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Mike Van Abel

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Since 2004, Mike has steered the IMBA juggernaut as its President and USA Executive Director. He does so under the auspices and leadership of IMBA's volunteer board of directors. "It's a dream job and a privilege to combine one's personal passion with that of your vocational goals.", says Mike. His professional career spans over 30 years of not-for-profit work. "It's the dedication and generosity of volunteers and contributors that daily inspire me. And that makes the tough times and days when I wonder, 'Am I making a difference?', all come into perspective." "I am most fortunate to be part of a community that is making the world a better place."

Posted: May 16, 2012 at 12:29:03 PM
By Mike Van Abel

IMBA-Europe officially arrived today. After nearly three years of gestation, it's the birth of another progeny of IMBA, joining its siblings, IMBA-Australia and IMBA-Canada.

I arrived for the birth in Amsterdam this morning, after less... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: January 9, 2012 at 4:58:09 PM
By Mike Van Abel

After a nationwide search, I'm proud to announce that IMBA has hired two new, excellently qualified Region Directors. Patrick Kell will be leaving his current post as the Executive Director of the ... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: November 8, 2011 at 1:19:35 PM
By Mike Van Abel

At its recent Seattle meeting, IMBA's board of directors said farewell to three of its longest serving members, Hill Abell, Jay Franklin and Chris Kegel.... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: September 20, 2011 at 2:29:52 PM
By Mike Van Abel

Imagine tackling your next mountain bike uphill grind with the power of two or three Lance Armstrongs in your legs. The prospect sounds somewhat appealing — my 54-year-old legs and lungs might appreciate a boost every now and then.

The new... Read More / Post Comments

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