The WJF Team

The ultimate team deserves the most experienced in the field.

Executive

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Jason Garfield

Founder and President

I started juggling when I was 11 years old in 1986. In 2003 I founded the World Juggling Federation with the goal being to produce sport juggling competition programs for ESPN while providing incentive and motivation for jugglers to push themselves to their technical limits. My goal was to show the world a completely different style of juggling: the sport of juggling. My part is to present the sport of juggling in an exciting and compelling program. The creation of Major League Combat, SkillCon, the Moxie Games and Dodge Juggle has been a major boost in this area as we've received more media attention from combat and Dodge Juggle in the past year than all of our events. My stage performance reflects this mission in a humorous yet accurate demonstration of sport juggling.

Marketing

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Josh Horton

Head Judge and Social Media Consultant

Josh learned about The WJF while in high school and began training with the goal of some day being good enough to compete. He was soon an intermediate competitor at WJF4 and later competed in the advanced competitions. Now in his old age Josh is the World Juggling Federation's head judge. As a full-time YouTuber/content creator Josh also consults for the WJF Social media team.

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Eric Rowe

Social Media Strategist

As the son of a literature teacher and an engineer, Eric Rowe is methodical, detailed, eloquent and philosophical. His natural interest in the new and exciting led him to join the WJF Team to help lead the sport to the next level. To pair with his professional skill as a mechanical engineer, theatre artist, and SEO specialist, he's been juggling for 14 years ever since his dad wowed him with a 3 ball cascade in overheads while lying down.

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Kyle Roelofs

Social Media Strategist

Invigorated by creating marketing systems, Kyle Roelofs is focused on bringing cross-platform media coverage to the WJF. Having Eric Rowe as a long-time juggling friend, Kyle learned to do a 3 ball cascade while walking around. Fluent in search engine optimization, content creation and media management, Kyle is excited to help create efficient marketing processes to amplify the World Juggling Federation brand.

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Jennifer Szabo

Email Marketing Director

In college, Jennifer learned to juggle and attended the first ever WJF at the Riviera in Las Vegas.  Since then she has attended most WJF Conventions and is excited see the WJF grow onto the international stage.  To do her part, she serves as the email marketing director and sometimes camera operator.  When not juggling, Jennifer is the owner and creator of Air Density Online, an online tool for auto racers and engine tuners to track the weather.

Legal

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Dan Brown

General Counsel

Dan serves as the General Counsel for the WJF. An avid juggler himself, he competed from WJF 5 to WJF 8, which included earning 3rd place in the WJF 8 Overall Championship. He hopes to use his legal skills to help bring sport juggling to the next level, and have competitive juggling reach an even larger audience. On top of his passion for juggling, Dan practices law as a partner of Sanchez & Brown, P.A. in Orlando, FL. He holds an MBA from the University of Florida and a law degree from Stetson University College of Law.

Sponsorship

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Jeremy Dodson

Sponsorship Team

Jeremy Dodson is an Information Security professional with over 20 years in the industry. He is a US Air Force veteran who served in the Center for Executive Protection, where he performed daily security briefings at the White House with the President of the United States and top government and military officials. In the years since he has performed security assessments and worked with clients handling critical national infrastructure across the US.

Jeremy is also a co-founder of Piqued Studio, a game development studio striving to make games that push skill and focus. Jeremy has a deep interest in gamification, working to bridge education and gameplay in a manner that increases interest, focus, and retention. This interest led to him serving as a technical consultant for the Mr. Robot ARG.

Jeremy lives by the motto “Stay Curious” and is always learning something new. He was introduced to the WJF at SkillCon, where he became enamored with the physical skill and mental focus that juggling required. He is excited to help the WJF form the right partnerships to propel them towards their Olympic aspirations.

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Jay Korpi

Sponsorship Team

Jay learned about The WJF while at SkillCon and began training for Dodge Juggle Protect just hours before his first game. After helping his team achieve world championship status (the secret, mass donut consumption), he started to devote his life to finding the right sponsorships for The WJF during the quest for Olympic acceptance. You can usually find Jay in the kitchen trying to create new dishes that resemble something edible, he’s kind of like a low-end Alton Brown...like really low-end.

