USPTA Southern


Southern May Conference

at the Atlanta Country Club, Marietta GA

May 12-14


USPTA Member early registration $135 non-member $165

CLICK Registration on Ticket Tailor

14 education points for attending all sessions


HOTEL CLICK TO BOOK Fairfield Inn Perimeter Mall King $120, 2 Queens $130. Room block & price until 4/28. This is in the Perimeter Mall area, and there are other hotels nearby if the block sells out.




USPTA Southern Convention Schedule

Thursday, May 12th

12:00-3:00 Southern Board Meeting

2:00 - 7:00 Registration

3:00 - 4:00 Farley Youman Doubles: How to win with and against all formations (court)

4:15-5:15 Bill Anderson Pickleball Build it and they will come! (court)

5:30 - 6:30 Tom Parkes Quick fixes for your club players (court)

6:30 PM Welcome Party (courtside)

Friday, May 13th

8:30-9:00 Tracy Almeda-Singian USPTA National update (Ballroom)

9:00 - 10:30 Dr. Mark Brouker Lessons from the Navy Pt 1 - A Study in Leadership (ballroom)

10:45-12:15 Dr. Sophie Woorons Live Games by the Numbers-Drills with Odd Number of Players (court)

11:30 -12:30 Tik Tok Talks (Overlook)

12:30- 2:45 Awards and Hall of Fame Lunch Ballrooom

3:00-4:00 Dr. Mark Brouker Lessons from the Navy Pt 2 (ballroom)

3:00-4:00 Rob Carver Ladies Doubles: Drills, Games, and Strategy (court)

4:15-5:15 Pat Whitworth Favorite Drills from Top Pros in the Country

Saturday, May 14th

8:00 - 8:45 Faith Fellowship meeting (Library)

9:00 -11:00 Jeff Salzenstein 7 Serve Drills to Transform Your Tennis Program (court)

10:00 -2:00 Trade Show

11:00 - 12:00 Darryl Lewis Crossover Drills – Use Your Tennis Skills to Teach Pickleball (court)

12:00 - 2:00 Trade show and luncheon

2:15 - 3:15 Jeff Salzenstein How to Get Your Players Competing Like The Pros (court)

3:30-4:30 Bill Riddle & Todd Upchurch Bill and Todd's Excellent Adventure-Entertainment meets Education (court)

Sunday, May 15th

8:30-12:30 Pickleball Certification (additional fee $220 – limited space – must preregister and must log in to register)




FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr. Mark Brouker Captain Brouker is an internationally recognized leadership expert and author of the highly acclaimed book Lessons from the Navy: How to build trust, lead teams and create organizational excellence. Forbes calls it a “concise and highly readable book…gives a fascinating glimpse into leadership.” He has also authored numerous articles on leadership published in a diverse array of magazines and periodicals, and has appeared on numerous podcasts and radio spots, including Fast Company and Savvy Business Radio. 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 alsoserved 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.
Jeff Salzenstein Founder of Tennis Evolution, Jeff is a former Top 100 ATP singles and doubles player, 2 time All American and national champion at Stanford, USTA High Performance Coach, and USPTA elite professional. He has been obsessed with tennis, and understanding the game on a deeper level.A year and half into his pro career, Jeff suffered his first major injury on his right ankle (which was misdiagnosed for 9 months). And by the age of 25, had suffered a second major injury, his left knee (meniscus separation that was misdiagnosed for 6 weeks.). He worked with countless coaches, and soon discovered that a lot of the traditional training methods were overly analytical, and riddled with flaws – keeping many players from reaching their true potential.With the help of all of the experts he sought out, and his own insatiable appetite for learning, he discovered the techniques, tactics, and strategies which really work in the heat of battle. And as a result, he went on to become the first ever American to break the top 100 in the ATP singles rankings, after the age of 30. (Back when 30 was considered “ancient” in the world of pro tennis.)


Sophie Woorons, PhD. is the Owner/Director Brookstone Tennis, 10-court tennis facility, Anderson, SC. She has her PhD in Sport Pedagogy from the University of Georgia. A former All-American for Clemson University in both Singles and Doubles, she was the ACC Player of the year and is a member of the ACC 50-year anniversary team. She was a NCAA Nationals Semi-Finalist in Singles, Division 1.She is the author of Strategy Book: A New Spin on Tennis. Sophie has been a presenter at International, National and State conferences. Her articles have been featured in TennisPro, TennisWeek.com and Educational magazine.Sophie was named the 2015 USPTA Professional of the Year, USTA South Carolina Teaching Professional of the year, USTA SC Female Player of the year, and Brookstone was named SC Club of the year.Her Pro Career includes former WTA Pro Tour ranked 429 in singles (age 17), 511 in doubles. As a junior, she represented France in the European championship 12u. Her Senior Tour accomplishments are amazing, and Team USA 2013, 2014, 2019, 2021. She was a Bronze Medalist at Senior Fed Cup World Championships with Team USA. A 10 Time National Champion – Ranked #1 in the Country in age group, and there is much more.

Tracy Almeda Singian , is a VP on the USPTA National Board and is a marketing executive. She is the current SVP, Global Head of Marketing and Branding for Citibank and has also worked at CCU Florida, NBA team- New Orleans Pelicans, Red Bull, and led Wilson Sporting Goods to be the first brand in the tennis industry to reach half a million followers on social media.

Tracy has won a NATAS Emmy as a Producer, two Comms Art awards as Creative Director, and served on the Diversity & Inclusion Council for the New Orleans Saints & Pelicans.

As a former WTA Tour player, Tournament Director of the USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Indian Harbour Beach, 2005-2006 & 2007-2008 USPTA Florida District Pro of the Year and US National Team member, Tracy has spent her life in tennis and loves sharing marketing best practices with the forward thinkers of today's game.