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Annual Meeting & Conference



August 20, 2019
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Registration for the 2019 USTA Northern Annual Meeting & Conference is open now.




Numerous committees will be holding open meetings so attendees can see the inner workings of USTA Northern's committee structure. Along with committee meetings, the Annual Meeting & Conference will feature sessions with information on a variety of other topics of interest to providers and players. 


Hotel rooms are available at a discounted group rate. Book your room here.


The USTA National Board representative in attendance will be Brian Vahaly.


Brian Vahaly began serving his third two-year term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors in January 2019. He is chair of the Audit Committee. He previously served as Director at Large as an Elite Athlete in 2013-14 and 2017-18, serving as the board liaison to the Youth Tennis Leadership Council and the Player Development Committee and as a member of the Investment Committee and the Audit Committee. ADVERTISEMENT In between his first two terms on the USTA Board of Directors, he was on the USTA Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors and chaired its Audit Committee.


Vahaly played professionally for seven years, winning 10 singles titles on the USTA Pro Circuit and the ITF Circuit. He achieved career-high rankings of No. 64 in singles and No. 94 in doubles in 2003, when he reached the singles quarterfinals at Indian Wells and the singles semifinals at Memphis.


Vahaly graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in finance and business management. He was an Academic All-American for the UVA tennis team, a team captain for his last two years at the school and a three-time All-American, 1999-2001. In 2001, he reached the NCAA singles final and the NCAA doubles semifinals, and was honored as Virginia’s all-sports Male Athlete of the Year. As a junior player in 1997, he won the Easter Bowl and was named a member of the U.S. national team.


After retiring from professional tennis, Vahaly went on to work at McLean Capital, a private equity fund in Washington, D.C. He later worked as the chief operating officer at the venture capital funds Venturehouse Group and NextGen Venture Partners. He currently is the chief finance and strategy officer for Solidcore.


Vahaly also has been active in community programs. In 2003, he founded the Brian Vahaly Brighter Future Foundation in Atlanta, dedicated to promoting academics and community service through tennis, and later served on the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) Board of Directors in Washington, D.C.


Vahaly lives in Annapolis, Md., with his husband, Bill, and two children, Parker and Bennett.


He is a member of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section.


More information on the event schedule can be found below.




Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

3900 American Blvd W, Bloomington, MN 55437

(Note: Schedule is subject to change)


Friday, November 15


8 a.m. - Entrance Lobby: Registration


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Washington Room: CTA/NJTL Committee

The goal of this committee is to create, develop and strengthen a section-wide network of self-sufficient Community Tennis Associations to increase local tennis participation.


10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Washington Room: Junior Tournament Committee

The goal of this committee is to promote and address all activities associated with junior competition, find ways to increase participation in all junior competition events and recommend and implement improvements to increase tournament play.


11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Salon B: Lunch & Learn Table Topics

Come learn about the latest features, new curriculum and how to connect to your players using the Net Generation App. We will also have table discussions on USTA Northern programming and marketing.


12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Washington Room: Player ID Development Committee

This committee's goal is to identify players for training camps and promote junior player development in the section.


12 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Jefferson Room: Board of Directors Meeting (closed)


1 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Salon B: Panel Discussion - Retaining Coaches

Christin Thurston - USPTA Northern Division Executive Director

Song Thao - Saint Paul Urban Tennis Executive Director

Jason Thiner - Fargo Courts Plus Supervisor of Junior Development

Having problems retaining coaches? Difficulty recruiting coaches for your summer programs?  Come listen to three providers give their insight into what is working for them and the strategies needed to retain good coaches.


1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Salon C: Life Time Tennis Directors Meeting (closed)


1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Executive Lounge: Adult Recreational Play Committee

This committee supports the expansion of adult recreational play throughout the section through lessons, drills, social leagues and events.


2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Salon B: Junior Pathway (Dan Holman, USTA Director of Junior Player Development)

This will be an update on the proposed new 2021 junior competitive pathway.  The presentation will focus on the 'why' and reasons for this change, and how we got here in the first place.  It will also go into specifics on the new suite of competitive products in the newly created Net Generation Circuit and the relationship along with details on the USTA Junior Tour (ranked tournaments) and how that will look in the future as well.


3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Washington Room: USPTA Board Meeting (closed)


4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Foyer B: Reception


Saturday, November 16


8 a.m. - Entrance Lobby: Registration


8 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Salon B: Continental Breakfast


8 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Washington Room: USTA Northern Past President's Breakfast


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Salon C: USTA Northern Annual Meeting


10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Salon B: Junior Team Tennis Committee

This committee assists in the section's efforts to provide increased play opportunities for all junior players by increasing the awareness, demand and preference for USTA Junior Team Tennis among junior players.


10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Salon C: Tennis on Campus Committee

This committee serves to establish and enforce rules and regulations governing competition in the Tennis on Campus program. To support the growth of recreational tennis programs on college campuses throughout the section.


10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Jefferson Room: Strategic Planning Committee

This committee is charged with focusing the organization's efforts on key priorities for the term.


10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Washington Room: Hall of Fame & Awards Committee

The Hall of Fame & Awards Committee is charged with assuring that deserving members of the tennis community receive recognition for their tennis achievements both on and off the court.


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Executive Lounge: Lunch/Network (Chophouse Restaurant)


12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Executive Lounge: Digital Tools Session (Kathy Myers, USTA Technical Services Manager)

Overview and update of where the USTA stands today with it's Digital Platform development.  This will include features such as National Search, Tournaments (Ranked/Non-Ranked), Facility Management Tools and USTA programming management.


12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Jefferson Room: Grants Committee

The Grants Committee evaluates and improves grant procedures, reviews applications and thoughtfully allocates appropriate funding to community programs and facilities based on set criteria, section priorities and need.


12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Washington Room: Finance Committee

This is a standing committee that may operate through several subcommittees, including Audit, Budget, Investment, and Compensation.


2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Executive Lounge: Marketing Roundtable

Join a discussion on marketing tactics and challenges on marketing the sport to a broad demographic.


2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Jefferson Room: Officials Committee

This committee advises and supports staff and volunteers at all levels with promoting and expanding our officials initiatives which include assignments, recruitment, evaluation and training.


2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Washington Room: Adult Leagues Committee

The goal of this committee is to recommend, support and promote recreational and competitive league team opportunities that motivate and encourage adult players to become frequent tennis players.


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