2014 Race Director Symposium Presenters
Amanda Duke has been working with the USA Paratriathlon movement since 2010 and was recently named the paratriathlon program manager who will oversee our High Performance pipeline leading up to Rio 2016 and future Paralympic Games. Amanda is a current USA Triathlon Level II Certified Race Director and a USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach. Prior to moving into the High Performance team to work on the paratriathlon initiative full time, she was the national events manager where she oversaw the planning and execution of USA Triathlon’s owned-National Championships as well as the age-group Team USA program. Amanda currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., and works full time with USA Triathlon.
Andy is an account manager at ACTIVE Network, specializing in providing triathlon organizers with market insights and technology and marketing solutions to help them host successful events. He also gets involved as a participant and MC – he was one of 17 ACTIVE staffers who recently finished the Ironman Arizona, and has been the event announcer at many triathlons and running events.
Bill Burnett is the founder and managing director of Streamline Events. Based in Boston, Mass., Streamline’s current portfolio of events is located in New England and Florida bringing in more than 7,000 athletes annually. More than $1 million in charitable contributions have been made over the last five years through athlete engagement programs. Streamline’s Cohasset Triathlon is one of the fastest sprint-distance races to sell out in the country. Bill is a NCAA All-American swimmer and he currently swims with the Cambridge Masters Swim Club at Harvard.
Chuck Graziano is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach and has completed 217 triathlon and aquabike events as of the end of the 2013 season. Chuck has been chair of the USA Triathlon Age Group Committee for 12 years and is chair of the National Championships Event Selection Committee. He has also chaired the Hall of Fame Committee for six years and is a former member of the USA Triathlon National Board of Directors.
Chuck authored the Aquabike Suggested Guidelines paper, which is a best practices paper that was endorsed by the Age Group Committee, Race Director Committee and the USA Triathlon events staff.
As a rescue boat operator, Dan Ingalls began his career path with the U.S. Coast Guard. Dan took part in a surf rescue boat operations course provided to the Coast Guard by Marine Rescue Consultants (MRC). Once honorably discharged from the Coast Guard, he was hired by MRC and Emergency Management Training Consultants (EMTC) as an instructor and leads cliff and swift water rescue programs to this day.
Dan took positions with the Ventura Port District as a deputy harbormaster and California state lifeguards, ocean lifeguard at Huntington State Beach, and with the El Dorado County Sheriff as a river patrol deputy sheriff. Over the last 18 years, Dan has worked for the Placer County Sheriff's Department overseeing patrol officers, facilities development and all functions of alpine search and rescue.
As a competitor, he has been engaged in a multitude of disciplines. In his youth, he was a U.S. Cycling Federation junior road racer, water polo player and swimmer. While at the coast, Surf Lifesaving competitions, prone paddleboarding, surfing and triathlon dominated his personal calendar. Arriving in the Sierra, backcountry skiing, triathlon and cycling remain a staple of his active diet.
On May 30, 2012, Dan retired after a 28-year career in public safety and law enforcement. Since 1992 Dan has been operating the National Marine Safety Center (NMSC). Over the last several years, NMSC has been approached by numerous race directors asking for help with their water safety and support services during their events. Dan brings a wealth of unique operational skills, a keen understanding of aquatic event dynamics and leadership qualities valuable to public safety organizations and race promoters across the nation.
|Dr. Larry Creswell, MD
Lawrence L. Creswell, MD, is a cardiac surgeon and faculty member at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, Miss. He is an avid triathlete and open water swimmer. Creswell recently served on USA Triathlon’s Medical Review Panel that studied the issue of race-related fatalities over the past 10 years and the Swim Collar Task Force that developed recommendations about water temperature and race safety. He writes about athletes and heart health at his Athlete’s Heart Blog, at athletesheart.org, writes a monthly column at endurancecorner.com, and shares information about a variety of heart-related topics on Twitter at @athletesheart.
