LONDONDERRY, New Hampshire, May 10. ACCORDING to a press release posted on the United States Masters Swimming (USMS) web site, Todd Smith has been named as the organization's Executive Director.
"We are delighted to have Todd join USMS as our first executive director," USMS president Rob Copeland said. "This is the most significant step Masters swimming has taken since our founding in 1970, taking our program to the next level of management and leadership. Todd brings a wealth of experience and passion to Masters swimming."
Smith comes to USMS from USA Diving, Inc., where he was Executive Director and CEO for the past 25 years. During that period, Smith developed and implemented USA Diving's strategic plan, which included creation of an online membership and event registration, and he increased the organization's annual budget by 1,100 percent. Smith directed the national office and oversaw all business operations—including finance, budget, compliance, human resources, public relations and general administration.
"I am honored to serve as the first executive director of United States Masters Swimming," Smith said. "USMS is an amazing organization of over 42,000 goal-oriented members passionately dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. It is the gold-standard when it comes to adult programs which promote healthy lifestyles, friendship, and camaraderie."
"Todd's experience as executive director of USA Diving will be a tremendous asset in clarifying the future of Masters swimming. I look forward to working with Todd to provide new and improved programs and services to our members, volunteer leadership teams and staff," Copeland said.
Special thanks to USMS for contributing this report.