PARK CITY, Utah — The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation has named two new members to its board of trustees.
Joining the board are Daniel Leever, of Palm Beach, Fla., and Vail, and Lynn D. Bleil, of Park City, Utah. The announcement was made by Foundation President Greg Boester, an Olympic ski jumper who took over board leadership last summer.
Leever, the CEO of Specialty Products Corporation in Miami, has been a passionate supporter of ski racing in his Vail mountain home. Bleil, a longtime senior partner with McKinsey & Company, has long been engaged in the sport and recently was project leader on a valuable study for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. The foundation is the nonprofit fundraising arm of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing. They join a 74-member Board of Trustees representing leaders in American business and sport.
Leever is the founder of the Vail Snow Sports Foundation, a foundation that underwrites Team America, an elite alpine team of aspiring World Cup athletes. He attended Kansas State University and holds an MBA from the University of New Haven. Leever also serves on the board of Vail Mountain School and The Atlas Society.
A passionate supporter of ski racing, Leever has been involved with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail for more than 15 years. His son Alex is a freshman on the University of Denver varsity ski team. Dan served for many years as a member of the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail board of trustees and is currently a trusted advisor to the executive director and Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s executive committee. He was recognized as Volunteer of the Year in 2008 and received the club’s highest honor, the Zella Gorsuch award, for the greatest contribution to the advancement of skiing in the Vail Valley, in 2011.
Importance of Passion
“Dan and Lynn are representative of an important new trend in trustees,” Boester said. “Each brings a very extensive background in international business to our board. But just as importantly, each of them are passionate skiers and have been directly engaged in USSA club programs through their children and their direct support. Both understand our mission from the grassroots up.”