Chief, Sport Performance & NGB Services

Rick Adams was named the chief of sport performance and National Governing Body services for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee in February 2019. He joined the organization in October 2010 as managing director of NGB organizational development, and he has since held titles including chief of sport operations and Paralympics, and chief of Paralympic sport and NGB organizational development.

Adams is responsible for several USOPC departments, including sport performance, U.S. Paralympics, NGB support services, games operations and collegiate partnerships. He develops and deploys strategies to aid NGBs and other partners in ensuring high-performance support for athletes. He continues to work with NGB leaders to improve NGB organizational health and effectiveness.

Adams previously served as CEO of USA Weightlifting, where he led the organization through a transformation that increased membership, established several grassroots programs and generated new sponsorship revenue. He also served as chief operating officer for Beyond Meetings & Incentives, president and managing partner for RBC Sports, and president and CEO of the East Coast Hockey League.

A resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Adams is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and obtained his law degree from Rutgers University.