USA Triathlon (USAT) and Triathlon Business International (TBI) have announced that Pasquale Romano, President and CEO of ChargePoint and one of the leading business innovators in the USA, will serve as one of two keynote speakers for the inaugural Endurance Exchange triathlon industry conference set for January 23-25 in Tempe, Arizona.
ChargePoint is the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network with a significant presence in North America and Europe. Romano’s keynote will discuss how transportation electrification and autonomous drive will impact mobility, climate change and the cost of living. At the same time, the keynote will ‘explore the relationship between endurance sports and entrepreneurship put into context for athletes, race directors, coaches, manufacturers, brands and other business stakeholders in the multisport industry.’
Registration for Endurance Exchange is open at enduranceexchange.com, and a preliminary schedule of topics and presenters is now available. Early-bird pricing of US$350 is currently in effect, with the first price increase to US$400 slated for October 13.
Romano joined ChargePoint in February 2011, bringing more than 25 years of technology industry leadership and executive management experience to the company. In addition to his role at ChargePoint, Romano currently sits on the boards of AgilOne, CALSTART and the YMCA of Silicon Valley. He co-founded 2Wire, which was acquired by Pace plc for US$475 million in 2010.
A triathlete himself, Romano is an IRONMAN World Championship finisher, two-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship finisher and has completed more than 20 full- and ultra-distance events over the past 10 years.
Romano holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University and received his M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
USA Triathlon and TBI are introducing Endurance Exchange in an effort to grow, inspire and support the triathlon community by collaboratively hosting the nation’s largest experiential triathlon summit ‘where everyone within the multisport community can learn; share best practices, trends and innovations; network; and collaborate.’
All sessions and most ancillary events will take place at ASU 365 Community Union (Sun Devil Stadium) at Arizona State University.
The event combines several pre-existing industry conferences into one. It replaces the annual TBI Conference, which was originally scheduled for the same dates in Tempe, and also encompasses the USA Triathlon Race Director Summit and Art & Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium.
The conference will feature a line-up of expert presenters from across the multisport industry, as well as interactive roundtable sessions and networking events. Distinct content tracks will be offered for race directors, coaches and retailers, while a general track will cover trends and topics applicable to all stakeholders within the sport.
In addition to Romano, featured speakers include:
- Drs Lisa Ingarfield and Sara Gross, founders of the Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit, who will speak about diversity, equity and inclusion in triathlon;
- Austin McInerny, former President and current Chair of the Advisory Council for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), who will discuss growing youth participation in endurance sports; and
- Exercise scientist Dr Matt Pahnke, who will present on fuelling and performance.
Acclaimed triathlon coaches Brian Grasky, Susan Sotir, Matt Valyo and Jim Vance, and veteran race directors Gabriela Gallegos, Eric Opdyke and Eva Solomon, will present on various topics to help fellow coaches and race directors improve their businesses and grow the sport as a whole.
Race directors, coaches and officials in attendance will gain Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to further their professional development. In addition, USA Triathlon Race Director and Coaching certifications and recertifications will be offered in Tempe in the lead-up to the event from January 21-22. For more information about certifications, email coaching[at]usatriathlon.org (coaches) and eventservices[at]usatriathlon.org (race directors).
Additional events taking place in Tempe in conjunction with Endurance Exchange include:
- A USA Triathlon Partner Summit
- A USA Triathlon-sanctioned aquathlon race
- A USA Triathlon Foundation Fantasy Camp with the Project Podium squad, and
- ‘A Celebration of Sport — An Evening to Encourage, Inspire and Ignite — Benefiting the USA Triathlon Foundation’, which will include the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
More details on ancillary events, session topics and presenters — including a second keynote speaker — will be shared in the coming weeks.