EDGE TEAM

Meet Your MAIA EDGE Team

Mike Metzger

Mike Metzger

Lead Consultant of Martial Arts Industry Association

Mike Metzger

Lead Consultant of Martial Arts Industry Association

Mike Metzger started training in the martial arts in 1983. After many years of training, he opened his first school at the age of 17. He eventually opened two more schools before merging with Frank Silverman, where they run 10 schools in the Central Florida area. Mr. Metzger is also the Lead Consultant for MAIA (Martial Arts Industry Association) and has helped schools around the world maximize their profitability and revenue through his business systems and tools.

Frank Silverman

Frank Silverman

Executive Director of Martial Arts Industry Association

Frank Silverman

Executive Director of Martial Arts Industry Association

In addition to being the Executive Director of MAIA, Silverman is the owner and operator of 10 martial arts schools in the Orlando area. He is also the author of Business is Business: Passion and Profit in the Martial Arts Arts Industry. He has helped hundreds of martial arts school across the world turn their passion of martial arts into a fruitful and long lasting career.

Michael Perri

Michael Perri

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Perri

Chief Operating Officer

Michael has been training in the Martial Arts since he was 7 years old and has been involved in the teaching and business side of it since 1995. After many years of running martial arts schools as an instructor and manager, Mr. Perri now helps with systems implementation and creating the content for the MAIA Edge website with Mr. Metzger and the rest of the Licensing team.

Jake Metcalf

Jake Metcalf

Creative Director

Jake Metcalf

Creative Director

Jake has a broad background of experience and education from University of Central Florida. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on Graphic Design. Jake has been a professional Graphic Designer since 2007​ and oversees ​all marketing and advertising for MaiaEdge.com.

Nick Peterman

Nick Peterman

Master Trainer

Nick Peterman

Master Trainer

Nick started training in the martial arts in 1988 and has been teaching martial arts since 1994. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration for Marketing from the University of Central Florida. As a part of the MAIA Edge licensing team, Nick is involved with instructor training, curriculum development, and marketing.

Shelby Kirkland

Shelby Kirkland

Social Media Director

Shelby Kirkland

Social Media Director

Shelby Kirkland is a graduate from the Nicholson Communications School at the University of Central Florida. She has experience in Marketing Communications, Social Media, and Graphic Design. Shelby has brought a fresh perspective to the MAIA Edge licensing team. Her responsibilities include providing social media content and guidance to the MAIA Edge members.

Ernie pallesco

Ernie pallesco

Licensing Operations Manager

Ernie pallesco

Licensing Operations Manager

Ernie pallesco started his martial arts journey in the early 80’s as a young man in Baltimore, MD. His passion for the arts propelled him to eventually helping run one of the largest martial arts organizations in the northeast. After relocating to Florida to help open more locations, he then ventured out to open a school of his own. Ernie’s vast experience in the martial arts industry drew the attention of the Mr. Mike Metzger and he then joined the Championship Martial Arts team as a District Manager. Now, as a part of the MAIA Team, his knowledge and expertise is accessible for all MAIA Edge members to help grow their schools as well.