INDIANAPOLIS - Mark James, President and CEO of Frias Holding Company in Las Vegas, has been named as a Director of the USA Track & Field Foundation Board, USATF Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld announced Friday.
"We are very excited to have Mark on the board," said Jackovic. "He comes from a family of track athletes, and the sport is truly a passion for him."
Mr. James received his Bachelor's degree from Lewis and Clark University, where he also participated in track & field. In Incline Village, Nevada, he was a standout high school sprinter, placing third in the 440-yard dash and second in the long jump at the 1977 state meet. He also anchored Incline's top mile and 440 relay teams.
Mr. James served as a Nevada State Senator for ten years and later as a Clark County Commissioner. He received his J.D. from the University of Arizona in 1985 and racticed law for twenty-one years in Texas and Nevada, specializing in business litigation. He and his wife Lori have two college-age children and reside in Las Vegas.
Established 47 years ago by Charles and Phyllis Frias, Frias is the largest taxicab operator in Las Vegas. It also operates a limousine and bus company and manages substantial real estate assets.
The USATF Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track and field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging athletes and anti-doping education. The Foundation in 2008 awarded more than $700,000 in grants, and it continues to impact the sport. Eight Foundation grant recipients and four will compete for Team USA at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.
For more information or to make a donation to the USA Track & Field Foundation, visit USATFFoundation.org.
About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.
For more information on USATF, visit USATF.org.