Richard (Dick) Celeste was educated at Yale and Oxford before becoming Director of the Peace Corps and elected as a two-term Governor of Ohio. He also headed an economic development consultancy until 1997, and served as U.S. Ambassador to India. In 2002, Celeste became the 12th President of Colorado College, an office he held for nine years. He continues to chair a number of corporate and nonprofit boards.
Liedel joined the USOPM team as CEO in May of 2018. Liedel previously served for nearly six years as president of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-producing arm of the Smithsonian Institution. Before that, he was with National Geographic for 16 years, becoming the executive vice president and chief financial officer. At Smithsonian Enterprises, he had oversight of the key commercial activities of the Smithsonian, including Smithsonian Media, retail, e-commerce, educational and consumer-branded products, and food services. During his tenure, the organization saw significant growth in revenue and earnings performance.
His board affiliations have included the Nobel Prize Education Fund; the National Philanthropic Trust, which he chaired from 2005 to 2008; EdWeek Magazine; and the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation. He currently serves on the board of the PGA of America, and previously served on the executive committee of the United States Golf Association, where he was chair of the museum committee.
Liedel, a resident of Vienna, Virginia, earned his bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and his master’s degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is a Wharton Fellow from the University of Pennsylvania.
Originally an inline skater from North Carolina, Joey Cheek quickly mastered the ice and became a world-record-setting speed skater. In 2002, at the Salt Lake City Olympics, Cheek won his first-ever international medal – a bronze in the 1,000-meter race. Over the next four years he won more than 25 World Cup and World Championship medals, a gold and silver in the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games, and joined Eric Heiden and Dan Jansen to become the first American male sprint world champions.
Joey Cheek is Co-founder and President of Team Darfur, an international coalition of athletes committed to raising awareness about and bringing an end to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. Cheek’s efforts after the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games to help stop the atrocities in Darfur raised over $1.5 million dollars and resulted in him being named the inaugural Heisman Humanitarian Award and one of TIME’s 100 most influential people.
Cheek graduated from Princeton University in 2011 after studying economics and Chinese. He currently lives in Colorado Springs where he works as a brand ambassador and sports marketing consultant to Olympic sponsors and other corporations.
Robert Cohen is the Chairman and CEO of The IMA Financial Group, Inc. The IMA Financial Group is a diversified financial services company which is currently comprised of four primary businesses. IMA, Inc. is a retail insurance broker, offering a full range of risk management-related products. IMA Select is a subsidiary of IMA, Inc. that focuses on high-end personal lines and specialty commercial business. Eydent Insurance Services, Inc. is a Managing General Agency/Managing General Underwriter. Towerstone, Inc. is a wholesale insurance broker. IMA Wealth is a discretionary money manager as both a registered investment advisor and a limited broker dealer.
A native of Kansas, he received his bachelor’s degree in Risk Management and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. His professional memberships include Colorado Concern, the Colorado Forum, Assurex Global, Intersure (Past Chair), World Presidents’ Organization, the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (Past Chair), and World Broker Network.
He earned his Charter Property Casualty Underwriters designation (CPCU) and is a graduate of Leadership Denver and 50 For Colorado. He is a 21-time participant in the City-to-City Leadership Exchange.
He and his wife, Molly, have three sons and one daughter.
CURRENT BOARD LEADERSHIP
For-profit: Atlas Advertising, Commerce Bank, Dovetail Solutions, Nexus BSP.
Non-profit: Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance, Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation (Past Chair), Colorado Succeeds, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair), Denver Sports (Founder and Past Chair), The Denver Zoo, Downtown Denver Partnership (Chair, DDI), Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. (Past Chair), United States Olympic Museum, United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, Visit Denver (Past Chair).
An established high profile international leader in the sports industry, Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA. She is charged with advancing the Laureus mission to change the lives of youth and strengthen communities through the power of sport. Laureus propels the growth of organizations using sport to help youth reach their full potential, then measures and proves the impact these programs are having on the health, education, employment and social cohesion of those youth. Named a 2015 Game Changer by the Sports Business Journal, Benita also serves on the International Olympic Committee Women in Sport Commission.
