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Dave Wiens elected new IMBA board chairman

Published November 9, 2016

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BRAIN) — The International Mountain Bicycling Association's board of directors has elected Dave Wiens as its new chairman at the IMBA World Summit being held here this week. Previous board chairman Robert Winston served as chair for six years.

Wiens began serving on IMBA's board in January 2016. The former pro racer is also the founder and executive director of Gunnison Trails, a nonprofit organization. A member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, Wiens also works in the bicycle industry for Ergon. He created and now leads the Mountain Sports program at Western State Colorado University, and he is an ambassador for Lifetime Fitness and the Leadville Race Series.

"I'm honored and motivated to help lead IMBA into this exciting new era. Membership is at a record high and continues to grow. Because of the work being accomplished on the ground by IMBA chapters, Trails Solutions and our affiliated clubs, riding mountain bikes has never been better," Wiens said. "The IMBA staff is stacked with smart, experienced and hardworking people who are passionate about riding bikes on trails and I'm looking forward to being a part of all that this organization can accomplish."

Winston will reach the end of his third and final term serving on IMBA's board of directors at the end of 2017. A successful financial adviser for nearly 30 years, he is a senior vice president with Morgan Stanley in La Jolla, California. Winston has volunteered thousands of hours to a variety of community causes and is a lifelong passionate mountain biker.

"It has been my great honor to serve IMBA as chairman of the governing Board of Directors and see the organization grow in membership, stature and influence," Winston said. "Dave Wiens is the perfect choice to grab the baton and lead IMBA into a bright future. We are very fortunate to have him on the team and I wish him great success. I know IMBA will reach new heights under his leadership."

The board felt that naming Wiens the chair was the right first step before turning its focus to a search for an executive director for the organization. Mike Van Abel resigned as executive director in August.


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