Get to know us

Who are we

We are bunch of highly experienced yet passionate individuals who work as a high performing team. We have a doctor and philanthropist, a technology veteran, an operations veteran, a very experienced user experience designer and bunch of world-class experts in the domains that we operate in.

Meet our expert advisors – seasoned professionals dedicated to providing tailored guidance in Pickleball. With a wealth of experience, they offer personalized insights to help you make informed decisions and achieve success.


John Cincola

Professional Pickleball Player

John Cincola, a top 10 pickleball pro, transitioned from tennis, which he played in high school and Division 1 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Introduced to pickleball by his parents in 2018, he quickly excelled and now competes globally, especially strong in singles matches.


Mike Hoxie

Founder of Pickleball is Great

Born and raised in Hawaii, he lived in California for 10 years before moving to the Northwest over 20 years ago. Learning pickleball in 2009 from Hall of Fame members Enrique Ruiz and Steve Paranto, he’s both an indoor and outdoor player. He has set up thousands of temporary courts and nets but does not favor a specific paddle brand due to the many options available.


Jeremy Dyche

Founder of PRO Sports, LLC

Jeremy is a former touring tennis pro, trained with Chris Evert, and has created numerous tennis & pickleball programs since 2010. He is now playing
professional pickleball with Kamryn Blackwood with a former world rank of top 70 in mixed doubles. Jeremy is the CEO and creator of PRO Sports, LLC with programs, events, & venues all over New Mexico.


Hafez Janssen

Guru UX Designer

Graduate from university of Kansas City. 28+ years of experience in user experience and UI design Worked at Cisco, Macy’s, JP Morgan, Frog Design Competitive soccer in Sports4good.


Faz Assadi

Tech Visionary & Code Whisperer

Faz Assadi, a seasoned software executive with 27 years of experience, is known for his innovation and problem-solving skills. He has led teams at startups and industry giants like Oracle and Charles Schwab. Outside of work, Faz enjoys the outdoors, playing ping pong, tennis, pickleball, and barbecuing.


Our team is small but has heart. Every member has gone through a rigorous selection process with one common thread: we all love what we do and we are quite good at it.


Meltem Karatepe


Dr. Karatepe, a pediatrician with over 20 years of experience, graduated from Istanbul University School of Medicine and completed her residency at New York Medical College. She has worked in under-served areas like Shelton, WA and currently practices at Pittsburg Medical Center. She is passionate for gender equality and supporting women all around the world with focus on her home country. When she is not working or parenting her two young kids, she can be found playing pickleball socially.


Ramin Erfanian


Ramin was born in Iran and lived in 7 different countries around the world. He speaks 4 languages. He has graduated from University of London, Computer Science.He has over 30 years of experience developing end to end technology solution with track record in . multiple startups as well as large companies like Facebook, PayPal and EA. An avid Pickleball & tennis 4.5, Squash A+, Racquetball A player.


Gökhan Günan

Head of the Operations

Graduated from San Francisco State, Civil engineering 22+ years of experience project and operational management Tennis 4.5, Pickle 4.0 and Soccer.


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