Chief Executive Officer and President
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As Chief Executive Officer and President of World T.E.A.M. Sports, Van Brinson is responsible for the overall operations of the non-profit organization.
Van first became associated with World T.E.A.M. Sports during the inaugural Face of America ride in 2000. Having seen the difference that athletics made in the lives of wounded service members, he became more actively involved with the organization, participating in Face of America rides and directing the rides beginning in 2011. He rode his bicycle across North America in World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ 2010 Sea to Shining Sea Bike Ride and rode segments with the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride. He served as the organization’s Chief Operations Officer from November 2010 to October 2013.
Van enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1986 and was selected for a commissioning program in 1988. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1992 after graduation from North Carolina State University. During his service in the Marine Corps, Major Brinson served as a Communications Officer for three years prior to being selected for training as a Naval Aviator. He received his wings in 1997 and was stationed in El Toro and Miramar, California and Quantico, Virginia.
Van participated in humanitarian assistance operations in East Timor, the evacuation of the crew of the USS Cole, and flew in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return from Iraq, Major Brinson was selected for duty with the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1 where he served for four years. He was assigned to the Operations Department at the Marine Corps Air Facility in Quantico, Virginia. In September, 2010, Van retired from the Marine Corps.
Van and his wife Allyson live in the Raleigh, North Carolina area and have two children.
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As Executive Director of World T.E.A.M. Sports, Jon Brideau is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the non-profit organization.
Jon Brideau first became involved with World T.E.A.M. Sports at the 2015 Face of America as a team member of Capital One and was immediately moved by the power of the event. He came back to ride in the last two events in 2016 and 2017 as well. Most recently, Jon participated in the 2017 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado as a member of Team Graphite. In October 2017, he was named as the organization’s Executive Director.
Prior to joining World T.E.A.M. Sports, Jon spent seven years in several roles at Best Buddies International, most recently serving as Senior Director of the Best Buddies Challenge. With three Challenge events across the country, Jon lead his team to fund raise over $10 million annually to provide friendships, job opportunities, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jon joined Best Buddies after riding in the 2009 and 2010 Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port with his team of colleagues from Nike, where he worked for five years. Jon became involved in the Best Buddies jobs program while at Nike when he hired and mentored an employee on the autism spectrum.
He is a graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in the Science of Business Administration. Jon spends much of his time riding bikes—road, mountain, and cyclocross throughout the entire year. He is an avid fisherman and enjoyed playing organized team sports in his formative years, along with skiing. Jon lives in the Greater Boston area with his wife Jessica.
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Howard Hill joined Word T.E.A.M Sports in May 2017 as the organization’s Logistics Coordinator. In his role, Howard is responsible for event coordination and working with volunteers and outside resources. In June of 2016, he retired from his career at State Farm Insurance where he was involved in project coordination, real estate disposition and education and training.
Howard first became involved with World T.E.A.M Sports when State Farm served as the presenting sponsor for the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea, as a member of the ride staff. That ride, he says, changed his life. After Sea to Shining Sea, he purchased his first road bike and joined the 2011 Face of America ride as a participant. Continuing to be involved in the activities of the organization, he was asked to coordinate and oversee the 2014 CanAm Veteran’s Challenge. Since that time he has been involved in other Face of America rides, as well as the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado event.
Dedicated to helping others, Howard was a head mentor and fundraising advisor for the Leukemia-Lymphoma’s TEAM in TRAINING program for many years. During that time he completed 13 marathons and numerous half marathons to benefit Leukemia research. Injuries have slowed his running, but he continues to be an active cyclist in the community.
Currently living in Bloomington, Illinois, Howard is married to wife, Sherry. In 2017, Sherry participated in the Face of America, and in 2016 ran the Marine Corps Marathon (her 92nd marathon) and raised funds to benefit World T.E.A.M. Sports. Together, they have four children and eight grandchildren.
Director of Communications
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A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Journalism, Richard manages all external communications for our organization, including websites, social media, digital newsletters, special publications, promotional materials and handouts. He joined World T.E.A.M. Sports in October, 2010.
With more than a quarter-century experience in publishing and marketing communications, including terms at VeloNews, Women’s Adventure and Buzzworm’s Earth Journal, Richard has exceptional knowledge about media and communications. In the mid-to-late 1990s, Richard served for six years with USA Cycling, the national Olympic sports governing body in Colorado Springs. During his term with USA Cycling, Richard developed the American Mountain Bike Challenge racing series, managed the organization’s business newsletter, and directed other member programs.
Stationed at World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ Grand Junction, Colorado office, Richard is currently active with the National Speleological Society in the American West. He is the author of four popular books regarding Colorado caves.