentations to choose from
  • Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast 
  • Lectures and Presentations
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Parade of Nations 
  • Awards Banquet 

Wednesday, Feb. 9th

  • More than 12 Lectures and Presentations to choose from Tennis Trade Show with the latest products and services
  • Demo Courts to try out products 
  • Cardio Tennis Triples to hone your playing skills 

Thursday, Feb. 10th

  • More than 15 Lectures and Presentations to choose from
  • HEAD Dinner Party and Casino Night  

Confirmed Speakers

Our list of confirmed speakers is growing daily. Check back here for updates!

Leo Alonso  
Mike Barrell  
Kim Bastable  
Peter Brewer  
Jarrett Chirico  
Gary Cimaglia  
Anthony DeCecco  
Emma Doyle  
Lisa Duncan  
Edgar Giffenig  
Michele Krause  
Chuck Kriese  
Dr. Jim Loehr  
Linda Low  
Ed Montecalvo  
Ashley Owens  
Amy Pazahanick  
Dan  Regan  
Jeff Rightour  
David Robinson  
Dr. Paul Roetert  
Chris Rossi  
Dan Santorum  
Nick Saviano  
Severine Tamborero 
Simon Wheatley  
Margie Zesinger
Dr. Ben Kibler
Chris Marra
Doug Cash

Location & Accommodations

Official Hotel

Sonesta Resort

$139 per night


Use booking code: 020422PTR

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Len Simard

PTR Professional, Len Simard is a Racquet Sports, Fitness and GM/COO Search Executive for the Nation’s largest hospitality recruiting and consulting firm of KOPPLIN, KUEBLER & WALLACE. Len has been placing Racquet’s professionals in the industry for more than a decade and is considered one of the Country’s leading racquets recruiter/consultants.

Len continues to provide education and guidance to the private and commercial club world through comprehensive facility and compensation assessments and aiding in senior level placements and training to club president’s, GM’s and COO’s nationwide.

Len also serves part-time as the VP of Operations for the New Canaan Racquet Club, in New Canaan, CT, a strategic management position. Len has held long term successful Director of Racquets positions at the New Canaan Field Club in CT, the Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Windermere, FL, the Boca Lago Country Club in Boca Raton, FL, the Wellington Club in Wellington, FL and the Bayview Golf and Country Club in Toronto, Ontario.  

“Len has hired, trained and worked with hundreds of professionals in his career and is extremely proud that more than 46 of his former assistants are leading prominent clubs in the U.S. and Canada.”
Simard, a past president of the USPTA Florida Division, has lectured on popular industry topics at PTR, USPTA, USTA, CMAA, PGA and TIA educational forums and conventions for more than 25 years.

Len is a consultant for the USTA and aids all types of clubs looking to maximize performance.  Len chaired the committee to create the Director of Racquets online certification course for the USTA which now offers certification through the PTR and USPTA. This is the leading course for the racquets industry and is offered as a master’s degree or a certificate at the University of Florida.

Kopplin, Kuebler & Wallace is the official search and consulting firm of the PTR. KK&W provides career services education to PTR members, helping them become the most informed professionals in the industry.

Heartfelt Leadership and Prizewinning Staff Performance

  • Understanding leadership and management
  • Hiring, Training and Retaining Staff
  • Team onboarding 
  • What motivates our new world employees
  • Competitive Programming and Instructional Advantages

Jonathan Sarosiek

Jonathan Sarosiek is certified as an Adult Development Professional by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), a Pickleball Coach by the Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR), a Platform Tennis Coach by the Professional Platform Tennis Registry (PPTR), and as an Elite Professional by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). A principled executive leader and business development professional, Jonathan has over 17 years of experience in the hospitality, resort industry, and private club management sectors.

Jonathan works as a search executive and consultant within the racquet sports industry for Simard Enterprises, Inc., which was founded by racquet sports industry veteran, Len Simard , the lead search executive and consultant for the racquet sports and fitness/wellness division of Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace (KK&W).  Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace is the leader in Senior Executive placement, education, and consulting in the club/resort industry.

Additionally, Jonathan serves as the Head Racquet Sports Professional at Farmington Country Club, in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Farmington Country Club is perennially recognized as a “Platinum Club of America”, an accolade given to the top 150 country clubs in the United States.  Under Jonathan’s leadership, Farmington was most recently awarded as the #5 Racquet Sports Program in the United States for 2020/2021, by Club + Resort Business magazine. 

Previously, Jonathan was recently the Director of Sports & Wellness at Boar’s Head Resort, owned by the University of Virginia Foundation, located in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Jonathan had complete oversight of the Sports Club, Birdwood Golf, and the Spa – leading a team of over 200 staff members.  Preceding his role as the Director of Sports & Wellness, Jonathan was the Director of Tennis & Pickleball at Boar’s Head Resort, and helped the resort achieve its first ever, top 25 world ranking of tennis resorts by Tennis Resorts Online.  Under Jonathan’s leadership at Boar’s Head Resort, there were significant increases and gains in areas such as the number of club/golf members, participation in all sports programming, staff engagement and retention, member/resort guest satisfaction ratings, club and resort profitability, all resulting in the company reaching new heights on a regional and national level. 

