Board of Directors
Mr. Alex Blavatnik serves as an Executive Vice President of Access and oversees Access operations out of its New York-based headquarters. Alex joined Access in 1996 to manage its growing activities in Russia. He serves as Vice Chairman of Access. He has been a Director of Warner Music Group Corp. since July 20, 2011. He serves as a Director of WMG Acquisition Corp. He serves as a Director of various companies in the Access Industries global portfolio. Alex Blavatnik is engaged in numerous philanthropic pursuits and serves on the boards of several educational and charitable institutions including being on the USA Swimming Foundation as a Trustee. He is a 1993 graduate of Columbia Business School. Alex is an avid Masters Swimmer belonging to the Fort Lauderdale Masters Swim Team.
Tom Boak, Treasurer
Tom Boak has been involved in swimming most of his life. He was a collegiate swimmer at Bucknell University, took a break, and jumped back into swimming, when he joined Masters (USMS) in 1981 at the Woodlands, Texas.
Tom is the past President of United States Masters Swimming (1985-89), past Chairman of the USMS Championship Committee (1981-1985), past member of the USMS Board of Directors, served as Chairman of the Finance committee and in 1991, was presented with Master’s Swimming’s highest honor, the Ransom J. Arthur, M.D. Award. Boak was inducted into IMSHOF as an Honor Contributor. He also is currently serving as the Treasurer for United States Aquatics Sports.
Boak is Vice President, Secretary, and Co-Owner of CORKY SHAW ENTERPRISES, INC, a builder of high end custom homes on Lake Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas.
Sandra Bucha, Vice President
Sandra Bucha received her Bachelor’s of Art degree in History, with distinction, from Stanford University in 1976 and her Juris Doctorate degree from Indiana University in 1979. A former prosecutor and public defender, Attorney Bucha has extensive jury trial experience. Since 1990 Attorney Bucha has also successfully represented plaintiffs in all areas of civil jury trial litigation and currently devotes her expertise to the area of medical malpractice throughout the State of Florida. Attorney Bucha is a member of the state bars for the states of Florida, Illinois and Wisconsin and is also a member of the Federal District Court trial bars for the Northern District Illinois, the Middle District of Florida and the Florida Justice Association.
Sandra had been a top age grouper in state of Illinois, under Coach Don Watson, a 2015 inductee into the International Hall of Fame. Upon entering high school there was no swim team for girls so Coach Watson allowed Sandra the opportunity to train with the boys’ high school team. In her senior year, with the support of Coach Watson and her parents, Sandra sued the Illinois High School Association, asking it to establish girls’ sports or, in the alternative, to allow girls to compete for a spot on the boys’ teams. Although she lost her personal lawsuit, hers was one of several lawsuits filed during 1972 which served, eventually, to contribute to the successful passage of the Title IX Amendment to the Civil Rights Act…… a sign of things to come.
While attending Stanford, Sandra joined the professional marathon swimming circuit. In the nine marathon swims in which she participated between 1973 and 1975, all events in which men and women competed against one another, Sandra finished in the top three consistently and was undefeated by any woman in all of her events, earning her a place in the ISHOF, class of 2014. Her accomplishments in the water and as a social justice advocate helped pave the way for thousands of girls and women to participate in sports, the acceptance of women in the male dominated sport of marathon swimming and for marathon swimming to become an Olympic sport.
David Duda has been an aquatic professional for 60+ years and has been active in Florida aquatics for 31 of those years. He is the founder and CEO of MDM Aquatics/ Safety Training & Consulting, working closely with many community clients including five cities (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Dania Beach and Cooper City), Memorial Health Care Systems, Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Hard Rock Casino.
His focus continues to help teach aquatic skills to children and mentor instructors in diverse populations in aquatics. He partners with Seminole Tribe of Florida to train and certify aquatics staff as well as promote swim lesson programs in their preschool. He recently consulted with Florida Kiwanis District Chair in Naples and helped develop a brochure for Every Child A Swimmer to distribute at their state convention. The ECAS outreach program partners with communities and families to help reduce child drownings.
Commissioner City of Fort Lauderdale - District 2
Steve was born in New York City in 1953 and grew up on Long Island. After receiving a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree, he settled in Buffalo, New York where he was an educator for eighteen years. Steve and his spouse of forty-five years, Rande, moved to the area in 1994 and they have lived in District 2 for the past 20 years; Steve is rooted in the community through both his professional and personal life. For eleven years, Steve was an administrator for the Broward County Cultural Division where he worked closely with elected officials and business leaders to further the quality of life in all of Broward's major cities through the arts and culture. This work included serving on Advisory Boards in Hollywood, Miramar, and Pembroke Pines.
