Executive Vice President, Athletics, Luke Bodensteiner spoke to a full room at the USSA Club Excellence conference. In his opening remarks, he shared the importance of culture in an organization at every level. He also spoke on the significance of USSA clubs and the role they play in the future of skiing and snowboarding in the United States. Watch his remarks below.
Brian Krill is the USSA's newly hired Club Development Manager in its Sport Education Department. Krill has worked in education, competitive mountain athletics and the nonprofit sector throughout his career, having served as Dean of Athletic Education at the Crested Butte Academy, Interim Director of the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation and pioneer of Peak Nonprofit Consulting, LLC.
This year's USSA Club Excellence conference kicked off yesterday with a speech from USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. In his speech, Marolt emphasizes the importance of clubs to the USSA, saying that clubs are the heart of everything the USSA does.
The USSA's recent self study, facilitated by an independent third-party consultancy well-versed in organizational effectiveness, revealed significant opportunity for improvement in the USSA's national governance structure. At the local level, the USSA's membership and programming is managed and controlled by a network of loosely affiliated associations, each with their own boards, their own decision making processes and their own missions and goals. In one sport alone, there are 17 different such organizations!
Over the past years, the USSA has used a variety of mediums to communicate updates with fans, members and everyone else who has taken an interest in skiing and snowboarding in the U.S. Today, we've launched an athletics blog to add a new element to our already existing coverage. The athletics blog presents us with the opportunity to provide thorough information on things as they are happening, straight from the people responsible here at USSA.