Benita joined Laureus USA following her senior executive role with the United States Olympic Committee as Chief of Organizational Excellence. Benita oversaw a plethora of operations functions, including Olympic Training Centers, athlete programs, business analytics, human resources, sport operations and strategic planning.
Benita previously served as USA Track & Field’s Chief of Sport Performance where she led Team USA to 29 medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the most medals collected by the U.S. Track and Field Team in 20 years.
She was named “Cable TV Executive of the Year” by Television Week Magazine for her leadership role as President and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the oldest and largest organization serving women professionals in the cable industry.
A world-class athlete, Benita won a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles in the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, making her the second American woman and the first African-American woman to accomplish this feat. She was a member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Teams, an alternate on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team, a gold medalist in the 1983 Pan American Games, an eight-time national champion and a 14-time NCAA All-American.
Benita is a graduate of the University of Tennessee (UT) with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. She resides in Haymarket, VA, with her husband, Ron, and their two children.
Charlie Huebner was named vice president of Paralympic development for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation (USOPF) in 2014 after serving as chief of Paralympics for the United States Olympic Committee since July 2006. He joined the USOPC in 2001 as the director of the newly founded U.S. Paralympics division. In his current role, he leads a dedicated effort to generate financial support for the benefit of U.S. Paralympic athletes and works closely with USOPF trustees to enhance the profile and philanthropic efforts of the USOPC.
Huebner is very active in volunteer community service projects that impact children’s charities. In 1996, Huebner was one of 41 Americans to be named a Jefferson Award winner for community service.
Hunter Kemper is the most decorated U.S. triathlete in history. A four-time member of the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, he is one of only two men in the world to compete in the first four Olympic triathlons (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012). Hunter, a seven-time U.S. Elite National Champion, has also won gold and silver medals at the Pan American Games. In 2005, he became the first U.S. male triathlete to finish the season ranked No. 1 in the world and was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year.
Over the years, Kemper has served as the national spokesperson for various youth triathlon events as well as A-T Children’s Project and the Pinky Swear Foundation. He is passionate about promoting health and wellness to the county’s youth. Kemper is currently writing a book and enjoys motivational speaking to corporations, schools, and conferences across the country.
Kemper graduated from Wake Forest University in 1998 with a degree in business and is a member of the Wake Forest Athletics Hall of Fame. A devoted family man, Kemper and his wife, Val, reside in Colorado Springs and are the parents of three young boys and a little girl.
David Evans Shaw, managing partner of the Black Point Group and a well-known business and social entrepreneur, has made notable contributions to leading public and private institutions, including wide-ranging experience in public service and in building science-based companies.
Shaw has served on the faculty of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is chair-emeritus of The Jackson Laboratory, Treasurer emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), founding chair of the Aspen High Seas Initiative and Sargasso Sea Alliance, a trustee-emeritus of the National Park Foundation, and a founding Advisory Board member to Curiosity Stream.
Shaw’s other affiliations have included Leadership Council of the Service Year Alliance, board member of Maine Medical Center and Hurricane Island Outward Bound, a member of the Executive Committee of the US-Israel Science and Technology Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, Explorer’s Club, YPO, CEO and others.
R. Thayer Tutt, Jr. is Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of El Pomar Foundation. He is the chair of the investment committee for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, and also serves on the investment committees for Colorado College and the Geological Society of America. Tutt is treasurer for the Air Force Academy Foundation, and treasurer and past president for the National Recreation Foundation Board in New York City. He is on the board of directors and treasurer for the Colorado Springs Health Foundation. He sits on the boards of trustees for Colorado College, Broadmoor World Arena and The Hundred Club of Colorado Springs.
In addition, Tutt is the president of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Foundation, president of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Endowment Fund and past president of Penrose St. Francis board of trustees. In 2009, he received the Business Citizen of the Year Award from the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Tutt is a graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in geological and geophysical sciences, and earned his masters from Duke University in business administration.
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