USA Cycling has announced the hiring of Dieter Drake as its Northeast Road and Track Regional Co-ordinator, and Jess Schwartzkopf as Director of Sponsorship and Business Development this week.
According the the USA Cycling press release, Schwartzkopf's duties will consist mainly of fundraising, with a focus on developing sponsor, supplier and partner relationships, and to "lead USA Cycling’s effort to execute all necessary research, due diligence, business development plans, negotiations and agreements and implement business development strategies."
Schwartzkopf comes from a business background, having been marketing manager for a satellite television provider.
As the Northeast Road and Track Regional Co-ordinator, Dieter Drake will be responsible for maintaining relationships with local promoters, clubs, associations and members within his assigned region. A past New York state time trial champion, Drake has experience serving as director of the Farm Team Cycling club, and also acted as race promoter and local association director.