Mountain Bike Icon Moves from Board Chair into Leadership Role to Advance Organization into New Era
For Immediate Release 2.8.17
Media Contact: Eleanor Blick
IMBA Communications Manager
303.545.9011 ext. 116
Boulder, CO—The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is pleased to announce it has completed its Executive Director search. In what marks the shortest Board Chairmanship in IMBA’s history, Dave Wiens will be stepping down from the Board of Directors to join IMBA staff as Executive Director, effective immediately.
A legendary racer, revered local advocate and an inspiring leader in the mountain bike world, Wiens joined IMBA’s Board of Directors in January 2016 and was elected Chairman in November 2016. His vision and commitment to the non-profit quickly stood out to the Board of Directors and management team. It became clear Wiens is who IMBA needs to lead the organization into its next era. Wiens raced mountain bikes professionally from 1988 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.
"As a mountain biker I share a passion for trails and riding with this entire community. IMBA has been an important part of mountain biking getting better and better over the past 30 years and I'm looking forward to working with mountain bikers from all over, as well as other stakeholders, while IMBA continues to help provide great places to ride,” said Wiens.
Dan Brillon, IMBA Vice President of Finance and Operations, became Interim President and Executive Director in August 2016 when Mike Van Abel resigned after 12 years of service. Since that time IMBA’s senior management team and Board of Directors have been working closely to execute on key initiatives before turning attention to filling the Executive Director role. In the near-term IMBA will separate the duties of President and Executive Director, and Brillon will remain President of the organization to oversee internal operations and business structure.
Chris Conroy, President of Yeti Cycles, has been elected to serve as Chairman of the Board. Taldi Walter, Government and Community Affairs Manager of REI, serves as Vice Chair.
“It’s an honor to serve with an organization that has done so much for trails,” said Conroy. “I look forward to fulfilling the Board’s commitment to IMBA’s vision by working more closely with IMBA’s talented staff.”
At its February 2017 meeting, IMBA’s Board formalized a committee structure for board members and staff to work more closely on finance and development goals. The Board and management team are continuing the process of restructuring IMBA’s Chapter Program along with refining the organization’s focus and vision.
For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Dave Wiens, please contact Eleanor Blick.
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.