The USTA Nominating Committee has announced the nomination of Jonathan Vegosen as USTA Chairman of the Board and President to serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2011. Vegosen, who has served on the USTA Board of Directors for four years and is currently completing a two-year term as First Vice President, is a long-time volunteer who, for over 25 years, has raised funds for tennis causes. He has also devoted more than 16 years of volunteer service to the sport of tennis at the district, sectional, national and international levels. When elected, Vegosen will become the 50th Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA.
In addition to his USTA Board responsibilities, Vegosen will continue to serve as a member of the Compensation and International Committees and continue representing the USTA on the Grand Slam Committee and the ITF Constitutional Committee. Vegosen will continue to serve as a board member for both USTA Serves, the charitable arm of the USTA and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
As First Vice President, Vegosen served on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Master Plan Study Group. He also served as Board Liaison for the following USTA Committees: Diversity and Inclusion, Advocacy and the Advisory Group on Committees, as well as the Creative Opportunities Task Force. He is a past Chair of the USTA Collegiate Committee and previously served as Vice President and Board member of the Midwest Section and Vice President of the Midwest Youth Tennis and Education Foundation.
Vegosen is a former varsity collegiate tennis captain at Northwestern University and was selected to the 1973 All-Big Ten Conference team. While in law school, he taught tennis for three years. Vegosen served for over a decade on the Board of Directors of the Chicago District Tennis Association (CDTA), including a term as President. Vegosen has received recognition for his grassroots efforts on behalf of tennis. In 2002, he was named Volunteer of the Year for the CDTA and again a year later, when he was given the Stanley Malless Award from the USTA/Midwest Section, recognizing his distinguished service to the CDTA.
Vegosen received his B.A. from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, graduating Cum laude. In 1981, Vegosen and three colleagues founded a corporate and litigation law firm, which has been known as Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman & Dunn Ltd. (FVLD) for the past decade. Vegosen will continue to practice law while serving as Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA. He will also continue as a member of and speaker for VISTAGE, a CEO organization.
Vegosen, a former top-ranked men’s 45s singles player in the USTA/Midwest Section, has been married to his wife Shari for over 34 years. Together, they have two sons, Jared and Spencer, a student at Harvard. In 2004, the Vegosen family was presented with the prestigious Ralph W. Westcott Award and named the USTA’s Family of the Year.
In addition to the Vegosen nomination, the following individuals have been nominated as the slate of new officers and directors of the USTA Board:
David A. Haggerty, of Pennington, N.J., and the USTA Middle States Section, is currently a Vice President on the USTA Board of Directors and has been nominated as First Vice President. A member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Budget Committee, he also serves as Board Liaison to the Community Tennis Council-Green Group. A member of the USTA Middle States Section Board, he served as the Tennis Industry Association President in 2007-08. A 30-year industry veteran, Haggerty recently stepped down as the CEO and President of Head USA and Penn Racquet Sports.
Katrina M. Adams, of White Plains, N.Y., and the USTA Eastern Section, is currently an Elite Athlete and a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors and has been nominated as Vice President. A television analyst for Tennis Channel, Adams played on the WTA Tour for 12 years and achieved a career-high doubles ranking of No. 8 in 1989. In 2008, she was inducted into the Chicago District Tennis Association Hall of Fame. She was a USTA National Coach and served on the WTA Tour’s Executive Committee, Anti-Doping Committee, Player’s Committee, and Special Olympics Committee. She serves as a member of the Budget Committee, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of USTA Serves.
Carol J. Welder, of Austin, Texas, and the USTA Texas Section, is currently a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors and has been nominated as Vice President. She previously serves as Chair of the USTA Membership Services Committee and on the Executive and Management Committees for the Texas Section and on the Board of the Austin Sports Commission. Welder spent nine years as the Executive Director of the Capital Area Tennis Association in Austin and has been integral to the growth of tennis in Texas as an instructor, leader and child advocate.
Donald L. Tisdel, of Lake Oswego, Ore., and the USTA Pacific Northwest Section, is re-nominated for his third consecutive term as Secretary-Treasurer of the USTA Board of Directors. He is Chair of the Budget Committee and a member of the Audit, Compensation and Investment Committees and is a member of the Board of Directors of USTA Serves. Tisdel is co-founder of the Northwest Capital Appreciation equity firm and was previously CEO of the Far West Federal Bank and Orbanco Financial Services.
