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October 24, 2017

USA Archery Board of Directors Engages SearchWide to Conduct CEO Search

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - Last month, USA Archery's CEO of eight years, Denise Parker, accepted a position at the United States Olympic Committee and the USA Archery Board of Directors appointed former Board Chair and current Marketing Director Rod Menzer as interim CEO.

After a thorough review, which involved eleven candidate firms responding to the organization's RFP, the Board of Directors has engaged SearchWide, a retained executive search firm, to conduct the search for a permanent CEO. Mark Gnatovic, Senior Vice President at SearchWide will be leading the search. Individuals interested in applying for the CEO position can view the full position overview and apply online at the SearchWide job board:

Board Member Jennifer Rottenberg, who is leading the search committee, commented: "We are very pleased with the performance of USA Archery over the past half dozen years, including excellence at the Olympic and Paralympic levels - including a silver for the men's Olympic team, an individual Olympic bronze for Brady Ellison, and a gold for Andre Shelby at the Paralympics in Rio - as well as sustained growth, with memberships increasing 670% from 2010 through 2016! Our goal for this process is to identify and secure the best person to lead the organization to even greater heights both domestically and internationally. Our next CEO has an exciting task in front of him or her!"

The mission of USA Archery is to enable United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic, Paralympic, World Championships and international competitions and to promote and grow the sport of Archery in the United States. Toward that end, the Board recently worked with staff to formulate a four-year strategic plan which the new CEO will be tasked with executing. The plan emphasizes competitive excellence, membership outreach and continued growth, improving the quality of  our coaches and judges, marketing and promotions, event optimization and organizational health. Rottenberg added, "the Board expects the CEO to lead a staff focused on  maximizing our elite athletes' ability to achieve international excellence, continuing to grow participation in archery to as broad a population as possible, and supporting the needs of our growing membership base by providing relevant programs and optimal event experiences."

About SearchWide:

SearchWide is a full service executive search firm, placing hundreds of executives for companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-sized public and private companies and associations including non-profit. Headquartered in the Twin Cities and several regional offices, SearchWide is able to serve clients and candidates nationwide. Founded in 1999, they have remained focused on four core values for almost two decades: INTEGRITY, ETHICS, PASSION and RESPECT.

About USA Archery:

USA Archery is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. USA Archery selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup teams, as well as developing archery at the grassroots level across the United States.  For more information, visit

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