Three New Beach Representatives to USA Volleyball Board of Directors
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 5, 2012) – USA Volleyball is pleased to announce the addition of Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Lori Okimura (Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii) and Steve Bishop (Eustis, Fla.) to its Board of Directors, which meets on Oct. 8 at the USAV national office in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Rogers replaces Sean Scott as the beach volleyball male athlete director. Bishop replaces Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer as the elite beach volleyball development director. Both Rogers and Bishop will serve four-year terms through June 30, 2016. Okimura, who fills the vacant beach volleyball at-large director position, will serve through June 30, 2015.
“On behalf of USA Volleyball, we warmly welcome Lori, Todd and Steve to the Board of Directors,” USA Volleyball Board of Directors Chairman Adam Rymer said. “We are fortunate to have access to the vast experience that each brings with them and I personally look forward to working closely together over the coming years.”
Rogers captured the 2008 Olympic Games beach volleyball gold medal with partner Phil Dalhausser, followed by a ninth-place finish at the 2012 Olympic Games. Rogers has earned just over $2 million in beach volleyball prize money internationally and domestically. He has won 24 international titles as part of 78 overall titles, along with 139 total podium finishes. In 2007, Rogers and Dalhausser became the first U.S. pair to win the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship. He represented fellow international volleyball players as the FIVB male athlete representative from 2010 to 2012.
“I am honored to have been voted on to the USAV BOD by my fellow players,” Rogers said. “I will do my best to serve all the respective constituencies throughout the sport in the same manner I have trained on the court.”
Rogers was part of the FIVB Team of the Year for 2010 with Dalhausser, along with being the FIVB Tour Champion that year in which they won nine FIVB events and medaled in 11 of 12 events. He was awarded the FIVB Best Defensive Player award in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 after earning the FIVB Best Setter award in 2005. Rogers was chosen the FIVB Most Inspirational in 2008. Domestically, his career started with the AVP Rookie of the Year award in 1997 and he went on to win the AVP Most Valuable Player award in 2006. Rogers won the AVP Best Defensive Player Award four straight years from 2004 to 2007, followed by the Best Defender award in 2008. He teamed with Dalhausser to earn the AVP Team of the Year and Crocs Cup Champion honors from 2007 to 2009.
Rogers served as an assistant men’s volleyball coach at his alma mater, UC Santa Barbara, from 2000 to 2005. He was a two-time AVCA All-American at UCSB in 1995 and 1996.
Okimura holds a diverse volleyball background that includes marketing tour events, product marketing and international volleyball event management. She founded Creative Sports Strategies in May 2001 and continues as its president and chief executive officer. The company provides private services including sales, publicity, sports marketing and event management services on six continents. Okimura was a FIVB technical supervisor for events of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour providing executive management in coordination with event promoters to manage 70-100 staff per event in areas of volleyball information systems and media relations, television production, operations, competition, publicity, promotions and athlete services involving at least 200 professional athletes at each event.
Okimura was the chief operating officer for Online Enterprises, managing the day-to-day operations of the Beach Volleyball America (BVA) national pro beach volleyball tour from July 2000 to May 2001. As the global sports marketing director for Mikasa Sports USA from March 1995 to July 2000, she helped the brand increase U.S. volleyball and water polo sales by 72 percent over the first three-year period of employment. Okimura held progressive assignments in promotions, marketing and tour operations for the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) from January 1989 to July 1994.
“In the U.S., this is a critical growth period for the sport of beach volleyball that requires all hands-on-deck and the willingness to establish open lines of communication to maintain transparency in our sport's top organization,” Okimura said. “I look forward to using my experience in our sport to contribute to USA Volleyball, and the foundation of the beach programs built by the success of the players, coaches, staff and tournament organizers who must all continue working together to continue this positive growth.”
Bishop, who has served as the tour director for the USA Volleyball Dig the Beach Volleyball Tour since 2012 after being co-director from 2008 to 2011, brings a vast level of volleyball experience from the business side, administration, coaching, officiating and playing. He has served as executive director and president of the Florida Region of USA Volleyball since 2005 after a three-year term as its assistant commissioner and treasurer from 2000 to 2002. Bishop has served as the assistant commissioner of the new Premier Volleyball League since 2011 and became a Volleyball Hall of Fame board member in March of 2012. Since 2010, he has served as commissioner of the Florida Collegiate Volleyball League. Bishop was the head coach of Lake Sumter Community College from 2000 to 2002, while holding the position of junior club director and coach for Lake County Juniors from 1999 to 2006. He holds USA Volleyball CAP Level II certification and is a Beach CAP certified coach.
On the business side, Bishop was president of Business Solutions Network/Shirt House Enterprises from 2005 to 2011, along with Mid-Florida Athletic Club from 1999 to 2006. He was the controller/chief financial officer for Kinetics USA a subsidiary of NCR from 2002 to 2005 and Partners for Children and Families from 1997 to 1999.
“I am honored and humbled to be elected to a position on the USA Volleyball board of directors,” Bishop said. “As the National Governing Body for the sport of volleyball, our task is great and diverse. We must balance the demands of preparing our indoor, beach and sitting volleyball teams for international competition as well as creating exciting grassroots programming for the amateur and recreational volleyball enthusiasts across the USA. Interest in our sport is at an all-time high and together we can make a difference for our generation and the many generations to come. I look forward to meeting the rest of the board and getting to work immediately.”