Speaker Bio's

Richard Anton:
Since the days of riding his first ten speed bicycle, running in high school and adding in swimming he has now travelled many back roads over forty years in pursuit of triathlon.

Richard has worked within the healthcare industry for two decades since coming to Vanderbilt Medical Center to complete a residency.  He leads operations of a healthcare company, focused on a neurobehavioral structure influenced by emergent patterns, which offers diagnostics and training to improve the therapeutic alliance between caregiver and patient and generates broad based interventions that result in elevating benefits of treatment and decreasing health care costs.

He has served various roles within the southeast regional council for USA Triathlon and been fortunate to meet many wonderful people across the southeast.  His best pal is a wily Airedale Terrier.


Mayfield Armstrong:
Mayfield holds the unique credentials of being both a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Pedorthist.  Currently he is employed as the Sports Medicine Director for Champion Sports Medicine (CSM) in Birmingham,  Alabama, where he supervises their Athletic Training Outreach Program and works in conjunction with CSM’s twenty-six area Physical Therapists to evaluate and fit patients for Orthotics.  For over twenty years, Mayfield has shown a keen interest in the Foot and Ankle and their importance as the “Foundation” for the kinetic chain. 

With career stops at: Tulane University; Nicholls State University; the London Monarchs, NFLE, London, England; Arkansas Sports Medicine, and HEALTHSOUTH, where he became Head Athletic Trainer for NFL Europe and remained in that position until the termination of the league in 2007.  Now with Champion Sports Medicine, Mayfield continues to work with athletes at all levels as well as patients of all ages and all walks of life. 

He is a sincere believer in orthotic wear and the ability of the orthotic to diminish the effects of over pronation or supination.  An orthotic wearer himself, Mayfield fits an average of 600 patients a year for orthotics.

 


Dan Arnett:
  • USA Triathlon Certified Level 2 Coach
  • USA Cycling Certified Level 3 Coach
  • BSME Georgia Institute of Technology
  • BS Physics Jacksonville University
  • Ironman PR of 10:22
  • Ironman 70.3 PR of 4:26
  • 2011 Xterra World Championship Qualifer
  • 3-time World 70.3 Championships Finisher
  • 2006, 2007 & 2011 Team USA member
  • 4-time USA Triathlon All-American
  • 4 Overall triathlon victories
  • 2011 Tri the Parks Series Champion
  • Blalock Lakes Course Record Holder

Meredith Atwood:
Meredith at SWIM BIKE MOM is a wife, mother, full-time attorney and general nutcase who found triathlon by complete accident.  As a former Olympic-style weightlifter, endurance sports still feel completely foreign to her.  Sometimes she runs so slow...it's almost as if she's not really moving at all.  After hiring an Ironman for a coach, she now has her first Olympic distance triathlon under her belt...and has since crazily signed up for Ironman 70.3 Miami in October!


Michael Berger: 
Michael is a 3rd generation native Atlantan. He graduated from the University of Georgia and began his 36 year career in the insurance industry where he is the President and owner of Berger & O’Neal Insurance Group. 
Michael is 57 years old and was a non-competitive weekend runner who after several marathons found his way into Triathlon only 2 1/2 years ago.
In those 2 1/2 years, Michael has competed in 18 triathlons. He has placed  1st in his age group in 2 local Triathlons, podiumed  at the South Beach Olympic and at the USAT Southeastern championship Olympic in Peachtree City , qualified twice and competed in  the USAT Age Group National Championships, and currently holds a USAT age group ranking of 822.
Michael also completed  Ironman New Zealand last year and then the  Ironman World Championship in Kona last month setting  his new PR at 13:10:18.
Michael is a true supporter of USAT and has voulunteered at many USAT sanctioned events involving local clubs and youth triathlons.
 
Rebecca Carpenter:
For Rebecca, it began when a co-worker dared her to do an Ironman.  Five years later, her Ironman  accomplishments include two age-group wins, an amateur course record at IM Louisville and third place in her age-group at her first Ironman world championship.  She has been a USAT All-American for the past three years, including a 1st place age-group ranking in 2009.

 A former high school swimmer, she took a 16 year break from sports to focus on her engineering career in the automotive industry.  But after her first Ironman finish, she was hooked on the lifestyle.  Rebecca uses her engineering problem solving and analytical skills during racing and training to improve her fitness and health; focusing on nutrition, recovery and power-based training.  She has received her USAT Level I coaching certification in 2011.


