Jeff Coy is president of JLC
Consulting, a research/consulting firm based in Cave Creek, Ariz. Certified by
the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, he has more
than 30 years’ experience in the development, management and
marketing of hotels and resorts. Coy has written for several
publications, and in 2001 he formed Hotel Waterpark Resort Research
& Consulting with Bill Haralson.
Mike Espino, the aquatics safety and risk specialist at The Y,
is responsible for the well-being of thousands of pool patrons.
Previously, he oversaw all aquatics training as manager of aquatics
technical development at the American Red Cross for 16 years. In
both positions, Espino has helped shape the foundation of aquatic
safety policies and best practices, and worked to build
partnerships and create synergy among
leading aquatics authorities. He was instrumental in the creation
of the United States Lifeguard Standards Coalition.
Bob Hubbard, owner of Hubbard Family Swim Schools in Phoenix, has
been an aquatics entrepreneur since 1998. He and his wife, Kathy,
own the business, which now includes three indoor swim schools and
several camps. Hubbard also has been involved with the United
States Swim School Association for more than a decade, serving on
its Board of Directors for seven years; as vice president, 2003-05;
and president, 2005-07.
Judith Leblein Josephs has been involved in the field of parks,
recreation and aquatics for more than 30 years. She spent most of
her career in New Jersey in municipal parks and recreation.
She’s also had a successful turn as an operations analyst at
Water Technology Inc., an aquatic design firm in Beaver Dam, Wis.
Known in the industry as a speaker, trainer and author, Leblein
Josephs was a 2003 inductee in the World Waterpark
Association’s Hall of Fame, and serves as its Toastmaster. No
stranger to a microphone, she’s had a career in New Jersey
radio as a talk jock on WCTC 1450 AM, and on several local and
regional television networks.
Mick Nelson is the facilities development director of USA Swimming
in Colorado Springs, Colo. He comes from a club coaching background
and has extensive experience in business and aquatic management. He
and his wife, Sue, formed their own swim club and built an indoor
facility in Danville, Ill., in 1972. During the 30 years they spent
in Danville, they formed Nelson’s Swim Supply, a retail and
wholesale pool/spa and aquatic equipment business; NSS Inc., which
offered aquatics facility design, building and business
consultation to the aquatics industry; WaterWay Therapy Inc., one
of the first and only privately owned and operated
Medicare-approved outpatient aquatic physical therapy centers in
the nation; and Poolside Health & Wellness Center, a
full-service land and water community health and wellness center.
The Nelsons have been presenters and speakers at more than 50
national aquatic conventions in the past decade. Since joining USA
Swimming, the duo has been involved in the development of more than