SITA 2009 Officers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SITA ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS FOR 2009 12/05/2008 | (Columbus, OH) -- The Spirit Industry Trade Association (SITA) is pleased to announce Todd Kopp, of Core Athletics in Newburyport, MA, has been elected as SITA’s 2009 Chairperson. Kopp becomes the third chairperson for the association. "I am very honored and excited to serve as SITA's Chairperson for 2009. I hope to continue the success that has already been established and maintain the growth of our great organization throughout the upcoming year,” stated newly elected Kopp. Kopp’s term will begin January 1, 2009 and expire December 31, 2009. As chairperson, Kopp will preside as chief operating officer of the association and shall perform all duties customary to that office and shall supervise and control all affairs of the association in accordance with any policies and directives approved by the Board of Directors. Kopp will also lead all meetings of the Board of Directors and all meetings of the general membership. SITA would also like to congratulate Debbie Bracewell with the National Council for Spirit Safety and Education (NCSSE) for being named SITA’s 2009 Vice Chairperson (term starting January 1, 2009 and expiring December 31, 2011). Bracewell has been an active member of SITA since its inception in 2004. Kopp and Bracewell will join the SITA Executive Committee for the duration of their terms. Current members of the SITA Executive Committee include Darren J. Thompson (Immediate Past Chair), Lisa Saline, (Inaugural Chair), Steve Wedge (Treasurer), and Serena Andrews (Secretary). Two additional members have been elected to serve on the SITA Board of Directors. AmeriCheer and Spirit Cheer will join previous members of the SITA Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2009. The SITA Board of Directors is comprised of three charter members, two full company members, and four affiliate members. Board terms are for a period of three years. Joining AmeriCheer and Spirit Cheer on the board for 2009 are Cheer Ltd., Inc, COA, America’s Best, Core Athletics, Cheer Coach & Advisor, and NCSSE. # # # SITA – Where your voice is heard! The Spirit Industry Trade Association (SITA) was developed to provide networking opportunities for member companies to exchange ideas and share benefits while working toward the positive development of the spirit industry. Membership is open to company members, affiliate members, international members, association members, and gym owners. For more information regarding SITA and available membership opportunities, please visit their website at or email the Executive Director at

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