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USAC exec hunt narrows

USA Cycling's search for a new chief executive officer to replace the recently departed Lisa Voight has narrowed down to six finalists, according to USAC board president Jim Ochowicz. The short list includes interim USAC CEO Steve Johnson; Gerard Bisceglia, a food-industry veteran and former USPRO board member; Nigel Blair-Johns, National Bicycle League secretary and a USAC board member; Tom Schuler, director of Team Sports; and an unnamed sixth candidate. USAC’s board reportedly has been divided on whether to go outside the organization to fill its top staff position. But after

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By VeloNews Interactive

USA Cycling’s search for a new chief executive officer to replace the recently departed Lisa Voight has narrowed down to six finalists, according to USAC board president Jim Ochowicz.

The short list includes interim USAC CEO Steve Johnson; Gerard Bisceglia, a food-industry veteran and former USPRO board member; Nigel Blair-Johns, National Bicycle League secretary and a USAC board member; Tom Schuler, director of Team Sports; and an unnamed sixth candidate.

USAC’s board reportedly has been divided on whether to go outside the organization to fill its top staff position. But after first-round interviews last week in Colorado Springs, insiders speculate that Bisceglia, Johnson and Schuler are the front-runners, with Bisceglia having an edge based on his extensive business background and long-standing ties to Ochowicz.

Bisceglia, who now runs a chain of Japanese restaurants in Phoenix, spent 19 years as national sales manager at Southland Corp., which sponsored Ochowicz’s 7-Eleven cycling team.

Whoever gets the job will face a formidable task – fixing USA Cycling. The national governing body for American bicycle racing is reeling from a $2 million dollar loss in 2000, a 20 percent decrease in revenues, and the rise of several rival organizations that have competed with USAC for members and events.