USSA Chairman Dexter Paine presents Olympic champion Kaitlyn Farrington with a special award during USSA Congress 2014. The USSA will nominate Paine for a seat on the International Ski Federation's FIS Council at its Congress meeting June 1-7 in Barcelona. (USSA-Sarah Brunson)
PARK CITY, Utah (May 19) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced that it will nominate its Chairman, W. Dexter Paine, as a candidate for the International Ski Federation (FIS) Council at the 49th International Ski Congress, June 1-6, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Paine has been chairman of the USSA, the highest elected position in U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, since 2006. He was president of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, the fundraising arm of the team, from 2002-2006.
Paine grew up in the state of New Hampshire and has had a life-long passion for snow sports. He is a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, where he was a member of the alpine ski team. He has been a USSA voting delegate at several FIS Congresses and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Vail 2015 FIS World Alpine Championships. He has attended many Olympic Winter Games, FIS World Championships and World Cup competitions. Most recently, he was with the U.S. team for 16 days and attended over 20 nordic, alpine, freestyle and snowboarding events at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
In his private life, Paine ￼is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paine & Partners, a New York based ￼private equity firm, which invests primarily in the food and agribusiness sectors, a number of which are ￼located in Europe. He has homes in New York and Switzerland. Dexter and his wife have three children ￼ages 19, 18 and 16 who ski raced.
"It has been a great honor for me to serve as a FIS Council member and Vice President for the past 12 years," said Bill Marolt, who retired as USSA President and CEO in March, 2014. Marolt has sat on the FIS Council since 2002. "I would like to thank all of my FIS friends for their support and counsel through the years. I look forward to serving as a Council member through the Congress in Barcelona and appreciate the support of Dexter Paine as our Council nominee."
"I really appreciate the opportunity to be nominated by the USSA for FIS Council and ￼look forward to contributing to the continued success of the FIS in the future," said Paine."I look forward to seeing everyone at the Congress in Barcelona."
The election of the FIS Council will take place Friday, June 6 in Barcelona.