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Board of Directors

IMBA Thanks Its Volunteer Board of Directors!

  • Mike Cachat (Ontario, CA)
  • Chris Conroy (Golden, CO), Chair of the Board
  • Howard Fischer (Armonk, NY), Treasurer
  • Jim Grover (Matthews, NC), Secretary
  • Kent McNeill (Bellevue, NE)
  • Alden Philbrick (Alexandria, VA)
  • Luther Propst (Tucson, AZ)
  • Ernie Rodriguez (Falls Church, VA)
  • Faryar Shirzad (Arlington, VA)
  • Taldi Walter (Seattle, WA), Vice Chair
  • Robert Winston (San Diego, CA)
  • David Zimberoff (Chicago, IL)

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Meet the Members


Mike Cachat

Cachat is the personification of an entrepreneur.  Before he finished high school, he started a small retail bicycle business in Southern California from his passion for mountain bike racing.  Nearly 20 years later, he is the founder, owner and CEO of Jenson USA, one of the largest and most successful bicycle retail companies in the country, recently named to Bicycle Retailer's Top 100 list and honored in 2009 as 'Entrepreneur of the Year' for the Inland Empire by California State University, San Bernardino at its annual Spirit of the Entrepreneur awards. Still an avid rider, his expertise is business and vision.  Cachat is equally passionate, however, about supporting bicycle advocacy and contributing to the betterment of the sport which has so deeply enhanced his life.

Howard Fischer

Fischer is the CEO and Founding Managing Partner of BCM, LTD. an investment management firm he founded in 1994. Prior to that he had experience as a trader, an accountant and as a  CPA. Fischer is an avid road, cycle-cross and mountain biker as well as a skier and snow shoer. He has experience in trail building and participates in trail maintenance projects on a regular basis.

Chris Conroy

Conroy is the president and general manager of Yeti Cycles, located in Golden, Colorado. He has been active in local advocacy for the last 10 years, having served in the past as president of the Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA) and has been an active voice for mountain bikers' rights with local government and land managers. Yeti Cycles has been a long-time corporate member of IMBA and has provided support to key mountain bike initiatives including the Golden Bike Park.

Jim Grover

Grover's career includes significant legal experience in transactional execution, regulatory relations and corporate compliance gained from over 25 years as an officer and legal counsel for insurers and reinsurers in the life and health industry, as well as direct experience in marketing and sales. Grover has long been an active member of the IMBA-affiliated club, and now IMBA Chapter, the Tarheel Trailblazers. He regulalry participates in trailbuilding events and recently served as the group's president.

Kent McNeill

McNeill has been racing mountain bikes since 1994. That same year as a college student, he founded Trails Have Our Respect (T.H.O.R.), an IMBA club covering eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. He also directed the NORBA mountain bike state championship series for five years and founded a junior mountain biking development program. In 2002, McNeill co-founded Midwest Cycling, an independent bicycle dealer that has grown to six locations across Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.

Alden Philbrick

Philbrick is president and CEO of Oxford Finance, a specialty finance firm headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia that provides senior debt to emerging healthcare companies worldwide. He is also a long-time advocate, fundraiser and board member for The Campagna Center, a non-profit organization serving children and families in need.  An avid mountain biker, triathlete and runner, he regularly participates in racing events.

Luther Propst

Propst founded the Sonoran Institute in 1991 and directed its programs throughout Western North America for 21 years, stepping aside as executive director in 2012. Propst previously practiced law, where he represented local governments and organizations nationwide in land-use matters, and with World Wildlife Fund in Washington D.C. He has co-authored three books on sustainable community development.  Propst chairs the board of the Outdoor Alliance and serves on the boards of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Center for Jackson Hole, and the George B. Storer Foundation.  He lives in Jackson, Wyoming, where he enjoys mountain biking, backcountry skiing, paddling, and fly fishing around Greater Yellowstone and throughout the West and the world.   

Ernie Rodriguez

Rodriguez has served MORE, a 1500-member IMBA chapter based in Fairfax, VA, as a ride leader, trail liaison, advocacy director and has been president since 2014. Through these roles he has gained extensive experience in volunteer recruitment, training, mentoring and retention to help further MORE’s community of mountain bikers.

Faryar Shirzad

Faryar is a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of the Office of Government Affairs for Goldman Sachs. Based in New York, he oversees the firm's public policy agenda worldwide. He was a practicing lawyer prior to entering public service and currently serves on the board of Freedom House and is a member of the President's Council at the Council on Foreign Relations. Faryar has participated in endurance mountain bike races all over the country, often with his son who is also an avid mountain biker.

Taldi Walter

Taldi Walter

As REI's community affairs program manager, Walter oversees REI's national giving program and fosters collaborative partnerships with national non-profits to ensure access to and infrastructure of inspiring outdoor recreation opportunities. Before that, she worked for the National Audubon Society as their assistant director of government relations in Washington, D.C. Walter serves on the Board of Directors of Bike Works in south Seattle, and is on the steering committee of the Blue Sky Funders Forum, and the Outdoor Alliance for Kids. An avid cyclist, she races for Team Group Health in Seattle.

David Zimberoff

David Zimberoff is the global marketing director for SRAM, one of IMBA's top-level sponsors, working at the company's headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. He recently served as a board member of Chicago's largest cycling advocacy group CBF, The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.

Robert Winston

A successful financial advisor for more than 21 years, Winston is a Senior Vice President with Morgan Stanley in La Jolla, California. He was appointed by the San Diego Board of Supervisors to be a board member of the Citizen’s Law Enforcement Review Board, the civilian oversight of the Sheriffs Office and the Probation Department. He has logged thousands of hours volunteering for this and other community causes, and he still finds time to ride (and race) his mountain bike, which he has been doing since 1990.