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IMBA's crew is made up of passionate mountain bikers who also happen to be experienced professionals in their fields. Many of us got our starts as volunteer advocates and trail builders and are honored to work at IMBA. And because we come from all over the country, we understand and celebrate regional differences in riding experiences. Get in touch and let us know how we can help.
Aaron is a gearhead by birth and dropper-post lovin' weight-weenie by choice. Having discovered a lifelong love for all things bikes back in Detroit in the early 90's (aboard his fully rigid, budget-minded Nishiki Crossroads, no less) he began racing his bike all over the Michigan woods. This eventually led Aaron to Colorado and eventually to IMBA in 2012 where he works on backcountry mountain bike trail access, policy and legislation as part of the Government Relations team. In his little spare time, Aaron coaches cyclocross at a local high school. His best rides are with his wife and two boys who, after careful crafting, now share his love for riding.
Aimee is a Michigan native transplanted to Colorado by way of Southern California. She has more than 11 years of sales, marketing and operations experience in the cycling industry. An avid cyclist of all kinds, she prefers taking the dirt less traveled. Aimee’s education spans the reach with bachelor's degrees covering public health education, recreation and marketing, making IMBA the perfect place to blend her skills. Aimee is passionate about helping others, especially women and youth, discover the full-life experience bicycling provides.
Raised in a small town in the Southern Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Anthony grew up with an appreciation of the outdoors and the adventures it provides. Anthony came to IMBA in 2014 after an eight-year career in marketing and PR as a graphics project manager and a former president of SORBA Tri-Cities, an IMBA/SORBA chapter straddling the Tennessee/Virginia border.
Chris was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado and grew up riding her mountain bike as transportation through the backwoods of her small town. She has a degree in Speech Communications and Rhetoric and has held multiple careers ranging from corporate IT consultant to personal trainer and nutritionist. She spends her free time coaching middle and high school cross country teams and at women’s mountain bike clinics across the country, and biking/skiing with her two kids, husband and dog. Her personal mantra is "Yes, I can." She constantly strives to pass that can-do attitude to everyone she meets on and off the trail.
Cory is a 16-year professional motorcycle racer with a strong passion for mountain biking and trail building. He started trail building as a volunteer in high school and spent several years working with Progressive Trail Design before joining IMBA Trail Solutions.
Dave has been mountain biking since the mid-1980s and has ridden and raced his bike on trails all over the world. He has been involved in trail advocacy from the beginning and was the founder and executive director of Gunnison Trails, and race director for the Gunnison Growler. A member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, Dave also created and leads the Mountain Sports program at Western State Colorado University. He joined the IMBA board of directors in 2016 as its chairman, and was named IMBA’s executive director in spring 2017.
Doug is a native Virginian whose early love of BMX and skateboarding transitioned to mountain biking in the late 1980s. Doug is a former State Park Ranger and BLM Recreation Technician who has managed trail design and construction projects in the Mid-Atlantic US with a focus on building innovative, sustainable and fun trail experiences. His experience includes design of shared-use trail systems that minimize user conflict, design and construction of mountain bike-optimized trails, fundraising, grant writing, extensive volunteer training and coordination, work in trail advocacy and stakeholder involvement.
Eleanor was raised a two-wheeled advocate in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. From racing to riding to work and every trail in between, pedaling is her natural state of motion. Prior to joining the IMBA team she worked in nonprofit communications in Chicago while leading volunteer efforts with Big Marsh Bike Park, co-founding the Chicago Women’s CX Fund and working with inner-city youth to get more kids on bikes.
Hatched in Colorado Springs but now calling Missoula, Montana home, Eric started riding bikes as a form of freedom and a way to explore the mountains in his backyard. Eric is focused on training and engaging members in advocacy. He has deep roots in both the conservation community and the Mountain West. Eric worked as a seasonal ranger and trail crew foreman while earning his B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University. When he’s not talking shop about advocacy strategy, he can often be found running wild rivers, fly fishing or backcountry skiing.
Heather is originally from Michigan but has lived in and around Boulder, Colorado her entire adult life, which is a lot. She enjoys mountain biking (which she has done for more than 20 years), dirt biking and skiing and snowboarding with her husband and two daughters. Heather is new to the Enduro racing scene but represents for Masters women and racks up podiums on a regular basis, earning her the nickname "Enduro Mama." Her dog Mazey can be found at her side most days as is IMBA's unofficial office pup.
