Founder & President
Huifen Chan is the founder and president of 888 Table Tennis. Under her leadership, 888 TT has become a preeminent table tennis facility in the United States, a destination for national players competing at the highest levels.
With a vision beyond elite competition, Chan created the Burlingame facility to include a world class community center for young athletes and adults to learn the sport of table tennis and advance their education in math and science.
Chan has spent the last twenty years advocating for students, investing in programs like BUILD.org to propel students to success in the classroom and beyond. When the unknowns of the pandemic led to the cancellation of many internships in 2020, Chan co-founded an innovation fellowship through Stanford University to create new opportunities for entrepreneurship.
As a company leader, Chan was previously the CEO at Perfect Bridal, one of the first companies to introduce customizable retail for the digital age. Prior to that, Chan led product teams for companies like eBay and Mark Logic.
Chan currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Asian Art Museum, and was a former trustee on the board of the California Academy of Sciences for six years.
Chan holds an MBA from Stanford University and bachelor’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering, and math and computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Bitzigeio is one of the most credentialed directors and coaches in Europe and the Americas, providing sports management and high-level coaching in table tennis. Bitzigeio became the youngest National Team Head Coach and Olympic Team Coach at the age of 28. He established Europe’s strongest training group in female table tennis that resulted in a Bronze medal at the 2010 World Team Championships, the first for Germany’s Women’s team since 1997. Committed to developing young players, Bitzigeio later took on the position of the Youth Head Coach. During his tenure, he led several players to win several titles at European Championships and Europe Top 12 in Adult, Junior and Cadet.
In 2017, Bitzigeio was recruited to be the High Performance Director by USA Table Tennis to structure elite training and development. He succeeded in getting a player to No.1 ranking in U18 World Ranking and 3 players to Top 30 Adult World Ranking. Under his leadership, US men’s team won a Gold medal in the 2019 Pan Am Games, and a Bronze medal at the 2018 Youth Olympics Games. These successes were unprecedented in US table tennis history. Bitzigeio is excited to take on a new challenge in leading 888 Table Tennis Center to become an internationally renowned training center for elite athletes.
Kaye is a household name in the table tennis community. He was the Managing Director of Product Innovation for the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), where he spearheaded the organization’s efforts to grow the popularity and professionalism of Table Tennis globally. Prior to the ITTF, Kaye served as the CEO of USA Table Tennis and President of ITTF North America from 2014 – 2018.
Before finding table tennis, Gordon had a successful career in professional sports and facility management, most recently as the General Manager of the BMO Harris Bank Center (Rockford, IL) and AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, where he lead business operations of the team and the operations of the 7,000 seat multipurpose venue, earning AHL Executive of the Year honors in the 2013-2014 season. Under his leadership, the team and facility saw unprecedent growth, setting annual attendance records nearly every year. He was instrumental in negotiating the landmark naming rights deal for the facility with BMO Harris Bank, the first such partnership in its 30-year history.
During his 30 years in professional sports, Kaye held senior leadership positions in professional hockey, facility management with ASM Global (the largest sports and entertainment venue operator in the world), and the National Basketball Association. Kaye is a member of the Reading Royals (ECHL) Wall of Honor.
An avid table tennis player, Kaye is a graduate of Hamilton College (NY), and also holds masters degrees from Indiana University and Columbia University.
Marketing & Events
Batinovich was the majority owner and managing partner of LumberJax, a franchise in the National Lacrosse League. This accomplishment at the age of 24 made her the youngest owner in major professional sports. She was also named NLL Executive of the Year in 2006. Under her leadership, the team reached the playoffs in three of the four seasons, including a trip to the championship game in 2008.
From 2011 to 2014, Angela served first as the COO, and then CEO, of the San Francisco Bulls professional hockey team, leading all business and marketing efforts of the team. Among her other professional accomplishments, Batinovich was the founder and owner of “Bat’s Daughter,” a line of women’s clothing.
Batinovich holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and Business Law from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Chairman of the Board
Botha leads Sequoia Capital for US and Europe. He serves on the boards of MongoDB, Eventbrite, Evernote, Bird, Ethos, Natera, Square, Unity and 23andMe. He led the funding for YouTube when it was just 3 people, and sat on the board until it was acquired by Google. Botha has been named on the Forbes Midas List 13 times.
Prior to Sequoia, Botha was the CFO at PayPal, taking the company public in 2002.
Botha earned a BSc in Actuarial Science, Economics, and Statistics from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Botha is an enthusiastic table tennis player and can be spotted frequently in the halls of 888 Table Tennis Center playing league or taking lessons.
Bates is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genesys. He leads the company’s strategy, direction and operations in more than 100 countries and oversees a global team of more than 5,000 employees.
Bates has decades of experience steering business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies through major market transitions and rapid scaling. Career highlights include leading Cisco’s Service Provider business, growing its Enterprise and Commercial division to more than $20 billion in annual revenue and serving as CEO of Skype, where he was responsible for expanding the business to over 170 million connected users. Once Skype was acquired by Microsoft, Bates became president where he was responsible for unified communications before serving as executive vice president of business development and developers.
In addition to his role at Genesys, Bates continues to serve on the board of directors at both VMWare and eBay.
Bates is also a passionate table tennis player. He loves duking it out with Botha and won first place in his company table tennis tournament.
One of the most well respected and beloved table tennis athletes of all-time, Ryu won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics, beating top-seeded Wang Hao (China). Along the way, he defeated 1992 Olympic champion Jan-Ove Waldner. At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics he was part of the South Korean team that won the bronze and silver medals respectively.
After from professional table tennis in 2016, Ryu became a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), he was a member and Chair of the Athletes’ Commission of the South Korean National Olympic Committee from 2016 to 2019, and currently serves as the IOC’s representative to the ITTF Executive Committee. Ryu was instrumental in Korea’s bid to secure the rights to the 2020 ITTF World Championships in Busan.
Kogler is the CEO of PINGPOD (https://pingpod.com), a New York-based start up whose mission is to activate neighborhoods by using technology and an easy, seamless and affordable customer experience. In doing so, the PINGPOD-network aims to elevate the sport of Table Tennis. From beginners to experts, the PINGPOD-network is designed to take people on the journey from Ping Pong to Table Tennis, helping them stay active by promoting a healthy and fun experience next door! As CEO, Kogler is responsible for overall Strategy and Execution.
Max is also the founder and CEO of Kognico, a management consultant firm and the former COO/CFO of Super Soccer Stars. He has a track record of successfully building and managing organizations in sports and media, education, finance and technology.
As COO/CFO of Super Soccer Stars Max oversaw an organization with close to 100,000 players and 800 employees world-wide. Max has a dual undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, a Masters of Advanced Studies from Cambridge University and an MBA from Stanford.
Kogler is a competitive table tennis player, playing in major tournaments around the United States.