Fred Phillips is the owner of DLT Events and a partner in Tri Dallas Events, formerly Ironhead Race Productions. He has been actively involved in the multisport lifestyle for close to 29 years. During this time, Fred has served as a USA Triathlon regional board member, vice president and president. He has also been a USA Triathlon national board member and was the chair of the Race Director Committee from 2005 to 2006. In addition, he has produced more than 300 events across multiple platforms such as USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, USA Track & Field, U.S. Adventure Racing Association and Road Runners Club of America, including multiple USA Triathlon National Championships.
Fred holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science in industrial management. Fred is also in the final phase of certification as a deputy sheriff for the state of Arkansas and consults with various agencies on special event safety protocols.
Looking forward to 2014, Fred will produce more than 50 events across three states, including the Arkansas Trail Running Series, Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series, Arkansas MTB Marathon Series, Windstream Communications Triathlon Series and the Big Dam Bridge 100 cycling tour and festival.
As a representative for ACTIVE Network, Galen gets to speak with people every day in the endurance community who are focused on helping others achieve new goals. It inspires him to live his vision of helping others both personally and professionally, and Galen enjoy translating his passion for what he wants to do into what he gets to do. He is most proud of his three children, one of whom he coached to his first triathlon finish last summer. Galen loves living and working in Colorado and his ACTIVE is: Coaching, running, hockey and being a dad.
As Vice President, Jennifer's responsibilities include overseeing the ESIX service team as well as working directly with ESIX clients and the various insurance markets to find coverage alternatives and solutions. Hailed as the "go to girl", Jennifer brings a positive energy to her role and serves as a valuable mentor to her coworkers. Jennifer contributes to the ESIX Team with a comprehensive understanding of our clients and the sports and entertainment industry.
Jennifer has been in the commercial insurance field since 1999. She holds the Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) professional designation, and is a licensed Property and Casualty Agent in the state of Georgia.
When she's not posing for the paparazzi on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, Jennifer can be found at home spending quality time with her rescued Bichon "Puffy". Never to be hindered by a shortcoming, the vertically challenged Jennifer has been dubbed the "Queen of theHigh Heels" and has never met a stiletto she couldn't conquer! Proud of her self-proclaimed status as a bad cook, Jennifer would rather get her hands dirty in the garden than partake in kitchen duty.
Kari Ebeling is the Awareness Through Sports Initiatives Program Director for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults in Baltimore, Md. A leading voice in the young adult cancer movement, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults works at a grassroots level to support, educate, connect and empower young adult cancer survivors. Previously the chief operating officer and race director of TriColumbia, a premier endurance production organization that produces multisport events, at the highest possible levels of challenge, safety and integrity, and strives to make lasting and positive contributions to participating athletes and their community. Kari has served on several Board of Directors, is a member of the USA Triathlon Race Director Committee and has extensive experience in nonprofits and event management. She lives in Ellicott City, Md., with her husband and three grown children.
Kathy Matejka is a graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland with a degree in physical education and a coaching emphasis in team sports. After eight years of teaching and coaching elementary through high school age students in Istanbul, Turkey, and Athens, Greece, she altered her career path by transitioning into the Parks & Recreation field as a civilian working for the U.S. Air Force in Germany. Next stop was municipal Parks & Recreation in California where, incidentally, Kathy’s first exposure to the fledgling sport of triathlon came as a volunteer on the race course of the Oxnard Triathlon. Thus was born a passion for a brilliant new sport that burns to this day.
Kathy has served as the president of two triathlon clubs, Rincon Racing (Ventura, Calif.) and the Santa Cruz Triathlon Association (Santa Cruz, Calif.), has competed in more than 150 events from sprint- to ultra-distance triathlons since 1991. She was the assistant race director for a Kona qualifying race, Mike & Rob’s Most Excellent Triathlon, and became a USA Triathlon Certified Official in 1997. Kathy is a Cat 1 official and has officiated more than 100 races worldwide, including the Life Time Fitness Triathlon (which until 2007 boasted the largest cash prize in the sport) and has proudly served as the chief referee at three World Military Triathlon Championships.
