On September 24, the House of Delegates will elect two At-Large directors for the USA Swimming Board of Directors. The HOD must elect at least one At-Large member from the Eastern Zone. Additionally, from September 16-23, the 10-Year Athletes will vote to elect one 10-Year Athlete Representative.
USA Swimming will also host a Meet the Candidates roundtable for your chance to learn more about the At-Large nominees. That date and time will be released shortly on this page.
More information about the nominees can be found in the Election Guide at the bottom of this page.
The 2022 Nominating Committee:
Kurt von Moltke - Chair
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.”
- Dr. Seuss
Swimming has been a consistent part of my life for as long as I can remember. I experienced it as a National Team member from 1987-1992 while competing at the Pan Pacific Championships (2 times), the World Championships, the Goodwill Games
and an international trip to then East Berlin. While swimming at the University of Texas at Austin we won two national team championships, I won an individual national championship (1650) and I served as a team co-captain. All three of
our three children swam club, and two of them swam/swim in college at the D1 level.
The biggest pause I took in my connection to swimming was from 1993-2001 when I worked at Bain and Company, a strategic management consulting firm. I worked in Dallas, Texas and in Johannesburg, South Africa. At Bain I learned how to analytically solve problems with data and effectively communicate in meetings and presentations.
When I took over the volunteer role of President of Tide Swimming in 2011, we swam out of two local YMCAs and a long course pool on a military base. We had approximately 200 athletes on the team. We employed a Head Coach, 2 full time and 6 part time coaches, and none were offered health benefits. Fast forward to today, and we are a swim team of 650 swimmers, practicing out of 6 locations, with 1 full time Executive Director, 13 full time coaches and 20+ part time coaches. We created our own Tide Swim School and teach out of 3 locations. We offer health insurance and a performance management and professional development system to our coaches. Our team led a process that created a partnership to build the region’s only outdoor 50 meter pool where we train year round. We are consistently a silver medal team and in 2022, earned our highest ranking, 22nd.
I believe the key to growth and success in our sport is supporting coaches and clubs and honoring our volunteers. While a few members join because they watch and admire Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, I believe the reason most join and stick with the sport is due to exceptional coaches and clubs. Clubs develop athletes in the sport, teaching them valuable life lessons as they strive to swim faster. Our volunteer officials lead and support fair, well run competition which provide opportunities for our athletes to achieve.
I have immense gratitude to the coaches, parents, and families who have allowed me to serve. I want to combine my experience in business and at Tide Swimming to help USA Swimming best fulfill their mission: to achieve growth and success in swimming.
I care a whole awful lot about our sport, and I think my track record demonstrates that I’ve helped make it better in my community. I humbly ask for your vote to elect me so that we can, together, elevate USA Swimming to its full potential.
Kendrick F. Ashton, Jr. is the Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of The St. James, a leading developer and operator of sports performance, wellness and lifestyle destinations, brands, experiences and technologies.
Prior to founding The St. James, Mr. Ashton was a founding member and Managing Director of Perella Weinberg Partners, a global boutique financial services firm. Before joining Perella Weinberg, he was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and gained legal experience at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
Mr. Ashton earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Merit Scholar and the Earl Dickerson Public Service Scholar, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he was also a Merit Scholar. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary. Mr. Ashton was a four-year starter and all-conference performer for William and Mary’s nationally ranked football program.
Mr. Ashton is a member of the Board of Directors of The Cronos Group (NASDAQ: CRON), an innovative global cannabinoid company, the Board of Trustees of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the National Urban League, the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary and the Board of Directors of The Economic Club of Washington, DC. He is also an emeritus member of the Foundation Board of the College of William & Mary.
My name is Kenneth Chung. I am a passionate and dedicated volunteer who has been an official for over fifteen years. I am part of a volunteer community that serves and supports our athletes to help them learn and grow. I am honored being selected to be on the ballot for the 2022 election of the Board of Directors of USA Swimming, Inc.
I have had the privilege to serve on the USA Swimming Board for the last three years and was elected as the Vice Chair of Fiscal Oversight two years ago. Over the previous three years, I believe we have accomplished a great deal, collectively as a Board, in supporting our higher-level athletes in winning medals and our other active athletes in programming and resources. At the same time, we transitioned the USA Swimming Board from a working Board that Board members were involved in the day-to-day operation to a governance board that provides oversight and governance of the organization. We recognize that the Board has many strategic initiatives to accomplish in many areas. I believe one of the strategic initiatives is to work with staff, LSCs, and clubs to build a more substantial base of 12 and under swimmers. Swimming is a great youth sport as it helps individual development, provides competitive opportunities, and saves lives. The other strategic initiative is better communication between the Board and membership. I believe we can build on the momentum of the Board Strategic planning process we have begun.
From the perspective of my role as a Board member and Vice Chair of Fiscal Oversight for the last two years, I have been able to bring my professional experience of forty years in risk management and finance. I am a retired Commercial Insurance Executive Vice President of the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. Working with our CFO and senior staff, I can leverage my finance and risk management experience to provide oversight of our finance. I supported our senior staff in successfully renewing our insurance programs at the end of last year. We have embarked on putting together a more holistic risk management program in risk review and practices. If elected, I will continue assisting in risk management and finance.
I am a servant leader who believes in taking responsibility very seriously. I do not take anything for granted as I grew up in a humble beginning that taught me strong work ethics, respect, and compassion for each other. I ground myself in listening to others and being inclusive of different styles, ideas, and opinions. I have a Master's Degree in Business Administration and am a second-year student in a PhD program in Organization Development and Change.
