Our Entrepreneurial Story…
Par4Success started in the back of Chris Finn’s car with nothing more than a treatment table, bands and a dream of providing better service and results to golfers in early 2013.
The first actual facility has become affectionately known as “the shed” and was located at Hillandale Golf Course in Durham, NC. It was opened in late 2013. It was only 20×20, but after we renovated it, it became more space than we needed especially since it was located directly on the driving range.
A year later we had outgrown “the shed” and moved to Cary and sublet from an Athletic Performance Facility in Cary, Athletic Lab. We had a 20×25 space of our own with a hitting bay and treatment table (and our own bathroom!), our own 5×8 office and were lucky to share the beautiful training space that Mike Young and his team had. Here we were able to start to grow our membership until 12 months later we had outgrown our space and found it time to move to our new 6,000 square foot facility in 2015.
We left with a little over 30 members and are well over 100 and counting!
In 2018, we were selected by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program as a business poised for growth. Chris Finn graduated in spring 2018 as a Babson College graduate, which includes many research platforms and opportunities for continued growth through it’s impressive alumni network.
We attribute our success to believing in doing things differently and challenging the status quo in golf, fitness and health care. We always put our golfers, clients and members ahead of our bottom line and promise to always go above and beyond your expectations when it comes to results and service.
In 2020, we had the honor of being named to the Golf Digest Top 50 Golf Fitness Trainers in the USA behind Chris Finn and the hard work our entire team has put in to understanding how to help golfers play longer, hit it longer and do it all without pain.
Come experience the Par4Success difference today!
To be the best in the world at helping serious golfers achieve their goals.
For Juniors that often means playing in college.
For adults & seniors, that means playing for many more years to come at as high of a level as possible without pain.
Bobby Prengle – Physical Therapist
Bobby is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, who received his degree from nearby Duke University. He grew up in Texas, spending the first 22 years of his life in the Lone Star State, where he received his B.A. in Kinesiology and Psychology from Rice University. After graduating from PT school, he spent a year in Jacksonville, FL at the Brooks Institute of Higher Learning in a year-long residency program to specialize in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is also Titleist Performance Institute Certified.
Will Barlock – Physical Therapist
Will is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and joined the Par4Success team in July of 2020. As part of his graduate program at Springfield College of Springfield, Massachusetts, he took part in a 10-week clinical internship at Par4Success starting in January 2020. He received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Springfield College, with the most recently received being his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May of 2020. Will also is credentialed as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Will grew up in Portland, ME, where he played several sports, including golf, baseball and hockey. He is a huge Boston sports fan and will always talk sports whenever you want. He has been playing golf since he was 6 years old and enjoys golfing and cooking in his free time.
Growing up, he was a coach at several baseball camps to assist little leaguers in their development of baseball skills. He has a passion for helping people to improve on their physical performance and skills within a sport and wants to continue to do so with the golfers of all ages. He is very excited to work with the golfing population and in one of the best golfing areas in the country!
Alex Jimenez – Director of Golf Performance
Alex Jimenez is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia. She is also a certified Coach in USA Weightlifting (USAW) and Precision Nutrition (PN1). In the past 5 years, Alex has interned as a Strength Coach at Syracuse University, Lemoyne College, and most recently Athletic Lab under Dr. Mike Young.
Alex is a former collegiate athlete in the sport of basketball, and a currently competitive powerlifter. She holds multiple state records in NY and NC in the sport of powerlifting. Her competitive background drove her into wanting to be a strength coach and to help other athletes grow and prosper. Through her education and experience with working with multiple different populations, she specializes in coaching strength, power, and nutritional health contributing to performance and overall quality of life.
Tyler Johnson – Golf Performance Coach
Tyler Johnson is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a former collegiate strength and conditioning coach. Prior to his time at Par4success, Tyler was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Georgia Southern University. He was responsible for overseeing and directing year-round training programs with Georgia Southern University’s women’s basketball, volleyball, softball and men’s tennis programs.
In July 2017, Johnson began as a graduate assistant at Southern, where he was directly responsible for the training programs of women’s basketball, track and field, and swimming and diving. Prior to his time in Statesboro, Johnson served as an intern strength and conditioning coaching assistant at Duke University, University of Notre Dame, University of Minnesota, and North Dakota State University, where he assisted in the implementation of training programs for Olympic sports.
A native of Fargo, North Dakota, he attended North Dakota State University upon earning his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in the Spring of 2017. In the Summer of 2018, Johnson received his Master of Science degree in Kinesiology, Coaching from Georgia Southern University.
Iza Mocarski – Golf Performance Coach
Iza Mocarski is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC) through Mike Boyle. Iza earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, and is currently finishing up her Master’s Degree at Springfield College in Springfield, MA. While at Springfield College, Iza was a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for football, men’s lacrosse, men’s volleyball, women’s volleyball, and women’s gymnastics. Additionally, Iza has completed internships at Arizona State, University of Connecticut, and University of Notre Dame.