Kathy joined USA Triathlon in early 2004 as the event sanctioning manager, bringing expertise in program management, community relations and customer service to the national office staff. Promoted in 2005, she currently serves the federation as a senior staff member, director of event services.
Meg Weagley is the multisport education manager at USA Triathlon. A member of USA Triathlon staff since May 2011, Meg oversees the race director certification, medical certification and timing education programs. Prior to joining USA Triathlon, Meg worked at the U.S. Olympic Committee and assisted the former medical director with the volunteer network and setting up the medical professionals for the Olympic Games. She received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College, double majoring in exercise physiology and anthropology. Meg was a Division III Rower at Skidmore and has been a member of U.S. Master’s Rowing. She continues to stay active through training for triathlons, skiing, hiking and teaching yoga.
As the founder of ESIX, Mike has more than 20 years of experience in the sports and entertainment business. His list of contacts and clients is extensive, including athletes such as Lance Armstrong, the United States Postal Team, Michael Jordan, and tennis great Pete Sampras. He is respected in the industry for his innovation in product design and his commitment to customer service.
As president of ESIX, Mike's role is to manage the considerable resources of ESIX and oversee the delivery of risk management and insurance services to all of the valued ESIX clients. A hands-on leader, Mike's day-to-day responsibilities include energetically overseeing all aspects of the corporation and sharing his passion to make ESIX exceed all expectations.
Mike's 'work hard, play hard' attitude is reflected in everything he does from participating in triathlons, heli-skiing and marathon bike rides, to his charitable contributions to Habitat for Humanity, Families First and St. Jude's Research Hospital. Mike's enthusiastic and sometimes fanatical approach to fitness has at times led to interesting situations. Rumor has it he has been seen many afternoons stripping down in the parking deck just to get a quick start on his workout! A certified commercial pilot and scuba diver, he has truly lived up to his childhood moniker of "Mighty Mouse!"
As an Account Manager with the ESIX Global team, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day servicing of Specialty Programs, and as the Certificate Systems Manager overseeing the servicing of the customized Certificate Issuance System, including client satisfaction, efficiency, compliance, client transition, processing and guidance.
Prior to joining the ESIX team Sarah worked on energy accounts in the commercial lines department at Wells Fargo. A native of New Mexico, she attended the College of Santa Fe and is a licensed Property and Casualty agent.
Sarah's bright smile is outshined only by her bubbly personality and mischievous sense of humor. Her hobbies include puppetry, ventriloquism, and waterslide design. When she is not pranking her co-workers she can be found hanging out with her daughter and two chi-weenies.
Rob Urbach was named chief executive officer of USA Triathlon in February 2011, and he has quickly made an indelible mark while advancing both the organization and the sport. In his role, Urbach oversees all day-to-day operations for the National Governing Body for triathlon — the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement — as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon. As the largest multisport organization in the world, USA Triathlon serves more than 550,000 members and sanctions more than 4,300 local events each year. In addition to its focus on age-group athletes, race directors, coaches and officials at the grassroots level, USA Triathlon is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Triathlon Union (ITU).
Under Urbach’s guidance, USA Triathlon has reached all-time highs in membership, youth participation, sanctioned events, certified coaches and official clubs, as well as many key revenue centers, including corporate sponsorship and fundraising. His leadership was instrumental in welcoming ITU World Triathlon Series to the United States through successful bid-to-host campaigns for San Diego in 2012-13 and Chicago in 2014 and 2015. This includes the Grand Final coming to American soil for the first time in series history in 2015.
One of the most accomplished executives in the sports industry, Urbach possesses more than 25 years of proven leadership experience. A proficient age-group triathlete, Urbach joined USA Triathlon from Cortview Capital Markets where he was a managing director providing mergers and acquisition, advisory and corporate financial services to sports industry clients.