Throughout my roles in swimming, from early age-grouper, swim parent, USA Club President, Referee, LSC Vice Chair, and now President of a regional aquatics non-profit, I have had the honor to support and lead efforts around what I believe
is the backbone of our sport: Investment in Local Swimming and the services that sustain it.
In March, 2020, I moved from my role as President of Hershey Aquatic Club and became Vice Chair of Operations at Middle Atlantic Swimming, where I oversaw officials, Risk and DEI. There I helped lead LSC negotiations with state governments to open water during Covid-19, supported grant and mentoring programs to invest in athletes and coaches, and analyzed USA Swimming data to help develop a new DEI strategy for the LSC. As I now step away from a voting role in the LSC, I am incredibly proud of that team and all LSC’s in not just recovering from the pandemic but establishing an even greater path to stronger clubs and more athletes than ever.
For the better part of a decade I have also proudly served as a USA Official, Starter, and now Meet Referee where I have had the pleasure of leading both small meets and championship events at the OQM level. I have enjoyed partnering with hundreds of our wonderful coaches and clubs to create safe, fair and positive environments for our swimmers to compete.
In my day job I serve as Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting, where I help large, complex organizations set IT strategy, make cost-effective technology decisions, oversee modernizations, and adapt to new technology the new digital age. I have found this experience immensely relevant in getting value out of every non-profit investment dollar spent, supporting the adoption of IT, and engaging all swimming stakeholders where and how they are found. I am also proud of Deloitte’s commitment as an official sponsor of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and partner provider to the IOC.
Since May of 2020, I have served as Board President of SwimHershey, a nonprofit corporation focused on providing aquatics education, access, and opportunity to the regional community in Pennsylvania. Through this mission I work with a terrific Board and national partners to construct a 50M aquatics facility in Hershey, PA. I have also engaged major corporations and governing entities to establish long-term strategic community-based (DEI) agreements that will help ensure the success of the facility and the programs it delivers to the region. We are also thrilled to currently sponsor a USA Swimming Olympian from our region!
My wife Emily and I live in Hershey, Pennsylvania with our black lab MacArthur. Our two kids, Caroline (20) and Colin (18) both attend college and have been swimmers since 5. Colin has chosen to continue his swimming career at a university in the DC area.
Most importantly, I want to extend my sincere thanks to the Nominating Committee and the entire USA Swimming leadership community for considering my nomination.
From a very young age, swimming has defined the trajectory of my life in an amazing way. In 1972 I began swimming in a summer league program in suburban Maryland and soon thereafter was swimming year round on a local club team. I competed
in age group meets, zone championships, Junior Nationals, Senior Nationals and was fortunate enough to represent the United States in international competitions between 1982 and 1991. In 1988 I qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team in the
200 meter backstroke, finishing seventh in the Seoul Olympic Games. I was also a gold medalist at the World Championships in 1986 (Madrid), a gold medalist at the Pan Pacific Games in 1987 (Brisbane) and 1989 (Tokyo) and a silver medalist
at the Pan American Games in 1991 (Havana). I continue to swim nearly every day.
For the past three decades I’ve had a successful and rewarding professional career, primarily in the field of investment banking. As a Chief Financial Officer and a Chief Operating Officer of three investment banks, I gained an extremely strong background in business development, strategic management, compliance, information technology and operations. These are skills I hope to bring to USA Swimming’s Board of Directors. I am thoughtful with my work, considerate with my words and analytical in my thinking. Over a long professional career, I’ve learned to listen, compromise, negotiate and build consensus. I believe my decision making is balanced, based on facts and considers all constituents.
As an openly gay man, I care deeply about diversity and inclusion for all. I have faced discrimination much of my adult life. Diversity is more than identifying minorities; it is empowering groups of people by respecting, appreciating and embracing what makes them different. USA Swimming serves a broad and diverse base of members and must operate accordingly. Representing under-served communities will be a priority for me to strengthen and elevate the organization. I will aim to provide leadership that is not only savvy, but also open-minded and inspiring. I believe that with an inclusive approach and diverse input, USA Swimming will emerge as a role model and powerful example for other national governing bodies throughout the country, no matter the size or sport.
A great Board of Directors is responsible for more than providing sound and ethical governance and management oversight. It must also provide insight and foresight to the Chief Executive Officer and be instrumental in affecting change in a collaborative manner. I will be excited to serve as an ambassador for the organization’s mission and to ensure there are adequate resources to advance that mission. I remain extremely passionate about swimming and will be a fierce advocate for promoting aquatics, diversity, athlete safety and clean sport. I will bring to the Board thirty years of professional and leadership experience, building and operating global organizations. I believe I am a well-qualified candidate for USA Swimming’s Board of Directors and would be honored to contribute to this unique opportunity, representing all stakeholders of USA Swimming.
I’m a life-long swimmer who has experienced every level of this sport. I began lessons as an infant, joined USA Swimming at six years old, and first qualified for the USA Swimming National Team in 1998. I went on to win sixty international
medals in major International competition, including twelve Olympic medals. I was twice voted captain of the Olympic team; in 2008 and again in 2012. As a mother of two, both my children have participated in learn-to-swim programs and
my daughter joined swim team for the first time this past summer.
I have been a member of the Board of USA Swimming since 2016 and would be honored to serve another term as Athlete Representative. This sport has given me so much and I feel compelled to give back.