About the Owners

TAGS Owners

Alex Pesavento

Co-Owner/Marketing Director
Former TAGS gymnast (1984 - 1994), competed through Level 9
Coached at TAGS (1996 - 2001)
Graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2006 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations
NCAA Final Four Hospitality Ambassador 2001
VISA Championship Volunteer Coordinator Assistant 2006

Don Heideman

Co-Owner/TAGS Eden Prairie Head Coach
USAG Professional Member
Former Competitive Gymnast
Coach of former USAG State, Regional & J.O. National Medalists
Coach of college athletic scholarship recipients
Served on the MN USAG State Board for Women’s Gymnastics for 10 years

Tony Aretz

Co-Owner/TAGS South Boys Team Head Coach
USAG Professional Member
Former competitive TAGS gymnast – State All-around Champion in 1993
Jr. National Development Team Coach 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09
Jr. National Team Coach 2010-2011, 2011-2012
Coach of 2 time Level 9 Jr. National Team Member, 3 Future Stars National Team Members & multiple individual State & Regional Champions
Region IV Boys Team Coach 2006-2016
State Championship Teams – Level 5 2003, Level 9 2010, Level 10 2011, Level 8 2013
Previous USAG State Clinician
Graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2005 with a degree in Entrepreneurship

TAGS Founders

Julia Thompson

Founder
Founded TAGS in 1977 with Greg Aretz Over 40 years of coaching experience at all levels Inducted into the University of Minnesota’s Gymnastics Hall of Fame for Lifetime Service in 2002 Former USAG National Safety Certifier, State Chairman & National Board of Directors member Coach of former Sate, Regional and National Champions & Judged for over 10 years 1989 USA Championship Local Coordinator & 1991 International Special Olympics Gymnastics Commissioner 2006 & 2011 VISA Championship Volunteer Coordinator Co-chair of the University of Minnesota Gymnastics Foundation 2011-Present Current member of the USAG Business Advisory Board

Greg Aretz

Founder
Founded TAGS in 1977 with Julia Thompson Inducted into the University of Minnesota’s Gymnastics Hall of Fame for Lifetime Service in 2002 Former AAI & Tiffin equipment representative for Minnesota gymnastics clubs and high schools. 1982-2009 Designed each TAGS facility and manages both TAGS properties