Chapter Program Expands, Helps Fuel Hire of Two New Regional Directors

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For Immediate Release 1-11-2012
Contact markeller [at] imba [dot] com (Mark Eller)
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 ext. 115

After a nationwide search, IMBA has hired two Regional Directors. Patrick Kell (pictured) will be leaving his current post as the Executive Director of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) to serve as IMBA’s newly formed Southwest region. Likewise, Andrew Williamson will transition from Ohio’s Five Rivers Metro Parks, where he has served as the Outdoor Recreation Program Manager, to take on the role of IMBA’s Region Director for the new Great Lakes region.

Adding these new staff members and territories means that IMBA now has professional staff deployed in seven distinct U.S. territories. Kell and Williamson join peers in the Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Southeast and the Upper Midwest regions.

The Southwest Region covers Arizona, Southern California, southern Nevada and southern Utah.

The Great Lakes region covers Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, lower Michigan and northern Kentucky.

Look for an upcoming online map at IMBA.com to display the exact territories.

In his five years as the Executive Director of VMBA, Patrick directed its growth from eight chapters to 18, with over 4,300 individual members. This notable capacity growth was the path forward for many new trail projects and more robust funding, including over $200K for development of a Vermont Ride Center. Patrick also served as the Grants Program Director for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.

While at Five Rivers Metro Parks, Andy advanced to the position of Outdoor Recreation Manager. In this senior management role he was responsible for a $250K budget and strategic direction for more than 250 programs. Andy also serves on the boards of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education and Bike Miami Valley.

“This is a big deal for mountain biking,” says Mike Van Abel, IMBA’s executive director. “It’s the growth of IMBA’s Chapters that makes these new hires feasible. As I’ve long said, Chapter growth and enhanced regional programs are key for the continued success of our sport.” Read more by visiting Van Abel’s blog post about the significance of these new hires.