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SA Luge Board of Directors elects new officers

April 12, 2014, 4 p.m. (ET)

Trio brings top business, Olympic experience and leadership to new board

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - At its first meeting since a special election on March 29 produced a new Board of Directors, the USA Luge board met April 10 and elected its officers.

At the special election last Thursday, Dwight Bell emerged as President and will serve in that role through the Annual Meeting of members in 2018. Erin Warren was elected Treasurer and will serve in that role through the Annual Meeting of members in 2017. Mary Ann Deignan was elected Secretary and will serve in that role through the Annual Meeting of members in 2015.

“Now that the new board of directors has elected it slate of officers, I look forward to working with them to further the mission of the United States Luge Association,” said CEO Jim Leahy. “And that is to achieve Olympic, World Championship and World Cup medals.”

Bell served for 15 years on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Board of Directors. He was the Chef de Mission for the 2002 U.S. Olympic Team in Salt Lake City. Dwight founded Cannon Equities in 2001 as a diversified investment/development company specializing in both commercial and residential institutional grade real estate. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama.

Warren was a two-time Olympian, finishing sixth in Nagano. Erin is the Chief Marketing Officer at CollegeWeeklive, which helps students with their college search. She holds an MBA from the Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Erin was elected in 2013 to the USLA’s Executive Board, where she serves as the Treasurer.

Deignan is the Americas Head of Equity Capital Markets for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  She has 25 years of experience in banking and capital markets, raising over $200 billion in new issue proceeds. Mary Ann has extensive expertise in equity advisory and across all equity financing products ranging from IPOs to Convertible Bonds. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and has an MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth.

“After the outstanding Olympic and World Cup season that just ended, coupled with a new board and officers, we have a starting point to improve that athletic excellence and will strive to make even bigger headlines between now and the Olympic Winter Games in Korea,” concluded Leahy.

The 2013-2014 campaign ended with Erin Hamlin winning the first Olympic singles medal in team history. Hamlin was also the first American woman to medal in the sport.

The national team also claimed five World Cup medals, the most since 2009-2010. Chris Mazdzer won two silver medals in singles, while Kate Hansen’s World Cup victory in Latvia was the team’s first singles gold since 1997. USA Luge also scored a pair of World Cup silver medals in the team relay.