PARK CITY, UT (March 25) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation announced Thursday the addition of seven new members to its Board of Trustees. The new Trustees are John Bloomberg, Craig T. Brown, Kenneth Gart, Bing Gordon, Scot Jarvis, Dennis Keller and Daniel E. Waters. This addition brings the Board to its maximum total of 60.
“Undoubtedly we have the most enthusiastic board and an energized nominating committee which did a great job identifying individuals with a great level of interest in supporting our Team on its path to be Best in the World in 2006,” said Trisha Worthington, Foundation vice president. The seven new members joining the Board of Trustees are: ¿
John Bloomberg – A skier himself, Bloomberg was the 2001 U.S. Masters super G national champion and 2002 NASTAR national champ. He is a graduate of Amherst and Harvard Business School, and spent 20 years in the New York financial world. Bloomberg was a founder and board member of Ballard Medical Products in Salt Lake City, and in 1993 founded Bricoleur Partners in San Diego, a $1.1 billion hedge fund where he was senior partner and chairman of the board until his retirement in 1999. Currently he is a board member for the John Moran Eye Center, home of the Bloomberg library. He and his wife Toni divide their time between Park City and La Jolla, Calif. ¿
Craig D. Brown – For the past 23 years, Brown has been a key participant in the globalization of the advertising industry, most recently as president and COO of Bcom3 Group, an advertising and communications services holding company. A Michigan State graduate and a certified public accountant, Brown recently founded Keelers Ridge Associates, a private equity and consulting firm. As an advocate for young people, he serves on the boards of directors of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the MSU Foundation and was formerly the National Board Chairman for “Just Say No, International.” Brown lives with his wife Vicki and three children in Wilton, Conn.¿
Kenneth Gart – Since graduating from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1982, Gart has spent the bulk of his career in the sporting goods industry. From 1983 to 1992, he served as president of Gart Bros. Sporting Goods Company in Denver, CO. Since 1992 Gart has been president of Specialty Sports, Inc., which operates over 100 specialty ski and outdoor shops primarily in Colorado. Gart is involved in several civic organizations in Colorado, serving on the board of directors for the Colorado Conservation Trust, Denver Area Council Boy Scouts of America and Telluride Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. ¿
Bing Gordon – As co-founder of Electronic Arts, a leading independent developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for personal computers and advanced entertainment systems, Bing Gordon is considered one of the most experienced entertainment software marketing executives in the industry. Gordon currently serves as chief creative officer and executive vice president of EA, and plays a key role in providing counsel to marketing and development teams as well as studio producers to ensure EA’s games are the most creative and innovative on the market. Gordon is a graduate of Yale University and holds a masters from Stanford. He lives in Redwood City, Calif. ¿
Scot Jarvis – Skiing has been in Scot Jarvis’ blood since he was a toddler learning to ski at Crystal Mtn., Wash. He even taught skiing at Jack Nagel Ski School from 1976-’80 while attending college at the University of Washington. Jarvis is the co-founder and member of Cedar Grove Partners, LLC, a private investment company, and Cedar Grove Investments, LLC. He also is co-founder and chairman of Slingshot Sports, LLC, a kite board company. Prior to founding his current businesses, Jarvis was vice president of acquisitions and development for McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. Jarvis lives with his wwife Kristen and their three children in Sammamish, Wash.¿
Dennis Keller – As chairman and co-chief executive officer of DeVry Inc., Keller is deeply involved in education. DeVry Inc. serves more than 96,000 students in 45 countries with associate, baccalaureate, master and doctoral degree programs and professional certification exam preparation. Keller also co-founded Keller Graduate School of Management in 1973, and is a member of the board of trustees for Princeton University (his alma mater, where he was a National Merit Scholar) and the University of Chicago (where he received his master’s in business administration as a Graduate School of Business Fellow). Keller, who with his wife Connie lives in Oak Brook, Ill., and has three sons and two and 2/3 grandchildren. ¿
Daniel E. Waters – Currently a partner at FrontPoint Partners, a hedge fund management firm, Daniel E. Waters has worked in the financial sector for the majority of his career. Previously, Waters spent 10 years at Morgan Stanley as managing director and head of the wealth management services and client strategy group. Before starting with Morgan Stanley, he was vice president of sales and marketing for UNUM Corporation in New York City. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard Business School, where he currently participates in alumni fundraising. He lives with his wife Victoria and their three children in Greenwich, Conn.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation is the nonprofit fundraising arm of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. The Foundation was incorporated in 1964 as the 501(c)3 organization to raise money to support year-round athlete training, development, competition and educational needs. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams receive no federal funding or subsidy moneys and operate solely through private donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee to develop and prepare U.S. athletes for national and international competition, including the Olympic Games. The vision of the USSA is to make the United States of America the Best in the World in Olympic skiing and snowboarding by 2006.