[OBRA Chat] PVC meeting Sat, Nov 17th

John Benenate

November 16, 2018 at 10:15 AM

Hi Everyone,
Might I ask where the PVC Meeting will be held?Somewhere wheelchair accessible I hope?  :-)
John BenenateDirecteur SportifeCyclisme RacingWord-RCBb.i.k.e.503-484-7838

On Friday, November 16, 2018 7:44 AM, Jen Featheringill via OBRA wrote:

We are having our annual Velodrome Committee meeting this Saturday, Nov 17th. Most of the track folks know about it already, but any OBRA member who is interested in track racing is welcome to attend.
We will be electing some new committee members, whose statements can be read below. Also listed here is the agenda for the meeting.
Please join us with your ideas and enthusiasm for next season!
Agenda:PVC charter  5:30-5:45·      Based on OBRA·      Remain under OBRA or establish our own 501c3/LLC Season review by managing committee members 5:45 – 6:15·      Financial Report - Jen·      Report on Development Initiatives – Erin and Newman·      Marketing Strategies – Jon and Sample·      Facilities and Equipment – Jim and Jen·      Scheduling - Andrea Proposals for next year 6:15 – 6:35·      Unified certification process with other tracks·      Roller event for junior funding, possibly funding a supported trip to Jr Nats in LA·      New moto? Something that’s easier for more people to use. Needs to be priced out.·      Switching the Tuesday and Wednesday programming·      Spectator night - combined event·      Expand marketing AVC date change – Cascadia Cup 6:35 – 6:45 Discussion about use of training times 6:45 – 6:55 Candidates for committee  6:55 – 7:20 Eric GneckowErin GoodallWilliam Santana Open discussion 7:20-7:30 Managing committee brief meeting 7:30 – 8:00
Statements from prospective Committee members:

ERIC GNECKOW To whom it may concern,As an experienced communications, journalism and business consulting professional with a passion for track cycling and public service, I write to express my sincere and unyielding interest in supporting the future of Alpenrose Velodrome as a member of the facility’s managing committee. My experience as a reporter covering financial institutions, nonprofits, government and more, as well as my work in business consulting and corporate communications, has provided me a unique foundation of experience I would hope to leverage in this role. I would consider it a great honor, privilege and responsibility to help preserve and extend one of the country’s – and the world’s – most important cycling assets.Perhaps the attribute most relevant and coherent to the role be my own reverence for the track and appreciation for the place it holds in my own life as a third-season track racer. I readily cede to your discretion in considering my role on the committee, and I offer some additional thoughts below that may be helpful in making your decision. My interest in stepping up my support of Alpenrose Velodrome endures regardless.Alpenrose represents a unique advertising and co-branding opportunity that is impossible to replicate, and I would hope that my journalistic and business consulting experience provides some foundation to aggressively pursue new revenue for the track in response to the committee’s expressed goals. In my current role as content manager for Evanta, a Gartner company, I am continually tasked with explaining the value proposition for sponsors of our core product of educational executive conferences. I feel confident I can articulate the value of sponsorship for Alpenrose Velodrome, and I am excited and willing to pursue new opportunities for advertising at the track. I would also be interested to research possible grant opportunities, if available.I have previously served in several journalistic and public relations capacities that I believe could support the marketing and sales needs expressed from the committee. As a communications and public relations specialist for a $4 billion-asset, not-for-profit financial institution, I was provided direct experience in strategic social media, mass email and traditional print marketing that I would like to expand in support of Alpenrose. If empowered to further the marketing efforts of Alpenrose, I would propose to engage with other track cycling-related organizations in the United States and Europe to share best practices in earning influence on social media. In addition to social media, I would readily volunteer my time where possible to gain influence for the track in other channels such as press releases and in-person PR. I am a confident and efficient copywriter, and I would readily apply those skills in support of the organization.I am eager to learn from others on the committee and better understand how I can best support this important cornerstone of cycling in the Pacific Northwest. I am prepared to humbly offer my time, my passion and my personal investment in the vigorous pursuit of any initiative that would help track cycling in Portland to flourish for another 50 years.Knowing Alpenrose awaited me in moving to Portland two years ago was a great joy, and while I consider myself a junior racer with much to learn, the importance of this facility for cycling in the United States has always been very clear.Thank you for your consideration.   ERIN GOODALLPortland Velodrome Committee,My name is Erin Goodall and I am interested in becoming part of the Portland Velodrome Committee. Alpenrose has always been my home track, but I’ve travelled all over the country and raced numerous other tracks at regional, national and UCI levels. In addition to my track racing endeavors, I also travelled the country for two years racing Pro Road Tour and USA Crits races.Alpenrose kicked off my foray into high level racing by providing the perfect balance of competition and community. I remember the first time I took a track class as vividly as I recall winning my first AVC points race. The support and structure provided by the racing community was relentless.Upon my return to local racing in 2018, I noticed the dynamics at the track were different. There wasn’t a high level of competition, but there was an incredible grassroots movement to bolster junior and women’s racing as well as a strong focus on inclusion of WTF and non-binary folks. I spent last season mentoring and racing with the new racers and juniors and realized that they were becoming hungry for the level of competition that I had when I began racing at Alpenrose.My goal in joining the committee will be to find creative ways to garnish sponsorship and event support that will reinvigorate the high level of racing that Alpenrose was once able to host, all while continuing to nourish and grow a diverse and welcoming local racing scene. The two are not mutually exclusive. I feel that my breadth of experience in marketing a fully supported domestic road team along with my connections in the regional bike community and global bike industry will be critical in gaining assets that the track so desperately needs to grow ridership.I appreciate your consideration, and I look forward to meeting with all of you on November 17th.Erin Goodall   WILLIAM SANTANA   My name is William Santana and I am looking to become a member of the Portland Velodrome Committee for 2019. My interest in the committee is to support and develop the quality of events as well as promote track cycling as a vital component of the greater competitive cycling community.   I would like to support the velodromes various existing features and also, look into adding new features such as permanent lighting, improved PA equipment, video equipment, etc. By addressing features that would most effectively benefit the velodromes usability and appeal, we would be able to bring more attention to the discipline, not just in Portland, but also in the NW region. These enhancements would fall in line with what other velodromes in the nation have already accomplished.    My introduction to competitive cycling started in 2004 at Dick Lane Velodrome in East Point, GA. I raced there continuously until I moved to Portland in 2011. However, I have been riding bikes as long as I can remember.    Using my skills and experiences as a cyclist as well an electronics service/manufacturing technician, I believe that I would be a competent and capable addition to the committee.

