( partial member listing in alphabetical order )
These advisory board members are clients that are actively involved in helping us determine future enhancements and the direction of Jackrabbit Class.
Founder - Successful Studio Strategies
Co-Founder - Academy of Music and Dance
|Sam Beckford is the co-founder of one of North
Americas largest Music and Dance Studios based in Vancouver,
Canada with 3500 active student . He has a degree in business in
addition to an arts background and is the co-author of 2 general
small business books. Since 1999 he has been doing seminars,
coaching and consulting about the business side of running a
In the last 5 years Sam already has shared ideas with 831 studio owners across the country and has given away 2 Alaska cruises, a trip to Italy, and a brand new car to studio owners that have used his ideas to improve their business over the last 18 months.
Each year he will do it all over again and give you the ideas and tools to reach your business goals and give you a chance to work with him and his team and win a new car just for improving your studio!
You don't want to miss the next annual Successful Studio Superconference which will be held in Vancouver and Dallas. Discover 139 strategies to get more students, run your business better and be able to have a studio that can run well without as much of your direct input.
KIDS Are TOPS Sports Center
7644 Paragon Road
Centerville, OH 45459
|Gary Gantz has been involved in the world of gymnastics since 1975.
Gary is the President/Owner of TOPS Gymnastics, Inc. dba KIDS Are TOPS
Sports Center in Centerville, OH. TOPS Gymnastics started in a 9,000
square-foot rented space and later purchased a 15,000 square-foot building
in 1996. In order to expand and serve his willing client base, Gary
designed and built his current location, a 40,000 square-foot multi-sports
facility. TOPS moved to this facility in January 2007. KIDS Are TOPS'
facility houses four gyms, two dance studios, a swimming pool, TOP Shop,
snack shack and a conference area.
KIDS Are TOPS offers: swim, gymnastics, preschool gymnastics, dance, cheer classes, karate and birthday parties. TOPS also offers competitive teams in: All-Star cheer, gymnastics and dance.
In addition, in 2010, Gary became an affiliate with Frank Sahlein at 3rd Level Consulting. Since 2007, Gary has concentrated his efforts in developing a multi-faceted marketing program for KIDS Are TOPS Sports Center. Gary has been presenting at 3rd Level's International Business Brain Trust Conferences, as well as USA Gymnastics' Regional Conferences. Gary has spent the past six years researching and specializing in Front Office strategy and management, as well as marketing for children's activity centers.
All Star Legacy Training Facility
44600 Guilford Dr Suite 120
Ashburn, VA 20147
|Kyle is a former member of the National Championship Co-Ed squad at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Along with winning two college division 1 national championships with Morehead, he has also competed in several national college partner stunt championships (as seen on ESPN).
Partner Stunt finishes include three consecutive top ten rankings in the UCA College Partner Stunt Championships (3rd in 2001). 3-Time NCA College Partner Stunt Finalist, 2-Time COA College Partner Stunt Finalist. Cheered at Virginia Tech prior to Morehead, where he was an NCA College All-American.
He is also the former coach for the Gold Varsity Co-ed Squad at Morehead State. Worked UCA Staff for 4 years (Including college staff). Spent 2 years working for COA as a cheer instructor, camp director, and curriculum developer. AACCA, NCSSE, NFHS Safety & Rule, CPR, First Aid and AED certified. Kyle is the Virginia State Director for the USASF.
Founder of The Tumblebear Connection
Patti's All American - Owner
|Patti Komara has owned a gymnastics school in Dyer, Indiana since 1969 offering gymnastics, dance, swimming, and a fitness-based educational preschool called Gym-N-Learn. Patti began speaking at national seminars in 1981 and has led hundreds of training workshops. Patti's Tumblebear Connection has produced more than 80 instructional DVDs. She has written books on yearly lesson plans for the internationally known Tumblebear Gym Program, School-age Gymnastics, Dancing GymBears, YogaBears, CheerBears, Gym-N-Learn, and her very successful Swim Program. Her programs are sold across the USA as well as in more than 20 countries such as France, Saudi Arabia, England, China, Australia, Canada, and Ireland.
Patti co-authored the original USAG preschool KAT certification program. In 2003 she was named USAG Business Leader of the Year. In 2005 Patti was selected as Client of the Year by Action International and in 2006 was given the national service award by USAG. In 2009 Patti began formal consulting for those in our industry and in 2010 her gym, Patti's All-American, was named in her local newspaper as "Best of the Region" once again.
Patti currently has over 6000 subscribers to her "In the Loop Monthly E-Newsletter" which she has published since February 2007. In 2010 she was one of five other gym owners named to the USA Gymnastics Task Force. In 2011 she was one of 14 named to the USA Gymnastics Business Advisory Ambassador Team.
Executive Director of the United States Swim School Association
Aquatics Unlimited - Owner
Office: (480) 837-5525
|Sue Mackie has served children in the swim
industry in a myriad of capacities for over 17 years. Having
been a member of the United States Swim Schools Association
since 1994 and a member of the Board of Directors for four
years, Sue was took over the position as the Executive Director
of the Association in 2005. The U.S. Swim School Association is
an association of quality schools devoted to aquatic education
for lifelong safety, fun and health. Formerly the National Swim
School Association, the Association was founded in 1988 to
provide a formal trade association for swim school operators in
the United States. The United States Swim School Association
currently consists of more than 280 national and international
Having completed a number of certification courses relative to her positions in the swim industry, Sue is also an experienced presenter for Association conferences and in her capacity as Executive Director, now also organizes and oversees all association events, and member services.
