2012 Annual Assembly

The 2012 U.S. SQUASH Annual Assembly took place October 6-7 in conjunction with the U.S. Open in Philadelphia, and those attending the full morning session on either Saturday or Sunday received one free entry to the U.S. Open that same day. The Annual Assembly is a forum where individual and organization members and other squash constituencies can provide input to the Board of Directors on important issues involving squash in the United States.  It is open to all U.S. SQUASH members, partners and sponsors at no charge. The 2012 Annual Assembly was live streamed online for those who couldn't attend in person, between 9.30am and 1pm on Saturday October 6.  To view video coverage of the event, click here.

Location:

George Behrakis Grand Hall Drexel University 32nd and Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 To view driving and parking directions, click here. Accommodation options while in Philadelphia for the U.S. Open and Annual Assembly are available by clicking here.

Annual Assembly Presenters

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Mike Lee OBE, Chairman of Vero Communications - SQUASH'S OLYMPIC BID Campaign communications organization Vero has been enlisted by the World Squash Federation to lead the development and management of squash’s Olympic bid.  Vero was launched by the former Director of Communications and Public Affairs for London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid as host city, Mike Lee OBE. Mr. Lee will be the keynote speaker at the U.S. SQUASH Annual Assembly, where he will address the Annual Assembly luncheon on October 6 and provide U.S. SQUASH members with an overview of the Olympic campaign and the approach being used to create a compelling profile of squash to promote to the world. The future of squash worldwide will be hugely impacted by the outcome of the bid for a place in the Olympic Games in 2020. Squash players and fans in the United States and right across the globe have been eagerly supporting the Squash2020 ‘Back the Bid’ campaign, which has energetically ramped up momentum in recent months to generate the attention and support of the International Olympic Committee. Jessica Green - GROWING DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP A native New Yorker, Jessica learned to play squash in college. She returned to both her hometown and the squash court after several years away, drawn in by Howe Cup and then competing in New York's leagues and tournaments. She joined the New Squash Board in 2007, and ran the city-wide league and women’s initiatives for several years, before stepping up to serve as Board President in 2011. When not on court, Jessica can be found running, hiking, skiing, or doing just about anything outdoors. Jessica’s professional experience bridges the business and not-for-profit sectors. She had broad experience in the online and direct marketing world at American Express’ small business and travel divisions, driving profitability, customer acquisition and retention. Prior to her work for American Express, she managed publishing for the National Science Teachers Association, and marketing at the California Science Center, increasing museum attendance and financial support. Jessica currently works for the National Audubon Society as Vice President of Engagement, leading the organization’s marketing, communications, media and membership initiatives. Jessica holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and a B.A. from Amherst College. Cameron Hopkins - MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT Cam Hopkins, a US Squash Level 1 coach and Professional Affiliate member, is in his 20th year of leading interscholastic squash programs, having been the head coach at St.James School (MD), Rye Country Day School (NY) and Episcopal Academy (PA)- as well as the assistant coach at Greenwich Academy (CT). Coach Hopkins was a four year letter winner (1989-1993) at Trinity College and captained the team in 1991-1992. After the 2008-2009 season Coach Hopkins was honored by US Squash and the USOC as Developmental Squash Coach of the Year. Coach Hopkins teaches 8th Grade Social Studies at Valley Forge Middle School in the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District. Dent Wilkens - JUNIOR SQUASH AND COLLEGE RECRUITING Dent is currently the Program Director at U.S. SQUASH, and manages the organization’s relationship and work with the College Squash Association.  He is entering his 5th year with U.S. SQUASH. Dent grew up playing squash in Rochester, NY and competed on the junior tournament circuit.  He played squash at Princeton University where he was the captain of the team and a second-team All-American.  Dent also worked as a teaching professional in several clubs around the U.S. before coming to U.S. SQUASH. Tim Wyant - URBAN SQUASH DEVELOPMENT Tim was hired by CitySquash’s Board of Directors in 2002 to launch and run the organization. Before joining CitySquash, Tim was a four-time All-American and two-time captain on the varsity squash team at Harvard College, where he received a B.A. in 2000 in Comparative Religion and where he also played on the varsity soccer team. After graduation, Tim competed on the professional squash tour for two years and was a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Tim has served on the boards of U.S. Squash and the National Urban Squash and Education Association, and currently is the chair of the U.S. Squash Doubles Committee. Tim grew up in Cincinnati and lives in Manhattan.