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John Mix

John Mix
Title:
President & CEO
Years in the Sport:
13 years swimming; 9 years waterpolo
Previous affiliations:
DeAnza Aquatics, Bellermine High School; University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Favorite race to swim/watch:
200 freestyle
Best swimming memory:
The 1988 Seoul Olympics, when David Berkoff opened my eyes to changing the training technique of swimming. He was using the monofin, which I had first been exposed to in 1987. This single swim set the creative foundation for starting FINIS with Pablo Morales in 1993.
Favorite pool:
The Stanford University pool brings back many fond memories of CCS swimming and waterpolo, along with the memories of watching a number of tremendous swimming and polo events since.
Favorite FINIS product:
The Swimmer's Snorkel and the SwiMP3. They allow me to relax and swim with reduced stress and tension. I get to simply enjoy my swim.
Quote:
Success begins when preparation meets opportunity.Henry Hartman

Luane Rowe

Luane Rowe
Title:
Industrial Designer
Years in the Sport:
12 years swimming; 5 years coaching
Previous affiliations:
Willoughby Swim Club (Sydney, AUS)
Swimming-related highlights:
AUS University Games Team (2007, 2008, 2010); UNSW Ben Lexcen Sport Scholarship Holder (2007-2011); UNSW Female Athlete of the Year (2008); AUS Open Water National Team member
Favorite race to swim/watch:
Bondi to Bronte ocean swim
Best swimming memory:
Winning silver at the FINA World Cup (Women's 800m. freestyle)
Favorite pool:
I prefer open water, so Sydney's beautiful beaches, especially Bondi.
Favorite FINIS product:
Agility Paddles
Quote:
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.Michael Jordan

Zach Ruske

Zach Ruske
Title:
Team Sales / Triathlon Manager
Years in the Sport:
13 Years
Previous affiliations:
University of Buffalo, New York; Coach at Rock Creek Flyers (8 & under) summer team; Colorado Athletic Club, Boulder Masters; Monarch High School; SUNY Buffalo swimmer
Swimming-related highlights:
Former school record-holder (200 back, 200 IM); Current school record-holder (400 IM); Team Captain, University of Buffalo; 4-time MAC Champion; High School National Record Holder (200 free relay)
Favorite race to swim/watch:
200 back & 400 IM
Best swimming memory:
Winning all three individual events at the MAC Championships
Favorite pool:
Stanford University / UC Santa Cruz
Favorite FINIS product:
The Neptune
Quote:
I hope when I die people will say, 'That guy sure owed me a lot of money.'

Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens
Title:
VP of Product Development / Marketing
Years in the Sport:
25 Years
Previous affiliations:
Dynamo Swim Club; Stanford University; St. Igantius College Prep (Coach)
Swimming-related highlights:
High School Academic All-American; 4-time Georgia High School State Champion; Olympic Trial Qualifier (2004, 2008); 2004 US National Champion (200 IM); PAC-10 and NCAA finalist/ All-American (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 fly)
Favorite race to swim/watch:
400 IM
Best swimming memory:
Winning the 200 IM at Nationals in the Stanford pool; playing sharks-and-minnows at the Mountain Creek Pool
Favorite pool:
2004 Olympic Trials pool (Long Beach, CA)
Favorite FINIS product:
Zoomers
Quote:
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.Thomas Edison

Tim Elson

Tim Elson
Title:
VP of Sales
Years in the Sport:
45 Years
Previous affiliations:
Pepperdine University, De Anza College, Santa Clara Swim Club, El Centro Sundivers, Central Union High School, Fremont High School, Fairbrae Swim & Racket
Swimming-related highlights:
Olympic Trials qualifier; NCAA Final-4 (water polo); 2nd place men's team at Senior Nationals
Favorite race to swim/watch:
Men's 100m. free
Best swimming memory:
Watching Joe Bottom become the first man to break 20 seconds in the 50yd. freestyle.
Favorite pool:
Santa Clara International Swim Center
Favorite FINIS product:
Freestyler Paddles
Quote:
Once you think you've got it wired... boy, are you in trouble.

