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Jim Wedge

President

Jim has been a part of the league since its inception, first as Head Coach of the fledgling Alta team for 2 years and then as a part of the Race Crew helping set courses.  When asked to continue his involvement as a member of the board, Jim didn’t hesitate as he continues to believe (and has seen) that high school mountain biking has an amazing effect on kids and is a positive force for all that become involved.  Jim has his wife Shelly to thank for sparking his love of mountain biking as she bought him his first mountain bike the year they got married and he has been riding ever since.  He enjoys riding endurance races and has participated in the Breck Epic stage race and the Crusher to name a few.  

Jim brings an extensive leadership background from his 20 years of service as a Marine Corps officer, serving as a an assault amphibian officer in combat units in the US and overseas for 14 years and 6 years as a communication systems officer working on major department of defense projects in the Wash DC area.   While serving, Jim also received his Master’s degree in IT Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2001.  Following his retirement from active service in 2006, Jim has worked in the private sector as a Program Manager for a software company that provides airline reservation systems to customers throughout the globe.  

Jim and his wife Shelly have 2 daughters, Nicole an officer in the Air Force training to fly F-15s and Rachel studying nursing while a member of the Army ROTC program at Westminster.  They recently moved to the Sugar House area and try to spend as much time on skis and bikes as they can.  

 

Spencer Shaffer

Spencer started his passion for cycling a very young age. It started as a simple mode of transportation while growing up in rural Idaho, and later transitioned to participating in several events throughout the western states. Spencer is now an avid recreational cyclist and is a multiple time finisher of LOTOJA. He loves the challenge of cycling and the life balance that it provides. Spencer understands the impact that cycling has on the lives of teenagers and is an advocate of getting kids on bikes.

As the Founding Board President, Spencer brings extensive organizational development and strategic business planning experience to the Utah League Board. Spencer is the Founder & CEO of Myelin Resources, a national information technology & consulting and executive search firm. Spencer has been recognized by Utah Business Magazine as a 2010 top “40 Under 40” business leaders in Utah. He has also been featured as an executive search & technology consulting expert in several national and regional publications & radio shows such as CIO Update On-line, Connect Magazine, Dallas Business Journal, Denver Business Journal, Orange County Register, Deseret News, KSL-Night Side Radio, Salt Lake Tribune, Troy Media Corporation, Utah Business and Utah CEO Magazine.

Spencer can often be found out on the bike with his supportive wife of 20 years and 3 children (his son & daughter raced for one of the local high school teams in the Utah league).

Scott Neilson 

While attending Brigham Young University Scott was introduced to composite materials and upon graduation, started working in the aerospace industry developing new processes and products at Radius Engineering in Salt Lake City Utah.  In 2002 Scott joined Trek Bicycle in Wisconsin and has been developing products in the bike industry ever since. Currently Scott is the VP of Research and Development at ENVE Composites located in Ogden Utah.  ENVE Composites develops and manufactures high end wheels and components for road, triathlon and mountain bike use.  Scott has always loved the outdoors and is an avid cyclist.  He completed Ironman Wisconsin in 2008 and has raced in various other Ironman events since then.  He loves mountain biking and spending time riding with his friends and family.

Sarah Kaufmann

Sarah is a pro mountain bike racer with the NoTubes Women’s Elite Team and a coach with Plan 7 Endurance Coaching. Sarah has raced road, mountain and cyclocross and is thrilled to be bringing mountain biking to high school students in Utah. She also coaches a number of elite junior racers who got their start in the high school league and are now competing at the national level. Originally from Massachusetts, Sarah has lived all over the country and is happy to currently call Park City, home.

REED TOPHAM

REED W. TOPHAM

Reed Topham is a partner in the Salt Lake City office of Stoel Rives, LLP, a regional business law firm. Reed also currently serves on the firm’s executive committee. Reed began his corporate legal practice in New York, New York, before returning to Utah, where he was born and raised.

Reed is actively involved with many organizations in the Salt Lake community. He serves on the Salt Lake County Bicycle Advisory Committee, as a board member for the Senior Charity Care Foundation, and as an officer of the Nakasone Family Foundation 

Reed is a veteran cross country mountain bike racer. He races over 20 races each year, and occasionally finds a spot on the podium. Reed is also an avid road cyclist, logging over 2,500 miles a year training, commuting and just riding around with his wife, twin boys and daughter.

Reed graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in accounting. He obtained his law degree from the Cornell Law School at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Curt Doman

Curt Doman started his first computer company at age 12 and has been a prodigious serial entrepreneur ever since. Curt serves as Chief Technology Officer of Progressive Leasing, a company he co-founded in 1999 and which was sold to Aaron’s, Inc., in 2014. Curt currently serves on the Aaron’s Board of Directors.

Curt founded his first company, SoftArt Computer Design, in 1984 while still in junior high school. Curt joined the mortgage document preparation startup International Document Services, Inc. (“IDS”) in 1993. He was the owner and President of IDS until recently, when he sold IDS to The Reynolds and Reynolds Company. In 1994, Curt and his business partners acquired Checkstop, LLC. Curt performed the duties of the company’s Chief Technology Officer until it was sold to DFC Global Corp. in 1999.  In the midst of successfully operating and developing these companies, Curt graduated in 1996 from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance.