Prior to Boar’s Head Resort, Jonathan was the Director of Tennis at Wintergreen Resort, in Virginia, for 6 years, where he led an award-winning tennis program that was perennially ranked inside the top 15 tennis resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online.  Additionally, Jonathan and his team of professionals helped shape and grow the “Wintergreen Adult Tennis Academy” into a top 10 world-wide destination by Tennis Resorts Online. 


Linda Low

Linda Low has built a 20-year professional career helping coaches to enhance their coaching. A former International athlete, her career progressed into coaching and then developing coaches as the National program manager for coach development with sportscotland. Linda held similar roles with UK Athletics and Rugby League prior to moving to the USA and working for herself and etc coaching consultants 5 years ago. Core to Linda’s work has been the emphasis that she places on people and process, and this led to her being recognized as “UK Coach Developer of the Year” in 2014.

Linda was part of the technical and steering committees for the implementation of the UK Coaching Certificate, has led sports through workforce developing planning & training for the enhancement of coaching at strategic levels. With her advanced experiential knowledge of the coaching process, she has also led mentoring programs from National programs to 1-1 with coaches whilst they are working with athletes.

Linda’s international work began with the IAAF legacy work, developing a number of track & field coaches on 3 continents. Her work has broadened to include the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy High Performance coaches program, engaging with 25 coaches from six sports with the aim of increasing the number of female coaches delivering at Olympic Games in Tokyo and Paris. She is an International Council for Coaching Excellence International Trainer, and since moving to the USA she has supported coaches and coach developers in tennis, hockey, swimming and soccer and run delivered for the US Center for Coaching Excellence.

Coaching Skills for Leaders

Great leaders unite, inspire and grow people. This session will encourage you to reflect on and consider how well you utilise the essential performance coaching skills required to develop people.


Dr. Mark E. Brouker, PHARM.D.
Captain, United States Navy (Retired)

Captain Brouker is author of the highly acclaimed book  Lessons from the Navy: How to build trust, lead teams and create organizational excellence., as well as numerous articles on leadership. He has presented to thousands of professionals from diverse organizations around the world, as well as provided executive coaching to leaders at all levels – from CEOs to entry level. His clients include an array of Fortune 500 companies, professional and military organizations, the Veteran’s Health Administration, and top universities. 

He served in an array of leadership positions during and after his 30-year naval career, including 15 years in the C-suite. Captain Brouker served as Commanding Officer at one of the largest naval hospitals worldwide. He also served as Chief of Staff for Navy Medicine West, responsible for 10 hospitals spanning the West Coast to the Indian Ocean and healthcare for 800,000 patients.

After transitioning from the military, Dr. Brouker founded Brouker Leadership Solutions, a company passionate about helping leaders succeed on their leadership journey. Captain Brouker volunteers as an executive coach at The Honor Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps U.S. Navy SEALs and other Special Operations Forces military transition from the military to the corporate environment. 

His next book, The Nimitz Way: Leadership lessons from America’s greatest naval commander, will be published in 2023.

Dynamic Leadership and Optimum Staff Performance

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Laurent Leclerc

Laurent Leclerc is the Tennis Director at Midtown Athletic Club in Weston, FL. He has an extensive background in coaching which includes Division 1 Men’s Coach in Ann Arbor, MI as well as coaching two USTA League National Champions. Laurent was recognized as one of the top 20 coaches by the PTR in 2000 and his clubs won facility of the year awards in 2012 and 2014. Yes, he is French Canadian and he also has a passion for hockey and the Montreal Canadiens. 

Taking Coaching Seriously

We will discuss the why it is imperative to take coaching seriously, the how to do so, and the what it looks like when implemented with a team of coaches of any size.


Scott McCulloch

Scott McCulloch, a native of Sydney, Australia holds a bachelors degree in Sports Management from Sutherland College. Scott was a nationally ranked junior where he was coached by former World Number One John Newcombe, and his son Clint Newcombe. Scott has worked extensively with many legends of the game both on and off the court from coaching top-ranked players to the development of tennis programs and club management across the country.

Since his arrival to the company in 2007, Scott has opened and grown over 20 locations for CDM. With nearly 20 years of teaching tennis and his background in building and managing clubs of all sizes, McCulloch brings a wealth of experience, training and leadership to our clubs and partners. In his VP of Operations capacity, McCulloch oversees the operations, tennis pro-development, programming and membership in the CDT club portfolio, and is responsible for maximizing growth and profitability while leading and managing day-to-day tennis operations (human resources, budgets, goal setting, accountability, sales/marketing).

Additionally, Scott is regarded as one the tennis industry pioneers in today’s tennis climate specializing in all aspects of tennis management operations and serves on the USTA national committee for adult social play and works closely with the USTA at a sectional and national level as an advisor on a variety of projects from program delivery, strategic partnerships & pathways, tennis software technology and the tennis certification.

Growing Your Staff & Programs Through Innovation & Collaboration Post COVID

This presentation takes you through the necessary steps in order to ensure that your program continues to grow and your staff continues to develop skills to sustain the growth. We will explore how to creatively align staff training and program design.

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