David Seiler

David Seiler
Title:
Marketing
Years in the Sport:
19 Years
Previous affiliations:
Placer High School; Sierra Marlins Swim Team; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
Swimming-related highlights:
2006 USA National Jr. Team member; Olympic Trial qualifier (2008, 2012); 2009 Most Motivational Award (UNLV); 2010-2011 Men's Team Captain (UNLV)
Favorite race to swim/watch:
400 freestyle relay, anchor
Best swimming memory:
My first Olympic Trials cut. Overcoming adversity and receiving the big breakthrough swim that made it all worth it. I'll never forget that journey.
Favorite pool:
Woollett Aquatics Center (Irvine, CA)
Favorite FINIS product:
Swimmer's Snorkel
Quote:
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you had imagined.Henry David Thoreau

James Ramirez

James Ramirez
Title:
Product Education, S. America
Years in the Sport:
12 years
Previous affiliations:
Sierra Marlins Swim Team
Swimming-related highlights:
2009 USMS Nationals champion in 200fly
Favorite race to swim/watch:
200 freestyle relay
Best swimming memory:
Getting my first Sr. National cut in the 200 butterfly
Favorite pool:
Folsom Aquatic Center (Folsom, CA); Stanford University pool
Favorite FINIS product:
Long floating fins

Tony Wahl

Tony Wahl
Title:
Software Engineer
Years in the Sport:
18 years
Previous affiliations:
Detroit Yacht Club; University of Detroit High; University of Michigan
Swimming-related highlights:
3-time Michigan HS state champ, 10-time HS All-American, HS Academic All-American, U of M Athletic Academic Achievement Award, NCAA Academic All-American Honorable Mention, 3-time Academic All-Big Ten, Olympic Trials qualifier (2008, 2012), Swam over 100m no breath (2006)
Favorite race to swim/watch:
During my swimming career: 400IM; Now: 25 Freestyle
Best swimming memory:
Winning Big Ten Championships senior year (2011)
Favorite pool:
Canham Natatorium (Ann Arbor, MI)
Favorite FINIS product:
Swimmer's Snorkel
Quote:
Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the mouth.Mike Tyson

Colleen Healy

Colleen Healy
Title:
Product Specialist
Years in the Sport:
20 years
Previous affiliations:
Swim Florida, Cape Coral High School, University of Florida, Gator Swim Club (Coach), Olympic Cascade Aquatics (Coach)
Swimming-related highlights:
2-time Florida HS state champ, 3x NCAA All American (2008), 1st Team All SEC (2008), SEC Champion 200 Medley Relay (2008, SEC Record), 4-time All Academic SEC Team, Olympic Trials qualifier (2008)
Favorite race to swim/watch:
100 fly
Best swimming memory:
Winning 200 Medley relay at SEC 2008
Favorite pool:
O'Connel Center (Gainesville, FL)
Favorite FINIS product:
Swimmer's Snorkel

Josh Early

Josh Early
Title:
Marketing Manager
Years in the Sport:
15 years - (water polo)
Previous affiliations:
Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University, Bay Area Masters. Gunn High School (JV coach), Bellarmine (JV swim coach)
Swimming-related highlights:
National Champions Water Polo (HS), CCS All-Star team (HS), 2x WWPA player of the week, SCU goals leader 2007 (52), SCU Offensive-MVP (2007), SCU Jeff "Paco" Award winner (2008), SCU Team Captain (2008)
Favorite race to swim/watch:
Anything shorter than 200m
Best water polo memory:
Playing home games at Santa Clara
Favorite pool:
Bellarmine College Prep
Favorite FINIS product:
Custom Water Polo Suits

Tammy Choy

Tammy Choy
Title:
Marketing Communications Coordinator
Years in the Sport:
18 years swimming, 2 years coaching
Previous affiliations:
So. San Francisco Aquatics Club (SSFAC), Burlingame Aquatics Club (BAC), Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA), Mills High School, Loyola Marymount University (LMU)
Swimming-related highlights:
3-time High School All-American, All-Conference Honors (4 years, LMU), Team Captain (LMU), Current LMU School Record Holder (200 back & 400 IM), Most Inspirational (2009, 2011, 2012), Best Teammate (2012), finished 4th at 2010 NCAA (water polo)
Favorite race to swim/watch:
200 Back (swim) / 4x50 Free Relay (watch)
Best swimming memory:
Dropping 7 secs in the 200 Back at 2006 Winter Sectionals
Favorite pool:
Stanford Univerity / Belmont Plaza
Favorite FINIS product:
Agility Paddles
Quote:
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.Mae West
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