The current USA Board of Directors includes a chairman, five independent directors, two international athlete representatives and a representative of USA Rugby's Congress.
The board is charged with developing and implementing the annual operational plans and establishing appropriate networks of volunteers and expert advisory groups to assist them in implementing the strategic and operational plans.
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Chang joined the Board of U.S.A. Rugby in 2012. He currently serves as Chairman of Westlake International Group and Westlake Realty.
Mr. Chang is a Principal Owner of the San Francisco Giants Baseball Club and Tokyo Machida Zelvia FC. He is also the Founder of Seven Figures Management, which is the creator and promoter of the Million Dollar Arm, a reality television show searching for major league caliber baseball players and was the subject of a Disney feature film. Seven Figures is also the creator and promoter of Million Dollar Kick and Million Dollar Bat. He is also the founder of Qifa Media, which finances and produces feature films based on true inspiring stories.
Mr. Chang began his rugby career at the age of 14 during his schooling at Millfield School in Somerset, England. His playing career continued during his studies at Harvard, where he played wing-forward. Upon graduation, Mr. Chang played club rugby with the Palo Alto Rugby Club in California. Mr. Chang is a graduate of Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Economics.
Rob is a Board Chairman, Director and former CEO with an extensive and successful executive, general management, marketing, sales and operations career with premier multi-billion dollar consumer products companies. He also spent multiple years in a Private Equity environment nourishing and growing entrepreneurial CPG companies.
Currently, he is an Executive Advisory Partner at Wind Point Partners, a Chicago-based Private Equity Firm. In addition to his role as an EAP, Rob serves as Chairman of the Board of Gehl Foods, a Wisconsin-based Wind Point portfolio company. Rob also works with Mid-Ocean Partners, a New York-based Private equity firm and serves on the Board of Fresh Pet, a Mid-Ocean sponsored publicly traded company. Rob is also a Board member of Exal Corp, a leading specialty can manufacturer supplying the beverage and personal care industries. Rob also has been an advisor to TSG Consumer Partners since 2011 and has served as a Board member and advisor to former TSG portfolio companies including Cytosport, Island Oasis of Walpole, MA and Nuero Beverages of Santa Monica, CA.
In addition to his Board roles, Rob was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Cytosport Inc., before the company was sold to Hormel in August of 2014. Cytosport is the maker of Muscle Milk Protein powders and drinks and is the leading protein/sports nutrition brand in the United States.
Prior to engaging in his Private Equity Board and Consulting career in 2011, Rob had a 30+ year career in premier CPG companies including Pepsi Bottling Group(PBG), PepsiCo, Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery and Procter and Gamble. Rob retired from PBG in 2010, after having most recently served as Executive Vice President and President of North America. In that role, Rob led the company's $12 billion bottling businesses in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
A 40+ year rugby player and fan, Rob began his rugby career playing for Fairfield University where he also served as President of the Rugby Club. He also played for University College, London, England and Club Rugby for Old Maroon/Essex in the New York Rugby Union. Rob was a founding member of the Friends of Fairfield University Rugby where he currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Chad Keck became an investment banker in 1976 and has pursued a career of capital raising and strategic advice to entrepreneurially driven technology companies in the United States and abroad. Since joining Needham & Company in 1991, he has been involved in over 150 investment banking transactions, including 30 initial public offerings.
Chad has served as Head of the Menlo Park Office, Co-head of Corporate Finance and Chairman of the Investment Banking Management Committee. In December of 2005, he became Vice Chairman and serves on the firm's Commitment Committee and the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. Today, Chad works with a broad cross-section of the firm's clients, focusing on the semiconductor sector. He has taken a leadership role in developing the firm's business in Asia and travels frequently to China.
Chad graduated from the United States Military Academy and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He was Captain of the Rugby Team at both institutions. He played club rugby for the Manhattan Rugby Club, the Washington Rugby Football Club and the Dallas Harlequins Rugby Club. In 1998, Chad co-founded the Peninsula Green Rugby Football Club to promote youth rugby in Northern California and provide an opportunity for his son Matt Keck to become part of the rugby fraternity. Peninsula Green has flourished and fields varsity, junior varsity and middle school teams. Over its 13-year life, fifteen players from the Peninsula Green have been selected for the Junior Eagles including Matt Keck.
Chad is an active sportsman, high altitude trekker, former triathlete and a finisher in the 100th running of the Boston Marathon. Chad is a member of Rock Creek Cattle Company in Deer Lodge, Montana and Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park, California.
Robert M. Kimmitt is Senior International Counsel at WilmerHale. Previously, he served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under President George W. Bush. Bob graduated from the United States Military Academy of West Point in 1969. While attending West Point, Bob was a distinguished cadet, cadet company commander, and captain of the Rugby Team his senior year.
Bob has been able to blend his roles of soldier, statesman, and businessman and establish himself as a national security and financial policy expert. After graduating from West Point, Bob volunteered for duty in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and became the first in his class to command in combat. For his service in Vietnam, he earned three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. In November of 2004, Bob retired as a Major General in the Army Reserve.