Curt’s passion for cycling began at the age of 13 when he spent four weeks riding with his mom from Mexico to Canada.  Since that time, Curt has not only competed in races throughout the country, but cycling has also become one of his family’s favorite past times.  He enjoys riding for recreation with his wife Alisa and his four children.  He also has found great satisfaction as a ride leader in his children’s cycling leagues. 

 

Jamie Pogue

Jamie gained a love of biking when he was young, riding bikes around the rural Kentucky roads with his dad and brother.  When he was introduced to mountain biking after dental school he truly had found his passion.  Since then, he’s ridden mountain bikes, road bikes and single speed mountain bikes continuously looking for new challenges.  He’s completed several LOTOJA races, road races, criteriums, The Leadville 100, Park City Point to Point, 24 hour relays, 12 hour relays ICUP races and even managed to get on the occasional podium. 

Jamie also serves as Chairman of the Draper City Parks Trails and Recreation Committee which helps to build and maintain the trails in the Corner Canyon Regional Park.  His biggest accomplishment on that committee           was developing the idea and overseeing construction ofthe “Rush Trail” which is a bikes only flow trail in the canyon.

In 2012, his wife Whitney, also an avid cyclist, started the mountain bike team at Corner Canyon H.S. and Jamie became one of her assistant coaches. That team has had the title of "The largest NICA team in the country" since its inception. Jamie and his wife agree that it’s the most rewarding thing they have ever done on bikes.  “It’s so amazing to see the change in these kids and we are so grateful to be a small part of that change”.   They have 2 daughters that have been on their team and 2 sons who are already shredding the trails in preparation for their high school careers.  Jamie is honored to have been asked to serve on the Utah League Board of Directors and looks forward to doing whatever he can to help put more kids on bikes and introduce them to a lifelong sport.

Jamie earned his Dental degree at the University of Kentucky and subsequently received his Specialty Certificate in Endodontics from Boston University.  He supports his bike habit and garage bike shop as the owner of Redwood Endodontics

Brad T. Rutledge

Passionate about Utah’s mountains, deserts, and public landscapes, Brad is an avid mountain biker, and cyclist. Brad’s biking experience started as his only mode of transportation as a student at Idaho State University, moved into racing triathlons, both road, and Xterra off-road races, to today where biking helps him explore new trails with his friends in different ranges in the Rocky Mountains, including the Sawtooths in Idaho, the La Sals in Southern Utah, the West Elks of Colorado, and of course, the Wasatch near Salt Lake City.

With elementary school-aged children (son Finn, and daughter Harper), Brad is proud to support the Utah High School Cycling League, and especially the League's foundational Five Principles. As a professional marketer, Brad is a story-teller at heart. He has worked with a variety of companies as a marketing VP, and consultant, including some of the largest companies in the world like Dell, The Home Depot, Jackson Home Mountain Resort, PRGX, and a variety of technology startups. Brad has a BA in mass communications from Idaho State University, and a MBA from Westminster College. In the winter, he enjoys backcountry skiing, and also serves as a founding board member of Wasatch Backcountry Alliance, a grassroots organization dedicated to being the voice of human-powered winter recreationalists, fighting to preserve and protect the last remaining wild places in the Central Wasatch. 

 

STEVE MILLER

Stephen “Steve” Miller is the president of Miller Sports Properties which includes the NBA Utah Jazz; MiLB Triple-A Salt Lake Bees; the world-renowned Miller Motorsports Park; EnergySolutions Arena, which seats more than 19,000; the Tour of Utah professional cycling race; independent television station KJZZ; sports radio station 1280 The Zone; and All-Star Catering.

Miller has been working for the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies for 22 years in various positions, including general manager of Larry H. Miller Fleet Lease, general manager of Larry H. Miller Subaru, director of New & Used Car Operations and as president of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

The Tour of Utah pro cycling race features 16 of the world’s highest-ranking professional cycling teams. Dubbed “America’s Toughest Stage Race™,” the week-long event covers more than 500 grueling miles and nearly 40,000 feet of climbing. Miller was president from 2009-2012.

Under his leadership, the Tour advanced from a USA Cycling-sanctioned national race to a Union Cycliste Inernational (UCI) 2.1 stage race, one of only four in the United States. Race spectators increased from 25,000 to 225,000; $12 – $14 million was generated for Utah economy and local communities; earned media jumped to approximately $8.5 million; national television coverage garnered more than eight million viewers in 22 markets; and the race was viewed live on the Tour Tracker through the Tour of Utah website in 123 countries.

From 2009-2011, Miller held dual titles of President for the Tour of Utah as well as Director of New and Used Car Operations for the automotive division of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, the title sponsor of the Tour of Utah. In this role, Miller oversaw new and used vehicle operations for 41 LHM
dealerships located throughout Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. Miller managed all vehicle inventories and was heavily involved in dealership operations including the company’s corporate training division. LHM Automotive is the 10th group in the country.

Miller is an active member of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies governing board and also sits on the board of the Utah Sports Commission and Utah High School Cycling League. The UHSCL is a program of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association—the national governing body for grades 9-12 largest privately-owned automotive interscholastic mountain biking.

An avid recreational cyclist and three-time finisher of LOTOJA (Logan to Jackson bike race), Miller enjoys his involvement with the Tour of Utah and the cycling community overall.

Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts in consumer studies and family economics from the University of Utah. He and his wife Jennifer have four children and live in Sandy, Utah.