Steve has served on the City of Fort Lauderdale's Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board (three years) and the Planning and Zoning Board (six years) where he grew to understand the importance of building consensus and working as a team to get things done. Over his many years in various civic leadership positions, including President of the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation, Steve has come to understand how vital Neighborhood Associations are in our City’s civic and economic development. This understanding was driven home time and time again in Steve's seven-year tenure as the President of the Central Beach Alliance where he worked in close partnership with many of the City's most prominent neighborhood and business leaders. Steve has also served as President of several beach condominium associations including his current six-year tenure at the Sapphire Condominium.
President/Owner of Hasty Awards, a national awards company focusing on Olympic sports including swimming, gymnastics, wrestling and track, for over 30 years. Swimming background includes age group swimmer for 11 years, age group coach for five years, multiple stints on team boards. In the private world I have enjoyed serving on multiple boards including Ottawa University Board of Trustees since 2012, Parks and Recreation Board, and boards within the Awards and Recognition Association. In addition to owning Hasty Awards I am majority owner of Smarter Paw, a pet industry company specializing in products for cats including toys, treats and catnip. I am an avid developer within northeast Kansas, specializing in subdivisions. It is an honor to be on the ISHOF board and being a part of taking this organization to the next level.
Bill Kent, Chairman of the Board
Dr. Bill Kent has been a leader in the professional swimming pool industry since the 1970’s. Bill holds a degree in Physics, an M.B.A., and a 2015 Doctorate in Global Business. During the past decades, Bill has served as National President of Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (1996), as well as President of Florida Swimming Pool Association (1975-78), the National Swimming Pool Foundation (2003-6), and is currently Chairman of the Board of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (2017-2023).
Bill’s company, Team Horner Group, evolved from just three to around 600 employees over the past decades; company activities include manufacturing, wholesale distribution, importing, and global exporting. In 2016, the company was converted to an employee-owned business (ESOP). Team Horner was the 2016 winner of the national “Psychologically Healthy Workplace” award given by the American Psychological Association. Bill’s favorite saying is “The BEST is yet to come”.
Dale Neuburger is in his sixth term as a member of the FINA Bureau, beginning his tenure at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. He served as FINA Vice President from 2000 to 2021, and he is currently the FINA Treasurer.
Since 2005, he has served as the Bureau Liaison to the FINA Technical Swimming Committee and Chairman of the FINA Technical Swimming Commission. Mr. Neuburger was appointed by the IOC and FINA to be the Technical Delegate/Competition Director for swimming competition for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2012 London Olympic Games, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and the 2020/21 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Mr. Neuburger has served in a variety of leadership roles within Olympic sports, including as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee, and as First Vice President of ACODEPA, the council of continental organizations that oversees sport competition in the Pan American Games. He was Deputy Chef de Mission of the US Olympic Team that won 101 medals at the Athens Olympic Games.
Within aquatics, he was President of United States Aquatic Sports, the National Federation recognized by FINA; President of USA Swimming; and, President of UANA, the Continental Association of 42 National Swimming Federations.
Aaron Peirsol, Secretary
was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an honor swimmer in 2016. One of the greatest backstroke swimmers in history, he is a three-time Olympian and seven-time Olympic medalist (five gold, two silver). As a member of the U.S. national team, he holds the world record in the men's 4×100m medley relay (long course). Individually, he currently holds the world record in the 200m backstroke event (long course). In February 2011, Peirsol announced his retirement, saying, "I ended up doing everything I set out to do.” Since retiring, Aaron has been involved with a number of charitable causes related to ocean and water conservancy ambassador as well as giving talks and swimming clinics around the world and is a member of the FINA Athletes Advisory Committee.
Brent Rutemiller, President and CEO
Brent Rutemiller comes to ISHOF as an aquatic industry leader with high standards and ethics. As the former CEO and Publisher of Swimming World Magazine he has a proven track record of success in publishing, marketing, and coaching with an ability to create a culture of teamwork. Highly committed to advancing the sport of aquatics with creative and effective strategies that increase exposure and market penetration, including strategic relationships with numerous governing bodies worldwide. Strong communication and leadership skills that support the growth of organizations and the development of the people within them are his strong points. Rutemiller was honored as one of thirty most influential people in the sport of swimming over the past 30 years by USA Swimming.
