WSC Team



Co-Owner / Founder / Head Coach

Tom Mitchell, Ph.D. has spent his adult life coaching and teaching others how to discover their unique, greatness within. His passion for exploring the boundaries of performance excellence began as an athlete in his native Pennsylvania. His avid study of sport psychology, motivation, and leadership, has led Tom to a richly varied career as a college coach and professor, motivational speaker, NBA sport psychology counselor, business coach and team building consultant.

Using many of the mental training practices that are found in athletics, he skillfully integrates sport psychology principles into business. Speaking passionately about the intangibles or "soft skills" found in highly successful teams and leaders, Tom teaches us how to practice these intangibles and create a winning culture.

Based on these success principals and proven practices, Tom co-founded Winning Spirit Coach Franchise as well as MVP Performance Institute, bring his speaking and coaching to a wider audience.

In 2005, Tom and  NFL legend Joe Montana, co-authored an Amazon #1 Best Seller, "The Winning Spirit, Sixteen Timeless Principles that Drive Performance Excellence". He also co-authored "Winning Spirit Basketball" with NBA Hall of Famer, Chris Mullin.


Ralph Panttaja

Co-Owner / COO

Ralph Panttaja and Tom Mitchell’s relationship began 30 years ago.  Ralph was a high school senior and Tom was the basketball coach for Santa Rosa Junior College.  After a competitive shooting game and noticing a common drive and passion for the game, Ralph chose to play for Coach Mitchell.  As a sophomore, he was team captain and lead his team to a conference championship, earning a scholarship to play basketball at Western Colorado University.


Professionally, Ralph spent 22 years with Golden State Lumber, one of the largest privately owned building materials suppliers in the country. As vice president of operations, he was tasked with the direct responsibility of running one of the highest producers of revenue of any single building material supply facility. 


As an investor and entrepreneur, Ralph has owned commercial real estate in California, Idaho, Tennessee, and Utah, including office buildings, retail centers, and apartments.


In addition to real estate, Ralph owns 4 businesses, focusing on business financing, commercial real estate financing, business brokering, franchising, and executive coaching.


In 2012, Ralph co-founded National Academy of Athletics, out of his love for sports and kids. The National Academy of Athletics runs well over 250 youth sports camps per year.


Ralph has been happily married for 22 years and loves being a father of his 5 children. He has found great joy in coaching them and other young athletes, sharing with them his passion for sports and life lessons that are learned through competition and teamwork.



 Director of  Media Content & Production

Originally from San Francisco, Carmen grew up as a competitive figure skater and ballet dancer. She now works as a professional singer and actor in both New York and California. Her body of artistic work includes many leading roles in musicals, short films, commercials, web-series, voice overs, concerts, and professional ice shows.

Carmen performed as a principal skater on a National Tour of Disney on Ice where she debuted the role of the “Live Host”.
Carmen is the Founder of the non-profit Redwood Theatre Company bringing original projects and social justice pieces to the community.


She is also the co-founder for FTA Productions Company & the Director of the FTA Protest Art Series.

As Carmen pursues a career in performance, she continues to forever remain a student of the arts.