William A. Metzger
William Metzger is a marketing and marketing communications veteran with more than 20 years of experience, having guided communications and digital strategies of multiple global companies, including IBM, American Express, Unilever, SAP, Motorola, Mercedes-Benz, and Apple. He has held senior management positions for both large marketing agencies (Ogilvy) and smaller boutique startups. William has most recently led major digital patient and professional healthcare provider assignments for pharmaceutical and medical device marketers such as Novartis, Astra Zeneca, Sanofi, Pfizer, and Abbot, while working in the healthcare divisions of Wunderman and Saatchi.
William decided to start At Peak Sports after a trip to the hospital with his son, Austin, who had just broken his thumb playing lacrosse. During the visit, William met with Dr. Jordan Metzl who explained that he sees countless cases of youth sports injuries, and that families in youth sports are spending more and more every year on health care to deal with sports-related problems. William realized that there was no product for parents to learn about keeping their kids safe in youth sports, thus began the At Peak Sports journey.
Always an athlete, William played varsity water polo and swam competitively during his time at Penn State University. He was captain of both teams his senior year, and set multiple swimming records.
Pete is a seasoned technology leader with a career spent building web businesses, ecommerce services and mobile applications. Previously, Pete was CTO for Netpulse, a fitness tracking and entertainment platform, and he was an executive at Viacom leading the technology team for the Nickelodeon Games Group. He has helped multiple startups achieve major acquisitions, including Atom Entertainment which was acquired by Viacom.
Pete was captain of his high school football team and played basketball in a San Francisco city league. These days you can find Pete swimming laps in a city pool or in Lake Tahoe snowboarding and mountain biking.
Jennifer Haggerty brings extensive leadership experience in startup and emerging growth companies within online media and technology industry. Following an early career in capital markets and corporate finance training in such investment banks as Credit Suisse and Bear Stearns, she joined leading online technology company, DoubleClick Inc, in 1998 as its first corporate development professional. In this role, she led the company through $1B+ in capital raising transactions and $1B+ in mergers & acquisitions. Over the last decade, Jennifer has contributed financial and general management leadership in emerging online media and technology businesses, including raising Series B venture capital for the personal health & wellness information company, HealthiNation.
An avid skier, Jennifer’s favorite resorts include Alta out West, and Stowe Mountain in Vermont. She grew up winning fishing derbies with her father on Lake Champlain, and boasts a multigenerational Red Sox legacy — which she admits has become easier in recent decades. She’s travelled all over the world, with highlights at Red Square in Moscow, watching ballet at the Sydney Opera House, and time spent in Italy and Argentina.
Dr. Jordan D. Metzl, MD
Dr. Metzl is a sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery, America’s premier orthopedic hospital located in New York City. Regularly voted among New York’s top sports medicine doctors by New York magazine, Dr Metzl takes care of athletic patients of all ages and lectures and teaches extensively both nationally and internationally.
With a practice of more than 20, 000 patients, Dr. Metzl is widely known for his passion for sports medicine and fitness. His focus is to safely return athletes to the playing field of their choice and to keep them there. In addition to his busy medical practices in New York City and Old Greenwich, Connecticut, Dr. Metzl is the author of the bestselling titles The Exercise Cure (Rodale 2014) and The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies (Rodale 2013) and has also authored three other books including The Young Athlete (Little Brown). Dr. Metzl is also the medical columnist for Triathlete Magazine.
His research interests include the treatment and prevention of running related injury, the effectiveness of preventive wellness programs, and the prevention of youth sport injury.
Dr. Metzl appears regularly on media programs including the Today Show, on radio including National Public Radio (NPR) and in print media including the New York Times, discussing the issues of fitness and health. In addition to his busy medical practice and academic interests, he practices what he preaches.
Dr. Metzl created the Ironstrength Workout, a functional fitness program for improved performance and injury prevention that he teaches in fitness venues throughout the country. The workout is featured on www.RunnersWorld.com where it has been performed by more than 9 million athletes around the world.
A former collegiate soccer player, 31-time marathon runner and 11 time Ironman finisher, he lives, works, and works out in New York City.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, FOOTBALL
Howard Cross, one of the premier tight ends of his era, is an analyst on This Week in Football, the YES Network’s weekly in-season NFL studio show. He is also a sideline reporter during WFAN SportsRadio’s Giants game broadcasts, and is a regular on MY9’s Giants postgame shows.
Cross spent 13 seasons as a star tight end with the New York Giants. He was drafted by the Giants in 1989 and retired from the club in 2001, having played in a franchise-record 207 games. Cross started in 171 of those 207 games and recorded 201 career receptions for 2, 194 yards and 17 touchdowns.
In his second season with the Giants, Cross played a key role as the Giants marched through the regular season and postseason and ultimately defeated the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV. Three of his four catches in that Super Bowl went for first downs. Cross helped lead the Giants to another Super Bowl in 2001. In 1995 he was named the Giants’ 1995 True Value Man of the Year.
Cross was a three-year starter at tight end for the University of Alabama, where he was All-SEC his junior year and won the Jacobs Trophy as the outstanding blocker in the Southeastern Conference as a senior. He was inducted into the Alabama Crimson Tide Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Alfred “Butch” Beard
Alfred “Butch” Beard, Jr. is a former NBA player and coach. Beard is a 1975 NBA Champion with the Golden State Warriors and a 1972 All-Star. He later served as head coach of the New Jersey Nets from 1994-1996. He was the head coach at Morgan State University until he stepped down in March 2006.
Beard played college basketball at the University of Louisville. He was a first round draft pick in the 1969 NBA Draft. Beard played nine seasons (1969–1970; 1971–1979) with five teams: the Atlanta Hawks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Seattle Super Sonics, the Golden State Warriors, and the New York Knicks.
He was color analyst for New York Knicks games on MSG Network during the 1980s.