About Us

Our History

About Us: Mason's daughter and friends with their first ribbonsA few years ago, our founder’s young kids joined the neighborhood summer league swim team. Shortly thereafter Mason’s wife volunteered him for the position of “Computer Guy.” Being an experienced software engineer and a year-round and high school swimmer in his younger days, Mason thought, “Sure, how hard can it be?” But he soon learned the answer was, “Very hard!” His team was using painfully antiquated team management software — running on a team laptop that was passed around from one volunteer to another.

Determined to save time and frustration for himself and the other volunteers, Mason developed an online system to manage his swim team. Over several seasons Mason added new capabilities, the system evolved, and soon other teams in the area were asking if they could use it too.

During the spring and summer of 2010, Mason’s original system, created for just his team, was completely rewritten and revamped into what would become SwimTopia. Drawing from his experience building software to support some of the highest traffic websites on the internet, Mason designed this new system to leverage the scalability and security of cloud computing technology. In February 2011, SwimTopia opened its doors and made its first sales.

From these early beginnings, our product continues to evolve and our company continues to grow. Our core mission is to make software that is intuitive and easy to use. Fueled by our vision to make running a swim team LESS WORK and MORE FUN, SwimTopia has grown to support hundreds of teams from around the world, and our product has expanded to provide features and a mobile app that make life easier for swim parents and coaches everywhere.

Our Team

Mason Hale
Mason Hale
CEO & Founder

Mason has been leading teams creating innovative software products for more than 15 years. He was Chief Technology Officer at OneSpot and Chief Technologist at Frog Design, where he created web and software solutions for clients including Microsoft, HP, Dell, Motorola, SAP, Disney and T-Mobile (among others). Mason was a year-round swimmer and captain of his high school swim team and has been an active volunteer for his neighborhood summer league swim team for the past 14 years.

Chris Bonser, VP of Engineering
Chris Bonser
VP, Engineering

Chris loves leading teams to build software which delights its users. He discovered his affinity for code while creating software for semiconductor test equipment. He has been the solo developer for shoestring budget startups and the project lead for multi-million dollar projects at a Fortune 500 company. Chris is a former collegiate swimmer who still holds his high school 100 Butterfly record. He volunteers as a stroke and turn judge for his kid’s summer league team.

Elli Overton
Elli Overton
Director, Sales & Marketing

Elli is a three-time Australian Olympic Swimmer, and graduate of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.  In the years prior to joining SwimTopia, she ran her own business providing swim instruction to adults and kids and coached summer league swimming for 4 seasons. Elli authored a children’s book for young swimmers called Jay’s Swimming Journey. She also volunteered as Meet Director and Merchandise Coordinator for her kids’ summer swim team.

Tracy Nelson
Tracy Nelson
Director, Customer Success

At SwimTopia Tracy combines her previous experience as a business owner, manager, and consultant with her love of swimming. Helping ensure the success of SwimTopia’s customers, Tracy oversees the Customer Happiness team and Help Center, and is instrumental in onboarding and training customers. Tracy also coaches both summer and year-round swimming, and has been a swim mom and volunteer for 15 years. Tracy has supported her daughter’s progression from summer swimming in kinder to NCAA swimming today.

Lorin Rivers
Lorin Rivers
Senior Customer Happiness Specialist
Paige Hansen
Paige Hansen
Customer Happiness Specialist
Nikki Worley
Nikki Worley
Billing Specialist,
Customer Happiness Specialist


Joel Trammell
CEO, Khorus
Chairman Emeritus,
Austin Technology Council
Co-founder & Managing Partner,
Lone Rock Technology Group


Bryan Jones
Founder/Managing Director,
Strive & Solve Ventures
Mikey Trafton
Director, Capital Factory
Nate Pruitt
Winery Owner, Business Advisor,
Inbound Marketing Consultant

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