Keynote speakers for 2014 Triathlon Business International Conference

first_imgTriathlon Business International (TBI), the industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon, has announced its line-up of keynote speakers for the 4th annual Triathlon Business International Conference on 26-28 January in Marina del Rey, California.The opening keynote address will be delivered by Anita DeFrantz, Olympic rowing medallist, International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board member and President of the LA84 Foundation. TBI President Jack Caress will lead off Day 2, followed by Travis Tygart, Chief Executive Officer of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), and Gary Roethenbaugh, Managing Director of MultiSport Research. Rounding out the conference on Day 3, attendees will hear from Thom Richmond, President of California Triathlon.Anita DeFrantz is an executive board member of the IOC, member of the board of directors of the US Olympic Committee, a member of the 1976 and 1980 US Olympic teams, and is the President and member of the board of directors of the LA84 Foundation, which is managing Southern California’s endowment from the 1984 Olympic Games.In 1997 she became the first woman in the 103-year history of the IOC to be elected Vice President and was re-elected to the executive board in 2013. DeFrantz, an attorney, is the chair of the IOC’s Women and Sport Commission and the IOC Athletes’ Commission Election Committee. She is a member of the IOC’s Juridical Commission, the Finance Commission and the Sport and Law Commission. As a member of the US National Rowing Team from 1975-80, she won a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympics, a silver medal at the 1978 World Rowing Championships, and six national championships. This month DeFrantz was honoured by the International Rowing Federation for a lifetime of service to the sport of rowing.Travis Tygart became CEO of USADA in September of 2007. Tygart joined USADA in 2002. During his tenure at USADA he has also served as the Director of Legal Affairs and as Senior Managing Director and General Counsel, prosecuting cases on behalf of clean athletes before the American Arbitration Association and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Under Tygart’s leadership, USADA’s efforts to protect clean athletes have included cooperating with US Federal authorities on numerous investigations, including the international steroid bust, Operation Raw deal and the international doping conspiracy involving the BALCO laboratory in San Francisco. Tygart’s tenure as CEO also produced the ground-breaking research, ‘What Sport Means in America’.He also has served on various committees and boards including, the board of directors for the Sports Lawyers Association, the board of governors of the Partnership for Clean Competition, the Society for Major League Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches, the House Government Reform Committee’s Zero Tolerance Roundtable, the Association of National Anti-Doping Agencies; and was appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency as the Vice-Chair for its Independent Observers Team, which monitored the doping control and legal processes at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.Gary Roethenbaugh, Managing Director at MultiSport Research, is a law graduate with more than 20 years’ experience in commercial consulting and investigations, research and analysis. MultiSport Research, founded in 2010, is a specialist research and consulting firm to the triathlon and endurance sport industries. The company was born out of a personal passion for multisport. Immersed in the world of endurance sport, MultiSport Research is committed to delivering the most robust insights on all category trends.In early 2013, the MultiSport Research team conducted an annual survey about triathletes in the United Kingdom on behalf of the Triathlon Industry Association (TIA). The top-line result from the 3,800 respondents was that, despite the economic downturn, triathletes are maintaining or increasing the amount of money they spend in their sport. A range of findings from MultiSport Research will be available at the TBI conference in January 2014.Thom Richmond is President and co-founder of California Triathlon Network or Cal Tri, as it’s better known. Cal Tri is a 1600 member, 501(c)(3) statewide group with a principal goal of growing triathlon while giving back to the community. California Triathlon has been in the forefront of innovation within the triathlon club space and leads a number of key statewide initiatives including the annual Club Summit, the Charity Club Challenge and The Epic Ride Series.The 2014 Club Summit will be held at Ironman Vineman 70.3 and will host up to 300 attendees including the leadership of almost every major triathlon club in California. Richmond will be speaking about product and service sales from the tri club space. Richmond is also a principal partner of Citius Media, which provides strategy, business development and organizational development support to technology and large media companies.The TBI conference will be packed full of information and opportunities for everyone involved in the business and sport of triathlon. This year a special Event Director’s track has been added that focuses on the issues and needs of this segmented group of industry professionals. Some of the topics and activities for this year’s TBI Conference include:State of the Sport address by TBI president Jack CaressSpeed networking – one of the most popular sessions of the conferenceTechnology demonstrationsBike fit demonstration by Dan EmpfieldPanels: ‘Drug Policies and Endurance Sports’; ‘Non-traditional Events’; ‘What Can Triathlon Learn from Running’; ‘Sponsorship’; and ‘Charity Involvement and Corporate Wellness Initiatives: An Opportunity for Triathlon’General Sessions: ‘The State of Multisport Retail’; ‘ITU World Triathlon Series and Its Impact on the Sport of Triathlon’; and ‘Marketing Case Studies’Event Director Breakout Sessions: ‘Water Safety’; ‘Emergency Management and Safety’; and ‘Technology’The Active Network Awards Celebration including announcement of top retailers, top manufacturers, best triathlon article, best triathlon photograph and the Male and Female Ron Smith Award winnersConference dates, location and costs:Date: 26-28 January 2014Location: Marina Del Rey Marriott – Marina del Rey, CaliforniaCost: Triathlon Business International members – US$575 (Until 7 January 2014 with the Holiday Savings Special)Non-members – US$750 (Until 7 January 2014 with the Holiday Savings Special)Registration includes all conference events, meals and one ticket to the Awards Celebration. Non-member registration includes a 1-year TBI membership.www.triathlonbusinessintl.com Relatedlast_img

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