2020 Notice of Annual Board Meeting

March 17, 2020

Notice of Annual Meeting May 7, 2020

The Annual Meeting of the American Platform Tennis Association will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Franklin Lakes, NJ, in order to (1) Elect Directors to serve for the term of three years (in accordance with the APTA By-Laws), and until their successors are elected and qualified, and (2) To act upon such matters as may properly come before the Board.


Your APTA Board of Directors reorganizes each year following the Annual Meeting. Board Members are elected or re-elected by the members at this meeting. For those of you who cannot attend the meeting, we offer the opportunity to vote by proxy, either by mailing the form below or filling out the online form linked below.

At the May 2020, proposed for re-election is Mark Fischl. Proposed for election are Demian Johnston and John McElhenny.

This group is charged with making decisions about the rules, regulations and finances of the APTA. 

Please take time to vote.

Electronically submitted or mailed proxies must be received by Wednesday, May 6, 2020.


Online Proxy Form

Proxy in pdf format
Use this form if you want to mail or fax the form.

  • Click on the link above to
    Open the proxy document
  • Print it out
  • Clip off the proxy portion
  • Fill it out and mail or fax it
    Fax: 412-963-1545
    Address: APTA, 109 Wesport Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

2020 APTA Board Candidate Profiles

Board Member Demian JohnstonDemian Johnston

In the fall of 2007, Demian was introduced to platform tennis while attending an introductory exhibition hosted by Connie Jones at the Roxbury Swim and Tennis Club in Stamford, Connecticut. He was immediately hooked and plays every chance he gets. So grateful for the gift of paddle, Demian jumped at the chance to volunteer, organizing club round robins and serving in multiple roles within his club.

While Demian's achievements on the court are modest, he routinely participates in several local leagues and a number of local tournaments throughout the year. He's no stranger to his fellow players nor the back draws of these tournaments.

Since 2016, Demian has been serving on the board of the Fairfield County Platform Tennis League, one of the oldest and largest leagues in the country, boasting over 1600+ players, 118 teams, and 37 clubs. As a 20+-year software industry veteran, Demian has developed technology to create league schedules, tournament draw construction, and mobile-friendly scoring solutions. Most recently, Demian has been working with the APTA and Paddlescores.com to bring the PTI to Fairfield County, CT.

Demian was raised in South Burlington, VT, and received a BS in Mathematics/Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he met his wife, Lori. They live in Stamford, where they have raised two children, Maura and Kieran.


Board Member John McElhenny

John McElhenny

John grew up in a family of five boys who honed their racquet skills on the tennis courts of the Douglaston Club, Queens, New York. Participating in youth development programs and high school tennis led John to pursue a lifelong enjoyment of tennis, which to this day is a focal point of competitions at the family vacation home in Lake George, New York. Tennis was the family game, at least until paddle came along.

John was introduced to paddle eight years ago by Jason Gray, an avid ambassador for the game and former Head Racquet Pro at the Four Bridges Country Club in Mason, Ohio. Having relocated to Cincinnati from the Boston area, paddle provided an immediate connection to partners, teammates, and ultimately new friends. The competitive nature of the game and camaraderie hooked John from the get go. Competing regularly in local tournaments and The Midwesterns with his brother Tom as his partner provided an opportunity for the brothers to forge a special bond as they battled together in their sport of choice. Move over tennis, paddle is the new family game!

Professionally, John has extensive financial management experience gained through leadership positions at Western & Southern Financial Group, where he currently serves as Vice President, Finance, and a lengthy career at Fidelity Investments. Throughout his career, John has helped emerging businesses grow, promoted sound business decision making, and provided strong financial stewardship. John earned an MBA from Northeastern University and an undergraduate degree from Colgate University.

A self-described “paddle junkie,” John can usually be found on the courts three times a week at Hyde Park Country Club, playing in GCPTA league matches, men’s open play, and whenever someone is looking for a game. When not playing paddle, John has been a leading fundraiser for Ride Cincinnati, a grass roots bike ride campaign whose mission is to transform cancer research and care in the Cincinnati region.

John and his wife, Caren, have two grown children, John and Lisa, who along with their spouses reside in Minneapolis and Cleveland, respectively. John and Caren welcomed the arrival of their first grandchild, Reid, in 2019.

As he joins the Board, John is excited to combine his financial acumen and love of paddle to help grow and improve the game for all members.

2020 APTA Board Member - Up for Re-election

2017 Candidate FischlMark was introduced to platform tennis in 1993 on a court used from the prior year’s Nationals at the Huntington YMCA. He quickly fell in love with the game and started playing as much as possible. In 2002, he took over as Chair of the Men's Players Committee. In 2004, Mark became President of the APTA and served in that role for five years. Under Mark's tenure, the Clinics and Exhibitions tour was created as was the Growth Committee. Clearly his smartest decision was hiring current APTA Executive Director Ann Sheedy. In 2009, Mark was part of an effort to relocate the YMCA courts to Crest Hollow Country Club and the birth of Long Island's first public facility with five courts.

Mark attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and played both basketball and tennis there. When not playing paddle (he has been ranked in the top-20 multiple times), talking about paddle, or watching paddle, Mark is either playing golf with his paddle buddies or traveling the world with his family. He currently lives in Huntington, New York, with his wife Anne, his two sons, Andrew and Thomas, and six cats.

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