Chris is the Operations Director for the rapidly expanding Momentum Indoor Climbing. Starting at the front desk in 2011, he has worked almost every position in the gym and strives to improve operations from the ground up while focusing on the customer experience.
Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer at First Ascent Climbing & Fitness
Joe Zentmyer is co-founder and CFO of Chicago-based First Ascent Climbing & Fitness, one of the fastest-growing gym operators in the United States. First Ascent has opened 4 locations since starting operations 3 years ago and has more in development.
CEO Climb-Inn Klettersport / Co-Founder HardMoves Boulder League
Christian is one of the founders of the new “Bahnhof Blo – Bouldercafé” boulder gym in Wuppertal, Germany and as part of his role as CEO at Climb-Inn also the Managing Director of the DAV Climbing Centre, the Wupperwände.
Jeremy set up The Lakeland Climbing Centre in 1995 and became one of the 4 partners in The Yorkshire Climbing Company in 2014. Together, the two companies own and operate the Kendal Wall, VauxWall West and East, HarroWall, the Depot Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham. They have a further 3 projects currently under development and are the largest owner and operator of climbing walls in the UK.
Founder Outdoor Consulting GMBH & GM Walltopia Germany and Switzerland
Christoph has been actively climbing since 1983. For the past 20 years he has been consulting climbing gym owners and has designed over 40 000 sq.m (430 000 sq. ft) of climbing surface for walls of various purpose throughout the years.
Andrea has been a part of the Bänfer Bouldering team for more than 8 years. She is a trained vendor in sports articles. Together with Andre Friderritzi, she supervises the clients in Germany and worldwide and is his support.
Sebastian is a Managing Director in one of the fastest growing REITs in USA STORE Capital. He joined their team in 2016 working with real estate brokers nationwide to source acquisitions that meet STORE Capital’s investment criteria.
Dimitar Petrov has been with the Walltopia Group for over 13 years. Currently, he is R&D Manager of Safety Engineering, where he is responsible for the development and manufacturing of new products related to climbing safety.
Boriana has been with Walltopia for over 12 years. She started as an engineer and quickly worked her way up to becoming the Engineering department’s head, and the developer of most of Walltopia’s Active Entertainment products.
Business Development Manager / Portman Asset Finance
Jack is a Business Development Manager at Portman Asset Finance; a UK based financial services firm providing funding solutions from £10,000 to £2million+. Prior to joining Portman Finance in 2017, Jack received a degree in Business Economics from the University of Portsmouth before gaining a multitude of experience from a FinTech start up in London to a global technology company.
Chairman of the Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
Evgeny Angelov is Chairman of the Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. In parallel, he is Partner at PostScriptum Ventures. Previously, Evgeny was the Economic Advisor to the President of Bulgaria and the Deputy Minister of Economy. His focus in the public sector has been on economic, investment and innovation policy formulation and implementation.
Alan is Director of the Climbing Academy. He has been climbing indoors and out from a very young age, and a routesetter for many years before becoming involved with The Climbing Academy group’s second gym in Glasgow.
Dimitar Georgiev is CEO of Gym Realm Technology JSC, and has more than 10 years of experience in the IT sector. The company develops a Gym Management software that is specialized in helping fitness and climbing gym operations.
Rob is the founder of Australian based company ICP. Having originally made his name coaching and route setting it was a natural progression to setup ICP, a company focused around route setting services and indoor climbing products.
Joe is the owner of Hoosier Heights Indianapolis, Hoosier Heights Bloomington, Climb NuLu, and Climb Cincy. He is also a partner at First Ascent Climbing & Fitness. Joe’s experience as both a sole owner and partner in small, mid, and large sized markets has given him insight into the successes and challenges facing the climbing industry going forward.
Alexander has been at the helm of Urban Climb, one of Australia’s largest indoor climbing companies for the last 10 years, in that time he has been a part of the exciting growth witnessed in the climbing industry.
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.
Killko Caballero is a serial-entrepreneur, having spent over 20 years launching, and working with, several technology startups in Silicon Valley. Upon his return to Europe, Killko decided to combine his passion for climbing and startups, and co-founded TOTEM Climbing in 2016, a chain of bouldering gyms which now counts four locations in Switzerland.
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.