WHERE ATHLETES GET BETTER
WHERE ATHLETES GET BETTER
THE STACK MANIFESTO
STACK exists to inspire and empower athletes of all ages.
Our mission is to bridge the information gap between professional and amateur athletes. We attempt to level the playing field and democratize sport. We believe that every athlete should have the information and tools they need to reach their potential.
We are the athlete's partner in achieving their athletic destiny.
Whether it is to make the team, become a starter, earn a scholarship or go pro. We provide authentic training, nutrition, motivation, skills and gear advice from the best pro athletes and performance experts.
We work with schools and leagues.
We help teams win. We train and motivate athletes. We educate parents, coaches and trainers. We make a difference.
We create content and provide tools, but we are more than a media company.
We are a brand. We are an authority. We are a competitive edge. We are a movement.
WE ARE STACK
"STACK gives younger athletes in high school and college an opportunity to see how they can better themselves"
- Ndamukong Suh Miami Dolphins, All-American, AP Rookie of the Year, Pro Bowl nominee
STACK.COM is fully responsive and accessible on all platforms, from Desktop to Mobile
"I think STACK does a great job of letting high school athletes know that they can make it and giving them routines guys like us do every day"
- Kevin DurantGolden State Warriors, 2013-14 NBA MVP, 5-time NBA All Star, 4-time NBA Scoring Champion
In fulfilling its mission, STACK is making a difference—not only by making athletes better, but by making teams better, helping coaches and athletic directors achieve success with their programs, and improving the culture of high school sports throughout the country. How do we measure the STACK Impact? Watch this video.
STACK delivers advice and information from the nation's top coaches, trainers, strength & conditioning specialists, nutritionists, sports psychologists and other experts who help athletes achieve their goals. Among them:
Chip Smith - Chip Smith Performance Systems
The founder of Chip Smith Performance Systems (Atlanta, GA), Smith is recognized as one of the foremost experts in the field of speed and strength training in the United States. He has trained more than 200 current NFL players and over 40 first round NFL Draft picks.
Michael Johnson - Michael Johnson Performance
During the 1990s, Johnson became known as the “Fastest Man in the World” by earning 13 Olympic and World Championship medals, all of them gold. He set world records in the 200 meters, 400 meters and 4x400-meter relay. After retiring in 2001, Johnson opened Michael Johnson Performance to help athletes of all ages and sports reach their full potential, using the same training techniques he used as an athlete.
Mark Verstegen - EXOS
As the founder and president of EXOS, formerly Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance, Verstegen leads more than 500 employees at the company’s performance centers in Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas. He serves as the director of performance for the NFL Players Association, and he has consulted for high-performance companies such as adidas, EAS, SKLZ and Keiser. Verstegen pioneered the concept of integrated performance training and has brought the system to many of the world’s top athletes as well as the United States military.
Over the past 30 years, Boyle has established himself as one of the world’s leading strength and conditioning specialists. He’s trained the U.S. Women’s Olympic soccer and ice hockey teams, Boston Bruins, Boston Breakers and New England Revolution. In 2012, he joined the Boston Red Sox coaching staff as a strength and conditioning consultant.
Durkin is the founder of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, Calif., which has been named one of the “Top 10 Gyms in America.” He’s trained Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, an Olympic gold medalist, X Games gold medalists and Heisman trophy winners. A two-time Personal Trainer of the Year, Durkin currently serves as the head of the Under Armour Performance Training Council.
WE ARE STACK
Awesome people work at STACK. Meet the team.
Nick Palazzo - CEO
As CEO of STACK Media, Nick does a bit of everything, but his primary focus is business development and overall company strategy. A 2003 cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Nick compiled a distinguished athletic and academic record. As a running back, he finished among Harvard's all-time leading rushers and scorers, earning the Vic Gatto, Buzz Crain and Henry Lamar Awards during his career. Nick was also honored as a Harvard Scholar, a Holland Scholar and Harvard's nominee to the National Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame and Academic All-Ivy League.
"STACK was born out of a passion for inspiring and educating athletes. The most meaningful and rewarding part of being a part of STACK is when we hear from athletes, coaches and parents that we’ve made an impact and helped them reach their goals. That means the world to me."
Josh Staph - President
As STACK’s President, Josh oversees brand strategy, company operations, editorial production and custom content campaigns for STACK's marketing partners. In 2002, Josh graduated from Harvard College Cum Laude with a degree in economics. He was the starting running back for Harvard's 2001 undefeated, nationally ranked football team; and following the season, he was selected as a Division I Academic All-American.
