by Kellie Habeeb on October 1, 2003
Richard Hawkins, the former Speed Skating Director of the United
States Roller Sports Federation,
has accepted the position Executive Director of that organization.
Richard is from Pensacola, Florida, and he was active in the Southern
Region before becoming the Director of Speed Skating for USA
Roller Sports in June of 2002. He has been a member of the sport
for 34 years, serving as an athlete, coach, official, rink owner,
manufacturer representative and meet director. After the
resignation of former Executive Director, Lou Marciani, Hawkins
assumed responsibilities as the Assistant Executive Director
until being offered the Executive Director position by the USARS
Board of Directors.
"I feel that being involved in the different aspects of the sport
for over 30 years has given me a broad background which will be
advantageous to the organization," said Hawkins. "I am excited that
the Board of Directors has enough faith in me to fill this position."
Hawkins first priority on the job is to make sure that the
organization becomes more of a 'communications station,' with
emphasis on customer service for the membership.
"I feel that USA Roller Sports has a lot of potential for the
future," said Hawkins. "I would like to concentrate our efforts
on building a solid membership, servicing that membership and
eventually expanding into other roller sports programs, while
keeping our organization financially sound."