More Than 50 IMBA Clubs Convert to Chapter Status, New Staff Position Added
For Immediate Release 8-11-2011
Contact Mark Eller
Photo: Tiffanie Beal has stepped up her duties at IMBA to handle chapter services.
IMBA’s Chapter Program was recently bolstered by the addition of a new staff position. Tiffanie Beal now serves as the Chapter and Services Coordinator, helping provide top-rate service to IMBA's chapters, clubs and members. Beal joins a chapter services team that includes Interactive Marketing and Database Manager Manager Jason Bertolacci, Membership Manager Rod Judd and Member and Constituent Coordinator Sallie Hoefer. Additionally, chapters receive graphic design services from Sugar Design.
“It’s gratifying to see the demand for chapter services grow so rapidly,” said Mike Van Abel, IMBA’s executive director. “This new staff position will help our grassroots clubs as they convert to chapter status, strengthening our affiliate network.”
Benefits for IMBA Chapters include membership processing, database management, graphic design/communications support and constituent relationship manager (CRM) tools. The Chapter Program Service Coordinator works directly with local clubs who are transitioning into the IMBA Chapter program by assisting them with their integration into the IMBA database and providing training sessions on the use of the CRM tools.
Currently, more than 50 IMBA Chapters operate in the United States, and a dozen more clubs are preparing to enter the program this summer. They include:
- Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association
- Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers
- Capitol Off Road Pathfinders
- Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores
- Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association
- Hoosier Mountain Bike Association
- Mid-Michigan Mountain Bike Association
- Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association
- Southern Nevada Mountain Bike Association
- West Michigan Mountain Bike Association
- Greensboro Fat Tire Society
- Nantahala Area SORBA
- Southeast Georgia SORBA
Chapter development is coordinated by IMBA's Regional Directors. These IMBA staffers operate in distinct territories — currently the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the USA. IMBA anticipates adding additional regional staff in upcoming months. Additionally, volunteer-led Regional Leadership Advisory Councils coordinate regional efforts and expand IMBA's reach by working closely with the Regional Directors.