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2019 Conference Featured Breakout Speakers

Chris Nunes
Director of Parks and Recreation, The Woodlands Township

Chris Nunes, CPRE, is the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas.  In that position, he oversees 80 full-time and 350 part-time staff members, a $16 million operational budget and is accountable for the management of 130 parks, 15 swimming pools and aquatic facilities and 200 miles of trails.  He speaks around the country on topics including: business plans, contracting, creative programming, marketing, external funding, communication, leadership and succession planning In 2012, Chris was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administrators.  Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management and a Masters Degree in Sports Management from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a Doctorate in Parks and Recreation Administration from the University of New Mexico.

Bobbi Nance
Founder and President of Recreation Results, LLC

With over 10 years of experience working as a facilitator, trainer, and consultant, Bobbi Nance is the Founder and President of Recreation Results LLC. Recognized as an industry leader in performance measurement and innovation, she partners with parks, open space, recreation, sports, and fitness organizations across the country to use data, trends, and strategy to drive real change within teams whose mission it is to change the world.

Before starting Recreation Results, Bobbi spent 15 years working in the field of parks and recreation in the areas of recreation programming, facility management, project management, data & analytics, and innovation.  It was there that she had the opportunity to build data-driven systems and innovation initiatives from the ground up, which were featured in national publications, resulted in the Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government, and contributed to her organization's National Gold Medal Award.  These initiatives were all noted for their success in combining technical tools with people-centered processes, which led to increases in adoption, engagement, and results.  

After witnessing first-hand the potential for these efforts to not only increase organizational performance, but also improve organizational culture, she decided to put her unique strengths to work on a broader scale.  Since then, she's traveled across North America to provide training, project leadership, and process improvement designed to help teams work smarter, capitalize on trends, implement strategy & innovation efforts, and increase their impact in the communities where they work. 

Bobbi has a Bachelor's Degree in Leisure Studies from the University of Illinois and a Certificate in Project Management from Northwestern University.  Beyond that, she also is trained in GIS, SQL, HTML/CSS, and other techy-skills that give her the opportunity to get her geek on to help people-driven industries. (Don't let all those acronyms scare you though; Bobbi has a real knack for explaining the important stuff without all of the technical jargon.)

Pete DeQuincy

Pete DeQuincy oversees 180+ lifeguards, WSI’s, and Junior Lifeguard instructors at 11 swim facilities and focuses on lifeguard operations and aquatic programming for East Bay Regional Park District in Oakland, Ca. With an attendance of 500,000 park visitors, his mission is to provide a positive and safe water experience to the families and patrons within the Alameda and Contra Costa counties. He has assisted the National American Red Cross on the development of the Lifeguarding material in 2012, 2017 and served on California Parks and Recreation Society, Aquatic Section Board. His articles on lifeguard training and in-service development can be found in Aquatics International Lifesaver column. Pete was selected by Aquatics International as one the top innovators for February 2014 Power Issue and recently joined Aquatics International’s Advisory Board.  In October of 2017, Pete presented on the topic of in-service training for seasonal lifeguards at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Vancouver BC. He currently serves on the board for the Association of Aquatic Professionals.

Scott Chovanec
President of Scott Chovanec and Associates, Inc.

With over 1,100 customer service ‘audits’ performed on businesses across America, Scott Chovanec helps organizations bridge the gap between perception and reality in their overall service and leadership performance.  He has assisted top companies, and some of the best park / recreation programs in the country, achieve unparalleled levels of service quality for their customers.  With extensive experience serving Fortune 500 companies, Scott has held senior level positions in education and hospital administration, management consulting and new business development for several award-winning organizations.  He holds four Master degrees including an MBA in finance.   Scott was Vice President - Finance for the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion where he earned ‘Fellow’ status and has been a two-term park district commissioner / president.  A requested presenter delivering over 1,000 motivating seminars and keynote addresses, Scott has authored numerous articles, book chapters and scholarly research.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for a large hospital in the Chicago area.

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