Bob Bergbauer announced as USABS' newest Chairman of the Board of Directors

Aug. 27, 2018, 9:43 a.m. (ET)

Bob Bergbauer announced as USA Bobsled & Skeleton’s newest Chairman of the Board of Directors

 


 

This past June, Robert “Bob” Bergbauer was announced as USA Bobsled & Skeleton’s (USABS) newest Chairman of the Board of Directors. Bergbauer will take over for Michael “Pete” Piechoski, who stepped aside after serving three years as chairman. 

 

Bergbauer will serve a term of four years. In his role as chairman, Bergbauer will work to direct and provide vision to the Board of Directors and USABS Chief Executive Officer, Darrin Steele.

 

Prior to joining USABS, Bergbauer served as partner with KPMG, a global accounting, tax, and consulting firm. Upon retirement, Bergbauer, who gained valuable experience in corporate board governance through multiple consulting assignments, expressed his interest in working in a similar capacity for a non-profit. It was over dinner with his high school friend, and then USABS chairman, that Piechoski persuaded Bergbauer to go through the nomination process for the USABS board.

 

For Bergbauer, his inauguration as chairman could not come with better timing as USABS embarks on a new Olympic quad. Moving forward, his vision, and that of the entire board, will focus primarily on athlete welfare. 


“Our top priority is doing all that we can to position our athletes for success. That’s what we’re here for,” remarks Bergbauer. “A crucial step in that process is to ensure that we have a very solid and sustainable funding base for our athletes. We have to help the organization do a great job in attracting, retaining, and growing corporate sponsors to underwrite the costs for our team.” 

 

In addition, Bergbauer seeks to “turn the lens around” by looking at the athletes’ needs and priorities from a 360 perspective. 


“I think we do a really good job of taking care of them while they're competing and representing our country as part of the USABS team," Bergbauer said. “What I don’t think we’ve paid enough attention to in the past is what happens to them when they’re finished competing.” 


With the creation of the Athlete Mentorship and Alumni programs, the USABS board will address the concerns of athletes as they transition to life after sliding. The board is looking at ways to support athletes’ post-career plans through mentoring relationships, employment referrals, and training in resumé writing, interviewing skills, and possibly acquiring internships. Although the program was recently launched, the initial reaction has been very positive and has already seen athletes connecting with board members as mentors and career coaches.

 

Bergbauer’s experience and business acumen, matched with his direct and inclusive leadership style, will further establish USABS as a competitive force on the world stage.