Seth G. Abraham, of New York, N.Y., and the USTA Eastern Section, is nominated for his first term as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. Abraham, the former president of HBO Sports, president of Madison Square Garden and current head of his own sports marketing firm Starship SA LLC, is a devoted tennis fan who has attended 30 US Opens. He is a board member of many noteworthy institutions, including the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Muhammad Ali Learning Center and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.
Dale G. Caldwell, of New Brunswick, N.J., and the Eastern Section, is nominated for his first term as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. Caldwell, an avid tennis player, currently serves as the Delegate from the USTA Eastern Section. He was Eastern Section President from 2006 through 2009. He has served on numerous USTA committees and is an active member of the USTA Leadership. Caldwell currently serves as the Chair of the USTA Tennis on Campus Committee.
William J. Kellogg, of La Jolla, Calif., and the USTA Southern California Section, is nominated for his first term as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. A long-time tennis player, tennis referee and tournament director, Kellogg currently serves as President of the Southern California Tennis Association. In his role as the President of the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, Kellogg now manages more national senior championship events than any other person in the country. He has been a member of the International Advisory Council of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and has served on numerous USTA committees.
John N. Korff, of Key Biscayne, Fla., and the USTA Florida Section, is nominated for his third term as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. In his first term, Korff was the Board Liaison to the Community Tennis Association Council Committees and served on the Board’s Budget Committee. In his second term, he chaired the Strategic Planning Committee and served as Board Liaison to the USTA Sections. Korff has a long association with tennis. He founded and organized the innovative A&P Tennis Classic in Mahwah, N.J., for 25 years. It was the only women’s pro tournament to host three nights of concerts and five nights of tennis.
Delaine B. Mast, of Lancaster, Pa., and the USTA Middle States Section, is nominated for her first term as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. Mast has spent the last decade as the World TeamTennis Junior Nationals Tournament Director. As Tournament Director, she coordinates all aspects of the annual team event for ranked junior players that are not selected to play in the USTA nationals. Mast is a USPTA and PTR member and also a long-time USTA volunteer at the sectional and national level.
Andrew A. Valdez, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and the USTA Intermountain Section, is nominated for his first term as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. The Honorable Valdez currently presides over the Utah State Juvenile Court, where he has been a juvenile court judge for 16 years. He is a member of the USTA Intermountain Board of Directors Executive Committee and is the recipient of innumerable awards and recognitions. Valdez also authored a memoir, "No One Makes It Alone," that chronicled how the sport of tennis and acts of kindness enabled him to overcome the poverty and struggles of his childhood.
Patrick J. Galbraith, of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and the USTA Pacific Northwest, is nominated for a third term as an Elite Athlete and a Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. He is the Vice Chair of the Investment Committee. A professional tennis player from 1989 until 2000, Galbraith is a two-time winner of the US Open Mixed Doubles Championship. He ended 1993 as the No. 1-ranked men’s doubles team with partner Grant Connell and went on to win the World Doubles Championship in 1995. Galbraith, a member of the 1996 Davis Cup team, finished his career with 36 doubles titles. He is currently Vice President - Investments for UBS Financial Service, Inc.
Chanda Rubin, of Lafayette, La., and the USTA Southern Section, is nominated for her first term as an Elite Athlete and a Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. Rubin, a former professional tennis player who reached a career high ranking of No. 5 in the world, competed on the U.S. Olympic Team, the U.S. Pan-American Team and on the U.S. Fed Cup team. She holds seven WTA Tour singles titles and 10 doubles titles, including the 1996 Australian Open Doubles title, which she won with Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario. She was a trustee of the Southern Tennis Patron’s Foundation and currently is a Presidential Appointee on the USTA Executive Committee.
Jeffrey G. Tarango, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and the USTA Southern California Section, is nominated for his first term as an Elite Athlete and a Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. Tarango’s long and distinguished career brought him from National Boys' 18 Hardcourt Champion to All-American and Captain of the Stanford Championship team in 1989, to the pro tour, where he competed for 15 years. Tarango also was a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team for six years. A member and Vice Chair of the Olympic Committee, Tarango now serves as a broadcaster for a number of media outlets, including Tennis Channel, the BBC, DirecTV, and Fox Sports.