Advisory Board

 

 

Tom Kruse, Advisory Board President, Founding League Director

As Board President of the New Jersey Interscholastic Cycling League, Tom is stoked to introduce the world’s best life-style sport to the next generation. He has been riding bikes for most of his life, and with the purchase of his 1984 Stumpjumper was hooked on mountain biking, and the lifestyle and community that goes with it. Tom started racing in 1992, and his recent accomplishments include a New Jersey State Championship, and first place in the regional mountain bike race series, both in the Cat 1 Open Single Speed category. In 2015 Tom competed in the NUE Series’ 50+ Masters field, earning himself a bunch of podium finishes.

Tom joined NJ-based Team Bulldog (www.teambulldog.com) in 2009, and started the team’s U19 racing team in 2010, leading the program as head coach and director ever since.

Tom earned a B.Sc. from Cornell University many, many moons ago, and after a career in ERP system consulting and project management is enjoying semi-retirement and staying active with his wife, son and daughter. He believes that cycling has the ability to change lives, and is passionate about sharing that gospel with today’s juniors through his ongoing involvement with Team Bulldog U19, and on a broader basis through NICA.

Tom served as League Director for our inaugural season and has now stepped up to become the Advisory Board President. He is also keeping a “hands on” role as a coach on his local NICA team as well as taking Chief Course Marshal responsibilities for the 2018 season.

 

David Kahl, Board Vice President, Development Director

David and his wife Heather, along with their boys Taylor and Trevor, have been cycling together for the past 15-20+ years. They have enjoyed mountain bike trips to Moab and Park City, Utah, and more than 20 seasonal trips to the Kingdom Trails in Vermont.

Together, David and Heather own and operate a local security alarm company, AC Daughtry who are a major sponsor of our League. Their company also sponsors two race/club teams in the area, the regional H2H Mountain Bike Race series and they have been interested in NICA since first meeting with the organization at Interbike many years ago.

David was a competitive ski racer and attended Burke Mountain Ski Academy in high school. Following high school and prior to graduation from Seton Hall University, he began ski coaching at a New Jersey high school for two years. Together, he and Heather coached USSA programs for the next 15 years. David was the President of the New Jersey Ski Racing Association for seven years.

David and Heather are active club and board members of a local cycling group and have each raced to multiple state and regional cycling championships. They look forward to being able to continue to “Complete the Circle” as they introduce their winter friends, to their spring, summer and fall cycling friends!

 

Sandy Chapman

With a career spanning nearly 40 years within the cycling industry with sales, marketing and territorial management experience; Sandy has worked at every level from retail store management and sales, event promotion, OEM sales, technical event support to manufacturers sales representative. Sandy first began riding mountain bikes in 1980 and forged a successful racing career both on and off-road spanning the early years of mountain biking, racing as a NORBA pro through masters level state championship TT titles. He’s taught skiing as a certified Professional Ski Instructor of America.

Sandy served on the Competition Committee of the initial NORBA Board of Directors and is the founder and past president of the Eastern Bicycle Sales Representatives Association as well as a charter member of JORBA (Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association). Sandy has been active in the development of a Safe Routes to School program in his local community as well as being a member of The NJ Bike Walk Coalition, the National Bicycle Dealers Association, and has been an active fundraiser for World Bicycle Relief.

 

Marty Epstein

Yes, there really is a Marty.

Marty opened his bike shop’s doors in 1978 and has been cultivating cycling culture in New Jersey ever since. Marty now has three locations and is the driving force behind an ever-increasing number of local cycling events including Gran Fondo NJ, which named the NJICL as a beneficiary in 2017.

In October of 2017, Marty was presented the Elmer J. Sorensen Legend Award by the president of Trek Bicycle, John Burke. The Legends Award is presented to select retailers who have shown legendary commitment to cycling, their community and their business partnership with Trek. Marty is officially a LEGEND!

Marty’s iconic fro has gotten slightly less “big” over the years, but he is still affectionately known as “The Logo.” Marty isn’t only the logo, he is always out there riding. You’ll often find him pedaling through the highlands on his Trek Dual Sport Plus E-Bike.

 

JoAnne Kruse

JoAnne Kruse is on the NJICL Board of Directors, and also serves as our Medical Coordinator for the league, utilizing her skills as a volunteer EMT. Along with her husband Tom and their two wonderful children, they are a long time biking family. When not working with the league, JoAnne is the Chief Human Resources Officer for American Express Global Business Travel (GBT).

JoAnne graduated with a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and earned her MA in Psychology from the Columbia University.

 

 Jason Fenton

Born and raised in the woods of Maine, Jason is equally at home on a Road or mountain Bike. On any given morning, you might find him and his daughter outside working to maintain New Jersey’s mountain bike trails. As the owner of Halter’s Cycles in Montgomery New Jersey, where he has worked since 1991, Jason is a major supporter of trail advocacy and access. He goes by “J” most of the time but he might answer to Jason as well. The trails at Six Mile Run State Park are a testament to his advocacy efforts and trail building skills.

Rich Wolter

More about Rich coming soon.

If you are interested in furthering the NJICL mission and playing a strategic role in the development of youth mountain biking in New Jersey, we would love to speak with you about joining our Advisory Board (Job Description).

The Advisory Board meets four times per year and provides program support, fiduciary oversight, and strategic direction to the League Director. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for youth development and embrace the NJICL mission, vision, and values. Please contact JoAnne Kruse via email for additional information.