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Founded in 1927, the United States Professional Tennis Association is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development. With more than 15,000 members worldwide, the association raises the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches, and promotes a greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers more than 60 professional benefits to its members, including on-court liability insurance, health insurance assistance and a retirement plan.
USPTA offers unequalled opportunities for tennis-teaching professionals to improve their teaching skills and increase their business knowledge. Today's tennis teachers are expected to assume a variety of business and social responsibilities in addition to their traditional job functions. USPTA helps prepare its members to meet these challenges.
USPTA is governed nationally by a democratically elected Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The daily administration of USPTA is overseen by the CEO at the World Headquarters in Lake Nona, just outside of Orlando.
Approximately 13,500 USPTA members work in the United States. The rest represent more than 80 countries around the world.
The majority of USPTA's membership consists of Professional and Elite Professional level members who work full time in the tennis industry. USPTA Professionals have job titles including general manager, director of tennis, assistant professional and coach. They direct tennis businesses, develop tennis programming, oversee tennis operations, teach lessons and coach teams at all types of facilities, such as private and commercial clubs, public tennis centers and parks, colleges and schools. A small and growing part of the membership includes Recreational Coaches, who are part-time teachers of tennis.
The purpose of USPTA shall be to elevate the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches.
USPTA Vision Statement
The USPTA will be the world's leading trade association of certified tennis teaching professionals and coaches, viewed and highly respected as an organization of knowledgeable experts and specialists, industry innovators, and as an indispensable business partner. The USPTA will deliver the highest level of educational tools and programs for its membership that enhance the livelihoods of its members, create career opportunities within the tennis industry and promote the sport of tennis.
President Gary Trost
First Vice President Feisal Hassan
Vice President Cari Buck
Vice President Mark Faber
Vice President Trish Faulkner
Vice President Bill Mountford
Vice President Richard Slivocka
Immediate Past President Chuck Gill
CEO John Embree
General Counsel George Parnell
The USPTA recognizes and appreciates diversity and inclusion within the game of tennis and within its membership of tennis professionals. By promoting the USPTA as a more diverse and inclusive organization, we will enrich the sport of tennis and add deeper, richer and a broader experience for everyone. Diversity and inclusion permits the USPTA and its members to embrace the world and also allows the organization to reflect its society.
The Executive Committee includes two officers from each of the association's 17 regional divisions, plus the eight-member national Board of Directors and three past presidents. All officers are elected by the membership through divisional and national elections.
Awards - Trish Faulkner
Diversity and Inclusion - Trish Faulkner
Ethics Screening - Chuck Gill
Nominating Committee (Commence Sep. 2018) - Phil Parrish
Strategic Planning - USPTA Board of Directors
Testing and Certification - Rich Slivocka
Tournament, Competition and Rankings - Rich Slivocka