In 1974, as a member of the first class of the military's Funded Legal Education Program, Bob entered Georgetown University Law Center. While attending Georgetown, he began working for the National Security Council Staff. After receiving his law degree in 1977, Bob went on to serve at the White House as National Security Council Executive Secretary and General Counsel from 1983 to 1985. During this period Bob had the rank of Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. From 1985 to 1987, Bob served as General Counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department, where he received the Alexander Hamilton Award as well as the Arthur Flemming Award for distinguished public service.
After leaving public service, Bob served as a partner in the law firm Sidley & Austin for two years. Bob then returned to the public sector, serving as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs from 1989 to 1991. President George H. W. Bush recognized his service during the Gulf Crisis and War by presenting him with the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Nation's second highest civilian award. Afterward, Bob was appointed as American Ambassador to Germany from 1991 to 1993 and was awarded Germany's highest decoration, the Order of Merit, as well as the U.S. Defense Department's Public Service Award.
During 1997 Bob became a member of the National Defense Panel, and from 1998 to 2005 he was a member of the Director of Central Intelligence's National Security Advisory Panel, as well as a member of the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
After working many years in government, Bob joined the private sector and worked as a managing director for Lehman Brothers; Vice Chairman and President of Commerce One; Executive Vice President of Time Warner Inc.; and Partner and Senior International Counsel in the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr.
Bob continued his rugby career after returning from Vietnam, captaining the Ft. Sill Rugby Club and founding and captaining the Ft. Campbell Rugby Club. After law school, he captained the American University Eagles Rugby Club and helped found and captained the Washington Irish Rugby Club. Since then, he has stayed active in rugby, including as a referee, rugby father, and avid Eagles supporter in World Cup and other matches.
Peter has oversight of the North American Derivative Sales business for the Equities Division of Goldman Sachs. He started his career in the J. Aron Division in 1989 as an analyst in Foreign Exchange (FX) Derivative Trading in New York and moved to Tokyo in 1992.
Peter relocated to London to assume a senior role in FX options trading in 1995. In 2000, he joined the Equities Division to run Swiss Equity volatility trading. In 2002, Peter assumed responsibility for the flow derivatives and futures businesses, and then more broadly for Hedge Fund Sales in 2006. He was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2008.
Peter serves on the Board of Governors at Xavier High School in New York City, and is on the board of Play Rugby USA, a national nonprofit organization that pioneers the development of youth through rugby.
Dean M. Barrett is a former Senior Vice President and Global Marketing Officer for McDonald's Corporation. Dean retired in 2015 following a 41-year executive business career. In his role at McDonald's Corporation, Barrett was responsible for generating corporate strategies and marketing initiatives to foster growth across the McDonald's system. He also served as a member of the global senior leadership team and traveled extensively throughout the world.
Over the years he also partnered, managed, and marketed McDonald's relationships with the IOC, USOC, FIFA, Euro Cup, the NBA, NFL, and NHL.
Dean's decades long accomplishments at McDonald's are well represented by the many accolades he and his marketing team received including Global Effie Awards for advertising and promotional efficiency and effectiveness and having McDonald's named Marketer of the Year by Advertising Age Magazine.
Barrett holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Political Science from Northern Illinois University and currently serves on the Northwestern Medical Foundation Board and on the Advisory Board to the School of Business at Grand Canyon University.
Congress Rep to the Board of Directors
Jeremiah Johnson is a organizational process specialist. He currently serves as a Business Analyst for Principal Financial Group where he manages software development teams focused on tools supporting retirement plan compliance.
Jeremiah's rugby contributions are similarly focused on professionally growing the game of rugby in the United States. Jeremiah joined the USA Rugby Board of Directors in January 2015, serving in the role of Congress Representative. In addition to this role, Jeremiah is currently President of the Midwest Rugby Union, a Director of the Iowa Youth Rugby Association, a referee on the Midwest Territorial Panel for USA Rugby, and the Head Coach of Iowa's first Varsity rugby team at Southeast Warren High School in Liberty Center, Iowa. He previously served for 10 years as the President of the Iowa Rugby Union and 10 years as a member of the USA Rugby Congress.
Jeremiah began playing rugby for Bremer County RFC while pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He lives with his wife and step-daughter in Des Moines.
Phaidra Knight is an entrepreneur, lawyer, coach, and media talent. She most recently launched a youth rugby company based in Westchester, NY. As a talent representative, she is involved in the structuring and negotiation of employment contracts, sponsorship activations, and product endorsements for both professional athletes and fitness personalities. She is the Women's Head Rugby Coach at Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY and the strength and conditioning coach for the Community Olympic Development Program in New York, New York. During her down time, she commentates and does sideline reporting for USA Rugby/TRC, World Rugby, ESPN3, and NBCSN.
A former USA 7s Team player, Knight is currently competing for a spot on the 2017 World Cup Team that will represent the USA in Ireland later this summer. If successful, this will mark her fourth World Cup. She is one of the most notable names in rugby, having sustained an international career for nearly 18 years. At the conclusion of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, she was named to the All World Team and in 2010, Rugby Magazine named her the USA Rugby Player of the Decade.
She graduated Alabama State University with a Dual BA in Speech Communications and Political Science in 1996 and the University of Wisconsin School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1999. She is admitted in Wisconsin.