Ella Dunn:
Ella is owner of Performance Enhancement Services, an Organization Development consulting practice in Nashville, Tennessee.  Ella works with clients in healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and service industries to enhance performance on the bottom line through focused improvement in planning, operations, communications, marketing and human resources.  Her work in the areas of vision building, mission clarification and core competency development has enabled individuals, teams and organizations to reach new and higher goals. 

She is an educator, trainer and writer and lectures in the areas of process improvement, change management, team based systems, motivation theory, behavior modification, and performance enhancement at the organization, team and individual level.  She regularly works with individuals and teams to set goals and plan and implement performance improvement strategies.  She often serves as project facilitator/manager, helping companies and individuals with new business model start-up, change and reorganization, service quality improvement and marketing.

Ella is also an avid fitness enthusiast, who competed in her first triathlon in 2008.  She suffered a sports related injury directly linked to pathokinematics the following year, and subsequently partnered with Trent Nessler, PT, MPT, DPT to author a book on the subject, due out with Human Kinetics in 2012.  


Adam Fisher, Jr.:

Adam Fisher, Jr., has been licensed to practice law in South Carolina since 1969. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina. 

He is the co-founder of the paralegal program at Greenville Technical College, and was an instructor for that program for nine years. He has lectured at the undergraduate level at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and Clemson University. 

He authored articles in South Carolina Jurisprudence, on “Magistrates and Municipal Judges” (1992), and also “Declaratory Judgments” (1994).  An alumnus of the National Judicial College, he joined the National Judicial College faculty in 1992 where he currently teaches Civil Law and Trials, Legal Research and Stress Management. 

He has lectured on Stress Management for the last thirteen years throughout the United States to over 5,500 people. He regularly presents this topic at the National Judicial College and the Greenville, South Carolina, Hospital Life Center


Robin Hiers:
Robin is a mom, 25-year employee at Turner Broadcasting System, volunteer, personal trainer, run/bike coach with Atlanta Triathlon Club and triathlete. She has completed 2 marathons, 11 ½ marathons, numerous short distance triathlon events and completed her first ½ Ironman in May 2011. In addition to being a run/bike coach with Atlanta Triathlon Club, she also serves as their volunteer coordinator. She also gives back by working with The Getting2Tri Foundation with their annual paratriathlete camps and serves as an athlete handler as needed.


Kathleen Johnston:
Kathleen is a USA Triathlon Level 2 and Junior & Youth Certified Coach, has mentored with elite National Team coaches at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and coached collegiate and junior elite camps at the Training Center. She has been instrumental in developing junior elite triathletes in the Southeast Region and currently serves as the Southeast Regional Athlete Development Coordinator and head coach for the Southeast Region Junior High Performance Team.  

Kathleen holds a BS and MS degree in Chemical Engineering and owns TriSuccess Multisport Coaching LLC based in Nashville, TN. 
 

 


Ilana Katz:
Ilana is a licensed dietitian with a specialized certification in Sports Nutrition. She specializes in optimal fuel for individualized body composition goals. Other success areas of practice include Carbo loading practice, GI distress that haunts many athletes, helping athletes qualify for their ultimate goal like Boston Marathon or Ironman world championships in Kona.  Ilana is in private practice as well as consults to various coaches, doctors and corporations. 

Some of her experiences of note include:
 

- Q & A panel for Olympic Athletes for the 2010 Winter Olympics

- Co-Author for sport nutrition educational text (Springboard Divers Nutrition

- Live radio and TV panel 

- Sports nutritionist consultant for Troy Jacobson, creator of Spinerval DVD

- Currently a professor at teaching University students about dietetics and metabolism

 

Bishop Leatherbury:
Bishop Leatherbury is a well established CPA who graduated from Virginia Tech. He runs Tatum's Southeast practice.  Tatum provides companies with interim CFO's, and project services, professional staffing and retained search in the accounting, finance and technology areas.  Bishop has been a runner for the past 27 years and has completed 20 marathons and one ultra.  He moved to triathlon in 2000 after a stress fracture forced him to the pool to be able to continue exercising.  To date, he has completed six IronMan's, seventeen half IronMan distance triathlons, three olympic triathlons and one sprint triathlon.  

