The following people are active and dedicated members of the IART Alliance. They are committed to the expansion and growth of the organization and serve as official IART global ambassadors.
IART Ambassador Director
Lance Andersen is a PTR National Tester and Clinician 4A, a member of the National Cardio Tennis Speaker Team, USPTA Certified, an Etcheberry ceritified coach, a member of Team Babolat and a member of the USRSA. He is also the chairmen of the PTR technology committee, the PTR Massachusetts state representative, the USPTA New England Lesson For Life Chairperson, a member of the Tennis Industry Association Technology Committee, a USTA New England adult comittee member, and USTA Eastern Mass Association League committe member. Lance is a senior tennis professional at the Longfellow Club in Wayland MA and for the Tennis Academy of Harvard. Lance was the recepient of the 2011 PTR & Tennis Industry Association Commitment to the Indusry Award and was named the 2011 PTR USTA New England PTR Professional of the Year. Previously he was named the 2010 USPTA New England Regional Pro of the year and the 2010 PTR Massachuesetts Member of the Year. Lance has been a speaker at tennis industry events for the PTR, Tennis Industry Association, USTA and USPTA. When not on the court, Lance is a senior software engineer in the Java Engineering group at Oracle Corporation.
A scientist, genetic counselor, website designer and currently a home schooling parent defines a diverse background for this mother of two. Meghan Kofod and her husband have always loved tennis, but they didn't start playing until after their kids caught the "tennis bug". Meghan has also played the role of "Tennis Parent", traveling all over the east coast to tournaments. However, it was her oldest who added a completely new dimension to the role of "Tennis Parent" during these last few years by developing a love of racquet technology. She loves watching her son follow this passion and looks forward to finding ways for other Juniors to do the same. Meghan also volunteers as the web administrator for the Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina
Chuck Hakansson has been stringing and customizing racquets in the Atlanta area for many years. He is the owner of his own business, Racquet Sports Services, but he also takes care of the racquet needs of the Georgia Tech men’s and women’s teams. He has a successful business at the LifeTime Fitness pro shop working with many of the area’s top juniors. He also manages a team of technicians providing stringing to 16 Dick’s Sporting Goods stores. Chuck also strings at ATP/WTA events including the Memphis Open and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Teen owner and operator of Total Racquet in Raleigh, NC, Christian Kofod developed his love of stringing while competing and working at his local tennis club. He loves playing tennis but is even more passionate about the technical side. When he's not studying for his academic classes or stringing a customer's racquet, you'll find him reading the latest information on racquets and strings, watching a training video by one of the world's best stringers, or practicing his technique on his extra racquets. In September 2014, he completed the training held by the IART. His goals are to be a professional racquet technician and string at one of the majors.
Josh Newton has been stringing professionally since 1999. In 2012 he became an official member of the Babolat VS String Team and has enjoyed working the past 3 years at the French Open with that team. He has served as the racquet technician for the University of Colorado since 2005 and was a member of the team servicing racquets for the PowerShares Champions event in Denver in 2013 & 2014. Josh is a Master Racquet Technician with the USRSA and in 2012 earned his Pro Tour Level I certification with the ERSA. Josh has been an active member of the IART since it's inception and has steadily increased his involvement in high level tournament stringing over the past several years.
Mark Gonzalez of Alpha Racquet Sports is one of the most respected names in the industry when it comes to customer service and in fact, is a role model for others to follow. His knowledge of stringing machines ranks among the very best in the industry and he has strung racquets professionally at many tennis & badminton tournaments. Mark is a MRT (Master Racquet Technician) with the USRSA (United States Racquet Stringers Association) and a certification tester for the USRSA as well. Mark began his career in the industry in 1985 in Corpus Christi Texas by working 8 years at Nevada Bob's Golf and Tennis. He is extremely passionate about racquet sports and has been a seminar leader at every IART training symposium. Alpha has also been a sponsor of the IART symposium from the very beginning.
Known as Noddy since he was 4, Noel Dodds coached for approximately 20 years and at one time he owned his own 18 court complex. He is currently the state sales manager for HEAD in New South Wales, Australia. His love affair with racquets started at age 12 with his first stringing machine, an Oliver Drop Pedal. He currently owns his own small home business called Breakpoint Tennis Services where he does everything from a basic restring to customization to full grip re-shaping etc. For the last 8 years he has been the lead stringer at the ATP 250 and WTA 500 Sydney International Tournaments and has strung for and consulted with many professional players about their equipment needs. His ambition is to grow his racquet and stringing knowledge through groups like the IART, string more events, and to one day be part of a team at a major event.
Mitch Case is the Director of Tennis at Woodridge Lake in Goshen, CT; a Staff Pro at Farmington Valley Racquet Club and Pinewoods Health and Racquet Club during the indoor season; and the Head Coach of the Northwestern Regional High School Boys Tennis Team during the spring season. In addition to his PTR Certification, Mitch is also an Etcheberry Certified Fitness Coach, and USRSA certified Master Racquet Technician. In his career as a coach, he has taught along side other great coaches/pro players, including Tom Gullikson, Tim Mayotte, Johan Kriek, Jared Palmer, and Taylor Dent. Mitch has attended the IART Symposium in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Kin Roseborough has been involved in the tennis industry for quite a while and is currently the owner of Intentional Tennis in South Carolina. The first pro event he strung for was an 8-man “Masters" tournament in 1982 featuring, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, and Cliff Drysdale. He is currently the head stringer for the Family Circle Cup (WTA-Charleston) and being the seasoned professional he is, has led that team successfully through that event each time he has accepted that challenge. He also served as the Tennis Director at the Park West Tennis Center in Mount Pleasant, SC for 5 1/2 years. He stay quite busy in his retail stringing business, averaging more than 1000 frames per year for the past 12+ years.
David Hall is the owner of Racket Stringing, a home based stringing service in Essex, England. His initial training as a stringer was provided by the company who sold him his first machine. He is a founding member of the UKRSA and his experience of all racquet sports has provided him the opportunity to work at many tournaments. He has worked at Futures events in England, and at the WTA and ATP event at Eastbourne, where in 2009 he was head stringer. David is also an accomplished badminton stringer, stringing at the English National Badminton Championships, many badminton age groups championships and national premier league weekends. David has attended four IART symposiums and recognizes the value of the event for his own personal development as well as the opportunity it presents to share knowledge with others and learn from the best in the world. Being a member of IART has also resulted in an expansion of his own business in becoming the sole UK distributor for two string companies, ACELON and Still in Black.
Although relatively new in the tennis industry, Mike has a passion for excellence and consistency in racquet stringing. What began as a way to save money for his daughter’s tennis, grew into a small business venture. Mike is the owner of String Sensation, a Chattanooga based stringing company that continues to grow. Mike is a member of USRSA and IART. In September of 2014, Mike attended the IART Symposium and successfully completed his MRT certification. Currently, Mike strings for the Soddy Daisy High School Tennis team and Player Coach Connection as well as many Chattanooga Tennis Association and local USTA members. His goal is to string at local and regional tournaments and eventually string at ATP and WTA events.