Jake Burton Named To USSA Foundation Board

PARK CITY, Utah (Feb. 26) ¿ Three of America’s top corporate leaders — Honorable Jack Kemp, Founder and Co-Director of Empower America; Ken Lay, Chairman & CEO of Enron, and Jake Burton Carpenter, President & Founder of Burton Snowboards — were named to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation board of trustees, officials said Monday.

“We are honored to have these three join our board and add their business talents and enthusiasm for snow sports,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team President & CEO Bill Marolt. “They bring a great magnitude of expertise that will help us reach our goal of being the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding. To be to be the best, you need the best, and they are a wonderful addition to those that already serve on our board.”

A professional football star for 13 years, Honorable Jack Kemp is the founder and co-director of Empower America, a Washington-based think tank that focuses on education reform, technology policy, tax reform, social security reform and national defense. Kemp received the Republican Party’s nomination for Vice President in 1996, was the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Bush Administration and represented Buffalo, NY as a Congressman for 18 years. Kemp also serves on the boards of several technology companies including Oracle and Proxicom.

Kenneth L. Lay has been chairman and chief executive officer of Enron, one of the world’s leading electricity, natural gas and communications companies, since 1986 when Houston Natural Gas and InterNorth, Inc. merged. The company, based in Houston, TX, has revenues of $101 billion. Lay was an officer in the U.S. Navy and Deputy Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Interior. Lay has been named twice by Business Week as one of the “Top 25 Managers” and listed as one of the “Top 50 Best CEOs” by Financial Intelligence. He serves on several boards including Compaq Computer Corporation, Eli Lilly and Company and several nonprofits.

Jake Burton Carpenter is president and founder of Burton Snowboards and is credited with the birth of modern day snowboarding when in 1977 he left Manhattan and started the first snowboard factory from a farm in Vermont. His entrepreneurial spirit lead to Burton Snowboards, an industry leader in snowboard equipment with boards sold in more than 30 countries by approximately 4,000 specialty retail shops. Carpenter’s input and interest in athletes has been a key factor in the sport’s progression.

Kemp, Lay and Carpenter join other U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation trustees like Michael Bloomberg, President & Founder, Bloomberg Financial Markets; William Esrey, Chairman & CEO, Sprint; Dr. Bob Arnot, Correspondent, NBC News; and Sky Dayton, Founder & Chairman, Earthlink. The board is responsible for directing support of thousands of aspiring world-class skiers and boarders involved in athletic programs of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation is the non-profit, fund raising arm of the Teams. It 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 Team receives no federal funding or subsidy moneys and operates solely through the private donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

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 USSA is to make the USA the best in world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding, providing development and elite racing programs.