Representatives

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Kyle Reeser

Liaison to the International Olympic Committee

Kyle Reeser holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and is the co-founder and CEO of Recon Biotech LLC in Rochester, NY.  His love of travel and fascination with language and culture has taken him all over the world, notably studying Mandarin Chinese while living in Beijing, China and developing low-cost 3D printed prosthetic limbs while working in East Africa through the global nonprofit e-NABLE.  He has juggled on and off for the past 20 years.  Kyle joined the WJF team to help bring sport juggling to the world stage through the development of international affiliate programs, and work toward its ultimate inclusion as a competitive category in the Olympic Games.

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Anderson Pereira Da Silva

WJF International Representative

Anderson Pereira Da Silva is from Brazil and was the 2019 Dodge Juggle Evade World Champion.

Logistic

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Leah Dodson

Schedule Director

Leah Dodson has spent the last ten years as a technical writer. Through her writing, she learned cybersecurity, networking, and development fundamentals. This experience introduced her to DEFCON, where she spent 5 years on the DEFCON CFP Review Board as the Speaker Liaison.

Leah is also a co-founder of Piqued Studio, a game development studio where she works to spin engaging stories in code.

She became involved with the WJF after attending SkillCon and winning Dodge Juggle Protect two years in a row. She was amazed at the stories woven throughout the juggling community and was impressed with the passion and excitement the community holds. She is eager to bring her years of volunteer event coordination to the WJF and support their goal to bring juggling to the Olympics.

Scoring

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Bart Hoving

Scoring Consultant

Born 1991. Started juggling in 1999. Joined local Youth Circus in 2003. Undefeated Dutch juggling champion in 2007 through 2009. Judge at WJF5 in 2008. Went to German National Circus School from 2009 through 2011. Full-time juggler and performer ever since, performed in over 20 countries. I started out as a hobby-juggler, not really interested in performing, and a little annoyed by “pro” performing jugglers selling themselves as world-class, while seeing them end their routine with a sloppy 5 ball cascade. This all happened during the boom of juggling videos online. Thomas Dietz, Vova Galchenko, Jason Garfield, Anthony Gatto, Toby Walker, Wes Peden and many more were dominating the space and raising the bar with one incredible video after another. Kids my age saw what was possible, and just started trying. This all led to young little jugglers - barely able to hold 4 clubs in 1 hand - flashing 7 clubs, while just a few years prior this was a feat reserved only for the elites. The visibility of the juggling-community has inspired hundreds of kids like me to pursue juggling as either a hobby or as a career, and the WJF has certainly been a big part of said visibility. Juggling is a sport and skill, which could be in the Olympics, just like gymnastics. Breakdance has already been accepted into the realm of Olympic sports, and I firmly believe juggling can do the same. If juggling were to be accepted as an Olympic sport, just imagine how many little kids around the world could be inspired to become our very own Sir Roger Bannister and raise the bar to superhuman levels no-one today could ever dream of.

Design

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Jasper Moens

Graphic Designer & 3D Artist

Hey, I'm Jasper, I'm a 20-year-old juggler from Belgium. Currently working as a 3d Environment artist in the video game industry. I'm a big enthusiast of combat and fire juggling and hoping to see those one day combined. Juggling has been a life long passion. The future plans and the ambitions of the WJF are things I admire. Putting juggling even stronger on the map, making it more global by organizing events like these sounds wonderful, And I would be happy if I could support this with my graphical and 3d visualization capabilities. To make juggling a popular sport, helping this event out to grow even more is for me a step in the right direction and being part of the road to the Olympics can only be cool.

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Raphael Elspas

Webmaster

Born in Los Angeles, Raphael is an entrepreneur, experienced web developer, and firmware engineer at a defense contractor. He first discovered the WJF after meeting Scotty Cavaugh, winner of the Intermediates event at the first WJF, at a school entertainment show. As both an engineer and a student athlete in college, most of Raphael's interests lie in technically demanding routines, the complexity of transitions, and the physical prowess required for advanced sport juggling. Raphael is now an avid siteswap mathematics enthusiast and hopes to contribute more to the field and theory behind steswaps.