My name is Ben Hurtuk and I recently joined the team at Athletic DNA, along with Kevin Hall. Kevin and I could not be more excited to be a part of the Athletic DNA family. I recently graduated from Georgetown University where I obtained my Master’s Degree in Sports Industry Management. While in school, I worked for Lagardere Unlimited, which is the agency that represents Roddick, Wozniacki, Isner, Fish and Querrey … to name a few. I played college tennis at Allegheny College, where I lettered all four years and twice served as team captain. Every summer, I taught tennis to some of the top juniors in Cleveland, OH.
Kevin received his Undergraduate as well as Master’s Degree in Sports, Recreation and Tourism from the University of Illinois, where he served as manager of the tennis team. Kevin was one of the main marketing assets for the team, as he made all of their highlight videos, as well as driving the team to have one of the highest attendance rates in college tennis. He also worked heavily with the coaches filming and editing all players including Kevin Anderson, Ryler DeHeart and Dennis Nevolo. These videos helped the team with their technique and strategy. Since school, Kevin has worked in marketing for the Chicago Fire, Camden Riversharks, Philadelphia Freedoms of World Team Tennis, and the Peoria Chiefs.
We had an exciting start to our careers as the ADNA RV Tour closed out the 2012 tennis season at the Winter Nationals in Tuscan and Scottsdale, Arizona. The Winter Nationals brought top junior players from all across the country, and many ADNA Select Program participants showed off their Athletic DNA pride at the event. It was a great way for Kevin and I to meet with current members of the ADNA Select Program, and to interact with some of the up-and-coming stars on the junior circuit. We got a chance to visit one of our retailers, All About Tennis.
You may have seen them featured on our blog and YouTube page as a past Retailer of the Week, but in case you missed them, take an inside look HERE!
Side note, Kevin and Evan introduced me to one of the top burger chains in America, In-N-Out Burger! Where have they been all my life!
The RV Tour has many exciting plans for 2013, as Kevin and I will be traveling around the country visiting with many members of the ADNA family! To follow our every step of the way, friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @BenHurtuk and @khall13. Stay tuned for future updates on the Athletic DNA Blog, and follow the tour bus through 2013!
~ Ben Hurtuk