James has been working in the outdoor industry his entire career. Born and raised in Atlantic, Canada, he received his outdoor recreation degree from the University of New Brunswick. His more than 25-year career spans working with governments, nonprofits and consulting across Canada. Since 2010, he has lived in California and worked to create space and trails for people to enjoy the outdoors.
Joey is IMBA's longest-tenured employee and its ambassador to the world, having planned and built trails and taught trailbuilding across the U.S. and around the globe. He was instrumental in jumpstarting IMBA’s Trail Solutions program in 2002 after a three-year stint with the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew program. He has won the gruelling Montezuma’s Revenge mountain bike race several times, climbed and skied the majority of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, and surfed countless breaks.
Despite growing up in the industrial sprawl of Rockford, IL, Jordan managed to discover mountain biking and fell in love with the outdoors. He spent his youth searching out singletrack all over the Midwest, which inspired him to attend college in mountainous Colorado. After earning his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies at Western State Colorado University, he became involved with Dave Wiens and the Gunnison Trails Organization. Jordan pursued his love for trails and helped to grow the local mountain bike community volunteering with local organizations. He is also a past Tech Editor for Mountain Flyer magazine and Pinkbike.com. Jordan served as a member of the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew from 2014-2016 before joining Trail Solutions.
With the need for speed and adventure at a young age, cycling was a major influence in Joshua’s life. From building and modifying bikes in the family garage, to managing the repair department at a local bike shop. Crossing paths with a local legend Randy Spangler inspired Joshua to ride and build a more progressive style of mountain bike trail. When Joshua isn’t riding or digging, you can find him make turns in the snow or stretching out at a yoga class.
Katherine is IMBA’s resident lady singlespeeder and a native Texan who believes we need to argue on the internet less and ride our bikes more. A Washington, D.C.-trained political journalist by trade, Katherine has spent most of her career in the nonprofit sector and outdoor industry, including stints at Bicycle Colorado and Dirt Rag Magazine. She previously worked for IMBA from 2010-15, returning in 2017 after earning a master's degree in public relations and marketing. She is committed to protecting our access to public open spaces, which is why she proudly serves on the parks and recreation advisory board for her home city of Golden, CO.
Take an outdoorsy type, sprinkle in some small-shop nonprofit experience, and finish off with a masters in nonprofit management and, presto, you have Kurt. More of a road cyclist, hiker and skier for the first 30-plus years of his life, he added a mountain bike to his toy bin shortly after he and his family moved to Colorado in 2008. If you can’t find Kurt in his current hometown of Boulder, CO, with his wife, daughter and coonhound, you’ll likely find him in the outdoors surrounding Crested Butte.
Mike was born and raised on bikes in Wisconsin. He received his degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then headed west to live in Breckenridge, CO, to work as mountain resort planner on projects throughout the worldwide ski industry. Currently, Mike and his wife are back to their Midwest root, living in Madison, WI. Mike has extensive experience in resort and recreation planning, resort/facility capacity analysis, trail network and facility layout, and detailed site design and grading plans. His project management experience includes master plan processes, public outreach plans, project stakeholder partnerships, federal/state/local permitting, project implementation, and project budget oversight.
Patrick is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied geography at John Moores University in Liverpool, England and started mountain biking there in 1992. Patrick lived in Vermont for 11 years, working for the Youth Conservation Corps and volunteering with several mountain bike clubs. He became Executive Director of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association in 2007, establishing access in the Green Mountain National Forest, furthering access on state land and presenting trainings to ski resorts. Since moving to Prescott, AZ, with IMBA, Patrick has been working with the BLM, USFS, and city and county partners to develop trail networks in many communities. Patrick rides as often as he can. When not riding, he’s working on his house and hanging out on the porch.
Randy is a legend of mountain biking and an icon of freeride. He is a veteran of Red Bull Rampage, competing in the first few events and then serving on the official build team and judging panel. He has helped design and build several bike parks across the U.S. and has been with IMBA Trail Solutions since 2011.
Richard has travelled the globe spreading the message of better trails and good stewardship. He has led trail projects, done assessments, and taught trail building clinics in 33 U.S. states and eight countries. Richard’s depth of experience includes teaching the latest in trail design, construction, and management practices. His expertise is in the creation of multi-use trail systems that accommodate a variety of trail users and skill levels. Richard presents on and often consults on the topic of sustainable, risk-managed trails. He has assisted numerous community trail planners and managers in developing interurban trail facilities.
