COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 12, 2008) - With the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, now in the rear-view mirror and the 2008 Paralympic Games coming to a close next Wednesday, Sept. 17, the new USA Table Tennis Board of Directors has its sights set on tackling the challenges that lie ahead for the organization in the next quadrennium. The organization will look to build on the best ever Olympic performance by a USA Table Tennis team, which saw Chen Wang advance to the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament, farther than any other U.S. player in Olympic table tennis history.
The newly named new United States Table Tennis Association Board of Director's met for the first time as a Board just before the 2008 Olympic Games, July 17-19, 2008 in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Table Tennis had been overseen by a USOC Management and Governance Committee for the past year. With the completion of the meeting, the new Board assumed the duties of governing USA Table Tennis, in cooperation with the USOC Management and Governance Committee.
"The USA Table Tennis Nominating and Governance Committee was extremely pleased with the quality of candidates that applied for the new Board," said Chris Vadala, Chair of the USATT Nominating and Governance Committee. "We are excited about the collective potential of these talented and dedicated individuals."
The first order of business for the new Board was to select a Chairman to lead the group. Peter Scudner (Lancaster, Pa.), an Independent Representative, was elected to Chair the new Board. Scudner is a Senior Vice President for Wealth Management and Corporate Client Group Director with Smith Barney. He is a Certified Investment Analyst (CIMA) and Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS). He is President of the Board of Directors of the North Museum of Natural History and Science and Vice Chairman of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
"I am honored to have been elected Chair of the USA Table Tennis Board of Directors," said Scudner. "We look forward to working together as a Board to advance USA Table Tennis as we move into the new quadrennium."
Individuals comprising the new eight-member Board of Directors are the following individuals:
Peter Scudner - Independent Representative and Chair
Jim Kahler - Independent Representative
Harold Jeffcoat ED.D., LL.M - Indpendent Representative
Linda Leaf - Club Representative
Mike Babuin - At-Large Representative
Christian Lillieroos - At-Large Representative
David Del Vecchio - National Organization Representative
Ashu Jain - Athlete Representative
Han Xaio - Athlete Representative
Please see below for biographies on the remaining USA Table Tennis Board members (Scudner's bio is listed above):
Jim Kahler (Athens, Ohio):
Jim Kahler is the Executive Director of the Center of Sports Administration at Ohio University. The Center links faculty, students and alumni to sports-related organizations and businesses, emphasizing research and harnessing knowledge to benefit the industry. Prior to joining Ohio University, he spent the previous three-and-one-half years at Arizona State University where he helped develop the MBA Sports Business Program at the W.P. Carey School of Business. From 1991-2002 he served as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team of the NBA.
Harold Jeffcoat ED.D., LL.M., (Fort Worth, Texas):
Dr. Harold Jeffcoat began his career in higher education in 1975 following ten years as a professional baseball player. Dr. Jeffcoat is the President of Texas Wesleyan University with tenured appointments as Professor of European Law and Professor of Humanities. At Texas Wesleyan University, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mary I. Gourley Scholarship Foundation and the Davey O'Brien Foundation.
Linda Leaf (Milwaukee, Wis.):
Raised on a dairy farm in northern Wisconsin, Linda Leaf moved to Milwaukee, Wis. After graduating from law school in 1975, she built her own general practice over seventeen years before new ventures began pulling her into different career paths such as video production and volunteer work on several non-profit boards. Table tennis was her outlet from care-giving during her recently deceased husband's long battle with cancer. She is the President of the Shorewood Table Tennis Club in Shorewood, Wis. and teaches table tennis at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Mike Babuin (Cary, N.C.):
Dr. Michael Babuin has 20 years of experience as Project Director and Manager on large scale, multi-million dollar infrastructure and public health-oriented projects throughout the world. He currently works for the town of Cary, N.C. and works for a local University as an adjunct professor. He is the founder and President of the Cary Table Tennis Association, promoter of the Cary Cup Championship and has been chair of the USA Table Tennis Hardbat Committee.
Christian Lillieroos (Oklahoma City, Okla.):
Christian Lillieroos is the Chairman and CEO of American Unity Investments which facilitates investments between U.S. and Chinese businesses. He is a committee member of the International Electronic Sports Festival which offers 10 sports championships within China. Previously, he was the Head Coach of the Texas Wesleyan University Table Tennis Team. He has also been a Technical Officer for the Americas Paralympic Committee, held a variety of positions with the International Paralympic Committee, was the USA Men's National Coach and has served USA Table Tennis as National Coaching Development Director and U.S. National Junior Development Director.
David Del Vecchio (Santa Monica, Calif.):
David Del Vecchio has served as the Treasurer and a Board Member of the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA) since 2005. NCTTA is the governing body of collegiate table tennis throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has been involved with planning, organizing and running numerous domestic (USATT-sanctioned) and international table tennis competitions including the 2007 Para Pan American Games, the U.S. Paralympics Table Tennis Championships and the College Table Tennis National Championships.
Ashu Jain (Marlboro, N.J.):
Ashu Jain started playing table tennis at the age of 11 in Westfield, N.J. His level boosted during his teenage years, especially at the University of Michigan where he co-founded the table tennis club. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Michigan. He made the U.S. National Team in 2001 and 2002, but an ankle injury forced him to retire from the sport early. His passion remains, though, serving on the USA Table Tennis Board as a leader in the governance reform process within USA Table Tennis.
Han Xiao (Germantown, Md.):
Han Xiao was born in Nanjing, China in 1986 and moved to the Washington, D.C. area at the age of two. He began playing table tennis at the age of six and was a perennial member of the U.S. Junior Team winning numerous Junior Olympics and Junior National titles. He played for the U.S. Men's World Team from 2004-2008 and was a member of the 2007 United States Pan American Games Team.