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Coaching & Clubs education track workshops at 9th Annual TBI Conference

Triathlon Business International (TBI) has today announced the topics for the Coaching & Clubs educational track, the first of three curricula tracks, for the 9th Annual TBI Conference, on January 25-26, 2019, at the Mission Palms Resort in Tempe, Arizona.

Coaching and Club track workshops include:

  • The business of coaching for remote athletes
  • NCAA teams and what it means for the industry
  • Youth and development as part of coaching business
  • Primary models of creating positive revenue in coaching/clubs
  • Optimizing the retailer and tri club/team relationship (joint workshop with the Retail/Manufacturers group)

Attendees of all five workshops will receive 8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) from USA Triathlon. Certificates will be distributed at the conference immediately following the last session.

The track topics were developed by a committee of triathlon coaches and club directors/members, including: Jesse Kropelnicki, QT2 Systems (committee chair); Michael Ricci, D3 Multisport.; Andy Clark, Alien Endurance; Cliff English, ASU Women’s Triathlon Coach; Jeff Scull, Edge Triathlon; Ian Murray, LA Tri Club Head Coach; and Marilyn Chychota, Marilyn Chychota Coaching.

Through committees for the coaching/clubs, retail/manufacturers and race directors tracks, TBI president Dan Empfield mandated that content for the conference be “user-generated”. Hence, the conference content is ‘created by people who are most involved in the sport, and who best know and understand the trending topics.’

The goal of all three education tracks is to provide attendees the opportunity to hear information, ask questions, be part of discussions and take home new ideas and solutions they can apply to their businesses and clubs.

Curricula for the Retail/Manufacturers and Race Directors education tracks will be announcing in the coming week.

9th Annual Conference
TBI Conference registration is now open; details and online registration are available online.

Check-in for the 2019 conference begins on Friday morning in the lobby of the Palms Ballroom at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, with the first General Session slated to start at 13:00 MT. Registration for TBI members is US$475 and US$575 for non-members through December 9. On December 10, both prices increase US$50.

Of the seven general sessions – research, social media, State of the State: USAT, graphically recorded brainstorming, a conversation with the co-founders of one of world’s leading shoe manufacturers, and hot topics – one of the most popular is Speed Networking. Here, TBI adds that ‘Attendees will be talking fast with colleagues and trading business cards as the last session on Friday.’

The Speed Networking session will be followed by a convivial networking reception in the courtyard of the hotel. A second networking reception at a nearby hotspot, Cabin Tempe, will be held on Saturday evening. ‘The speedy contacts made during Speed Networking can be delved into while enjoying the balmy evening air of Tempe.’

Ten awards also will be given throughout the conference: Best Published Article of 2018, Best Published Photo of 2018; Best Event Video; the Jason Kilderry Influential Coach Award; the Fastest Growing Tri Club; the Steve Hed Award; and four categories of Triathletes Choice ‘Best-of’ Events.

Current TBI Members

  • US$475 through December 31, 2018 (This is an ‘all-in’ fee; no additional charges will be added at checkout); member number required
  • US$575 from January 1, 2018 to the conference date


  • US$575 through December 31, 2018 (This is an ‘all-in’ fee; no additional charges will be added at checkout)
  • US$675 from January 1, 2018 to the conference date

Conference partners include: ACTIVE (technology); Headsweats (headwear); Endurance Sportswire (media); MPA Event Graphics (corporate); Ashworth Awards (corporate); FinisherPix (corporate).

Sponsorship and expo opportunities can be received by contacting Triathlon Business International via its website.




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