USA Boxing

Alan Rothenberg, Kevin Franklin and Boyd Melson Maintain Board Positions while John Brown and Frank Filiberto Accept New Spots

Jan. 06, 2009, 2:25 p.m. (ET)
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - Three current USA Boxing Board of Directors members have reclaimed their positions. Independent Director Alan Rothenberg (Los Angeles, Calif.), Officials Director Kevin Franklin (McDonough, Ga.) and Athlete Representative Boyd Melson (New York, N.Y.) were all selected to serve a second term. John Brown (Kansas City, Mo.) and Dr. Frank Filiberto (Palm Bay, Fla.) have been chosen to serve on the Board, filling the Coach and Grassroots Directors positions, respectively.

Rothenberg, the founder and Chairman of the 1st Century Bank, is also chairman of Premier Partnerships, a sports and entertainment marketing and consulting firm. He has been a highly respected ambassador to the sport of soccer and has served as Chairman of the Board for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, Chairman and CEO of the 1994 World Cup Organizing Committee and President of the United States Soccer Federation.  He is also the founder and member of the Board of Governors of Major League Soccer, the outdoor professional soccer league, which began operation in 1996.  In addition, Rothenberg was a member of the NBA Board of Governors from 1971-79 and from 1982-90. He will serve a four-year term as an independent director.

Franklin previously served as the Chief of Officials for USA Boxing and has been a referee/judge in the organization since 1994.  An AIBA level official, Franklin has worked numerous national championships as an official and was a boxer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Melson, a former member of the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program, is a 2003 West Point graduate. A Captain in the United States Army Reserves, Melson is currently a personal trainer at Equinox Fitness as well as working as a sales representative in radiological sales. An accomplished amateur boxer, Melson was the 2004 World Military Champion and a member of the 2005 and 2006 USA Boxing National Teams, and competed in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Team Trials.

John Brown is the CEO/Owner of Ringside and has been involved in amateur boxing since he was a teenager, and has devoted his life to the sport he loves. He is returning to USA Boxing's Board of Directors for a second term and has been the President of the Missouri Valley Local Boxing Committee (LBC) for over 15 years. In addition, Brown created the Ringside World Championships, which boasts more than 1,400 competitors annually. He is currently the Chair of USA Boxing's LBC Task Force as well as the head coach of the Turner Boxing Club. Brown replaces Tom Coulter as the Coach Director and will serve a four year term.

"I am proud to be a Board member for USA Boxing for the simple reason that amateur boxing has been my love and passion everyday for the past 45 years," Brown said. "I hope to help USA Boxing achieve its full potential by lending my grassroots experience to CEO Jim Millman and Chairman Dr. Virgets."

Filiberto, a former Board Member and USA Boxing Treasurer, is enjoying a return to USA Boxing's Board of Directors as well. He has served as President of the Florida Association for the past 15 years, and currently heads USA Boxing's Medical Task Force. A board certified Otolaryngologist and Facial Plastic Surgeon, Filiberto is a two-time USA Boxing Physician of the Year. The founder of the Palm Bay Boxing Club, Filiberto is a certified coach, referee and judge as well as a member of the AIBA Technical Committee. He will fill the Grassroots Director role previously held by David Swavey and serve a four-year term.

"It is indeed an honor to serve the membership," Filiberto said. "I am truly humbled with the selection to serve."

Rothenberg, Franklin, Brown and Filiberto were all selected by the Nominating and Governance Committee while Melson was elected by the Athlete Advisory Council.  

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