Board of Directors
Starting as a parent volunteer at the Norge Ski Club when his two children, Kailey and Kevin, began jumping as kids, Tom Bickner served on and chaired several committees at the club, including sponsorship, coaching, fundraising and membership. This led to Board of Director positions, including Vice President of the Norge Ski Training Center. While at Norge, Tom coached on the junior hills and became an official representing the Central Division as a judge and technical delegate, and then as a national official. Tom has served on the USANS Board of Directors for more than eight years as Secretary and Vice-Chair and is currently the Chairman of the Board. Tom Bickner's term is July 31, 2023.
Kevin Arquit, Chief Legal Officer, JBCHoldings Inc., is regularly recognized as one of the world's top antitrust attorneys. Kevin has secured approval for some of the largest and most complex mergers over the past 25 years and represented clients in high profile antitrust litigation before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as numerous state and international competition authorities. Before joining JBS Holdings Inc. Kevin served as an attorney specializing in antitrust and competition at the law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. Kevin is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and the Cornell University Law School. Kevin also serves on the board of the US Ski and Snowboard Foundation and the Adirondack Land Trust. Kevin Arquit's term is July 31, 2023.
Tom Petro is Managing Partner of 1867 Capital Partners, a venture investor in early-stage life sciences, Fintech, and tech-enabled business services. He is Chairman of the Board of OrthogenRx, Inc., and Chairman of the Fox Chase Bank Charitable board. Tom also serves on the Board of Directors of Univest Financial Corporation, Genome Profiling, LLC and Fintegra, and is a Board-Member-in-Residence for Silicon Valley-based Mach49. Previously, Tom was a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Chase Bancorp and led its initial public offering. Before that, Tom was President and Chief Executive Officer of Northeast Pennsylvania Financial Corporation. He is past chairman of BizEquity and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, and a former board member of the American Bankers Association. Tom Petro's term is July 31, 2023.
Matt Petri joined the Board of Directors of USANS in 2019 and was named Secretary in 2020. He retired from the financial services industry in 2021 after 35 years working to help Americans save for retirement in 401(k) retirement plans as a sales executive at Fidelity Investments, Financial Engines and T. Rowe Price. Matt was a member of the U.S. Ski Jumping Teams in 1984, 1985 and 1988 and the U.S. Winter Olympic Ski Jumping Teams in 1984 and 1988. He was also on the Board of Directors of the United States Ski Association from 1989-1991. Matt lives in Larkspur, California, with his wife, Nell, and has two children, Molly and Chase. Matt Petri's term is July 31, 2023.
Immediate Past Chair
Rex Bell is originally from Boston, New York, and now lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He competed as a club and collegiate ski jumper during the 1960s and 70s. Rex graduated from the University of New Hampshire and coached at the collegiate, club and national team levels. After retiring from coaching, he became a real estate developer and founded and serves as President of Northland Enterprises, a long-time sponsor of USANS. Rex was one of the original founders of USA Ski Jumping and former President of USA Ski Jumping and USANS. He is currently on the Executive Committee and co-Chair of the Sport subcommittee and acts as the US representative on the FIS Equipment subcommittee. Rex Bell's term is July 31, 2023.
Liz Holbrook spent her career as a health benefits leader at Aetna and US Healthcare. She successfully used innovative approaches, process and organizational design as well as Six Signa strategies to lead successful start-up, growth and turnaround initiatives. She led service operations divisions across the US and internationally, and she designed and led corporate initiatives including strategic planning, culture change and acquisitions. Liz now volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children and is on the board of Fox Chase Bank Charitable Fund. Liz Holbrook's term is July 31, 2022.
Alyse Forcellina, a Partner with Egon Zehnder (a Global Management Consulting & Leadership Advisory Firm), leads the firm’s Health Practice for the Americas and is also active in the Board and Assessment and Development practices. She launched her career working for a US Senator, covering healthcare policy and legislative priorities. Alyse earned a BA in American Studies from Yale, then a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business. As a former gymnast who competed in Division 1 college athletics, Alyse is passionate about sports and how it builds leadership qualities. Alyse Forcellina's term is July 31, 2023.
Sarah Hendrickson is a retired Olympic ski jumper who competed in Sochi in 2014 and South Korea in 2018. She was part of the first-ever Olympic Team for women's ski jumping in Sochi, Russia, after a tremendous fight for women's inclusion in Olympic ski jumping. After retirement from ski jumping, Sarah continues to serve on the USANS board, is a FIS representative for women's ski jumping on a global level and is continuing toward her education goals in nursing school. Sarah Hendrickson's term is July 31, 2022.
