Meet Our President
In 1969, Patti Komara founded Patti’s All-American Gymnastics in Dyer, Indiana and it has since become one of the most successful gyms with gymnastics, dance, swimming, Ninja Zone, and a fitness-based educational preschool called Gym-N-Learn
Patti began speaking at national seminars in 1981 on preschool and school-age gymnastics and the business of owning a gymnastics school. Patti has spoken for Purdue University and national seminars for AAHPERD, AAEYC, USAIGC, IDEA, and USA Gymnastics. She started her national seminars in 1986.
In the same year, she also began filming her speeches and founded Patti Komara’s Tumblebear Connection. Patti has since produced more than 120 instructional videos for instructors and owners. She sells books on yearly lesson plans for the internationally known Tumblebear Gym Program, School-age Gymnastics, Dancing Gym Bears, Yoga Bears, CheerBears, and Gym-N-Learn Educational Preschool. Patti has also written over 50 business articles published in industry magazines. She also authors a bi-weekly blog and weekly e-blast tips to her over 9,000 subscribers as well as providing USA gymnastics with a monthly article or video for their newsletter.
In 1995 Patti was selected by USA Gymnastics to be a member of the committee that created the Kinder Accreditation Training Program and co-authored the KAT Workbook. In 2003 she was named USA Gymnastics Business Leader of the Year. In 2005 Patti was selected as Client of the Year by Action International and in 2006 was given the National Service Award by USA Gymnastics at their annual business conference. In 2010 she was one of five other gym owners named to the USA Gymnastics Task Force. In 2011 she was one of 14 named to the USA Gymnastics Business Advisory Team. In 2014 Patti was awarded by USA Gymnastics the “Club Owner of the Year” award. In 2016 she won “Innovator of Year” by the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana. Additionally, in 2018 Patti was named “Most Influential Business Woman of the Year” by Northwest Indiana Influential Women Association. In 2019 Patti celebrated her 50th year in business, was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Region 5 Hall of Fame, and was named Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center’s “Small Business Person of the Year”. In 2020 she was awarded the state of Indiana’s Half-Century in Business Award. Patti and her husband, Bronko, are proud parents of Joe and Kelly and grandparents to Kennedy and Hudson.
Fun Facts about Miss Patti…
Where were you born? Gary
What is your favorite treat? Chips and Salsa
What is your favorite sports team? My favorite sports team is whatever team my daughter, Kelly, is coaching.
Cat or dog? Cats, I used to foster kittens for years.
What is your favorite skill to teach? Cartwheels
New members, click HERE to watch a short “welcome video” from Patti.
See What Other Gym Owners Have to Say About Patti
“Patti’s knowledge and teaching techniques are second to none. I continue to use her books and DVD’S to train, educate, and motivate my staff. Most of all, her materials keep me organized, fresh, and inspired. Patti, thank you for your great contributions to our sport.” Amanda Borden, Gold Medal Gymnastics – 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist
“In my book, Patti Komara is one of the most experienced, capable, and sincere providers of knowledge in our industry. She is always looking to educate herself, so she can better help others; I find that of a true professional and caring human being. I have sent Kids First employees to Patti’s seminars and recommend Patti’s teaching to anyone looking to improve their gymnastics business.” Jeff Metzger, President, GymClub Owners’ BOOT CAMP & Kids First Sports Center.
Patti’s business knowledge has been gleaned over more than three decades of experience. Her enthusiasm and practical suggestions will help you develop your business. I highly recommend that you take advantage of her products! Frank Sahlein, President, 3rd Level Consulting & Business Brokerage