It's sure to be a beautiful morning as we welcome you "Oklahoma!" style to the 22nd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium. This won’t be just another general session; we've got a few surprises in store that will be sure to entertain as well as get you energized for a busy week of education, business development, and lead generation.
The Opening Ceremonies will feature Olympic Gymnast Bart Conner, who will deliver a fun, upbeat look at his Olympic gymnastics career, his marriage to Olympic legend Nadia Comaneci, and his current business interests. In Finding your FOCUS, Conner discusses the keys to transferring success in sports to quality business enterprises, and impactful community service.
Following Connor’s presentation, the NASC Awards Committee will recognize 2014 award winners, and the NASC Site Selection Committee will announce the locations for the 2016 and 2017 Symposiums.
A breakfast buffet fit for a cowboy will also be served. Doors open early at 8:00am food service.
ABOUT BART CONNER
Bart Conner is the only American male gymnast to win gold medals at every level of national and international competition. He has been a USA Champion, NCAA Champion, Pan-American Games Champion, World Champion, World Cup Champion, and an Olympic Champion.
In his Finding Your FOCUS presentation, Conner delivers a fun, upbeat look at his Olympic gymnastics career, his marriage to Olympic legend Nadia Comaneci, and his current business interests. Conner discusses the keys to transferring success in sports to quality business enterprises, and impactful community service.
Conner was a member of three Olympic Teams in 1976, 1980 and 1984. It was in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where he made a dramatic comeback from his second torn biceps injury to win two gold medals, one as a member of the US team. Conner earned his second gold with a score of perfect 10 on the parallel bars.
Conner’s interest in gymnastics began in grade school gym class when he excelled at acrobatic moves. As a child he participated in many sports, but, at every opportunity, Conner could be seen trying handstands. By the time he was a teenager, he had a set of parallel bars in his back yard and a pommel horse in his basement.
In the fall of 1976, Conner moved to Norman, OK to attend the University of Oklahoma, and to be coached by Paul Ziert. While at OU, Conner earned 14 NCAA All-America honors, and led his team to 2 NCAA team titles.
After graduating with a degree in Journalism in 1984, Conner went into business with Ziert. Today, they own several gymnastics related business interests, including the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy, where more than 1000 gymnasts train at every level, from beginning motor skill development to elite athletes aiming for college scholarships, and spots of the US National team.
In 1992, Conner and Ziert took over International GYMNAST magazine, the premier international gymnastics magazine.
In 1996, Ziert and Conner formed Grips, Etc., a gymnastics supply company. That same year they opened up a new office building and factory in Norman, OK to produce gymnastics grips, t-shirts, and tumbling shoes.
Conner still enjoys high visibility as a TV color commentator and public speaker. He has worked as an expert announcer for every major television network. Conner’s production company, Perfect 10 Productions, has produced gymnastics TV shows for ESPN, Fox Sports Net, Oxygen TV, and the World Championship Sports Network, now known as Universal Sports.
Conner has appeared in television and feature films, including, RAD…about BMX Bike racing, Peaceful Warrior, and the 2006 Disney gymnastics feature, “Stick It” starring Jeff Bridges.
In 1996, Conner married Romanian Olympic Champion, Nadia Comaneci in a lavish state wedding in Bucharest, Romania. Today, Conner and Comaneci are involved in several international charities including the Executive Board of Special Olympics International and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Conner also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
In Oklahoma, Conner serves as a member of the Board of Creative Oklahoma, Inc. as well as the Board of Visitors for the University of Oklahoma College of International Studies.
In 1991, Conner was inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame, and in 1997, he was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. In 2006, Conner’s 1984 Olympic Gold medal winning team was inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame.
On June 3, 2006, Conner and Comaneci welcomed their son, Dylan Paul Conner, into the world.
In 2012, Conner was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the state’s highest honor.
Along with some of their fellow Olympic medalists, Conner and Comaneci contributed a chapter to an inspirational book called “Awaken the Olympian Within.”
Today, Conner and Comaneci continue to travel the world delivering inspirational speeches, as well as promoting their charities, gymnastics, fitness and healthy lifestyles.