Three Individuals Named To USA Team Handball Board of Directors

Dec. 16, 2013, 11:51 a.m. (ET)

After an exhaustive search process, the USA Team Handball Nominating and Governance Committee has named three individuals to fill the remaining open seats on the USA Team Handball Board of Directors. Dr. Harvey W. Schiller, Mike McNees, and Bob Djokovich will serve as Independent Directors and with their nomination the board is now fully constituted. More detailed information regarding the new directors is included below.

Members of the Nomination and Governance Committee are: Cindy Stinger (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 Olympian), Michael Lenard (1984 Olympian), Dennis Berkholtz (1972 Olympian, 1976 Olympic Coach) and Tom Fitzgerald (1996 Olympian), Chair.

"I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the Nomination and Governance Committee for all their time and hard work in this process, which has culminated in the nomination of three truly outstanding individuals," USA Team Handball Chief Executive Officer Matt Van Houten said. "USA Team Handball is poised to make significant progress in 2014 and beyond under the leadership of a fantastic and dynamic board made up of individuals with diverse and impressive backgrounds."

The USA Team Handball Board of Directors is as follows: 
Attila Agoston, General Membership Director
Jennie Choi, General Membership Director
Bob Djokovich, Independent Director
Tomuke Ebuwei, Athlete Representative
Mike McNees, Independent Director
David Palmer, Independent Director
Dr. Harvey Schiller, Independent Director
David Thompson, Athlete Representative
Tom Zelenovic, Independent Director

Brigadier General Harvey W. Schiller

Brigadier General Harvey W. Schiller, USAF Ret., Ph.D., is Chairman of the Board and CEO of GlobalOptions Group, an international risk management and business solutions company. In addition, Dr. Schiller serves as Vice Chairman and President of the Sports and Entertainment Practice of Diversified Search, one of the top executive search firms in the U.S. He recently served as President of the International Baseball Federation, the international governing body for baseball, and is a member of the board of the World Baseball Classic, and America's Cup 34. 

Schiller came to GlobalOptions from a position as Chairman of Assante U.S., a provider of financial and life management products. Prior to joining Assante, Schiller served as Chairman and CEO of YankeeNets, an integrated sports-based media company with ownership of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets, and New Jersey Devils. Until December, 1999 Dr. Schiller served as President of Turner Sports, Inc., a division of Time Warner; and President and Governor of the NHL franchise, the Atlanta Thrashers.

Before joining Turner in 1994, Schiller was Executive Director/Secretary General of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). He served as consultant to the 1984 Los Angeles Games and currently is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Commission on Women and Sports. In December 1994, he was awarded the prestigious Olympic Order, the highest decorated honor presented to an individual by the IOC.

Schiller joined the USOC after serving as Commissioner of the Southeast Conference (SEC) from 1986 to 1990 and served as a member of the NCAA Executive Committee. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1986, including combat service in Vietnam, and attained the rank of Brigadier GEneral. In 1980, the President of the United States appointed Schiller as a Permanent Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, and Army Airborne training. He holds several military awards including the Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross.

Schiller earned his bachelor's degree from The Citadel, is a member of their Athletic and Business Halls of Fame and is a recent recipient of the prestigious Palmetto Award. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in chemistry from the University of Michigan, and holds honorary doctorates from The Citadel, Northern Michigan University, and the United States Sports Academy.

Schiller was recently inducted into the New york Athletic Club Hall of Fame. He is active in a variety of national organizations and corporate boards. Recent appointments include: Chairman of the Management Committee for the NYC 2012 Olympic Bid Committee; Vice Chair of the Host Committee of the 2004 Republican National Convention; the Senate Commerce Commission to study the structure of the USOC; White House Commission on Presidential Scholars; Advisory Board, Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium; Co-chair, Advisory Board of the New York Business of Sport High School; Board, Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation; Board, Mesa Air Group; Board, Iverson Genetics; and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Goizueta School of Business at Emory University. He is a member of the Board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Bob Djokovich

US Air Force Academy graduate, 1978 
Co-captain of Air Force basketball team 1977-78
Started handball club at USAFA with Tom Schneeberger in 1976
National team member 10 years (1977-1987)
Team captain 1984 Olympic team
Won gold in 1987 Pan Ams, silver in 1986 Goodwill Games
Won Nationals 6 times
President, USA Team Handball, 2001-2004
Member, USOC Board of Directors, 2001-2004
Professional career includes COO of Ramtron International 2006-2010

As an experienced general management executive, Bob has driven record sales and profit growth of two high tech companies. Under his leadership, Ramtron International doubled the size of the company in 5 years while maintaining 50+% margins and reducing defect levels to 2 dppm. After inheriting a legacy of losing money, the company generated cash 19 out of 20 quarters at Ramtron, with 80% of sales being exports.

At Advanced Energy Industries, the company grew from $20 million to $400 million in 8 years under Bob's leadership. Comfortable in high growth and dynamic environments, Bob has the ability to analyze a complex variable set and provide quick and clear direction that leads to continuous improvement and profit enhancement. Building on his experience as an Olympic Athlete, Bob has the ability to lead and develop motivated teams that are held accountable to the vision of the company. Bob's career has been defined by turning around organizations, which has led to experience in manufacturing, test, quality, materials, logistics, New Product Introduction, R&D, and customer satisfaction.

Mike McNees

Mike McNees, the City Manager of Melbourne, Florida, is a veteran public administrator who returned to public service in 2013 after serving as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of USA Track and Field (USATF), the National Governing Body for Track and Field, Road Running, and Race Walking, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to that, he was County Administrator for Blaine County, Idaho, served for six years as City Manager of Sarasota, Florida, and in several top management positions for Collier County, Florida, including Assistant County Manager/CCO.

During his three-year USATF tenure McNees worked in strategic planning, developing and managing events, sponsorship development and fulfillment, sport performance development and athlete relations, as well as programmatic management across the spectrum of USATH activities. He served as the contact point for the organization with both the USOC and NCAA, developing strong relationships with both, and took Team USA to numerous international championship events, participating in the Congress of the International Association of Athletic Federation as well as the Pan American Federation. 

In this thirty-year career Mike has worked on both sides of the table both for and as a member of appointed and elected boards and boards of directors, including as president of one of the ten largest community theaters in the United States, The Naples Players, Inc. He is an experienced operational and financial manager as well as an authority on board/staff relationships and governance issues. He also models and supports high standards of ethical conduct in governance and operations.

As an athlete, before competing in Masters Track and Field in later life, McNees was a Big Ten Conference champion at Indiana University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry, and he earned his MBA in Management from Louisiana Tech University while working as Assistant Track Coach. He is a graduate of the Advanced Government Finance Institute of the Government Finance Officers' Association, and the Center for Creative Leadership's Leadership Development Institute.

Mike has a strong belief in the Olympic ideals, and in the life-changing power of sport, competition, and fitness for athletes of all ages.