NCEA Appoints Rick Wilson to National Advisory Board

Posted by Kassy Perry

WACO, Texas (July 7, 2015) – The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) today announced it has appointed Rick Wilson to its National Advisory Board (NAB). A veteran political strategist and media consultant, the board appointed Wilson on July 25, 2015.

“Wilson brings a wealth of proven experience that will help continue to grow the NCEA,” said Dr. Leah Fiorentino, executive director of the NCEA. “The addition of Wilson to the NAB marks the completion of our board. Now we can focus on expanding NCEA programs to colleges and universities across the nation.”

With more than 20 years of experience in candidate campaigns, corporate and government public affairs, brand management and crisis communication, Wilson brings a strong strategic background to the NAB board. Wilson has served as an appointee in the Department of Defense, a GOP media strategist and senior political messaging strategist.

“The work the NAB is undertaking is vital to the future of the NCEA,” said David May, corporate leadership, Luther King Capital Management and NAB board member. “Wilson is an invaluable part of our progress towards sustainability, self-sufficiency and NCAA championship sport status.”

Working in conjunction with the NCEA and its 20,000 supporters, the NAB is a group of expert external stakeholders who support the mission of the association and are committed to elevate and advance equestrian to the most sustainable and strongest of all NCAA women’s sports. Although only in place for two months, the NAB continues fruitful discussions with universities about expanding NCAA to additional schools. It is building momentum to establish the first self-sustaining NCAA college sport in history.

Additional NCEA NAB members include:

  • Kelly Boles Chapman (Co-Chair), Equine Industry, AQHA/APHA
  • David May (Co-Chair), Corporate Leadership, Luther King Capital Management
  • Beth Cross, CEO and Co-founder, Ariat International
  • Daniel Dienst, CEO, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
  • Kathanne Fowler, Founding Partner, Column Partners
  • Chuck Fry, President, Vista Communities
  • John Hill, Owner and Vice President, Emergency Radio Service, Inc.
  • Todd Neiberger, CFO, Magpul Industries
  • Tom O’Mara, Corporate Leadership, Cowen and Company
  • Sue Padilla, Owner, MSPadilla Consulting, LLC
  • Kassy Perry, President/CEO, Perry Communications Group, Inc.
  • Tom Shilen, CFO, CBS News
  • Karen Willis, Corporate Leadership, Equestrian
  • Greg Williams, VP Finance, NCEA
  • Leah Fiorentino, Executive Director, NCEA

For more information, please visit http://www.collegiateequestrian.com.

About the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA)

The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), a non-profit corporation, was created as a governing body to advance the sport of Equestrian for women at the collegiate level. In 1998, Equestrian was identified and adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Committee of Women’s Athletics (CWA) as an emerging sport for women at the Division I and II levels. The NCEA, in concert with the mission and vision of the NCAA, is committed to providing collegiate opportunities for female equestrian student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while embracing equity, diversity and promoting academic and competitive excellence.