Passing the Torch
A certain sense of trepidation and apprehension kept swirling around my head as I prepared for the WMBC Executive Board retreat that had been in the making over the past year. For much longer than a few months of retreat planning we have been pondering the future of the WMBC, how we could be better, how we would grow and evolve in the best way possible. In fact over the past two decades these very questions dominated my thinking and energy to varying degrees. This retreat weekend was going to be no different, except in one major aspect.
With a mix of nostalgia and relief I was hoping to be a part of the process from a very different perspective. For the past year we have been seeking trusted advice and input as to how best, and most importantly when, to pass the torch of leadership on. The torch that WHIMPs founder Jim Sullivan lit and passed to me nearly 20 years ago.
Feeling the importance of passing that torch when it is stoked with new fuel and placed in capable hands to illuminate the trail for the long ride, I knew this retreat would be the right place and the right time. My fellow board members and their incredible retreat work kept me solid in my decision and enthusiastic about the future.
Matt Durand, our Vice President has been a trusted confidant, friend and is a proven capable leader. It is with a tremendous amount of respect and complete confidence I am proud to have nominated him to serve as our new President. Thankfully, he accepted and with unanimous agreement the Executive Board concurred and a new chapter for the WMBC has begun. Please join me in welcoming him to a very important new role.
I will continue as a Board Member of the WMBC redirecting my energies and playing a reduced role. It is at this time that I would like to extend my utmost gratitude to the organization and volunteers for your support. I will be forever grateful and proud of what we accomplished together over the past 20 years. It is a humbling experience to have been trusted with the opportunity to provide leadership during some of the most crucial times in the evolution of mountain biking in our community. I could go on for pages of all the things I would like to say and the memories I’d like to share.
But, instead I’ll keep it short and to the point and what I really want to convey.
Thank you and I hope to see you on the trails!