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.
Come experience the Par4Success difference today!
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.
Alex Cassella – Director of Golf Performance
Alex Cassella 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.
Daniel Fleisher – Massage Therapist / Performance Coach
In addition to receiving his B.S. from Radford University, Daniel is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) thru the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Daniel is also a Licensed Massage Therapist, specializing in Active Release Technique (ART), as well as being certified by the Titelist Performance Institute(TPI) for golf movement analysis. Daniel is certified in Postural Restoration Institute(PRI) myokinematic and Postural Respiration techniques and is a STOTT Pilates Mat Instructor.
Daniel enjoys using his experience to educate his clients on the importance of functional movements, soft tissue work, stretching, and muscular strength and endurance. He specializes in injury prevention and sports strength and conditioning for athletes and clients of all abilities. Other interests include spending time with his son while losing to him in video games as well as playing basketball, golf, and tennis.
DeMarcus Brooks – 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.
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
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 helps with the daily tasks and scheduling to keep Par4Success running smoothly. Lauren loves spending time with her family, teaching English online and cooking.
Caleb Stern – Digital Designer/Operations Assistant
Caleb’s blend of artistic and computer skills enable him to bring high-quality graphic design, photo editing, video editing, and web design to our Par4Success content. He also assists with many of the operational functions to keep the office running quickly and efficiently.
In his spare time, Caleb 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 trained to perform Trigger Point Dry Needling in North Carolina.
He has grown Par4Success from the back of his car into a Golf Performance and Direct Pay Physical Therapy industry leader. With multiple locations and an amazing team, 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 two 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.