Annual Meeting Recap
Daniel Borgertpoepping | November 19, 2018
This year, USTA Northern introduced a new structure for its annual meeting. Over two days, sessions covered a wide range of topics of interest to facilities, communities, providers and players while a variety of Northern’s critical committees held open meetings to conduct their final business before the end of their two-year terms.
More than 150 attendees experienced this new-look Annual Meeting and Conference, representing communities from across the Northern section. Nine of USTA Northern’s committees met, while numerous other sessions provided updates on programs, USPTA accreditation, USTA structure, NTRP and more.
In addition to the USTA Northern board of directors, staff and committees, the event featured guest speakers as well. Heather Hawkes, USTA’s Senior Manager of Product Strategy for Events and Ratings, headlined two sessions. ADVERTISEMENT On Friday, Hawkes offered a preview of ClubSpark while her Saturday session covered the NTRP system and its continued evolution in front of a packed room.
Additionally, USTA Director of Diversity and Inclusion Bill Leong visited the conference to run sessions on the role of the Board and the broader structure of the USTA, emphasizing the importance of recruiting and retaining engaged volunteers with a variety of backgrounds for the continued health of Northern’s committee structure.
USTA Northern Executive Director Becky Cantellano reflected on a successful first outing of the new meeting and conference style, highlighting the multiple facets of the tennis community who were in attendance this weekend.
“This was our first attempt at engaging a broader audience in the work of our many committees and I was energized by the turnout. We had a meeting of Life Time Tennis Directors, the USPTA Northern Division Board of Directors, and countless representatives of Community Tennis Associations and Facilities throughout the section," Cantellano said. "In addition, we had a great gathering of players who joined us to learn more about the ins and outs of our NTRP and other tennis rating systems. All in all, it was an awesome event that showed the collaborative spirit in USTA Northern and I’m already excited for next year! Thanks to everyone who participated!”