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About Us

Next Generation Gym Owners is here to help business owners take control of their business, recruit new members and earn their freedom. We have been-there, done-that and we’re here to help others do the same. In fact, each of us here at Next Gen not only owns our gym, but has been through many challenges over the years as we grow our programs.

MEET THE TEAM

RIANA LUCK
Premier Academy
Riana owns and operates Premier Academy in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada and is a co-owner in two other locations. Premier Academy offers competitive and recreation cheerleading, Ninja, tumbling, a licensed preschool and hosts a large number of birthday parties and camps throughout the year. As a mom of five young kids, she has been able to create systems to create freedom to spend time with her family and ensure the gym is still successful. As a Next Generation coach, Riana’s primary strength is systemizing and time management. Riana is a consultant for the Next Generation Owners Academy, runs the Academy’s monthly Education Break, the Enrollment Booster, assists with Impact 3, and runs Next Gen Canada. Riana is also the host of the Next Gen Connection – a live interview show that runs bi-weekly.
    SHELLEY SHEPARD
    Five Star Athletics
    Shelley owns and operates Five Star Athletics in Reno, NV. Shelley has owned cheer gyms since 2003. Along with her husband Tom, she opened Five Star in 2010 from the ground to now over 500 athletes. Five Star Athletics has a strong All Star Cheer Program known throughout the industry. Five Star also offers recreational cheerleading, tumbling, warriors, summer camps, and high school programs. Shelley has a bachelor’s degree in education. As a Next Generation coach, she specializes in teaching how to have a profitable All Star program and systemization. Shelley is a constant in the Next Gen Owners Academy, in charge of the All Star Academy, is the primary point of contact for conferences and the sponsorship coordinator for Next Gen. Shelley can be seen bi-weekly on Everything All Star Live Video.
      DANIELLE JOHNSTON
      Twister Sports
      Danielle owns Twister Sports in Warrensburg, MO. Twisters offers recreational and competitive cheerleading, tumbling, hip hop, gymnastics, ninja warrior and indoor batting cages. They also host approximately 250 birthday parties each year. Danielle is also the co-owner of a Pita Pit restaurant franchise. She has worked in digital media and marketing for many years. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and did public relations for the Air Force for 7 years. Danielle is a consultant for the Next Gen Owners Academy, the publisher of Connect 3, Impact 3 and the Next Gen Academy Members Area as well as the logistics coordinator. Danielle can be seen alongside her husband, Justin on the weekly episodes of Fireside Chat with the Johnstons.
        JUSTIN JOHNSTON
        Twister Sports
        Justin also owns Twister Sports in Warrensburg, MO. His background is in Occupational Safety and Health. He spent 21 years in the United States Air Force before retiring in 2019. Justin spent seven years in the Missouri Highway Patrol. In his current role at Twisters, he is the facility manager of a 35,000 sq. ft. building and specializes in contracts and leasing agreements. Justin has general contracted all renovations at the gym to include a 1,000 sq. ft. ninja warrior obstacle course. Justin is the on-boarding specialist for Next Generation Gym Owners and the first point of contact for all new Academy members. Justin can be seen alongside his wife, Danielle, on weekly episodes of Fireside Chat with the Johnstons.
          DAN COTTON
          Oregon Dream Teams
          Dan, along with his wife, Tori, own and operate Oregon Dream Teams in Beaverton, OR. ODT specializes in all star cheerleading, but also has a thriving recreational program. Dan is also the owner of Dream Camps, providing residential and at-home camp instruction to All Star and high school programs throughout the United States and Canada. Dan served in the United States Army National Guard for eight years. He currently works full-time as a police officer for the City of Beaverton. Dan is a consultant for the Next Gen Owners Academy, the technical expert at conferences, and assists in the All Star Academy. Dan can be seen bi-weekly on Everything All Star, a live video hosted in the Next Gen Facebook Group.
            KIERRA PELZ
            Premier Academy
            Kierra co-owns and operates Premier Academy in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada as well as coaches & manages the Keyano College Cheer Team. Premier Academy offers competitive and recreational cheerleading, tumbling, and hosts a large number of birthday parties and camps throughout the year. As a mom of two young kids, she has been able to create systems to create freedom to spend time with her family and ensure the gym is still successful. As a Next Generation consultant, Kierra’s primary strength is systemizing and time management. Kierra serves as a project manager and runs Next Gen’s Enrollment Booster – a 5-day challenge where gym owners can increase the membership in their gyms.