USA Cycling Board of Directors

  
  


Steve Johnson — USA Cycling President & Chief Executive Officer

As USA Cycling’s President & Chief Executive Officer, Steve Johnson oversees all facets of the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer by the USA Cycling Board of Directors in May of 2006, Steve Johnson worked for the organization in a variety of capacities since 1999. Although a native of Portland, Oregon, Steve considers Utah his home, having lived there nearly 40 years before joining USA Cycling. With a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Utah, Steve served as a professor in his alma mater’s Exercise and Sports Science Department from 1985 to 2000 and is a former director of the school’s Human Performance Research Lab.

Following his 15-year teaching and research career, Steve came to USA Cycling as a high performance consultant in 1999 where he was responsible for developing and launching several innovative programs including the successful Under-23 Development Program and USA Cycling’s Coaching Association. He was named the organization’s Chief Operating Officer in 2000. That year, he also created the USA Cycling Development Foundation and became that establishment’s Executive Director, before being named CEO on 2006.

A former competitive cyclist himself, Steve began an amateur road racing career in 1979 that yielded eight national titles. At the Masters level, Steve won four road race national championships, three criterium championships and one time trial title. He also won a UCI Masters World Cup championship in the road race in 1987 in St. Johan, Austria – today’s equivalent of a world championship. Growing up in Utah, Steve became an avid alpine ski competitor and coach, and later served as the Director of Sports Science for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (formerly U.S. Skiing) in Park City from 1991-93. He and his wife, Kris, live in Larkspur, Colo.

Bob Stapleton — Chairman

Bob is an entrepreneur and general manager with 25 years of experience in building high performance organizations in rapidly changing and highly competitive environments. Bob’s professional career began at TRW in space technology and information systems business units, and moved quickly into the emerging wireless communications industry in 1985. With a small group of partners, Bob cofounded Western Wireless Corporation (now ALLTEL) and later Voicestream Wireless (Now T-Mobile).

In 2005, Bob founded High Road Sports, Inc., a sports management company that owned and operated Team HTC-Highroad and predecessors, which were the most successful men’s and women’s professional cycling teams in the world from 2008 through 2011. Currently, Bob is a director of World Triathlon Corporation, as well as an advisor for leading private equity firms. He holds Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees from the University of California.

Alex Nieroth — Vice Chairman

Joining the board in 2012, Alex Nieroth was most recently a Principal at Team Epic/Velocity, one of the leading sports and entertainment marketing services companies in the US, a firm he co-founded in 1999. He started his corporate employment in Brand Management Marketing at Procter & Gamble/Vicks prior to launching a 30+ year career in marketing consulting beginning at Connecticut Consulting Group where he managed the NFL among other clients. His experience in multiple marketing agencies which he started and led has included working with corporate clients such as Gillette, Mars, AT&T, General Motors, and Texaco with such rightsholders as the World Cup, Olympics, NFL, MLB, NASCAR and the Rolling Stones. His more strategically focused and results oriented approach to sponsorship marketing was featured in Business Week magazine as having contributed to a sea change in the sponsorship industry at a time when lifestyle sponsorship investment was not traditionally leveraged, measured and  fully optimized.
 
He was born in Paris, France and graduated from Georgetown University in 1973 and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 1975. He has a daughter and son and resides with his wife of 37 years, Penny, outside of Park City, Utah and in Nantucket, Mass. and is a road and mountain bike racer.

John Bucksbaum — Development Foundation Representative

John Bucksbaum is the founder of Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC. He previously served as chairman and CEO of General Growth Properties, Inc., a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) which had ownership and management interest in over 200 regional and super regional shopping malls in 44 states. The company portfolio totaled approximately 200 million square feet of space.

Bucksbaum received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado in 1978. Professional affiliations include the following: past worldwide chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); trustee and member of the executive committee of ICSC; past chairman of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School; trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). In addition, Bucksbaum serves on the boards of the University of Chicago Hospitals, The Field Museum, the Chicago Sports Commission, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team, the Paralympics Advisory Committee to the U.S. Olympic Committee, Young Presidents Organization and the Advisory Board of the Chicago Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

John and his wife, Jackie, are the parents of Max and Eli Bucksbaum.

