Trendsetter to Know: Richelle Nassos, Founder of CRUSH Pickleball

Name: Richelle Nassos

Instagram: @crush_pickleball



Age: Soon to be 53 in March

Title: Founder

Married/Single: Married

Kids: Three amazing boys, Cody, Luke and Joey; actually 5 if you count my husband and our dog.

City you live in: Cave Creek

A typical day in my life includes… a ton of work and pickleball, but that’s a start-up for you.

I was born… in Arizona. Yes, I am a true native.

Favorite thing about Arizona… the weather and sunsets.

I’m listening to… anything positive, nothing specific. I don’t read that much unless it’s health related or the Bible (which I need to do more of). I am very careful what I listen to or watch. You can’t unhear or unsee negative things… guard your heart always.

My family… is everything to me.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Jesus.

One thing I cannot live without… my faith, my health and my family.

When I was younger I wanted to be… a teacher.

I’m inspired by… really no one honestly, hope that doesn’t sound bad; my parents were an inspiration growing up, always doing right by people and so willing to help others but now I beat to my own drum.

The person/people who motivate(s) me is/are… I am not motivated by anyone. I am truly self-motivated I guess, a good formula for entrepreneur life.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… for there to be more kindness and understanding.

The perfect day would be… less hours in the office, more in nature, listening to my children laugh, watching my husband smile, taking big deep breaths, and just taking in the world around me.

My first job was… serving frozen yogurt, I was good at it.

My favorite escape… the cold plunge followed by infrared sauna.

My life… is a blessing.

I’m currently working on… a new business and touching lives.

Always… be kind.

Never… be mean; unless in harms way or as a good Italian mom would say, “if you mess with my kids.”

Favorite Quote… “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible,” (Matthew 19:26)

Biggest Dream… I have everything I need honestly – would love a little home with more land up north some day.

My Pet Peeve(s)… gosh too many to write, don’t hate on me…..but here we go, leaving the fridge open, not shutting doors, dirty counters, lights left on (bothering me less lately), dirty cars (especially inside), eating with your mouth open, negative talk, leaving water running when you aren’t using it, toilet seat up, being mean, the news when it’s fake, politics when they become divisive, excuses, when people don’t look at you when you are talking, TV being left on to just have noise….. no one is going to buy paddles now. HA!

Bio-on yourself/company: CRUSH pickleball officially launched in Sept. 2023 with my dear husband and business partner Pete Nassos and co-owner, pickleball pro Brett Warner. My Name is Richelle Nassos – I am one of the owners of CRUSH, but my favorite job is being a mother to my three boys, and a wife to my husband.

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