Tom Kelly (file photo: FTO/Marc Guido)

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Names Tom Kelly as Next Chairman

Ishpeming, MI – Tom Kelly, the Vice President of Communications of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the U.S. Ski Team, will take over as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming in the spring of 2014.

Kelly is currently the Hall’s Vice-Chairman of the Board and will share the Chairmanship with the current Chairman, Bernie Weichsel, following the Board Meeting to be held in Vail, Colo. in April until the spring of 2014, when the Board will meet in Park City, Utah, Kelly’s current home.

Tom Kelly (file photo: FTO/Marc Guido)

Tom Kelly (file photo: FTO/Marc Guido)

“We are very excited that Tom Kelly has agreed to bring his considerable leadership skills and experience in the world of skiing to the service of the national hall of fame this way,” said Weichsel. “He has served on our Board since 1998 and during that time has been one of the Board’s mainstays providing assistance in several areas, especially in improving our nomination and selection process for honored membership so that it is more transparent and efficient.”

Kelly’s career in skiing goes back to 1977 when he served as the Director of Public Relations for the Telemark Lodge in Cable, Wisc. While there he was involved in the organization of many international skiing events, the best known being the annual American Birkebeiner Nordic skiing race. From 1980 to 1987 he was the owner of Worldwide Nordic USA, a company that organized adventure travel tours in cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and cycling. In 1986 he was hired as the Assistant Nordic Director for the USSA and two years later was appointed the Vice President of Communications. For nearly 20 years, beginning in 1983 Kelly was one of the founding directors of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, which is one of America’s largest mountain bike races held between Hayward and Cable, Wisc., each year.

Weichsel, the owner of ski expo promoter BEWI Sports Productions, has served as the Hall’s Chairman since 2009. During that time he has enhanced the Hall of Fame’s sustainability through the organization of successful fundraising induction events at ski resorts across the country.

Tom Kelly, the Vice-President of Communications of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the U.S. Ski Team will take over as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in the spring of 2014. At this time he is the Vice-Chairman of the Board and will share the Chairmanship with the current Chairman, Bernie Weichsel, following the Board Meeting to be held in Vail, CO in April until the spring of 2014 when the Board will meet in Park City, UT.

Chairman, Bernie Weichsel said; “We are very excited that Tom Kelly has agreed to bring his considerable leadership skills and experience in the world of skiing to the service of the national hall of fame this way. He has served on our Board since 1998 and during that time has been one of the Board’s mainstays providing assistance in several areas, especially in improving our nomination and selection process for honored membership so that it is more transparent and efficient.”

Tom Kelly’s career in skiing goes back to 1977 when he served as the Director of Public Relations for the Telemark Lodge in Cable, WI. While there he was involved in the organization of many international skiing events, the best known being the annual American Birkebeiner Nordic skiing race. From 1980 to 1987 he was the owner of Worldwide Nordic USA, a company that organized adventure travel tours in cross country skiing, alpine skiing and cycling. In 1986 he was hired as the Assistant Nordic Director for the USSA and two years later was appointed the Vice President of Communications. For nearly 20 years, beginning in 1983 he was one of the founding directors of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, which is one of America’s largest mountain bike races held between Hayward and Cable, WI each year.

Bernie Weichsel, the owner of BEWI Sports Productions has served as the Chairman since 2009. During that time he has considerably enhanced the Hall of Fame’s sustainability through the organization of successful fundraising induction events at ski resorts across the country.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame is America’s national hall of fame and museum for ski sports. Located in Ishpeming, MI, the birthplace of organized skiing in America, its mission is to preserve and promote greater awareness of the achievements of America’s great skiers and snowboarders as well as those men and women who have contributed nationally to the development and growth of snow sports.

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