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Three committees of industry leaders guide education tracks at 9th annual TBI Conference


In addition to the seven General Sessions and plenty of networking opportunities, the 9th Annual Triathlon Business International Conference on January 25-27, 2019 in Tempe, AZ, will have three education tracks.

The education tracks are (1) Race Directors; (2) Coaches and Clubs; and (3) Retail/Manufacturers. Each track will consist of five workshops. They will focus on the trends and current issues within each industry group. The goal is for attendees to take away new ideas and solutions they can apply to their own businesses.

Guiding each track are committees, with the following committee members:

Race Directors

  • Mark Walter, Sun Multisport (chair)
  • Greg Hawkins, Kinetic Multisports
  • Eva Solomon, Epic Races
  • Marcus Robinson, TBLOCKS
  • Christina Reddick, ABD, Florida International University, Assistant Director, FIU Tri Club
  • Rachel Martin, Pumpkinman Triathlon
  • Brennan Lindner, Generic Events


  • Jesse Kropelnicki, QT2 Systems, LLC (chair)
  • Michael Ricci, D3 Multisport, Inc.
  • Andy Clark, Alien Endurance
  • Cliff English, ASU Women’s Triathlon Coach
  • Jeff Scull, Edge Triathlon
  • Ian Murray, LA Tri Club Head Coach
  • Marilyn Chychota, Marilyn Chychota Coaching


  • Trent Nix, TriShop (chair)
  • Mark Vandermolen, Full Speed Ahead
  • John Duquette, blueseventy
  • Richelle Love, Tri It Multisport
  • Dan Empfield, Slowtwitch.com

Each committee will determine the content of the workshops in their respective tracks using post-conference feedback from the 8th Annual Conference, as well as informal surveys of colleagues and personal industry experience. Once content is finalized, the committee members will contact and confirm the expert panellists and speakers for each topic. Workshop content will be announced in the coming weeks.

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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