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USAPA President David Jordan Ends ‘FANTASTIC RUN’ By Bob Nibarger, USAPA Communications Chair David Jordan and his wife, Nancy, have been the cornerstone of the USAPA during a period of incredible growth. David has served the USAPA since 2007. He first worked as the marketing and sales director, charged with developing sources of revenue for the association. Then, in 2013, he volunteered to be president after Bill Booth resigned. He and Nancy have been married 51 years. They have two sons and two grandchildren. For the past 10 years, they have been full-time RVers. David spent 32 years as an educator—20 of them as principal of a Jr. High and High School. His hobbies, aside from pickleball, include water sports, hiking and traveling. When David first started with the USAPA 11 years ago, membership was about 4,000. At that time, budgets were tight and resources few. During his tenure, membership has grown to more than 22,000. David realized early in his career that success in management is the result of surrounding oneself with talented people—and then getting out of the >>> End of an Era… way and letting them do their jobs. One of his career highlights was hiring Justin Maloof, our current executive director, recognized as one of the top National Governing Board leaders in the nation. David’s accomplishments are five successful National Tournaments, the St. Jude partnership, the membership increases and the reorganization of the board. Regarding the future of the USAPA, David sees the construction of a super facility for the home of the USAPA, additional leadership in the promotion of pro events, more emphasis on recreational pickleball, and working together with other organizations to create a better network of player opportunities. New USAPA President Jack Thomas began in January. David will continue on the board as Immediate Past President, and he and Nancy will continue their endless support for pickleball. On behalf of our 22,000 members and 1,600 ambassadors, we thank David for his tireless support to the USAPA. • And What an Era it’s Been By Justin Maloof, USAPA Executive Director It’s hard to believe I just completed my fifth year as USAPA Executive Director. One person who has been a consistent mentor during my time in office is outgo- ing president David Jordan. Without Da- vid’s passion for the sport and support during my early years, I don’t know that I would have lasted long in my role. David understands pickleball and has tirelessly gone above and be- yond more than anyone I know in getting the USAPA to where it is today. I also will miss David’s dedication and work ethic as the USAPA National Championships co-chair. He and I were co-chairs my first three years, and it’s been so exciting and rewarding to see how that event has exploded in size and scale under his leadership and guid- ance. Thank you, David Jordan. While we are sad to see you go, we are grateful for your giving spirit and are encouraged for our future. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | MAGAZINE 11