- Charlie HouchinCEO, Founder & Olympian
- Hayes JohnsonPresident
- Mike CurranCFO
- Adam LinkerProject Manager
After earning a gold medal at the London Olympics in the 4×200 Freestyle Relay, Charlie temporarily stepped away from the pool at the end of 2012 to lay much of the foundation for HydroXphere.
Charlie’s favorite part of the sport is the youth & parents involved in summer club swimming: HydroXphere’s mission. Charlie believes that the parent volunteers and swimmers are the heroes of summer swimming–without them, the meets would not happen!
While training full-time as well as building the HydroXphere team, Charlie traveled to Barcelona as a member of the 2013 World Championships. Representing Team USA, Houchin capped a successful post-Olympic year by winning gold in the 4×200 Freestyle Relay with Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, and Ricky Berens. The quartet of men extended Team USA’s dominance in the event to 10 consecutive years; the first victory in that stretch without Michael Phelps.
HydroXphere saw one of its first victories in 2013 when the business attracted long-time Entrepreneur Mike Curran. Mike and Charlie’s complimenting areas of knowledge and expertise successfully brought the partnership to fruition. However, it is both mens passion for serving the youth in the sport of swimming that made HydroXphere a natural fit.
Hayes has qualified for both the World Youth Championship and National Junior Team. He was a finalist at the 2009 World Championship Trials, competed in the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, and helped bring home a NCAA National Championship for the Longhorns.
Because of his performance in the water and his leadership on deck, Hayes was elected team captain of the University of Texas Men’s Swim Team. After graduating from the University of Texas with a dual degree in Sociology and Education, Hayes interned at Capital Sports and Entertainment (CSE) where he focused on marketing and sponsorship projects for Lance Armstrong.
Hayes shared his expertise and love of swimming with the Hillwood Country Club, serving as their head coach before joining the HydroXphere team. Through his eternal optimism and innovation, Hayes is thrilled to bring the ease and efficiency of Meet Central to the swimming community in order to make the best sport more accessible. When Hayes isn’t working to improve swimming, he can be found in the midst of his friends… who happen to be every person he meets. He thrives off the energy of others, making authentic human connections, and sharing his passion for swimming.
Michael spent the next five years managing the Curran Family Foundation, which he founded in 2003. During that time, he led a project to build the Triangle Aquatic Center (TAC) in Cary, North Carolina. TAC is a 72,000 square foot nonprofit public aquatic facility that opened to the communities of the Triangle in October of 2007. It is one of the largest nonprofit public aquatic facilities ever built in the country without tax funding or subsidies. Home to the TAC TITANS, a year-round USA swim team, TAC offers a 50-meter pool, a 10-lane 25-yard pool, a warm water instruction pool, and spectator seating for 1,000.
In 2009, Michael joined CAPTRUST Financial Advisors to build out a nonqualified deferred compensation consulting division. After the successful build out of the nonqualified division, Michael decided to pursue his passion for aquatic innovation with HydroXphere.
At NCSU, Adam helped the team to three straight ACC Championships as well as two fourth place finishes at the NCAA National Championships. He was a four time All-American holding the second fastest times in school history in the 1650 and 500 Freestyle. He also competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials placing 9th in the 1500 freestyle swimming a top 100 time in the world. While at NCSU, Adam stepped back into the summer swimming world, serving as head coach for the Hampton Ridge Swim Team also getting his first look at the Meet Central App.
Adam graduated in May of 2017 from NC State with a degree in Computer Science, and began an internship with HydroXphere for the summer combining his two passions: swimming and technology. After the summer, Adam decided to broaden his technology background and started working towards an Associate’s Degree in Computer Engineering. After his internship was over, Adam joined the HydroXphere team as a Project Manager to further enhance the Meet Central user experience for swim parents and volunteers nationwide.