Nadav Minkin

Nadav Minkin

Owner

About Nadav

Nadav grew up in Southern Maine and spent most of his free time enjoying the great outdoors. He developed a passion for climbing while hiking mountains and adventuring off trail to explore cliff faces. Nadav went on to college at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI where he earned a bachelors degree in Business management and there met Lary Norin, his gym business partner. After over 15 years in business Nadav still loves going to work everyday and is dedicated to growing the climbing industry through the expansion of Rock Spot Climbing throughout New England and beyond. You can email him at Nadav{at}Rockspotclimbing.com.

Lary Norin

Lary Norin

Owner

About Lary

Born in the Chicago area, Lary’s family soon moved to the Northern, NY suburbs where he grew up in Rockland County. Lary developed his passion for climbing in an area with the word “rock” in the name, but where climbing was largely prohibited. In the early 90’s, Lary’s “home” climbing spot was the Shawangunks, A.K.A. the “Gunks” where he climbed many classic routes. It was around this time that he first tried ice climbing in the Catskills and found a second love. Lary attended Johnson and Wales University where he earned a degree in Food Service Management and met his gym business partner, Nadav. While owning Rock Spot Climbing he’s had the chance to climb in classic spots including Squamish, all over CO, and Red River Gorge. If Lary isn’t working in one of our gyms, you can bet he’s out salt water fishing (he’s been known on occasion to bring in fresh caught sushi to share!) He resides in Cumberland with wife Stephanie, and their son Fredy. Lary can be contacted at Lary{at}Rockspotclimbing.com.

Kat Waterhouse

Kat Waterhouse

Director of Marketing & Special Events

About Kat

Kat was introduced to climbing by her father, pretty much as soon as she could walk. Growing up Kat climbed at various spots in NH, MA and ME, eventually trying indoor climbing when a gym was built in Portland, ME. As an event designer for many years, Kat retained a passion for climbing, and could be found in the gym or at the crag in any spare time she had. In 2007, Kat joined Rock Spot Climbing (then RI Rock Gym) as part time floor staff and came on board full time in 2009.
Kat is currently the Director of Marketing and Special Events here at Rock Spot Climbing. She organizes all of our competitions and member events, newsletters, and manages a dynamic marketing team. Her passion for rock climbing, and introducing new climbers to the sport is what fuels her every day. Originally from Scarborough, Maine, Kat now resides in Warwick, RI with her dog Abby and Partner in Crime Vic. Kat bounces between all of our locations, but you can email her at K.waterhouse{at}Rockspotclimbing.com.

Mike (Mig) Dominguez

Mike (Mig) Dominguez

Head Route Setter/ Director of Wall Design

About Mike

Born and raised in Campbell – CA, Mike (A.K.A Mig) began his illustrious climbing career at the wee age of 13, after tagging along on a last-minute camping trip to Yosemite. Although Mike didn’t climb during that first trip, he knew that when he returned home to the Bay area he wanted to learn how. With John Long’s “How to Rock Climb” in tow, Mike began developing his skills on local crags and boulders near his home. Since then, Mike has climbed at many of America’s hotspots, including Yosemite, Red Rocks, Heuco, and Bishop.

Although he’s experienced in traditional and sport climbing, Mike’s true passion lies with bouldering. He enjoys its simplicity and how it reconnects him to the excitement he felt all those years ago when he was first learning.

In 1994 an indoor climbing gym sprung up near his house. It was here that Mike learned to set routes and he did so for two years before heading off to college in Lake Tahoe. In Tahoe, Mike welcomed many more climbing opportunities, including the chance to teach multiple climbing courses with the late “great” Dan Osman.

After college, life lead Mike to the east coast, where he had a hand in building a climbing gym. With climbing, design, and route setting skills he came to Rock Spot in 2010, where he currently works as Head Setter and Director of Wall Design. Most recently he has had an integral part in designing some of the walls for the new gyms in Peace Dale, RI and South Boston, MA. Email Mig at M.Dominguez{at}Rockspotclimbing.com

Kelsey Moore

Kelsey Moore

Director of Youth Programs

About Kelsey

Although Kelsey was born and raised in NY, just across the Hudson River from the Gunks, Kelsey did not discover the world of climbing until she packed up and moved north for college. While receiving a degree in Recreation & Leisure studies and Biology with a concentration in Outdoor Education she was keyed into the world of climbing. Although she had experienced the indoor climbing world a few times in high school, this new and exciting world of outdoor climbing really stuck with her.

After graduation Kelsey’s personal love for the outdoors was with paired with her passion for equipping and empowering youth through many adventurous avenues. In 2011, after leading guided trips for inner-city youth and directing ropes courses throughout the Northeast Kelsey came to work for Rock Spot. In 2012, she joined the corporate team as our Youth Program Director and has been working hard to grow the passion of Outdoor Education in our youth ever since. During her time at Rock Spot Kelsey’s passion for climbing has continued to grow, enjoying not only personal trips, but those where she can support and travel with our youth.

Kelsey can be contacted at K.Moore{at}Rockspotclimbing.com.

Brandon Willsie

Brandon Willsie

Director of Operations

About Brandon

Brandon has been climbing since high school. He’s had the opportunity to hang out on Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire, boulder at Horse Pen’s 40 in Alabama and get in touch with some sandstone and basalt in Utah and Alabama. Brandon loves climbing for the vertical movement and spending time off the ground. He also love sharing stories and knowledge of the sport with other climbers new and old. As the Director of Operations for Rock Spot Climbing he works with his team of employees to best serve the climbing community in Southern New England. You can reach Brandon at B.Willsie{at}Rockspotclimbing.com.

Paul Heppner

Paul Heppner

Retail Manager/Buyer

About Paul

Born and raised in Reno, NV, Paul grew up climbing in the surrounding areas such as Lake Tahoe and Bishop. After working and volunteering in the Reno climbing scene for seven years, Paul started working for Rock Spot Climbing in 2013.

As Retail Buyer for the company, travelling for trade shows, taking sneak peaks at new climbing gear, and stocking the shops is all in a days work. If you have questions about gear or are looking to place an order for something we don’t carry in-store, Paul is your man. Get a hold of him at p.heppner{at}rockspotclimbing.com!