Jen FeatheringillOBRA Membership DirectorAlpenrose Velodrome Directorjfeatheringill@obra.orgmembership@obra.org

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Jon Ragsdale

November 16, 2018 at 10:04 AM

FYI - the meeting is being held at Lucky Lab at 915 SE Hawthorne in Portland.

Jon

> On November 15, 2018 at 9:04 PM Jen Featheringill via OBRA wrote:
>
> We are having our annual Velodrome Committee meeting this Saturday, Nov 17th. Most of the track folks know about it already, but any OBRA member who is interested in track racing is welcome to attend.
>
> We will be electing some new committee members, whose statements can be read below. Also listed here is the agenda for the meeting.
>
> Please join us with your ideas and enthusiasm for next season!
>
> Agenda:
> PVC charter 5:30-5:45
> · Based on OBRA
> · Remain under OBRA or establish our own 501c3/LLC
>
> Season review by managing committee members 5:45 – 6:15
> · Financial Report - Jen
> · Report on Development Initiatives – Erin and Newman
> · Marketing Strategies – Jon and Sample
> · Facilities and Equipment – Jim and Jen
> · Scheduling - Andrea
>
> Proposals for next year 6:15 – 6:35
> · Unified certification process with other tracks
> · Roller event for junior funding, possibly funding a supported trip to Jr Nats in LA
> · New moto? Something that’s easier for more people to use. Needs to be priced out.
> · Switching the Tuesday and Wednesday programming
> · Spectator night - combined event
> · Expand marketing
>
> AVC date change – Cascadia Cup 6:35 – 6:45
>
> Discussion about use of training times 6:45 – 6:55
>
> Candidates for committee 6:55 – 7:20
>
> Eric Gneckow
> Erin Goodall
> William Santana
>
> Open discussion 7:20-7:30
>
> Managing committee brief meeting 7:30 – 8:00
>
> Statements from prospective Committee members:
>
> ERIC GNECKOW
>
>
>
> To whom it may concern,
>
> As an experienced communications, journalism and business consulting professional with a passion for track cycling and public service, I write to express my sincere and unyielding interest in supporting the future of Alpenrose Velodrome as a member of the facility’s managing committee. My experience as a reporter covering financial institutions, nonprofits, government and more, as well as my work in business consulting and corporate communications, has provided me a unique foundation of experience I would hope to leverage in this role. I would consider it a great honor, privilege and responsibility to help preserve and extend one of the country’s – and the world’s – most important cycling assets.
>
> Perhaps the attribute most relevant and coherent to the role be my own reverence for the track and appreciation for the place it holds in my own life as a third-season track racer. I readily cede to your discretion in considering my role on the committee, and I offer some additional thoughts below that may be helpful in making your decision. My interest in stepping up my support of Alpenrose Velodrome endures regardless.
>
> Alpenrose represents a unique advertising and co-branding opportunity that is impossible to replicate, and I would hope that my journalistic and business consulting experience provides some foundation to aggressively pursue new revenue for the track in response to the committee’s expressed goals. In my current role as content manager for Evanta, a Gartner company, I am continually tasked with explaining the value proposition for sponsors of our core product of educational executive conferences. I feel confident I can articulate the value of sponsorship for Alpenrose Velodrome, and I am excited and willing to pursue new opportunities for advertising at the track. I would also be interested to research possible grant opportunities, if available.
>
> I have previously served in several journalistic and public relations capacities that I believe could support the marketing and sales needs expressed from the committee. As a communications and public relations specialist for a $4 billion-asset, not-for-profit financial institution, I was provided direct experience in strategic social media, mass email and traditional print marketing that I would like to expand in support of Alpenrose. If empowered to further the marketing efforts of Alpenrose, I would propose to engage with other track cycling-related organizations in the United States and Europe to share best practices in earning influence on social media. In addition to social media, I would readily volunteer my time where possible to gain influence for the track in other channels such as press releases and in-person PR. I am a confident and efficient copywriter, and I would readily apply those skills in support of the organization.
