Monday, December 15, 2014

Team Run Flagstaff Appoints Stephen Haas as Executive Director

Haas bring a unique perspective
as an athlete, coach, and sports agent.
Team Run Flagstaff, a nonprofit community organization, is thrilled to welcome Stephen Haas as its new executive director.

Haas is relocating to Flagstaff from Bloomington, Indiana, where he managed and coached Team Indiana Elite, a nonprofit professional running group. In his role there, he oversaw day-to-day training, budgeting, operations, facility management, and sponsorship opportunities. An accomplished runner himself, Haas is a three-time Olympic Trials qualifier and a former New Balance-sponsored athlete.

Haas will continue to hold his position as client service coordinator at Total Sports U.S., a management firm that represents the world’s top track and field athletes.

As Team Run Flagstaff’s executive director, Haas will lead all programming, events, and long-term planning to ensure the organization is meeting its mission to serve all ages, abilities, and interests through opportunities in running. He will oversee operations for TRF’s community Tuesday night running group, Kids Run Flagstaff, TRF Pro, and Step into Running, as well as the organization’s marquee race events, including the Fourth of July Downtown Mile and the Snowbowl Hill Climb.

As an athlete and coach, Haas has already logged many miles in Flagstaff—beginning in 2006—during high-altitude training camps, getting a good taste of the town’s unique and vibrant running community along the way.

“It’s awesome to be coming back to one of my favorite training spots to live and work,” Haas said. “I’m really excited to get to know everyone involved with TRF. I’m hopeful we can continue to grow and create opportunities for everyone.”

The TRF board of directors created a search committee in August and charged the group with fielding potential candidates to fill the executive director position. After reviewing resum├ęs and interviewing many qualified people, the committee recommended that the board appoint Haas to the role.

“The ideal TRF executive director is someone who demonstrates a high degree of motivation and energy. As TRF continues to expand to fulfill its mission, it is important to have a leader who thinks strategically and sees the big picture,” said Kym Wilkens, a member of the search committee and the TRF board of directors. “This person must be able to inspire and motivate others and we found Stephen to be exceptionally strong in these categories.”

Haas will begin in the position in January.

“Flagstaff has one of the best running communities,” he said. “My goal is to strengthen it and help expose it locally and nationally.”
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Team Run Flagstaff is the city’s largest nonprofit running organization, serving more than 400 members each year. TRF provides opportunities in running for people of all abilities and interests through organized training, coaching, and educational offerings. For more information, visit teamrunflagstaff.org.