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.
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.