>
> I am eager to learn from others on the committee and better understand how I can best support this important cornerstone of cycling in the Pacific Northwest. I am prepared to humbly offer my time, my passion and my personal investment in the vigorous pursuit of any initiative that would help track cycling in Portland to flourish for another 50 years.
>
> Knowing Alpenrose awaited me in moving to Portland two years ago was a great joy, and while I consider myself a junior racer with much to learn, the importance of this facility for cycling in the United States has always been very clear.
>
> Thank you for your consideration.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ERIN GOODALL
>
> Portland Velodrome Committee,
>
> My name is Erin Goodall and I am interested in becoming part of the Portland Velodrome Committee. Alpenrose has always been my home track, but I’ve travelled all over the country and raced numerous other tracks at regional, national and UCI levels. In addition to my track racing endeavors, I also travelled the country for two years racing Pro Road Tour and USA Crits races.
>
> Alpenrose kicked off my foray into high level racing by providing the perfect balance of competition and community. I remember the first time I took a track class as vividly as I recall winning my first AVC points race. The support and structure provided by the racing community was relentless.
>
> Upon my return to local racing in 2018, I noticed the dynamics at the track were different. There wasn’t a high level of competition, but there was an incredible grassroots movement to bolster junior and women’s racing as well as a strong focus on inclusion of WTF and non-binary folks. I spent last season mentoring and racing with the new racers and juniors and realized that they were becoming hungry for the level of competition that I had when I began racing at Alpenrose.
>
> My goal in joining the committee will be to find creative ways to garnish sponsorship and event support that will reinvigorate the high level of racing that Alpenrose was once able to host, all while continuing to nourish and grow a diverse and welcoming local racing scene. The two are not mutually exclusive. I feel that my breadth of experience in marketing a fully supported domestic road team along with my connections in the regional bike community and global bike industry will be critical in gaining assets that the track so desperately needs to grow ridership.
>
> I appreciate your consideration, and I look forward to meeting with all of you on November 17th.
>
> Erin Goodall
>
>
>
>
>
> WILLIAM SANTANA
>
> My name is William Santana and I am looking to become a member of the Portland Velodrome Committee for 2019. My interest in the committee is to support and develop the quality of events as well as promote track cycling as a vital component of the greater competitive cycling community.
> I would like to support the velodromes various existing features and also, look into adding new features such as permanent lighting, improved PA equipment, video equipment, etc. By addressing features that would most effectively benefit the velodromes usability and appeal, we would be able to bring more attention to the discipline, not just in Portland, but also in the NW region. These enhancements would fall in line with what other velodromes in the nation have already accomplished.
>
> My introduction to competitive cycling started in 2004 at Dick Lane Velodrome in East Point, GA. I raced there continuously until I moved to Portland in 2011. However, I have been riding bikes as long as I can remember.
> Using my skills and experiences as a cyclist as well an electronics service/manufacturing technician, I believe that I would be a competent and capable addition to the committee.
>
>
> Jen Featheringill
> OBRA Membership Director
> Alpenrose Velodrome Director
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