USA BMX appoints Ray Hoyt to head National Foundation
Tulsa, Okla., April 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — USA BMX officials today announced the hiring of Ray Hoyt to lead the USA BMX Foundation. Hoyt was instrumental in setting up the US BMX headquarters in Tulsa, which officially opened earlier this year. As executive director of the national foundation, Hoyt will lead revenue and program development to support the foundation’s STEM and scholarship initiatives serving youth nationwide.
“I can’t think of a better person to help us take the USA BMX Foundation to the next level,” said Shane Fernandez, President and President of USA BMX. “Ray is an international leader in the sports and tourism industry and fearlessness and innovation has brought countless successful accomplishments in all positions he held. He has also been with USA BMX since the beginning of our trip to Tulsa. His passion for our sport and the organization is unparalleled.
Hoyt, a native of Illinois, graduated from Illinois State University before starting his career in Tuscon, Arizona, working for the city. There, he created a commission 501c3 sports and hosted the largest amateur event of the day in the US, The National Senior Game, which he also directed in Louisville, KY before serving as Director of national Games and athlete relations for the governing body of the national senior Games. As head of event management and sports during the early years of Disney’s WideWorld of Sports, Hoyt led the creation of the business model to transform the customer experience, the tourism impact and viability of events.
Most recently, Hoyt served as President of Tulsa Regional Tourism, where he led that organization to 500% annual budget growth since taking office in 2010 and became one of the most successful destination marketing organizations. performance of the country. Countless cities have looked to Hoyt and Visit Tulsa as a model of best practices in the sports and tourism industry. Hoyt also led a five-year effort to pass state legislation to create and implement Oklahoma’s first Tourism Improvement District (TID).
“His passion and relentless spirit for driving change, collaboration and community is inspiring,” said BA Anderson, CEO and Founder of USA BMX. “I had the honor of working with him over the last seven years to complete the transition of our headquarters move to Tulsa, and now we are delighted to welcome him into the family USA BMX.”
About USA BMX: Founded as the American Bicycle Association in 1977 and based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, BMX is the nation’s largest action sports promoter. USA BMX organizes BMX racks for boys, girls, and adults across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The USA BMX family has four companies: BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle, BMX Foundation and ABA Ethos.
About USA BMX Racing: As the nation’s largest extreme sport, BMX racing is packed with non-stop action. Up to eight riders descend the start hill maneuvering over dirt obstacles and banked turns in the hope of earning a place on the podium. Runners are aged 2 to 70 years and older and run to earn points for titles in their age categories and the coveted US title BMX amateur No. 1 and a National Pro number.
About USA BMX Freestyle: USA BMX Freestyle is a national competition series that uses both digital video submissions and live events to engage amateur and elite freestyle riders around the world. In 2021, seven countries entered the inaugural series. The series paves the way to the Olympics and has become the foundation on which runners have access to the tools needed to both elevate their skills and expand their mindset.
About the USA BMX Foundation: Founded in 2005, the foundation has committed more than 225,000 students across the country with education STE (A) M, Read to Ride and runway modeling programming. The foundation also supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the series of races Race for Life and provides opportunities for graduate scholarships through scholarship Bob Warnicke. BMX is the only Olympic sport with a fully integrated STEM program, which is now deployed in over 300 schools across the country.
About ABA ETHOS: Created to help and empower communities nationwide by bringing their vision to life. ETHOS facilitates and provides turnkey design-build services for the entire cycle park planning, design, engineering and construction process. The Ethos team acts on behalf of the client to orchestrate and deliver professional strategies and tactics to bring together the best teams in the industry and streamline the multiple efforts of large-scale developments.
Ray Hoyt, General Manager