Matt Barger — Development Foundation Representative

Matt Barger is the managing member of MRB Capital, LLC and a senior advisor at Hellman & Friedman, LLC, a private equity firm with over $25 billion assets under management. Mr. Barger serves on the board of directors of Hall Capital Partners LLC and Artisan Partners Asset Management. Formerly, he was a director of Brinson Partners, Inc., General Cellular Corporation (the predecessor to Western Wireless Corp. and VoiceStream Wireless), Hoyts Cinemas, John Fairfax Holdings Ltd., Mitchell International, Inc., Mondrian Investment Partners, National Radio Partners, L.P., Neverfail Springwater, Ltd., Oechsle International, L.P., and Thomas Weisel Partners Group.

He graduated from Yale University Magna Cum Laude with distinction in the major in 1979, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1983, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Mr. Barger currently serves on the advisory council of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, as a member of the board of trustees of the California Academy of the Sciences, and as a director of the San Francisco Free Clinic and USA Cycling Development Foundation.

Michael E. Patterson — Development Foundation Representative

Michael E. Patterson is the former vice chairman of JPMorgan, working with the financial giant from 1987-2009. Prior to his employment with JPMorgan, Michael practiced law in New York and Paris as a partner of Debevoise & Plimpton. He is a member of the boards of The Trust for Public Land, The Hastings Center, and the USA Cycling Development Foundation, and also serves as chairman of the board of The Child School. A native of New York State, Michael completed his undergraduate work at Harvard and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School. He lives with his wife, Elena, in New York City and Connecticut and is a bicycle racer.

David Helfrich — Development Foundation Representative

David Helfrich is cofounder and managing director of Garnett & Helfrich Capital, a $350 million Venture Buyout fund that invests in technology start-ups and in corporate spin-outs. Prior to Garnett & Helfrich Capital, Mr. Helfrich was one of the three managing directors who started ComVentures, a $1.5 billion technology venture capital firm.

Mr. Helfrich has spent the past 15 years launching and managing these two private equity and venture capital funds. Prior to that he spent 10 years as a technology entrepreneur. Mr. Helfrich played a key role in founding and leading four networking start-ups, three of which resulted in multi-billion dollar IPOs (Newbridge Networks, Ascend Communications, and Copper Mountain Networks) and a fourth (Centrum) that was acquired by 3Com (acq. by HP).

Mr. Helfrich graduated from California State University with a degree in Business Administration and holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He’s currently on the board of directors of Actian Corporation and MTI Technology.

Jonathan Heiliger — At-Large Representative

Jonathan joined the USA Cycling Board as an at-large representative in 2012. The executive joined North Bridge in 2012 from Facebook, where he was VP of Technical Operations from 2007 until 2011, as Facebook grew from 35 million users to over 800 million. At Facebook, Jonathan oversaw global infrastructure, site architecture and internal systems.

Prior to Facebook, Jonathan held executive roles at Walmart and Danger (acquired by Microsoft). He also spent several years as Chief Operating Officer for Loudcloud (which became Opsware and was later acquired by HP). Earlier in his career, Jonathan co-founded and was the CTO of Frontier GlobalCenter, and later founded Global Crossing’s corporate venture capital group.

Tom Mains — Cyclo-cross Committee Representative

Tom Mains has been involved in cycling for more than 25 years. Tom began his career in the retail bicycle business before moving to the wholesale side of the industry. He has worked for companies such as Specialized Bicycle Components and Fox Racing. In the mid-90s Tom worked as a mechanic for the U.S. national team at two world championships and has worked with several pro teams, including 7-Up and Jelly Belly.

Tom is the current president of the New Jersey Bicycling Association and has served in that role for the last seven years. Tom is also a race director and licensed official, and he owns an event services company based in New Jersey. Tom is an active racer in road, track and cyclo-cross. He has been competing for more than 20 years and is a multi-time state champion and an eight-time masters national championship medalist. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Jessica, and their daughter Alexandra.

