The Vermont Mountain Bike Association
THE VOICE OF MOUNTAIN BIKING IN VERMONT
The Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) is a nonprofit statewide organization serving as the voice of mountain biking in Vermont. Comprised of 23 unified chapters, the association carries out its mission, which is to ensure the sustainable future of mountain biking in Vermont and to promote its position as the premier riding destination in the Northeast by serving as the central hub for advocacy, education, and event support through numerous partnerships.
VMBA strives to provide healthy, family friendly, and sustainable mountain biking opportunities and orchestrates the delicate balance between state agencies, private landowners, chapters, riders and our amazing partners. As a unified community, Vermont is host to the best mountain biking culture in the country.
- Launched 10-year expansion plan with Forests Parks and Recreation
- Significantly matured our relationship with State Department of Tourism
- Awarded $6,000 in Trail Grants to VMBA chapters
- Developed umbrella 501c3 status for participating chapters
- Aggressively augmented the number of VMBA partners and sponsors
- Successfully expanded number of riders, vendors, and sponsors at the VMBA Festival
- Successfully designed and launched VMBA membership through 28 new vendor relationships
- Designed and launched research agenda designed to identify MTB's impact on Vermont
- Revised strategic plan and bylaws
- Developed three new chapters
- Successfully executed multiple new chapter programs
- VMBA chapters submitted $80,000 in RTP grants for the '14 season
- Supported the grand opening of Blue Berry Lake trails on USFS land - thanks MRR & partners!
- Pursued multiple new grant opportunities; and
- Constructed over 25 new miles of sustainable trails with thousands of hours of volunteer time.
VMBA Board of Directors
Tom Stuessy, Executive Director
Originally from Wisconsin, Tom moved to Vermont to direct the Adventure Education program and Green Mountain College in 2003 and resigned in 2012 to begin his work with VMBA. His professional life has included time with national outdoor nonprofits for 12+ years in various capacities ranging from serving as a board/committee member and among association administrative operations. These experiences in concert with a passion for mountain biking have played key roles in defining his professional desire – to build community through mountain biking.
Tom believes mountain biking will serve our state as a primary means to enhance the
quality of the Vermont experience encouraging healthy lifestyles and stewarding
responsible access to natural areas. Tom is eager to continue building important
relationships on VMBA's behalf and represent chapters’ interests on OUR way to
building the sustainable future of mountain biking in Vermont and ensuring it’s position
as the premier mountain biking destination in the Northeast!