Leadership Changes at IMBA – Mike Van Abel Steps Down
This message from Robert Winston, Chair, IMBA Board of Directors, was sent out to IMBA members recently. Wyoming Pathways is sad to hear that Mike Van Abel is leaving IMBA and we will continue to follow this story and how IMBA moves forward with new leadership.
Dear IMBA Member,
I am writing to inform you of upcoming leadership, changes at the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). IMBA’s board has accepted the resignation of Mike Van Abel as Executive Director, effective September 2, 2016. As board chair, I will be working with the rest of the board to select a permanent replacement for the Executive Director position. Dan Brillon, IMBA’s Vice President of Finance, Administration and Programs, will act as Interim Executive Director.
As IMBA’s second Executive Director, Mike has been an outstanding steward for IMBA and its initiatives throughout his 12-year tenure. Under his leadership programs such as the Chapter Program and the Regional Director Program have become successes, and have significantly strengthened IMBA’s membership and influence for mountain biking. On behalf of myself and the entire board of directors, I wish Mike every success in his future endeavors.
“When I was hired, IMBA’s board asked me to focus on three things: growing membership, growing industry support and helping IMBA become more professional,” said Van Abel. “I am proud to say we have done all three. I am most proud of the restructuring done that has led to what IMBA is today—a much more cohesive association of local chapters ready to be led into the next phase of growth and development by someone new.”
IMBA is well-poised to continue Mike’s great work transforming IMBA into a strong chapter-based association, and we are excited to announce new chapter support initiatives as part of our World Summit being held in Bentonville, Arkansas this November. Registration is open for the event and we hope you will join us.
Thank you for your continued support of our mission to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences.
Chair, IMBA Board of Directors