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Mike Van Abel

Bio:

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."

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

Posted: January 9 - 2012

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

End of an era, IMBA Board says Goodbye to long-time leaders

Posted: November 8 - 2011

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. Collectively, these three key leaders served... Read More

Electric Mountain Bikes - Coming to a Trail Near You?

Posted: September 20 - 2011

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... Read More

IMBA Board Meets in Sun Valley

Posted: July 6 - 2011

IMBA's board of directors concluded its second of three annual business meetings two weeks ago, June 24th, in Sun Valley, Idaho. It was a very productive meeting with a meaty agenda that focused on... Read More

Ferrous, Ferns, Flow and the Future

Posted: June 16 - 2011

At the southwestern edge of the upper midwest's iron range is the town of Crosby-Ironton, Minnesota. As the USA prepared to enter the War in the 1940's the iron range and its towns were bustling with... Read More

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