Steve is 32, he graduated from the most prestigious french university and started his career as a consultant for the French Football Federation and the IOC. Steve has been climbing for 10 years and deciding to create Arkose in 2013 to fill the lack of climbing gyms in Paris at the time.
Bill is the founder of MyClimb, an app that brings climbers together.
Bill has been climbing since he was five years old and he says that he was lucky to have his first climbing experiences in the beautiful setting of Joshua Tree, California, where he still enjoys visiting every year.
Director of Routesetting, The Cliffs Climbing + Fitness
Paul Jung is currently the Director of Routesetting for The Cliffs Climbing + Fitness. He has worked in the industry just shy of 10 years and has set both commercially and competitively for the greater NYC community.
Michael Schöpf, 38 years old, from Tyrol (Austria) was active as a cross-country skiing youth coach in the Tyrolean Ski Federation and graduated as Master of social and economic science at the University in Innsbruck before he was joining the Austrian Climbing Federation in 2008 as Sports Manager.
Laurent is a routesetter and hold maker with more than 30 years of experience. He is one of the first international setters and his craft is widely recognized and cherished by the world’s climbing community.
Ivaylo has been working for Walltopia since 2002. He started as a team leader in installation and assembly and then moved to project management. He was responsible for project management for several years and in 2013 he was promoted to Head of Operations.
Business Development Manager, Indoorwall Climbing Centers
Passionate about climbing and retail expert with more than 18 years’ experience in high volume and growing businesses. She has joined the climbing industry as a Expansion director for Indoorwall Climbing Centers, company with 10 centers and 3 new openings in 2019.
David is a fitness industry entrepreneur with an international footprint and 30 years’ experience. He is founder and Director of the successful and unique Leisure Database Company which audits and reports on the industry.
Doug Miller co-founded Sales Makers in 1980 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Doug moved to Europe; in 1994, to introduce the Sales Makers approach and has worked with over 900 Clubs throughout the world, in total.
Andy designed and built Mile End Climbing Wall – the first dedicated climbing facility in the UK – in 1986. A former Chair of the Association of British Climbing walls, Andy helped create the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS).
Dave has been climbing obsessed for over 20 years since starting to climb in his local Granite quarry in Dublin. Dave has experience of working in many different climbing facilities and in various capacities: instructor, outdoor leader, route setter, coach, trainer, duty manager and now director and wall owner.
Robin has been climbing for over 25 years and been working full time with climbing the last 15 years, as a route setter, instructor and educator but also dedicated to create a learning organisation in safety aspects as part of the Swedish Climbing Federation.
Founder and Director of Development, Climb Nashville
Lance Brock grew up in middle TN and went to the University of Tennessee and studied architecture. He practiced architecture for about 7 years before deciding to open Climb Nashville. He was a sponsored climber for about 10 years and served on the board of directors for the Access Fund.
President and Principal Owner, Sportrock Climbing Centers
Lillian Chao-Quinlan is the President and principal owner of Sportrock Climbing Centers, one of the first commercial indoor rock climbing gyms in the USA. During her tenure, Lillian has managed three expansions within their facilities.
Adam Koberna is the President of Walltopia USA. With a over 20+ years experience in the climbing wall industry, Adam has helped guide gym owners through the climbing wall construction process to make their vision a reality.
Operations Manager at DAV Climbing Center Munich-South
Peter has been a routesetter for 15 years, specialised in commercial routesetting and routesetting safety. He is head of routesetting training for DAV, manager of two, and responsible for setting in 4 gyms with a total climbing surface of 16.000 square meters.
Hilary Harris is the founder and co-owner of EVO Rock + Fitness. She oversees the strategic business and brand development for EVO as well as oversees the marketing and events at the Louisville location.