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.

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.

Brian Negron

Brian Negron

CONTENT CREATOR

Brian Negron

CONTENT CREATOR

Brian graduated from George Mason University in 2014 with a major in Sports Management. He later moved on to play professional volleyball in countries like Spain and Italy for 2 years while venturing into the world of Film and Content Creation. Brian is involved with video editing, video shooting, photography, graphic design, and more.

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.