IMBA Board Grows, Adding Members from the Conservation and Bike Retail Communities
Press Release 01-4-2013
Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
Photo: IMBA board chairman Bob Winston at the 2012 IMBA World Summit
Three new members have joined the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) board of directors, bringing the total number to 11. The new additions are Luther Propst, founder of the Sonoran Institute; Mike Cachat, founder of Jenson USA; and Kent McNeill, co-founder of six bicycle retail shops in the Midwest.
IMBA also expanded its honorary board, which is comprised of high-profile public figures and athletes who endorse and publicly support IMBA's mission to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences. New members include Steve Flagg, co-founder of Quality Bicycle Products, and Ned Overend, member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.
Propst founded the Sonoran Institute in 1991 and directed its programs throughout the Intermountain West for 21 years, stepping aside as executive director in 2012. The Sonoran Institute—with offices in Arizona, Colorado, California, Montana and Mexico—works with communities and other partners to conserve national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands; promote smart local land use and community development policies; better manage water and rivers; and reform local and state energy and climate change policies in the American West.
Previously, Propst practiced law, where he represented landowners, local governments and organizations nationwide in land-use matters, and with World Wildlife Fund in Washington D.C. He has co-authored three books and serves on the boards of the George B. Storer Foundation, the Conservation Lands Foundation, Carpe Diem West and the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University.
“I love the idea of riding in connection with board meetings,” said Propst. “Aside from that personal preference, IMBA is a talented and passionate group of folks and is very well positioned to not only create and protect opportunities to ride, but to lead in the next generation of conservation and public land management decisions.”
Cachat has been working in the bike industry since he was 13 years old. In 1994, he founded Jenson USA in Riverside, CA—which was recently named to the Bicycle Retailer Top 100 list—and currently serves as its president and CEO. Guided by Cachat, Jenson USA has embraced a series of core values, including “demonstrate leadership through service.”
Each fall, the company purchases 20 BMX bikes and donates them to deserving local students through the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce; merely the start of a list of charitable giving that includes IMBA, Bikes Belong, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, World Bicycle Relief and Loma Linda University.
Propst and Cachat join McNeill, who 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.
Propst, Cachat and McNeill join the existing eight members of IMBA’s board: Elayna Caldwell, Howard Fischer, Chris Conroy, Jim Grover, Alden Philbrick, David Treinis, Robert Winston and David Zimberoff.