Meet the Staff

Meet The Staff

Mark Baron

Tournament Director

  • Tennis Background:  Head of FTA/S. FL Tennis Association for 10 years
  • Favorite Place in Delray Beach: City Oyster
  • Past Time Activities: Fishing / Snow Skiing / Working out at home / Gym / Swimming
  • Best Moment of your Life: Meeting my wife in School
  • Craziest thing you ever did: Boxed for Golden Glove
  • What makes you unique: I believe you can do anything if you give it your all (and you’re a little lucky)
  • Who makes you laugh: My Sons!

Ivan Baron

Tournament Chairman

  • Nickname: Drago
  • Tennis Background: USTA Florida Hall of Fame Inductee, Former #1 ITF world-ranked & USTA nationally-ranked amateur (18 & under), All-American (U. of Georgia), NCAA Coach (FAU, U. of Miami), USTA National Coach, #150 ATP World Ranking, USTA Committee Member (ie Nominating, Davis Cup, Finance, Pro Circuit, Jr. Competition)
  • Family: Michele + Lara, Matthew & Jonathan = Superstars!
  • Interesting Facts: Been to 30+ countries / Caught a 650lb+ Bull Shark / Love the Food Network / Ran the 2014 New York Marathon and 2015 Boston Marathon
  • Favorite Quote: “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.” – George Bernard Shaw

John Butler

Executive Director

  • Nicknames: JB / Johnny B / Red
  • Years with the event: Original Staffer, est. 1991
  • Favorite part of Delray Beach:  I cant say enough about the people that are the pulse of this town.  They know who they are.  They have created what we love.
  • Past Time Activities: Tennis / Golf / Running / Heat, Marlins, Dolphins, Panther Games / Macramé
  • Best Vacation Memory:  The Millennium in the Amazon… Impossible to top
  • Who makes you laugh:  My Dad.  He’s non-stop entertainment
  • Hidden Talent: I’m good at picking out shoes for women.

Adam Baron

Sponsor Liaison and Business Development

  • Nicknames: AB or Snook
  • Tennis Background: Former Top Ten Nationally Ranked Junior, Varsity Letterman at Florida State University Men’s Tennis
  • Family:  Wife, Alexandra and Kids, Ryan and Jackson aka The Baron Twins, and dog – Sophie
  • Interesting Facts: Practiced Law and was a partner at a prestigious South Florida Law Firm for past 15 years and has since traded in his suit and ties for Polo Tees to join the Match Point family full time.
  • Best Moment of Your Life: Other than marrying my wonderful wife, the birth of my two sons is tops.
  • Hobbies:  Tennis/Golf/Fantasy Football


Danielle Kenney

Director of Ticketing & Special Events

  • Nickname: Din
  • Favorite Places in Delray Beach: DaDa / Tryst / Brule / Pūrlife Fitness Center / Mellow Mushroom / City Oyster / Ziree Thai & Sushi
  • Past Time Activities:  Softball / Kickball / Music / Doodles
  • Interesting Fact: My hat size is an XL.

Marlena Hall

Director of Social Media, Volunteers, VolleyGirls & Sponsor Relations

  • Favorite Places in Delray Beach: Brulé Bistro / DaDa / Tryst / Farmhouse Kitchen / Mellow Mushroom / City Oyster / Yama / Ziree Thai & Sushi / Luna Rosa / Nature’s Way Cafe / Pūrlife Fitness Center / Pūrstrands, need more space
  • 10-second Elevator Bio: Four-year Columbia University student-athlete Women’s Tennis (#roarlionsroar), senior-year MVP, Head Coach Women’s Tennis at #4 U.S. ranked Broward College, and proud mom to a fluff of love, Simba.
  • Hobbies: Planking / Squat Challenges / Ping Pong / Nintendo 64 Mario Kart.

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Director of Golden “Tennis Ball” Retrievers