Maximizing Human Performance
One of the most distinctive sprinters in the history of track and field with his powerful, upright stride pattern, Johnson is widely regarded as one of the greatest sprinters of all time. Four times an Olympic champion and eight times a world champion, he piled up a career total of 12 Olympic and World Championship gold medals by the time he retired from competition after the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Between 1990 and 1997, he created a remarkable sequence of 58 consecutive wins over 400 meters.
He also strung together a winning streak of 32 races over 200 meters between 1990 and 1992. He is the person to hold both the 200 meters and 400 meters world records and is the only male athlete to defend successfully the Olympic 400 meters crown.
His first Olympic gold came in Barcelona in 1992 when he was a member of the winning American 4 x 400 meters relay team. Four years later in 1996 at Atlanta, he became the only athlete in more than 100 years of Olympic history to clinch the double over both 200 and 400 meters at the same Games. He set a world record with his time of 19.32 seconds in the 200 meters.
At the 1999 World Championships in Seville, Johnson shattered the 11-year-old 400 meters world record of Butch Reynolds when he clocked 43.18 seconds - his fourth successive title over the distance. He also added gold in the 4 x 400 meters relay in Seville, which took him to a career total of eight World Championship gold medals.
At the age of 32, he rounded off his distinguished Olympic career with his fourth and fifth gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Games, winning the 400 meters and being part of the winning American 4 x 400 meters relay team. In 2008, Johnson, always a staunch advocate of zero tolerance for drug cheats, announced that he was returning the gold medal from that relay, when one of the members of that relay admitted to doping.
Johnson retired from competition as world-record holder over both 200 and 400 meters, a four time Olympic Champion and eight time World Champion. Today he is an award winning television commentator and documentary presenter. He is the President and founder of Michael Johnson Performance, a global leader in sports performance training with training operations and locations throughout the world, providing athletic training and support services to athletes and teams of all sports from youth athletes to some of the most recognizable professional and Olympic athletes in the world of sports. In retirement Johnson has also excelled as a keynote speaker. His appeal is global, taking him to all corners of the world to motivate and inspire employees of some of the world’s leading corporate and sports organizations.
Trevor Moawad is one of the countries most recognized and sought after mental conditioning consultants. In 2017, Trevor was named the “World’s Best Brain Trainer” by Sports Illustrated. From Ft. Bragg to Harvard Business School, from elite QuarterBacks to top level CEOs. Moawads mission is clear - to motivate the motivated. Trevor is well known for being the mental coach to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and has worked closely with prestigious NCAA Football programs and coaches, including Nick Saban, Kirby Smart and Jimbo Fisher. Moawad has been part of seven National championship games. Additionally, Trevor continues to support the U.S. Special Operations Community, Major League Baseball, the NBA, UFC and many other elite professionals.
Prior to starting his own mental conditioning company, Trevor held multiple roles as both Director of Mental Conditioning and Director of the multi-disciplined IMG Performance Institute (at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida). More recently, he was the Vice President of Pro/Elite Sports and Mindset at the prestigious Athletes Performance Institute (now EXOS in Phoenix, AZ).
Moawad was raised in Washington State and is the son of world renowned peak performance educator, the late Bob Moawad. Bob was an original contributor to ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ and is the former President of the National Association for Self-Esteem. As an athlete, Moawad was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington, and will also be recognized in 2018 as the Academy’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year. He was an all-conference, two-sport athlete at Occidental College, the same school that produced both Jack Kemp and Barack Obama. At Occidental, Moawad received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and his Master’s Degree in Education. Moawad yearly present’s the ‘Trevor Moawad Leadership Award’ at Occidental. These awards have been designated since 2015 to the top male and female athletes, who make an exceptional commitment to making their teammates better both on and off the field.
Trevor continues to be a thought leader in the performance space, appearing consistently in the global media, including ESPN, SI, Fox Sports, NPR, USA Today, The Herald Tribune, Outside the Lines and a number of national, regional and local outlets.
Kobie brings to Upfront deep expertise in enterprise SAAS and emerging technologies including VR and AR. Over his career he has invested early in notable companies including Exact Target (sold to Salesforce for $2.5B) and Oculus (sold to Facebook for $2B).
Kobie joined Upfront in June 2016 after having previously been an investor at Accel. Prior to Accel, Kobie was the Chief Marketing Officer at LA-based REVOLVE, one of the largest global fashion e-commerce players. Earlier in his career, Kobie helped found OpenView Venture Partners and was an investor at Insight Venture Partners. Kobie graduated from Harvard University.