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History

Padel was first introduced to the United States in 1993 by Ed Thompson and Felipe Arnold in Houston , Texas at the renown Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa. They were proud to have the very first ever padel court constructed at The Houstonian. Felipe being a native of Argentina where padel made its initial successful debut was impressed with the growth of the sport in Argentina in just a few short years which inspired him to bring it to the United States.  One of the founders first goals was to form the very first ever men's US padel team. The first men's padel team was formed in 1993 by choosing six of the most elite tennis players in the Houston area.  The first men selected for the U.S. Team where: Mike May, Scott Read, Matt Berry, Brian Poynter, Ross Persons and Peter Farrel.  Mike May the  team captain at the time eventually became the new president of the United States Padel Association in 1998 while continually playing professional padel as well. Mike has played and attended every world padel championships since 1994 and has seen the sport make great strides worldwide. His goal is to share how Padel can be a successful addition to any racquet club or business looking for diversity and a way to attract new customers much like the sport has done for The Houstonian which is one of the top facilities worldwide.

 

Board members

The current board of directors are Kenny Kurtzman, Hugh Lam, Matt Pyle, Claudia Mollerup-madsen,Mary Lou Gonzalez and Pilar Grantham.  All six of the Board of Directors are dedicated padel fans and assist in making decisions to help move padel forward in the U.S. 

Meet the president, Pilar Grantham

Pilar Grantham serves as President of the United States Padel Association.  Pilar is an attorney with over twenty years’ experience in litigation, appeals, and environmental matters.  She is currently Senior Counsel at EP Energy, an upstream oil and gas company in Houston, Texas.  She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Houston Law Center and summa cum laude graduate of Lamar University, with attendance on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.  Pilar also brings prior experience as a member of the board of directors for a large, prominent youth leadership organization, where she also serves as chair of the Philanthropy Committee and the Executive Committee. 

 

A life-long amateur athlete, Pilar is a strong believer that sports plays a vital part in health and development, particularly in children.  She is the daughter of a Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Inductee and Lubbock-Avalanche Journal’s Small School Athlete of the Century.  She is the granddaughter of an early standout in women’s basketball (her grandmother having been an All American on the 1932 national championship team and later a starter for the Dallas Golden Cyclones alongside the famed Babe Didrikson Zaharias).  As a padel enthusiast, Pilar is convinced that padel is the perfect sport for both the competitive athlete and the social participant.  She looks forward to her work with the USPA in advancing padel in the United States for all players, clubs, and sponsors. 

 

Kenny Kurtzman, Vice President Padel USPA

Chief Strategy & People Officer; Tandem Hospital Partners

Mr. Kurtzman is an executive with over thirty years of experience in management consulting, technology, health care, retail and energy industries. He has also led several successful start-ups and growth businesses as CEO or GM of major divisions. His specialties include: strategy, organizational transformation, digital marketing and ecommerce, operations, cultural change, people processes and HR management, marketing and sales, pricing, process redesign in high tech, healthcare, communications, media, energy, retail, consumer goods, engineering and construction industries.

His previous work experience includes Senior Vice President at Hewlett-Packard, Senior Partner at Booz & Company, Managing Partner of the Houston office at Katzenbach Partners, CEO of Ashford.com, Inc., Vice President and General Manager of several divisions of Compaq Computer Corporation, and Principal at McKinsey and Co.

Mr. Kurtzman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics magna cum laude from Rice University, including a fellowship studying Economics from Cambridge University and a Master in Business Administration degree from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

As Chief Strategy and People Officer of Tandem Hospital Partners, Mr. Kurtzman is responsible for strategic planning and market prioritization, including project management services to support the launch of all hospital markets. Mr. Kurtzman is also responsible for all people processes incluiding recruiting, onboarding and training.

Mary Lou Gonsalez, Secretary USPA 

I am pleased to inform you that Mary Lou Gonzales has accepted the position to join the United States Padel Association as one of our newest board members. 

Mary Lou joins our team with an extensive background in sales, marketing and community service. Her experience and vision will be a great asset to our organization as we strive to further our mission.

Mary Lou Gonzales currently works for the Hotel and Lodging Association of greater Houston as the director of membership and events.  She is an ambassador for the City of Houston in promoting Tourism and Travel.  Mary Lou represents the lodging industry in governmental affairs on a local, state and national level as well as provides updates on issues facing the lodging industry. 