Co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Backcountry.com, Jim Holland is a two-time Olympian and six-time national champion Nordic ski jumper. Jim was a member of the US Ski Team for nine years. After graduating from the University of Vermont, he migrated to Utah and founded Wasatch Web Works, a web development company. Jim then teamed with John Bresee to found Backcountry.com. His focus on cost-effective retailing has led to exceptional year-over-year growth. A founding member of USA Ski Jumping, now USA Nordic Sport, Jim continues to be an avid athlete advocate in all aspects. He approaches everything outdoors with the same passion and focus that has made Backcountry.com the success it is today. Jim Holland's term is July 31, 2023.
Alissa Johnson, a registered nurse, is a former American ski jumper who has been ranked in the top 10 in the world. She was intimately involved in the drive to add women's ski jumping to the Winter Olympics and was featured in the film Ready to Fly. She was one of seven women who competed in the first US Olympic trials for women's ski jumping while being ranked ninth in the world, narrowly missing the cut for the 2014 Sochi games. Alissa’s father, Alan Johnson, is a former US Ski Jumping Team Coach, co-founder of USA Ski Jumping which has now developed into USA Nordic Sport, a USA Nordic Sport Board Member Emeritus and a current FIS delegate. Alissa’s brother, Anders Johnson, is a former two-time Olympic ski jumper. Alissa Johnson's term is July 31, 2022.
Born and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconson, Adam Loomis grew up at his hometown's Flying Eagles Ski Club. He competed for USA Nordic's Nordic Combined Team from 2012-2018. His career included two World Championship births and multiple World Cup top-30 finishes. Since retiring, he has stayed connected to the sport at both the local and national levels. Adam is the Head Coach at Park City Ski & Snowboard's Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Team. Adam Loomis's term is July 31, 2022.
For 30 years, David Noteware has successfully created and led teams in for-profit and not-for-profit environments. He has served as founder, C-level officer and consultant in a variety of activities spanning finance technology, consumer products, electronics manufacturing, real estate, legal services, non-profits and software. David has founded and sold several companies and currently runs a small private equity fund while also serving on corporate and non-profit boards. David Noteware's term is July 31, 2022.
Bob Jacquart is the Chairman and newly retired Chief Executive Officer of Jacquart Fabric Products, based in Ironwood, Michigan. After briefly attending MTU, Bob saw a different vision and joined his dad’s company – Jacquart Manufacturing - at the age of 19. He’s been there ever since. In 1983 he bought the company and changed the name to Jacquart Fabric Products. Bob’s personal motto, “never stop growing,” is reflected in the work of his company. His ever- changing role as the mentor of JFP presents new challenges each day. Bob has served on a number of boards, including the local Wells Fargo Bank Board, the Minneapolis Federal Reserve’s Business Advisory Board, Northern Initiatives Board, as Chair of the Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees and completed a term as a member of the governor-appointed Board of Trustees at Michigan Technological University. Today he sits on the board of Copper Peak, Inc., serving as Chair of its Organizing Committee. Bob Jacquart's term is July 31, 2024.
Board Member Emeritus
Alan Johnson is a founding member of USA Ski Jumping, now USA Nordic Sport, and was the head coach for the U.S. Nordic Combined team (1988-1992), program director for U.S. Nordic Combined team (1992-1995) and head coach for U.S. Ski Jumping team (1995-1996). He currently represents the US on the FIS Ski Jumping Committee. A long-time resident of Park City, Utah, Alan has held a leadership role in the development and supervision of the Utah Olympic Park facilities and was the Sports Manager of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics Organizing Committee. Alan is the owner of Ptarmigan Property Services, Inc., a management firm that oversees over 400 resort, commercial and residential properties.
Board Member Emeritus
Jeffrey Hastings is a founding member of USA Ski Jumping, now USA Nordic Sport, and an American former ski jumper who came in fourth on the large hill at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Jeff finished fourth overall on the World Cup circuit in 1984, was US National Champion four times, and won a World Cup in Lake Placid, New York, on the large hill in 1983. Since retiring from competition in 1985, he has served as a TV ski jumping analyst for several Winter Olympic Games and was named one of the 50 Greatest Sports Figures from Vermont by Sports Illustrated. A graduate of Williams College and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Jeff is the President of PRO-CUT International, an automotive specialty product supply company.