Bishop competed in the IronMan World Championship in this October after winning a lottery slot and met his goal with an official finish time of 14:00:00.  He is a middle of the pack competitor, typically finishing between the bottom of the top quarter and the bottom of the top half of his age group.  

Mike Lenhart: 
Mike Lenhart founded The Getting2Tri Foundation (G2T) in December 2006 with the goal of integrating individuals with physical disabilities into their local communities.  G2T uses the sports’ disciplines of swimming, cycling, running, racing wheelchair, and hand-cycle as the vehicles for accomplishing this mission.

Mike is a 1990 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (NY) and earned his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Georgia State University in Atlanta in 2001.  He spent seven years on active duty as an Infantry officer in the US Army followed by several years working in Corporate America for companies such as Prudential, IBM, Novell, and The Competitor Group.  Mike was elected to the regional council for USA Triathlon (Southeast) in 2009 and has held the council chairman seat since the middle of 2009.  He also currently serves as one of six individuals nationwide on the USAT Paratrithlon Committee.
 

Megan Melgaard:Following a very successful competitive swimming career at the University of Florida and as a member of the United States National Swim Team, Megan became a professional extreme and endurance athlete, specializing in open water swimming, cycling, cyclocross, on and off road triathlon, and adventure racing.  She shares her passion for racing with others by training amateur, world-class and professional athletes to become stronger and faster in their respective disciplines, in addition to directing Triathlons and open water events around the world.

Megan is now a Swim Specialist/Coach, Race Director and Athlete. Some of her highlights include: US National Champion in Swimming, 2nd in age group at XTerra Off-road Triathlon World Championships, and swim course record holder.

 


Trent Nessler:Trent is Area Vice President for Physiotherapy Associates, Alabama Region and owner of Accelerated Conditioning and Learning (a web based provider of research based sports performance education and programs, www.aclprogram.com).  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, a Master’s in Physical Therapy and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy with a focus on biomechanics and motor learning.  Along with treating high school, collegiate, major league baseball and other professional athletes for over a decade, Trent has also worked with employers to develop exercise programs to help reduce work related injuries, including the Nashville Metro Police Academy and the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections.  He has used his passion for exercise and his clinical expertise to develop research and exercise protocols to improve athletic performance while reducing risk for injuries. 

Trent has a strong passion for education and has been presenting on the topic of movement assessment nationally for over 10 years to several organizations including the Seattle Mariners, Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers Association, APTA’s CSM and the Tennessee and Arizona Physical Therapy Associations.  Trent has also been used as a nationally recognized resource for Advance PT, The Washington Post and Web MD.  He currently serves on the USA Cheer National Safety Council.  


Todd Nordmeyer:Moving to Nashville to race on a start-up professional team Todd has competed at the elite level since 1985. In 1997, he raced for the G.C. Sonego squad based in Treviso, Italy. Todd has 39 elite/pro victories and has captained three squads to 90 victories and over 130 podium finishes. He won Tennessee’s Best Area Rider Competition in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2003 and won the USA Cycling’s Master Nationals 30-34 Best All Around Rider in 2003.  Having opened the Endeavor Performance Center in 2009, Todd now leverages his knowledge, passion and expertise to assist others in fulfilling their goals to develop as athletes. His strength is his ability to foster success with increasing confidence, accountability and personal awareness in everyone he coaches.



Mike Price:As the founder of ESIX, Mike has over 20 years of experience in the sports and entertainment business. His list of contacts and clients is extensive, including athletes such as Lance Armstrong, the United States Postal Team, Michael Jordan, and tennis great, Pete Sampras. He is respected in the industry for his innovation in product design and his commitment to customer service.

As president of ESIX, Mike's role is to manage the considerable resources of ESIX and oversee the delivery of risk management and insurance services to all of the valued ESIX Clients. A hands-on leader, Mike's day-to-day responsibilities include energetically overseeing all aspects of the corporation and sharing his passion to make ESIX exceed all expectations.