In addition to her Association involvement, Sue has been committed to teaching kids water safety, swimming lessons and aquatic fitness since 1994 through her back yard swim program, Aquatics Unlimited Swim School, in Fountain Hills, Arizona. While safety and fun are Sue's first priorities with the kids, she also recognizes the more intrinsic value of her program, including the development of self reliance and self confidence that typically occurs as goals are achieved. These are attributes that will stay with the kids throughout their lifetime and, according to Sue, is what really makes her job worthwhile.
Kids First Sports Center
7900 East Kemper Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249
|Jeff Metzger, a native Cincinnatian, is the
Founding President of Kids First Sports Center, a $4.5M,
86,000sf kids' tuition-based sports center. With 5100 students,
Kids First is widely recognized as an industry leader in size
and scope, exceeding industry averages in enrollment, revenue
and profit by factors of 10x, 12x and 14x, respectively. Kids
First houses over a dozen separate venues including: Queen City
Gymnastics, Starfish Indoor Swim School, Tumble Bees, soccer,
basketball, dance, martial arts, cheer, tramp & tumbling,
World's Greatest Birthday Parties, CAMP-a-palooza as well as the
Beehive Gift Shop and the Uneven Bar Café.
Additionally, Jeff is the Founding President of The Metzger Small Business BOOT CAMP, a 4–1/2 day, total-immersion leadership, marketing, management workshop for the children's instructional sports industry. With over 1,000 graduates, BOOT CAMP has changed the face of the industry, teaching owners and managers how to reap the financial and emotional rewards owning a small business has to offer. The Small Business BOOT CAMP is guaranteed to be the best educational investment you will ever make!
Kids First runs over 3000 kids through camps each summer.
Franklin B. Sahlein, CBI
CEO - 3rd Level Consulting & Business Brokerage
President - Wings, Inc.
1875 Century Way
Boise, Idaho 83709
Office (208)376-3641, ext. 103
|Frank Sahlein has been involved with the sport
of Gymnastics since 1967 - as Gymnast, Coach, Club Owner, State
Director, Consultant and Business Broker. Frank is a native of
San Mateo, California and graduated from Hillsdale High School.
He attended San Jose State University on a gymnastics
scholarship, graduated in 1976, and moved to Boise, Idaho.
The amazing WINGS Center (under Frank's continuous direction since 1976) is a 35,000 s.f. "working lab" of synergistic programs. Frank pioneered the Children's Learning Opportunity Center (CLOC) concept - a unique blend of Sports Instruction, Child Care & Education, Entertainment and Outreach. The operational systems that Frank has designed allow the affairs of the Wings Center to be managed on a part-time basis. His wife, Shauna Swank-Sahlein has taken the lead at the Wings Center on a daily basis and also coordinates all Marketing efforts. These operational systems have set a viable template for Children's Activity Centers, and as a result Frank is sought nationwide by clients in our industry for customized consulting, expansion, valuation and brokerage services.
3rd Level Consulting & Business Brokerage offers detailed solutions that are complete, confidential and customized to each business. Business Systems Analysis helps owners add value to their businesses through the use of organized, integrated SYSTEMS. Business Expansion Planning is available for either expanding current operations or starting a brand-new business. Business Valuation is a professional service giving a solid indication of value for many purposes. The Business Brokerage service lists and brokers business transactions in our industry from start to finish. 3rd Level Consulting & Business Brokerage is a USAG Industry Member. Frank is a member of, and certified by, the International Business Brokers Association, as well as being a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers.
Wings Center runs over 2000 kids through camps each summer.
Jason & Amanda Williams
Jason & Amanda Williams
Elite Cheer & Tumble
|Jason & Amanda Williams founded Elite Cheer &
Tumble in 2003 with 25 athletes in what they affectionately call
'the hallway gym'. Since it's inception in 2003, Elite has grown
into an 8000 square foot facility with multiple floors, offices,
a massive live feed video screen for the parents lobby and just
recently added the 1000 square foot "Cheerleading Store" on the
front of the gym. Elite is also officially the only exclusive
cheer training gym in the nation. They have no in house squads,
and no gymnastics programs. Elite is entirely focused on the
training of individual cheerleaders and outside squads, and now
trains nearly 300 athletes on a weekly basis, and over 1000
cheerleaders every year through camps, squad training, skills
clinics and choreography. Elite now includes 3 full time staff
and 10 – 15 part time staff depending on the time of year.
Jason & Amanda have a combined experience in the world of cheerleading and tumbling of nearly 40 years including experience throughout the country with Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders, time at Asbury College and Liberty University. In addition to cheerleading, they also own Elite Sports Photography (www.elitecheerphotos.com, Ultimate Inflatables (www.uiparties.com) (children's parties) and The Cheerleading Store. For Jason, this is all part time as his full time position is with East Coast Church in Chesapeake, VA as the lead pastor. Jason & Amanda also have three children ages 3, 5 & 7.