John Stangle is a former president of the AYYA and owner of YO-topia Toys. John lives in Florida and his nickname is "Pookie Yo". In 2002 Stangle won the The National Achievement Award at the US National Yo-Yo Museum during the US National Yo-Yo Contest for his efforts to improve and positively influences the sport and the industry of yo-yoing. In 1997 John Stangle placed First in the Advanced Division of the World YO-YO Championships in Pittsburgh, PA. winning the title of "First Place Advanced Division World YO-YO Champion".