Local attorney is part of USATF board overhaul

March 2, 2009
Baker & Daniels attorney Max Siegel was recently named to the USA Track & Field board and will play a role in a restructuring of the sports sanctioning body headquartered in Indianapolis.

USATF CEO Doug Logan downsized the board from 31 to 15 members in an effort to streamline the organization.

Siegel, who was formerly president of North Carolina-based NASCAR team Dale Earnhardt Inc., returned to Baker & Daniels late last year to work on sports and entertainment endeavors for the Indianapolis-based law firm. Siegel, an Indianapolis native and University of Notre Dame graduate, still has a hand in NASCAR, where he continues to work on a diversity driver program among other projects.

Other USATF board members appointed by Logan include Olympic marathon bronze medalist Deena Kastor; former triple jump world-record-holder Willie Banks; former superintendent of Denver Public Schools Evie Dennis; Elizabeth Phillips, president of New York-based Custom Event Marketing Inc.; sports executive Steven Miller; business executive and former world-class miler Steve Holman; USATF officials Kim Haines and Kenneth Taylor; and former health care industry executive Jack Wickens.

"I am extremely optimistic about working with the new board," Logan said. "All are strong, independent-minded individuals who see the big picture."

USATF embarked on an overhaul after the U.S. track and field team's poor performance in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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