Speakers

Dr. Peter Vint
Co-Founder
Protea

Dr. Peter Vint is an internationally recognized expert in high performance sport. He has served as a trusted advisor, consultant, educator, and speaker with leading sporting organizations including the US Olympic Committee, UK Sport, NOC*NSF, Titleist, Nike, Leaders, and professional sports teams in the NBA, NFL, MLS, MLB, and The Premier League.

 Dr. Vint currently lives in the UK after being hired by Everton FC in 2016. As the first American Academy Director in the history of the Premier League, he was responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the Academy Performance Plan and the leadership of staff who support the physical, tactical, technical, psychosocial, and educational development of 160 Academy players ranging in age from U9-U19.  He successfully led the Academy through the Premier League’s 2016 Elite Player Performance Plan Audit to retain Category 1 status and introduced a number of programmatic enhancements ranging from an improved football development framework, holistic parent and player support initiatives, and more complete and effective implementation of sport science, medicine, and analytics.

From 2012-2015, Peter served as the Senior Director of Competitive Analysis, Research & Innovation with the United States Olympic Committee and led the development of world-class programs to support data-driven sport performance, planning, and resource allocation decisions. In less than two years, Vint and his team developed comprehensive data collection, analysis, tracking, and reporting systems to establish, monitor, and predict athlete and team performance trajectories and medal winning probabilities for more than 100,000 international, senior elite athletes and teams competing in over 400 Summer and Winter Olympic events.

As USOC High Performance Director between 2009-2012, Dr. Vint led a team of sport science and medical professionals in support of five National Governing Bodies, including USA Track and Field and USA Swimming, which won 64 medals during the London Olympic Games.  He was responsible for high performance planning, resource allocation, and maximizing athlete performance through the effective integration of sport science, technology, medicine and analytics. In partnership with key members of USA Track and Field, Vint led a series of transformation changes to deliver new, comprehensive, and performance-impacting programs and services to athletes and coaches. Athletes who participated in these programs achieved 2.3x the number of season-best performances compared to athletes who did not.

Dr. Vint started with the USOC in 2005 as Senior Sport Technologist where he was responsible for developing and implementing sport specific measurement systems and worked to help make performance-related technologies more accessible and usable for coaches and athletes. Solutions ranged from customized sensor integration and software design to match analysis and performance analytics. 

Before his tenure with the USOC, Peter held positions in academia, human factors research, and was a small business owner. He earned a Ph.D. in biomechanics, held a post-doctoral fellowship in Motor Control and Learning, and completed an executive leadership program at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. 

Mark Kovacs
CEO and Institute Director
Kovacs Institute

A sports industry executive with a unique background in sports administration, human performance and sport science. A performance physiologist, high performance director, sport scientist, researcher, professor, author, speaker and coach with an extensive background in leadership roles with some of the largest sports governing bodies and global companies. With a diverse background as an All-American and NCAA champion athlete, a distinguished coach, sports administrator and scientist, Dr. Kovacs brings a unique perspective to major projects in the area of optimizing human potential, sports administration, facility development and product innovation. Please visit www.mark-kovacs.com for more detailed information:

Dr. Kovacs has been a consultant for the United States Tennis Association, Seattle Mariners, US Soccer, NCAA, ATP, WTA, ITF, IMG Academy, Harvard University, Princeton University, LSU, UNC, ASU, Ga Tech, LSU, USC and has advised and consulted with over 20 NCAA Division I Athletic Departments on many aspects of sport science, facility design, developing high performance teams and reducing injuries.

Responsible for multi-million dollar budgets in diverse areas including corporate research and development, sport science, coaching education, strength & conditioning, performance analytics, wearable technology among other areas.

Dave Phillips
Co-Founder
Titlest Performance Institute

Dave Phillips is located in Oceanside, California and is a co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) – a state of the art facility that utilizes 3D Biomechanics, Physical Assessment Screens, Neuroscience, DNA testing and nutritional profiling to more optimally develop and train the performance of an athlete. TPI has now trained 22,000 certified experts across 62 countries and helped hundreds of thousands of recreational golfers, improve and enjoy the game.

Dave has been a member of the PGA of America since 1993, Golf Magazine Top 100 teacher since 2000 and recognized by Golf Digest as a Top 50 teacher in America. Dave frequently appears on the Golf Channel and as a co-host of the Golf Fitness Academy and Titleist Performance Institute Television shows, broadcast in 77 countries over an eight-year time frame.

Stuart M. Phillips, Ph.D., FCAHS, FACN, FACSM
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Adjunct Professor, Medicine (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Associate Member, Graduate Faculty in Medical Science (Cell Biology & Metabolism)
McMaster University

Stuart is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at McMaster University. Stuart is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American College of Nutrition (ACN). His research is focused on the impact of nutrition and resistance exercise on human skeletal muscle protein turnover. As well he is keenly interested in diet and exercise-induced changes in body composition and the influence of all of the aforementioned in aging persons. Dr. Phillips’ has more than 270 publications, 140 public scientific presentations, and is currently working on aging well so he can keep up with his three sons!

James Oñate, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Associate Professor of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Ohio State University

James joined The Ohio State University faculty in January 2010. He is an academic research faculty member and Certified Athletic Trainer clinically interested in all aspects of human movement relative to optimal performance sustainment. He currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Division of Athletic Training, Director of the PhD Program, and Chair of the Graduate Studies Program in The Ohio State University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He is also a member of the OSU Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute and the OSU Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance. He recently served as a research member of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), is a current member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and is a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He has been an active member of the youth sports community in central OH as the Director of Sports Performance at Bo Jackson Elite Sports, Vice President of the NeXT Basketball Foundation while also coaching baseball at Olentangy Liberty High School and throughout the Ohio travel baseball community. He resides in Powell, OH with his wife Deb and his two boys Matthew and Mason.

Meeta Singh
Service Chief and Section head
Columbus Center Sleep Disorders Center

Dr Meeta Singh is a sleep doctor whose work and research focuses on “Coaching the sleep muscle” to help maximize performance in both individual athletes and sports teams. She also works with C suite executives to help with jetlag management and enhancing sleep.
She has served as a consultant for multiple NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA teams. She has also worked with college sports teams. As part of this service, Dr. Singh performs athletic sleep assessments with personalized prescriptions for better sleep. She also helps sports teams and athletes with their travel management with a focus on addressing sleep deprivation and jet lag and maximizing athletic performance. Her passion is lecturing and educating teams and athletes about the benefits of sleep on performance.
She is the Service chief of the sleep medicine, and section head and medical director at the Henry Ford sleep laboratory in Michigan. She did her training in psychiatry at the Mayo clinic and a sleep fellowship at the Henry Ford hospital. She is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (under the American Board of Medical Specialties) as a psychiatrist and sleep medicine subspecialist. She is a member in good standing of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine the Sleep Research Society. She is also a speaker at national conferences aimed at educating physicians and business organizations about this subject.

Zach Schonbrun
Contributing Writer, New York Times
Author, The Performance Cortex

Zach Schonbrun is a journalist and author covering sports and business. He has been a contributing writer for The New York Times since 2011. His work has also appeared in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, ESPN the Magazine, Newsday, The Washington Post, Yahoo! Sports, VICE, and SB Nation Longform.