BERLIN — The town recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the sports-training company Northeast Performance Institute.
NPI is a research-level performance company for the advancement of technology-based player performance and athletic development. NPI is currently focused on golf and baseball, but plans to expand into lacrosse and other sports soon.
“Our athletes are our main hub of everything,” said Peter A. Egazarian, founder and owner of NPI. “Generally, we service all ages...We’re not focusing on just kids or just adults. We have resources that we put around our players and their families and we make this more of a community.”
After sign up, the athlete performs tests and drills.
“We’re going to develop a plan around you, what your needs are, what your family needs are, how you want to work everything,” said Nicole Gonzalez, NPI director of operations.
NPI has six locations in the state, including one at 1400 Berlin Turnpike. The company employs 22 people, with about five at the Berlin location.
Chris Edge, town economic development director, said NPI is a great addition to the town.
“We are a sports town and a firm that helps athletes to excel in their field now calls Berlin home. A wonderful match,” Edge said.
Egazarian was born and raised in Berlin and graduated from Berlin High School. He attended Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and started as a golf professional in 2001 at Hartford Golf Club.
“I’ve been highly influenced by my youth coaches,” he said. “Coaching is really a passion of mine. I was a director of golf at a private club in the Berkshires in Massachusetts prior to this, but I was not passionate about running a golf course. I resigned my position and went into this full time.”
Northeast Performance Institute is open Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays. For more information visit gonpi.org.