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IPF 1st Vice President

Carl Burnett

1st Vice President

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1st Vice President’s Role

The IPF 1st Vice President oversees and manages five key programs of the IPF, and performs additional duties as assigned. The 1st Vice President provides leadership to the Membership, Diplomat, Marketing and Public Relations, Technology, and Competitive Events programs. A high priority for the IPF 1st Vice President is to ensure countries are being actively recruited for membership. To accomplish this primary objective the 1st Vice President oversees the development and utilizations of country diplomats. The facilitate a cohesive message the 1st Vice President also oversees the marketing program. To additional support the operations of the federation the technology support of the federation will be overseen by the 1st Vice President. Along with the 2nd Vice President the 1st Vice President will coordinate and collaborate the ensure all global competitive event are programmed and provided with oversight by the 1st Vice President.


Carl M. Burnett is a serial entrepreneur. Mr. Burnett is the 1st Vice President of the International Pickleball Federation Inc. (IPF). Mr. Burnett is the architect of the International Pickleball Consortium of companies. He was the President and founder of the Washington Area Pickleball Players Association (WAPPA), which the IPF acquired in January 2023. Mr. Burnett is a USA Pickleball (USAP) Ambassador and Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) coach.

Mr. Burnett was previously a management consultant and project manager with Booz Allen Hamilton and General Dynamic Information Technology (GDIT).

Mr. Burnett was the CEO and founder of Geocode-LA, Inc. He is an inventor with several patents in geospatial technologies, software copyrights, and geospatial trademarks for geospatial information management technologies. The patented Geocode® algorithm is a standard essential patent (SEP) for the utilization of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) RFC 6225: Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Option for Coordinate-Based Location Configuration Information (LCI). The IETF DHCP LCI provides the Latitude, Longitude, and Altitude metadata for any virtual location on a telecommunications network, including the Internet. The Geocode® algorithm is also a SEP for the utilization of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Unique Material Identifier (SMPTE 330M UMID) and Material Exchange Format (MXF) which are metadata containers used to provide ancillary digital media information inside and outside media production environments. He has been a member of the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), the U.S. national standards authority, and a U.S. Representative to the International Standard Organization (ISO) standardization bodies.

Mr. Burnett is also a certified nonprofit specialist from He is certified in Nonprofit Fundraising, Financial Management, and Executive Board Membership.

CW4 (Ret) Carl M. Burnett was the National President of the United States Army Warrant Officers Association (USAWOA) from 1984 – 1986. In 2019 CWO Burnett became charter member #9 of the 1918 Society. Mr. Burnett is also a member of the National Association of Minority Veterans (NAMVETS) and a Life Member of the U.S. Army Engineer Association (AEA), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and American Veterans (AMVETS). Mr. Burnett retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after 22 years of service and was a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) certified Third Class Nuclear Reactor Operator.

He has been an instructor for the Wounded Warrior Program at Central Texas College at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. D.C., and a practitioner faculty member at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School. Mr. Burnett is also a part-time faculty associate for the Montgomery County Community College, Information Technology Institute, and Workforce Development and Continuing Education program. Mr. Burnett is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Science in Information and Telecommunication Systems.

Mr. Burnett’s passion is being an architect of new organizations based on pioneering technology that creates new markets. He is an avid pickleball player.

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