Introducing Mr. Gary Snyder, masters chair candidate

When I noted the candidacy of Gary Snyder for USATF masters T&F chair, I included the little I knew about him via Google search. Today Gary sent me a note that fills in the blanks. Since I’ve already afforded Joy Upshaw Margerum a chance to share her credentials, I’m giving Gary (and the others) a fair shot as well. Gary writes: “I am a candidate for the Masters Track & Field Committee Chair and would like to introduce myself.”

Gary continues:
I bring both an athlete’s and an administrator’s perspective to our sport. As an M60 athlete, I compete in short sprints, running the 60 and 200 indoors, and the 100 and 200 outdoors. I train seriously and am competitive in the sprints and although I can’t claim (yet!) any national titles or medals, I enjoy the rigors of training and the quest to improve.
As an administrator, I have just completed four years as President of USATF’s New England Association. I was elected initially in 2002 and re-elected in 2004, serving the maximum of two consecutive two-year terms. As you probably know, New England is one of the largest and most successful associations and certainly a leader in promoting and supporting Masters Track & Field. During my tenure, we hosted three USA Masters Indoor Championships in Boston. I strongly supported the enlistment of Bob Weiner as a media publicist for a national championship and have continued to encourage the mission of media enhancement for masters.
Prior to election as the New England Association president, I served as President of the Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) for five years. In fact I have served continuously on GBTC’s Board of Directors from 1997 to the present time. I grew up in the New York City metropolitan area and joined GBTC shortly after accepting a job offer in Boston in 1995.
Much of my work career was with AT&T and Lucent Technologies where I had extensive experience in a succession of headquarters staff positions, each with national management responsibility related to both operational and budgetary issues. I believe those responsibilities offer solid preparation for the position of Masters Track & Field Committee Chair.
I am aware that we are not all the same in Masters Track & Field, that there are a number of constituency groups based on geography, based on the of events that we currently or formerly competed in and based on interest and advocacy of particular issues among other factors. But I would suggest that we are similar in our love of our sport and our desire to see it develop and grow. I would also suggest that we all want responsive and experienced leadership to represent our sport both within USATF and to the general public.
As we approach the Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, I am looking forward to the opportunity to discuss the goals and issues that can lead us into a bright future.

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October 25, 2006