Shane has been a trail builder and an advocate for mountain biking since 1992. He has focused on the design and planning of trail systems that integrate destination quality mountain biking into growing communities. Shane’s planning work is known for it’s imaginative use of terrain and careful attention to managing users by providing opportunities and progression. He has extensive experience guiding the development of destinations all over Europe and North America.
Terry was born and raised in South Florida in an era when kids could roam free. As a young girl, bicycling was a form freedom to explore Miami just as riding horseback was her way of exploring the Everglades. After 12 years of being a roadie, her mountain biking career started in 2004 when she went on a mountain biking tour of Wales with her future husband, Mike. This experience inspired her to advocate for mountain biking in the community of Ellijay, GA, as president of the Ellijay Mountain Bike Association and the office manager for the Cartecay River Bicycle Shop. Terry brings her experience of building community to support great mountain biking experiences to the rest of the Southeast.
Tiffanie’s love for adventure and the wild outdoors led her, early on, to uproot her life and book it to Colorado, where the mountains waited and the trails beckoned. She has been with IMBA since 2010 and in addition to handling the finances, she’s a volunteer coach for the Little Bellas program and loves seeing little girls gain strength, courage and self-worth through mountain biking. When not on her bike in the Colorado high alpine, you can find this girl trail running, skiing, wrapped up in a book or tinkering with recipes in her kitchen. She probably will never mention it, but she earned a stars-and-stripes jersey from winning a national endurance mountain biking championship early in her mountain biking career.
Born in Maine, Tom has lived in Michigan, the Marshall Islands, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia and currently resides in Greenville, SC. During his 32-year college teaching career, Tom began riding mountain bikes with his students and joined SORBA. He later became a chapter president and, in 2000, executive director of that organization. Tom has worked at developing trail systems in the southeast and has guided the growth of the SORBA from an Atlanta mountain bike club to an effective seven-state regional organization of chapters. Tom joined the IMBA staff in 2008.
Tyson is a Moab, Utah, native and has been on a bike since he was three years old. He learned to ride without training wheels on the Klondike Bluffs trail and was offered his first job in a bike shop at the age of 12. Tyson started volunteering with Moab Trail Mix in 2010 and quickly found a passion for building trail, especially if moving huge boulders is involved. In 2012, he was fortunate to be a part of designing and building one of Moab's most iconic trails, Captain Ahab. Since then, Tyson has worked on projects all around the four corners area and traveled the country with IMBA Trail Solutions building and learning from the country’s best builders. Tyson specializes in sustainable trail in rocky terrain using rock armoring techniques and has a knack for hiding alternate lines and jumps in the trail tread he builds.
Alden is president and CEO of Oxford Finance and 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, Alden regularly participates in racing events.
Chris is the president and general manager of Yeti Cycles, which has long supported both IMBA and local advocacy efforts. He is also a past president of the Colorado Mountain Bike Association, an IMBA chapter in the Denver metro area.
David is the global marketing director for SRAM, one of IMBA's top-level supporters. He is also a past board member of Chicago's largest cycling advocacy group, the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
Ernie has spent several years serving the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE), an IMBA chapter serving the Washington D.C. metro area. He has volunteered as a ride leader, trail liaison, advocacy director and, since 2014, the group’s president. He was invited to join the IMBA board in 2017 to offer the valuable perspective of an IMBA chapter leader.
Faryar is a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of the Office of Government Affairs for Goldman Sachs. Faryar has participated in endurance mountain bike races all over the country, often with his son who is also an avid mountain biker.
Howard is the CEO and founding managing partner of BCM, LTD. an investment management firm. He is an avid cyclist and regular volunteer trailbuilder.
Jim is a past president and active member of the Tarheel Trailblazers, an IMBA chapter in Charlotte, NC. He also has more than 25 years of career experience 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.
Luther founded the Sonoran Institute in 1991 and directed its programs throughout Western North America for 21 years, until 2012. He previously practiced law, where he represented local governments and organizations nationwide in land-use matters, and with World Wildlife Fund in Washington D.C. Luther currently chairs the board of the Outdoor Alliance, of which IMBA is a founding member.
Mike is the founder, owner and CEO of Jenson USA. He started the business while still in high school to fuel his passion for mountain bike racing and has turned it into one of the largest and most successful bicycle retail companies in the country.
As REI's government and community affairs 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.
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