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USATF kicks off 2014 Annual Meeting in Anaheim


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ANAHEIM -- USA Track and Field CEO
Max Siegel and President/Chairman of the Board Stephanie Hightower welcomed constituents from across the country to the 2014 Annual Meeting with a message of change, progress and the pathway toward organizational and competitive excellence.

USA Track & Field’s 2014 Annual Meeting, a four-day event beginning Tuesday, Dec. 2 and concluding Friday, Dec. 5, is officially underway at the Hilton Anaheim.

The Annual Meeting brings together committees, subcommittees and task forces for once-a-year, face-to-face meetings.


During Tuesday evening’s Opening Session, Hightower and Siegel offered welcoming remarks to the constituents in attendance, focusing on the theme of moving the organization forward together and supporting all those who represent USATF on every level.

Hightower spoke to continuing an abiding commitment to track & field and the future generations that will engage in our sport.

Siegel announced significant revenue increases, additional budget funding pending board approval and other substantive programmatic enhancements.

Siegel’s State of the Sport report may be found here.

Highlights of the 2014 State of the Sport include:

  • Revenue increase from $19 million to $35 million

  • Net assets increase from $3 million to $17 million

  • Investment of an additional $9 million toward elite athlete programs between 2015-2020

  • Earmarking close to $1 million for athlete brand ambassadors

  • $1 million decrease in USATF operating expenses

  • 71.55% of USATF revenue comes from sponsorships

  • More than $11 million in elite athlete spending in 2014

President’s Awards

President Stephanie Hightower presented six President’s Awards to the following dedicated individuals:

John Mansoor, Demetrio Cabanillas, Bryan Hoddle, Vin Lananna, and USATF Board members Willie Banks and Ken Ferguson.

Mansoor has been the Executive Director of the Pacific Association for 32 years, during which time he has was a director for many events, from masters to junior to elite national championships to Association Workshops. He helped bring the World Race Walking Cup and WMA World Masters to Sacramento and helped created Grand Prix Series in cross country, road running and track & field. He started and directed the popular Cal International Marathon for more than 30 years.

Cabanillas has been involved with the Utah Association for 24 years, serving as secretary, LDR chair, masters chair and was recently re-elected as President, giving him 16 years as president of the Utah Association. While serving as president, his association has been awarded gold, silver and bronze in recognition for meeting standards. He has been a course certifier for 20 years and has coached many youth, open and master runners to compete at the national and international level. He competed for Brigham Young University as a distance runner, won many marathons, and twice won gold at the Central American Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Hoddle is a former 400-meter runner and for the past 35 years, he has been a running coach. He learned to train amputee athletes in the 1990's when he coached an athlete born without hands or feet to a World Record in the 100 meters at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. In 2004, fresh off coaching the U.S. Paralympic Team to 26 medals in Athens, he went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to conduct a running clinic. Hoddle has always been selling running to the masses through USATF Coaching Education and is an advocate for all athletes, but especially for amputees and soldiers. With his new program "Run with a Soldier" taking off in November 2014, with USATF’s help and support, he has further increased the use of his very special gift to help the amputee soldiers who are coming home.  

Banks formerly served as Vice President of The Athletics Congress, chairman of the Athletes Advisory Committee and was President of the USATF Alumni Association. He is an inductee into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and recipient of the Jesse Owens Award. He is a former triple jump world record holder, who represented the U.S. in 18 international competitions and was a member of three Olympic teams. He presently competes in masters track & field events and served on the board represented USATF Associations and Masters.

A former collegiate athlete and USATF contributor for more than a decade, Ferguson has served as the president of USATF’s Missouri Valley Association and on the USATF youth executive committee. A member of the UMKC School Law’s faculty since 1992, Ferguson serves also as UMKC’s Faculty Athletics Representative and has served on the NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance. An active executive in his community, he is a member of the Palestine Economic Development Corporation, which constructed and oversees Palestine Commons, a $15 million enhanced senior citizens housing facility in Kansas City. On the USATF board, he represented Youth for the last year, after the death of Kim Haines in 2013.
TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna was the driving force behind Oregon's bid for the 2019 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Lananna, who spoke at the opening session of the USATF annual convention, was the 2011 Team USA Coach in Daegu, South Korea and has a long and storied career in the sport. Lananna is experienced as both a Hall of Fame coach and administrator at the highest levels. His leadership has led to Eugene being awarded the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials. His vision also led to Portland being awarded the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

President Hightower welcomed William Shelton and long-time USATF youth committee Sam Germany to the USATF Board of Directors.


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