"All athletes who are willing to work hard and dedicate themselves to improving have a right to the information that will get them there. That is why STACK exists, and that’s why I love working here."
Craig Vavrock - CFO
As STACK’s CFO, Craig oversees all financial and administrative functions for the Company, from budgeting and forecasting to payroll and human resources. He received both his bachelor’s degree and MBA in Accounting from Baldwin-Wallace University, where he also extended his athletic career as a three-year football letterman. He also played one post-grad season for the semi-pro Cleveland Lions football team.
"STACK provides an avenue for athletes from all walks to push their boundaries and reach their full potential."
Carl Mehlhope - SVP, Integrated Sales and Partnerships
Based in STACK’s New York office, Carl is Senior Vice President, Integrated Sales and Partnerships. He joined the Company shortly after its founding in 2005. Carl is in charge of developing partnerships with marketers who want to engage and empower athletes. Prior to STACK, he spent 17 years at Time, Inc., where he worked primarily on campaigns for People Magazine.
"Page Cotton, my college soccer coach at Depauw, lined up the seniors after our final game and told us to "find a way to give back to the game, it has given you a lot." He was right. STACK and the content we produce help athletes and fitness enthusiasts on a daily basis, so coach, I am doing what you told me."
Carrie Nagy Swain - Senior Digital Marketing Manager
As Digital Marketing Manager at STACK, Carrie manages all aspects of STACK’s social channels, campaigns and content syndication. She also manages the STACK Brand Ambassador program and community outreach efforts. She has eight years of experience in marketing and a graduate degree in Digital Marketing from West Virginia University. Most of her spring and summer is spent watching baseball.
"STACK is my dream job! I get to spend the day doing what I love, with great people and better myself with all I learn from STACK content."
Eben Caldwell - Art Director
Eben brings nearly 20 years of design experience working in agency and corporate environments with organizations like Kaiser Permanente and Ernst & Young. He has worked on everything from logo design to online learning and has always brought an attention and eye for design no matter what the medium is. As a husband and father of four Eben spends his time coaching youth sports and participating in as many family oriented outdoor activities as possible i.e. 5k's, white water rafting, biking, etc...
"After spending several years designing for accountants and health insurance it is perfect for me to be at STACK and designing to, discussing sports, coaching and improving athletes (especially youth athletes) experiences."
Matt Thompson - Senior Web Developer
An expert in computer programming, Matt is STACK's Senior Web Developer. Prior to joining STACK, he worked as the lead developer and as a member of the executive team for an international web hosting company. Matt received his Professional Scrum Master Certification in 2011. When not creating awesome tools for the web, he enjoys spending time at home with his wife and two little girls, Maci and Lillian.
"In order to understand recursion, one must first understand recursion"
Andy Haley - Performance Director
As an Associate Content Director at STACK Media, Andy manages our Expert Contributor Program, creates workouts and training content and oversees the production of our performance video series. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), where he conducted research for the American College of Sports Medicine. Born and raised outside of Boston, Haley played hockey at the collegiate club level.
"I’ve always wanted to share my expertise to help athletes improve their performance. At STACK, I have the opportunity to do that on a massive scale by empowering millions of athletes each month."
Eric Barnes - Web Content Manager
Eric is the copy editor at STACK. A former sports editor, writer and columnist, he spent 10 years with The New York Times Company as an editor for print and digital media. Following career stops in Indiana, Georgia and Florida, the Ohio native is happy to be back home and working at STACK HQ in Cleveland.
"Most of my journalism career has been spent covering high school and college athletes. It's a pleasure to be part of a team dedicated to serving those young athletes by providing content that is engaging, useful and entertaining."
Sarah Moscato - Assistant Video Editor
Sarah began editing in early high school and hasn't stopped since, earning a degree in Electronic Media Production at Kent State. She helps with the post-production on many projects at STACK, with her regard for graphics making sure to add further innovation even after the cameras stop rolling.
"It's easy to become excited about all our projects in such a tight-knit friendly environment. That's lucky for me, because art powered by muse generates the best outcomes."
Brandon Hall - Assistant Content Director
Brandon Hall is an Assistant Content Director who creates content and helps with the daily operations at STACK. In 2014, he graduated from Lafayette College as an English major and an Anthropology & Sociology minor. He was a 4-year letter winner at tight end for Lafayette's football team, and he helped them win their first outright Patriot League championship since 1994.
"As an athlete, my biggest joy was seeing my discipline and hard work pay off on the field. I love working at STACK because it gives me the chance to help other athletes be successful."