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 65 facilities.