He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an honor coach in 1997. As a coach, his record is matched by few coaches in the history of the sport. At the club level, Schubert found success on the national swimming scene as the head coach of the Mission Viejo Nadadores from 1972-85, where his teams won a record 44 U.S. National team titles during his tenure. Schubert also served as the head coach of Texas Aquatics for four years, leading the club, along with head coach Eddie Reese, to 10 national team titles. At the University of Southern California, the Trojan women took home one NCAA team title under Schubert in 1997. His USC swimmers won 49 NCAA individual titles. At the international level, Schubert has been a familiar face on the Olympic coaching scene, serving on every Olympic coaching staff from 1980 to 2008, placing 38 swimmers on U.S. Olympic teams. Schubert was Head Women's Coach in 1992 and 2004. He was the Head Men's Coach in 2000. He was a Women's Assistant Coach in 1996, and an assistant for the combined Men's and Women's teams for 1980, 1984, and 1988. From 2006 to 2010 he served as the USA Swimming National Team Director. Recently he returned to the club that he made famous early in his career, the Mission Bay Nadadores, as associate head coach.
A Fort Lauderdale native, graduate of Florida State University, and competitive swimmer who trained at the Hall of Fame, Lisa Scott-Founds has proudly served as the President and CEO of Winterfest Inc. and the Winterfest Boat Parade for the past 26 years.
The Parade, celebrating its 50th year in 2021, has grown into an internationally recognized event and The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade has earned the title “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.” With over a million cheering spectators along the 12-mile parade route 0n the Intracoastal Waterway, the Parade has become not only the largest one-day live audience of any event in Florida, but also the seventh largest one-day spectator event in the country!
Lisa enjoys her community and charity involvement to include serving on eight Boards and a proud member of over ten community clubs, foundations, and marine related associations. She has been recognized during her career with many notable distinctions to include the City of Fort Lauderdale’s 2011 Centennial Citizen of the Year. Most recently in December 2020, Lisa was appointed by The State of Florida’s Governor DeSantis to the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council.
Tod Spieker is a former UCLA All-American Swimmer, entrepreneur and sole owner of Speaker Companies of Palo Alto CA, a real estate holding company with a rental property portfolio in the Silicon Valley valued in excess of $700M As a master's swimmer, Tod has broken over 30 world master's records and is an inductee of the International Master's Hall of Fame. Tod's other charitable interests include: the Spieker Sports Medicine Wing at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Spieker UCLA Geography Colloquium, UCLA Foundation, UC Santa Cruz Foundation and the Housing Industry Foundation.
Donna De Varona, Chairman, Emeritis (Inactive)
Donna De Varona is a pioneer in the field of female athletics and broadcasting. She made her first Olympic team in 1960 at the age of 13 and won two gold medals at the 1964 summer Olympics. The following year, at the age of 17, she became the first woman on network TV as a sports broadcaster. In 1974, Donna helped found the Women's Sports Foundation and pioneered the fight for increasing athletic opportunities for women in high school and college. In 1991 she received an EMMY for her work during the Special Olympics. She was chair for the 1999 Women's World Cup of soccer in America and served on the board of NY City's 2012 Olympic Bid Committee. Donna has been inducted into several Halls of Fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the NCAA's Teddy Roosevelt Award, the organization’s highest honor.
Steve West is the CEO and co-Founder of Project Insight, a software company that makes online project and work management software. Steve is a former World Masters Swimmer of the Year and holds multiple masters world records. As a collegiate swimmer at the University of Michigan, he was a member of the 1995 NCAA championship team and the four Big Ten winning teams (1992 – 1995). He earned individual honors as a two-time NCAA All American and Academic All Big Team. He was a member of the U.S. National Swim Team competing in the Goodwill Games, World University Games, Short Course World Championship, and Pan Am Games. In 2012, he became the oldest man to compete at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in the 200M and 100M breaststroke events. He currently oversees ISHOF and Swimming World's website and technology elements. He is key to helping us merge websites, update technologies and create new e-commerce platforms. He will donate his personal time and advice in our efforts to upgrade our websites and e-commerce platforms.
Factors to consider for prospective new board members, in no particular order.......
Expertise in Our Field
An Area of Unique “Expertise”
Low Conflict of Interest
Diversity – Geographic/Cultural/Gender