The Access Fund Welcomes New Board Members - SNEWS

The Access Fund Welcomes New Board Members

The Access Fund welcomes five new members to the Access Fund Board of Directors: Mark Crowther, Paul Fish, Troy Mayr, Brad McLeod, and Beaver Theodosakis.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

The Access Fund welcomes five new members to the Access Fund Board of Directors. The new members were approved at the recent October Board meeting held in Asheville, NC.

"We are excited to welcome the new board members and look forward to their contributions to the mission of the Access Fund. Each member brings a wealth of experience to our all volunteer Board and will fill an important role over the course of their terms," says Board President, Dan Nordstrom, owner of Washington based Outdoor Research.

Access Fund Board Member terms are three years and it is an unpaid, voluntary position.

Mark Crowther
Mark Crowther is the CEO of Permanent Publishing USA, publisher of Urban Climber Magazine and Surfer's Path. Based in New York, Crowther has over 10 years experience in media, entertainment, and marketing.

Crowther brings high level expertise in marketing, promotions, and communications pertinent to spreading the mission of the Access Fund. This Harvard MBA graduate and former Director of Development at the BBC is experienced in community-building and has a talent for not only reaching out to the next generation of climbers but instilling in them the mission of the Access Fund.

Paul Fish
More than 20 years ago, Paul Fish was running his pack manufacturing company out of his home. Now, Mountain Gear is in the homes of climbers everywhere with a hugely successful internet business complementing his bellwether storefront business in Spokane, WA.

Fish's brainchild, the Red Rock Rendezvous (RRR), has grown into one of the biggest climbing events ever. Like everything he touches, the event is unique. The RRR annually brings together climbers from across the country, no matter what their level of experience, for a three day celebration of climbing in March.

Troy Mayr
A professional photographer and among the first climbers in the US to climb the 5.13a grade, Troy competed in National and World Cup climbing events in the late 80's and early 90's and has authored 5 climbing guidebooks.

In 1994 Troy began a non-profit group, the Climbers Conservation Alliance, in an effort to establish trails and waste disposal solutions for the Williamson Rock area. Now he is head of the Access Fund Affiliate organization Friends of Williamson Rock which was created to mitigate the recent closure of Williamson Rock. Troy is always on the frontlines of working to keep climbing areas open.

Brad McLeod
Brad, an environmental consultant, was one of the founding members of the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) and only recently has stepped down as its president. He is responsible for so many things in southeastern climbing—from putting together the Triple Crown bouldering series to saving Boat Rock.

Brad has personally spearheaded climbing preservation efforts at over 600 acres worth of climbing resources and has collaborated with climbers, land owners, government agencies, and other organizations to make this a reality.

Beaver Theodosakis
Founder & CEO of prAna, Beaver has over 25 years of entrepreneurial know-how. Especially adept at reaching the younger audience, Beaver always makes certain that the Access Fund is a central part of prAna and has done so since his company's very beginning.

The constant idea guy, Beaver understands what it takes to run a successful business and more importantly, how to run a responsible company. prAna's groundbreaking Natural Power Initiative shows corporate responsibility and encourages consumers to think about their energy consumption which directly effects our climbing environments. Beaver understands it's not just about selling great clothes, it's about changing the world.

The Access Fund Board of Directors meets three times a year at various locations across the country known for their important climbing resources. The next meeting will be held May 5th 2007 in Yosemite CA.

Since 1991, the Access Fund has been the only national advocacy organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. The Access Fund supports and represents over 1.6 million climbers nationwide in ALL forms of climbing; rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. Five core programs support the mission on national and local levels: public policy, stewardship & conservation (including grants), grassroots activism, climber education, and land acquisition. For more information visit http://www.accessfund.org or http://www.boulderproject.org

Related

The Access Fund Announces New Executive Director

The Access Fund is pleased to announce the hire of Brady Robinson as the new Executive Director. Robinson's 20-year climbing career spans the spectrum from dirtbag climber to professional climber, writer, and photographer. He also has a decade of nonprofit management experience ...read more

The Access Fund Awards Over $22,000 in Grants

The Access Fund kicks off its fifteenth year of supporting grassroots climbing advocacy and conservation projects by awarding more than $22,000 in its first Climbing Preservation Grants cycle of 2006 for trail improvements, preservation of private lands from development, ...read more

2006 Access Fund Sharp End Award Recipients

Each year the Access Fund recognizes individuals and businesses that volunteer their efforts and shine above the rest in their commitment and work on behalf of the American climbing community for preserving climbing access and the climbing environment. This year's awards and ...read more

Access Fund's boulderProject.org - Relaunched, Remixed, Reborn

The Access Fund's boulderProject website, boulderProject.org, is reborn! boulderproject.org is a virtual community of climbers who understand the boulderProject mantra—climbers, the environment, and access are all connected. Along with the growing community of "peeps", ...read more

The Access Fund Announces a New Program for Youth Climbing Teams

The Access Fund is pleased to announce the launch of a new program, the boulderProject TeamWorks competition.With the cooperation of team coaches, indoor youth climbing gym teams will host or participate in Access Fund Adopt-a-Crag events all while amassing points. As a reward ...read more

Access Fund Executive Director Set to Depart

The Access Fund announces today that Steve Matous, Access Fund Executive Director since 2002, will depart his post at the end of June. Matous comments, “I would like to thank our supporters, volunteers, partners, staff and board for support of our mission and work as I announce ...read more

The Access Fund's Seventh Annual Adopt-a-Crag Celebration

Presented by REI, GORE-TEX® products, and Clif Bar, The Access Fund is proud to announce that the seventh annual Adopt-a-Crag season is in full swing! Marked by the September Adopt-a-Crag Celebration month, Adopt-a-Crag has evolved into a year-round program. More than 43 events ...read more

Eastern Mountain Sports Raises $16,000 for the Access Fund

Eastern Mountain Sports raised more than $16,000 for the Access Fund during the retailer's Upgrade Your Gear sale held last month, April 20-22. Access Fund Corporate Partner Eastern Mountain Sports split one percent of sale's revenue equally between the Access Fund and the ...read more

Climbing Access on Private Lands- An Access Fund Summit

The Access Fund hosted a national conference for climber-activists on September 23rd and 24th at Eldorado State Park outside of Boulder, Colorado focusing on climbing access on private lands. "To effectively preserve access in perpetuity to climbing areas on private lands the ...read more