Mike's 'work hard, play hard' attitude is reflected in everything he does from participating in triathlons, heli-skiing and marathon bike rides, to his charitable contributions to Habitat for Humanity, Families First and St. Jude's Research Hospital. Mike's enthusiastic and sometimes fanatical approach to fitness has at times led to 'interesting situations'. Rumor has it he has been seen many afternoons stripping down in the parking deck just to get a quick start on his workout! A certified commercial pilot and scuba diver, he has truly lived up to his childhood moniker of "Mighty Mouse!"

 


Scott Rigsby:Scott Rigsby is a double–leg amputee, an athlete, and a professional speaker whose message is "Do the unthinkable." His mission is to encourage people to do more than they thought possible in pursuit of big goals. He has completed more than 20 triathlons, and in 2007, he became the world's first double, below-the-knee amputee to complete the Ford Ironman World Championship competition in Kona–Kailua, Hawaii.  This past October, Scott finished the Ford Ironman World Championship for the second time.

Scott grew up in Georgia, where he still makes his home today. He is the founder of The Scott Rigsby Foundation, a Georgia–based nonprofit organization that exists to inspire and support challenged athletes. Scott has delivered keynote speeches for civic organizations, Fortune 1000 companies and schools across the country, and in 2008 was named World Vision's Advocate for Children with Disabilities. His story has been chronicled in Runner's World, Sports Illustrated, and on FOX, CNN and NBC news.

 


Dr. Hamid Sadri: 
Dr. Sadri is a Sports Chiropractor, in practice 25 years.  He is certified by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians and International Federation of Sports Chiropractic.  He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA and a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  Has treated Olympians to professional athletes from the NFL, NHL, NBA, and PGA.


 
Jenny Schmitt, M.S.:
Jenny has worked at every level of sport – amateur, collegiate, Olympic and professional. Most recently she has worked with the Tour of Utah, The ING Georgia and Miami Marathons and more than 12 other amateur sporting events to help them with marketing and communications.  And while she’s worked on one side, she’s raced on the other having completed marathons, half marathons, and new this year – her first triathlon.



Dr. John C. Taylor:
Dr. Taylor picked up the sport of triathlon in 1981 at age 60....… at age 60! But that’s typical for the Atlanta resident. He also received his Doctorate in Health Education from Southern Illinois University three days after turning 75.  Dr. Taylor pastored churches for 45 years. Along the way he got his masters in Journalism. After “retiring” from the ministry, he taught college-level Journalism for 18 years. After retiring from education, he taught Wellness Lifestyle Seminars for Seniors for another 12 years.
He and his wife Sally have been together for 12 years. They’re inseparable, and slowing down doesn’t seem like part of the plan. On race days, Sally is everywhere: part assistant, part-trainer, part-cheerleader. He affectionately calls her his performance-enhancing drug. Sally still runs 5 miles a day which is pretty amazing in itself.

 

Mike Wien: 
Mike Wien is an adjunct professor of marketing at Georgia State University and the founding partner at Wien & Associates where he acts in the role of chief marketing officer for eight entrepreneurial firms on a part time basis.  By applying over 30 years of marketing and sales experience working for some of the largest companies in the world, Wien specializes in helping entrepreneurs create marketing and business development strategies to uncover often overlooked ways to grow revenue. 

Wien started his career in brand management at Frito Lay and has held senior marketing positions at Pepsi-Cola, Omni Hotels, CitiBank, and Deloitte before starting his own firm.

In addition to consulting, Wien has become a competitive Ironman triathlete and a professional speaker motivating audiences to chase their dreams, By combining his corporate and Ironman experiences, Wien engages audiences with an entertaining story and discussion designed to help people self-discover how they can Keep The Flame Lit for Life and encourage others in their organization to do the same. A second speech, Counterintuitive Thinking for Growing Your Business in a Turbulent Environment has been getting great reviews by helping organizations, particularly in the service sector, outsmart their competitors and attract new business.

 

James Zarick, Ed. D:  

- Active Partner in Endurance Sports Management

- BS Physical Education and Health, Slippery Rock State College     

- MS Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, Slippery Rock University

- Ed.D Sport Management, United States Sports Academy

 

Dr. Zarick first became involved with the sport of triathlon in its infancy when he competed in his first race in 1984. He has continued to not only compete in triathlons, but also swimming and running where he has racked up honors as an NCAA All America in swimming and 4 Boston Marathons, finishing in the top 5% of the field. His affection for these sports has led him to conduct research that will benefit them. Today's presentation is a part of that research.