Timmy Duggan — Professional Committee Representative

Timmy began his sporting career at a very young age as an alpine ski racer growing up in Colorado. After obtaining an elite ranking, he eventually switched his skis for a bike in 2001 at 19 years old. Soon, he became part of the USA Cycling U23 team in Europe, living at the USAC house in Izegem, Belgium. Timmy is currently racing on the WorldTour for Liquigas-Cannondale after several years in the Garmin/Slipstream program. In 2012, his career was highlighted by winning the USA Cycling Professional Road National Championship and competing for Team USA at the London Olympic Games.

Not leaving his roots far behind, Timmy still works closely with Single Track MTB Adventures and the Lake Eldora Racing Team that he competed with as a skier, even coaching athletes in the program through 2003 after stopping ski racing himself. Timmy has also been running a 501(c)3 non-profit, the Just Go Harder Foundation, with his former USA Cycling teammate Ian MacGregor. The JGHF provides scholarships for low-income kids to take part in cycling and skiing sports.

Having gone through the USA Cycling development pipeline, racing all over the world for different teams as a current active rider, and speaking French, Spanish, and Italian, Timmy has a good idea of what is going on in the peloton and is continually aware of the issues facing riders and races today. His diverse sporting background provides a perspective from outside the cycling world as well. Timmy and his wife, Loren, and dog, Karli, live in Nederland, Colo., and Girona, Spain.

James Carney — Track Committee Representative

James Carney, a Fort Lewis College Graduate (Exercise Science), began racing in 1976 at racing age 8 with the Wolverine Sports Club of Michigan. He has been a professional cyclist since 1994, has made two Olympic teams (1992 Barcelona Games and 2000 Sydney Games) and three Pan American Games teams (1991 in Havana, 1999 in Winnipeg and 2003 in Santo Domingo). He placed fifth in the points race in 2000 and has won three Pan American Games medals (silver in 1991 in the team pursuit, silver in 1999 in the Madison and bronze in 2003 in the Madison). Carney is also a two-time track world cup champion (2001 points race, 2002 scratch race).

Most recently, Carney won his 22nd national title at the 2012 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships at racing age 43, making him the oldest elite national champion in U.S. history in an individual event. In 2011, Carney founded C.A.R.E. for Cycling, Inc (CARE), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. CARE's main objectives are to promote bicycling safety, gender equality, awareness and health. In 2012, he directed the RideClean/PatentIt.com Elite Women's Team to earn the USA CRITS Series team and individual overall titles as well as the National Criterium Calendar individual overall title. In 2008, Carney directed the Cheerwine Women's Professional Cycling Team to the National Racing Calendar overall team title.

Adam Duvendeck — Track Committee Representative

Adam Duvendeck currently works for AEG as the manager of the VELO Sports Center velodrome located on the The Home Depot Center campus in Carson, California. Duvendeck oversees all operations, marketing and programming for the nation’s only 250-meter indoor track cycling facility. Most recently, Duvendeck was instrumental in the planning and execution of the 2012 UCI Paralympic Track Cycling World Championships at the VELO Sports Center.

Prior to working at The Home Depot Center, Duvendeck coached the U.S. Paralympic track cycling team, where he worked with riders from development stages to the elite level, and founded Momentum Coaching Group, a coaching company dedicated to all cycling disciplines, as well as triathlon. He has also served as the head sprint coach for the Canadian national track cycling team and the head cycling coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

An experienced coach, athlete and local community leader, Duvendeck has served for many years as an Olympian Mentor for community organization Ready, Set, Gold!, a program targeting fitness education at local elementary schools. On the track, Duvendeck is a decorated track cyclist. A 2004 and 2008 Olympian, he is also a five-time U.S. track cycling national champion and a five-time U.S. track cycling world championship team member. He currently resides in Long Beach, Calif.

Clayton John — BMX Committee Representative

 

Lea Davison — Mountain Bike Committee Representative

As she has climbed through the ranks of mountain biking, Lea has experienced many different facets of USA Cycling. She started racing mountain bikes as a junior and notched a seventh place in the 2001 UCI Junior World Championships in Vail, Colo. From there, she was determined to make mountain bike racing a career and reach the highest level. She was part of USA Cycling’s women’s road development program in 2008 and raced the Tour of Flanders and a handful of road world cups, adding diversity to her cycling experience. Last summer, she notched one of her biggest achievements to date by representing the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games, racing to eleventh place. Other career highlights include eighth at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, a 2012 UCI World Cup podium finish, and several national championships.