As a former collegiate volleyball player, Iza found her passion for strength and conditioning through her experiences in the weight room. As a coach, her goal is to help others realize how much training can not only improve their athletic performance, but also their lives. Outside of coaching, Iza enjoys practicing her Olympic weightlifting, spending time outdoors, playing board games, and looking for the next best restaurant to eat at.
DeMarcus Brooks – Golf Performance Coach
DeMarcus is a Certified Sports Performance Coach through NASM with experience of working with Athletes of multiple sports. He has organized and foreseen a Youth Athletic program for Fitness Clubs. He really has a passion for working with athletes and seeing them excel.
DeMarcus is originally from Columbus, MS. He graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fitness and Sports Science. He is also a Certified Personal Trainer through ASFA. He believes in multi-joint movements and functional training while focusing on core. He knows that athletes have the potential to do well through practice and effort.
Greg Garus – Golf Performance Coach
Greg competed in track and field at California State University Fullerton, where he received his BS in Kinesiology. He took great interest in biomechanics, movement analysis, and injury prevention, which has been the focus of his coaching career. His strong interest in running has led to extensive experience with running gait analysis and coaching youth triathlon teams. Greg’s history with Par4Success goes back to “The Shed” days with Chris. Greg is currently part of the Par 4 Success team coaching virtual clients. Greg is a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and also hold their advanced certifications as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES). Greg enjoys working with clients of all ages with various health and fitness.
Josh Leyes – Golf Performance Coach
Josh is a Certified Personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is also a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. Josh grew up near Toronto Ontario, Canada, and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. Josh initially connected with Chris Finn during a trip to Par 4 Success while visiting family in North Carolina.
Josh is a part of the growing virtual coaching team at Par4Success, and is an avid golfer himself. For the past 2 decades, Josh has been combining his love of fitness and strength training with golf biomechanics in pursuit of better performance. A keen student of the golf swing, Josh thrives on searching for ways to improve his clients’ lives and golf games through better movement.
His experience and gifted eye for detail allow him to easily assess anyone’s physical needs and provide expert analysis and effective exercise prescription, regardless of age or fitness level. In his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids, cooking, and getting 36 holes in whenever he can!
Teri Stern – Director of Operations
Teri brings many years of experience in finance, education, marketing, and event planning. After a career in the financial sector, Teri focused her efforts on working and volunteering in the public school system. Her diverse set of skills keeps the office running smoothly, allowing the coaches and physical therapists to focus on the athletes.
When Teri isn’t organizing the office, she enjoys exploring her creative side with textile and clothing design. Her favorite outdoor activity is anything near or in the water, especially the beach.
Megan Guard-Pikulik – Customer Experience Specialist
Megan is a native to North Carolina and loves this area! She is a graduate of Meredith College and is passionate about helping people. After spending 15+ years teaching students with extra needs in the public school system, she transitioned to helping support the team here at Par4Success and our client family.
Megan is often the first face you’ll see in our office and is responsible for scheduling, client communications and generally helping the office run smoothly. In her personal time, Megan enjoys cheering on her kids’ competitive soccer teams, boating on Jordan Lake, socializing over a glass of wine and traveling with her family.
Lauren Finn – Events Coordinator & Virtual Scheduling
Lauren graduated college with a Bachelors of Science in Education. She obtained her teaching license and was a classroom teacher for 5 years. Lauren is able to take her past teaching experience in the classroom and transfer those skills to completing tasks for Par4Success.
Lauren is in charge of organizing Par4success member events as well as making sure all our virtual clients are getting their monthly coaching calls. She also helps with other daily tasks and in person scheduling to keep Par4Success running smoothly. Lauren loves spending time with her family, teaching English online and cooking.
Kayla Stern – Digital Designer/Operations Assistant
Kayla’s blend of artistic and computer skills enable her to bring high-quality graphic design, photo editing, video editing, and web design to our Par4Success content. She also assists with many of the operational functions to keep the office running quickly and efficiently.
In her spare time, Kayla enjoys digital illustration, computer programming and participating in esports.
Christopher Finn – Founder
Chris is a Licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Titleist Performance Institute Certified Medical Professional, Certified Precision Nutrition Coach and a Golf Digest Top 50 Golf Fitness Professional.
He has grown Par4Success from the back of his car into a Golf Performance and Direct Pay Physical Therapy industry leader. He and his team work with golfers of all abilities and ages to swing faster, play better and hurt less.
Personally, Chris works with Tour Professionals, elite level juniors & amateurs while also consulting with other Fitness & Medical Professionals about starting and/or growing their own businesses. Chris is also heavily involved with the in house golf performance research done at Par4Success.
Chris is honored to be a multiple time World Golf Fitness Summit Presenter and contributes to numerous media outlets including numerous Podcasts, PGA Tour Sirius XM Radio, The Titleist Performance Institute, Simplifaster.com, Junior Golf Magazine and GolfWRX, is published in peer reviewed Sports Health Journal, and enjoys continually challenging the status quo to improving outcomes for all active individuals.