IART Ambassadors

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.


Lance Andersen

Lance Andersen

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 certified 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 committee member, and USTA Eastern Mass Association League committee member. Lance is a senior tennis professional at the Longfellow Club in Wayland MA and for the Tennis Academy of Harvard. Lance was the recipient 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 Massachusetts 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.


Mark Gonzalez

Mark Gonzalez of Yonex and 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 an 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.


Mark Campanile

Known as “The Racquet Man” Mark Campanile is a USPTA Elite Professional, a USRSA Master Racquet Technician, inventor, published author and consultant. ​He is also the owner and operator of “The Racquet Man”, a service business that specializes in racquet stringing, racquet repair and customization. Mark operates “The Racquet Man” out of the Northbrook Racquet Club in Northbrook, IL

​As a USRSA Master Racquet Technician, Mark has been stringing racquets and managing his pro shop since 1980. Voted America’s “Top Stringer” in 1990 by the USRSA and Tennis Magazine, Mark is currently a USRSA certification tester and presenter of “The Total Racquet Workshop” as well as a product play tester for the USRSA.

​Mark also invented pivoting glide bars for the Ektelon Model H and NEOS 1000 stringing machines, a device that aids in the correct stringing of fan-pattern racquets on these particular stringing machines.

​Mark was a member of the Babolat VS Stringing Team, the official stringer of the French Open. Previously, he was a member of the Bow Brand Stringing Team, which was the official stringer of the Wimbledon Championships. As technical advisor for Bow Brand Strings from 1998 to 2004, Mark was responsible for building name and product recognition in the US market.

Fluent in three languages, Mark holds an MBA degree from DePaul University and a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin.


Ivor Savage

If you’ve ever been around Ivor Savage you undoubtedly know that his enthusiasm for tennis is infectious. Ivor is definitely in the right business and his love for his work is obvious. In 2012 he hooked up with Ytex, a relatively “new kid” on the block when it comes to strings but with the help of Ivor’s marketing efforts, Ytex is fast becoming a recognized brand in an industry where a small string company can easily get swallowed up by the big fish. Ivor and Ytex have been supportive of the IART since their involvement in the IART symposium. They participated in 3 symposiums; 2 at Saddlebrook in Tampa as well as joining us for our 10th anniversary symposium in Chicago in 2016

 

 


Josh Newton

Josh Newton

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.

 

 


David Hall

David Hall

David Hall is the owner of Racket Sport Services, providing a pro shop and stringing services both at Frinton-on-Sea Lawn Tennis Club, 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 back in 1986. 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 for a number of years, many badminton age groups championships and national premier league weekends. David has attended five 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 string companies, YTEX, Diadem, StringLab and Still in Black. He is also the UK and Ireland Territory Manager for the newly revived Snauwaert brand of rackets and ancillary products.


 

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