Prior she served as the Director of Sales for the Solomon Ortiz Conference Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Her background in the hospitality industry is derived from working closely with the Convention and Visitor and Bureau throughout Texas.

Mary Lou’s experience extends to the community service aspect as she served on numerous boards. Mary Lou served as the President of the Board for the West Side Business Association, and upon terming out, she was designated as a lifetime board member. Mary Lou also served as a Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (CCHCC) Board of Director for six years. During her two terms, she co-chaired many committees, including the Annual Gala and Education committee. Upon terming out of the CCHCC Board, a scholarship was named in her honor. Mary Lou is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi, Class XXXVIII and was recognized as a recipient of the “40 under 40” award.

Mary Lou enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis and now her new favorite sport of padel and giving back to her community. Mary Lou is excited to be a part of our board and looks forward to exceeding our mission goals and objectives.
 

Claudia Mollerup-Madsen, USPA Board Member

Vice-President Wealth Management and Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Claudia graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with a B.A. in International Business

She worked for Merrill Lynch from 1989-1990; Citigroup Private Bank 1990-2001; UBS International 2001- 2009; and 2009 up to current position with Morgan Stanley.

Claudia additionally has a CRPC Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor- designation and Series 7 and Life, Health and Variable annuity license.

She has been in the financial advisory sector for 29 years serving both U.S. residents as well as Non-U.S. residents. She is a member of the Women’s Advisory Council within her Morgan Stanley complex.  This honor is chosen by the management team to develop, empower and encourage the professional advancement of female financial advisors.

Recently, she was selected as a 2018 Woman Who Means Business by the Houston Business Journal.

Claudia has been interviewed multiple times as a financial expert on ABC13, Univision, KUHF, NPR, Houston Business Journal and KPRC 950 AM. 

Claudia is involved in her Houston local community as well.  She is a past board member of The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston, where she currently teaches financial literacy to women at risk.  Additionally, she is a member of the Houston Live Stock show and Rodeo (HLSR) – International Committee, where she is interpreter for international VIP’s and the Executive Committee.  She is also a board member for the Texas Region USTA Finance Committee.

Claudia and her husband of 28 years, Poul, have two grown children. She is an avid tennis player and always looking for a competitive match. 

 

Matt Pyle, USPA Board Member

Matt Pyle is a veteran of the United States Army, formerly assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.  After the Army, Matt attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas on a full athletic scholarship for both track and tennis.  He graduated in 1993 with a BS in Kinesiology. 

After graduating Lamar University, Matt began working at the Houstonian club, where he was first introduced to padel.  This began his career as a padel professional, both teaching and playing for the USA Padel team.  He played in all the world championships from 1996-2006.  He currently continues to play at an advanced level and supports the growth of the sport.

Matt currently is employed at Choice Energy Management as a Senior Energy Consultant in the power and natural gas fields. In this position, he consults corporate clients on all of their energy services (taxes, billing audits, and retrofits, hedging strategies and contract negotiations).

Additionally Matt volunteers on multiple boards or board committees, such as Armed Forces Appreciation Committee for the Houston Live Stock Show, United States Veterans Initiative, Houston Safari Club Foundation, Trinity Oaks and United States Tennis Association.  

Hugh Lam

Hugh Lam is pleased to serve as a Board member for the United States Padel Association.

He is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science and Parker College of Chiropractic with a Doctor of Chiropractic.  As an adult, he returned to lead his family’s business as part owner and managing director of China Silks Corp., where under his lead the company became the ninth largest U.S. importer for a single brick and mortar store.  Hugh next opened his own small business, Phoenix Rising, which he successfully owned and operated for 8 years.  Presently, he works in coordinating logistics and security for large events, such as the Houston Marathon, Tour de Houston, Super Bowl LI, and the 2017 MLB World Series Baseball championships. 

From childhood, Hugh was an avid competitive tennis player.  He played four years of varsity tennis as his large high school’s number one seed, and he qualified for Texas state rankings.  Injuries and an auto accident abruptly ended his prospects of playing college tennis, but didn’t end his love of the sport.  With padel, Hugh has found a new love of swinging a racquet again.  He enjoys helping players find their swing and looks forward to becoming a padel pro instructor.  Hugh continues to promote the sport and particularly enjoys working with the youth to encourage a next generation of padel players.