Meet John Bardis
John Bardis began wrestling at age 10, and went on to become a high school
wrestler in Illinois, taking second in the Illinois state
championships, as well as capturing state freestyle and Greco-Roman titles. Bardis also captured a Junior National title in Greco-Roman.
Bardis began his college wrestling career at the Univ. of Wisconsin, where he competed as a freshman, then transferred to the Univ. of Arizona, where he became a WAC conference champion and wrestled at the NCAA Championships while completing a degree in business. In 1976, he won a Regional Olympic Trials event, and went on to place third at the Olympic Trials in Greco-Roman.
Throughout his adult life, Bardis has supported wrestling in many ways. He has helped sponsor a number of individual athletes who have competed at the national and Olympic levels. Bardis also organized and sponsored numerous activities for the wrestling community during the 1995 World Championships and the 1996 Olympics that were held in nearby Atlanta, GA. He also attended the summer Olympics in Beijing as team director of the U.S. Olympic wrestling squad.
Bardis is the owner of the Alpharetta Family Skate Center, D.B.A. "The Cooler", in 1988, where his three children — two boys and a girl — spent many hours with their dad and mom, Judy. In those years, John helped push the ice hockey, figure skating and volleyball programs that grew to become the nationally recognized programs they are today.
Professionally, Bardis is the founder of MedAssets of Alpharetta, GA. He and his wife, Judy are also involved in many area charitable organizations, most recently helping to establish the "Hire Heroes USA" veterans' assistance program.