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|Mike Van Abel Hired as IMBA Executive Director
|Mike Van Abel, a former national vice president for the American Diabetes
Association, has been selected to head the International Mountain Bicycling
Association (IMBA). Mike was picked from a field of more than 350
candidates, following a nationwide search conducted by T. Malouf & Company.
He replaces long-time IMBA executive director Tim Blumenthal, who recently
assumed the top role at Bikes Belong, the bicycle industry's trade
Hill Abell, president of IMBA's board and owner of the Bicycle Sport Shops
in Austin, Texas, said, "We couldn't be happier that Mike has accepted the
position. He brings outstanding skills to the job - from advocacy and
lobbying to fundraising and nonprofit leadership."
Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Mike received his B.S. in Biology and
Soil Science in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. For
the next eight years he worked for the YMCA, ultimately becoming an
associate executive director in Colorado.
In 1986 Mike joined the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to manage a
major federal grant program. He was soon promoted to a national staff
position where he oversaw numerous aspects of the organization - from
managing operations in several regional chapters to supporting events such
as the MS150 bike ride.
Mike was recruited to the American Diabetes Association in 1994 as an
affiliate services director, and was later appointed executive director of
the Colorado affiliate. When the ADA embarked on a massive restructuring in
1998, Mike was promoted to the position of national vice president. In this
role he guided and grew the Mountain and Pacific regions, while concurrently
leading the national rollout of the highly successful Team Diabetes marathon
training fundraising campaign as well as Oregon's Summit to Surf cycling
Mike lives in Broomfield, Colorado, with his wife and three children. An
avid outdoor enthusiast, Mike enjoys it all - including cycling, running,
hiking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing and canoeing. He will begin work as the
IMBA executive director on Oct. 18.
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