In 2007, she founded the nonprofit Little Bellas with her sister, Sabra. The Davison sisters saw a lack of females on mountain bike start lines and aimed to change this by starting an all-female, mentoring-on-mountain-bikes program. This program has grown exponentially since its inception, with five different national camps around the country and expanding options in its Vermont home base. Lea is extremely passionate about getting more women on bikes and thrilled to bring this energy to USA Cycling’s women’s committee, mountain bike committee, and the board of directors. She graduated in 2005 from Middlebury College with a B.A. in environmental studies. Read her full athlete bio.

Mike Day — BMX Committee Representative

Having competed in BMX racing for nearly two decades, Day has raced his bike all over the world. He was part of a historic event in the history of the discipline when he won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the first Games where BMX was contested. Day has also been a medalist at several BMX World Championships. Read his full athlete bio.

Mark Abramson — Collegiate Committee Representative

Mark Abramson served as President of the USA Cycling Board of Directors from March of 2008 until March of 2010. He now serves as co-Vice President. Abramson is a 1997 graduate of Tufts University in Boston where he began the school’s collegiate cycling program. Throughout the last decade, Mark has been an integral adviser to collegiate cycling’s significant contributions to the overall growth of USA Cycling’s membership and athlete talent identification programs. He also served as the volunteer director of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference and organized various events in New England.

Professionally, Mark is the president of Forward Thought, Inc., a software and strategic I.T. consulting firm which services clients in government, outdoor, and high-tech industries throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to his role as vice president, Mark is a Trustee on the National Collegiate Cycling Association’s Board of Trustees. He lives in the Bay area in California, with his wife, Anna.

Nancy Leon — At-Large Representative

Nancy is the executive director of Morgan McKenna & Associates, consulting in strategic sales management and business development. She has worked with global technology companies including Cisco Systems, EMC, VMware, Systems Management Arts, Splunk, SITA/Equant and several software start-ups in Australia/New Zealand, Asian-Pacific and global markets. Nancy has an MBA from Macquarie University Graduate School of Management (Sydney) and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Denver.

She also works with nonprofits including the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), The Murie Center, and Womentum (Wyoming Women’s mentoring). Nancy has lived in Jackson Hole since 2008 where she volunteers at several community organizations, as well as skis, bikes, hikes, and fishes. She has also lived in Australia and France, where she worked as a ski instructor in Chamonix and did international public relations for Les Arcs, as well as executive roles in travel and technology. She has a lifelong love of cycling, nature and wilderness, and is married with three grown sons.

Gina Kavesh — Road Committee Representative

Gina Kavesh has actively followed local and national bicycle racing for the past two decades. Her focus has been on encouraging newcomers (specifically women), teaching skills, and mentoring. She has helped create and instruct women's clinics in Washington and California, and has been a leader in a Washington State race series aimed at beginner women.

Beyond her women's initiatives, Kavesh has served as president of the Washington State Bicycle Association's (WSBA) Junior Committee and the co-founder of the WSBA Junior Cycling Camp. Outside of cycling, Kavesh has worked as a CFO and CIO for a regional retain chain for 25 years and is currently an operations and systems consultant for small businesses.

Dorothy Nichols — Mountain Bike Committee Representative

A well-recognized figure in the mountain biking industry, Dorothy Nichols is currently the national sales manager for Shebeest. She has also managed the Yeti Mountain Bike Team, operated an industry leadership conference with Catalyst Communication, and worked as director of event marketing for Todson brands.

Previously, Nichols played a role in founding the former National Off-road Bicycle Association (NORBA) and helped the series' eight events gain momentum. She also assisted in drafting the policies to start negotiating with the UCI to establish mountain biking as an Olympic sport.

Currently, Nichols is a UCI International Mountain Bike Commissaire who regularly works at national and international-level events. She is a member of USA Cycling's Mountain Bike Sport Committee and Women's Sub-Committee. She also works with the Executive Women in Cycling and OIWC advisory panel.



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