For Immediate Release 11/9/16
Contact Eleanor Blick
IMBA Communications Manager
(303) 545-9011 ext. 116
IMBA’s Board of Directors has elected Dave Wiens as its new chairman. Previous chairman Robert Winston served as chair for six years while membership grew exponentially and IMBA’s regional programming was developed.
Wiens began serving on IMBA’s board in January of 2016. Wiens raced mountain bikes professionally from 1990 to 2004 and has raced on trails all over the world. He is the founder and executive director of Gunnison Trails, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing singletrack bike trails on public lands adjacent to Gunnison, Colorado. A member of the mountain bike hall of fame, Wiens also works in the bicycle industry for Ergon. He created and now leads the Mountain Sports program at Western State Colorado University, and he is an ambassador for Lifetime Fitness and the Leadville Race Series.
“I’m honored and motivated to help lead IMBA into this exciting new era. Membership is at a record high and continues to grow. Because of the work being accomplished on the ground by IMBA chapters, Trails Solutions and our affiliated clubs, riding mountain bikes has never been better,” said Wiens. “The IMBA staff is stacked with smart, experienced and hardworking people who are passionate about riding bikes on trails and I’m looking forward to being a part of all that this organization can accomplish.”
Winston will reach the end of his third and final term serving on IMBA’s board of directors at the end of 2017. A successful financial advisor for nearly 30 years, he is a senior vice president with Morgan Stanley in La Jolla, California. Winston has volunteered thousands of hours to a variety of community causes and is a lifelong passionate mountain biker.
“It has been my great honor to serve IMBA as Chairman of the Governing Board of Directors and see the organization grow in membership, stature and influence,” said Winston. “Dave Wiens is the perfect choice to grab the baton and lead IMBA into a bright future. We are very fortunate to have him on the team and I wish him great success. I know IMBA will reach new heights under his leadership.”
With Winston’s final term coming to an end, the Board felt it was the right first step to identify the new Chairman before turning a heavy focus to the executive director search. IMBA’s board is working to select a permanent executive director, but is prioritizing the right candidate for the organization over a set timeline for the position.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational association. Its mission is to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA represents our members, supports our chapters and our work benefits the mountain biking community. Learn more at IMBA.com.