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Pelotonia Announces Leadership Appointments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rae Bazzarre, The MACH 1 Group for Pelotonia | (202) 320-5134 | rbazzarre@themach1group.com

Pelotonia Announces Leadership Appointments

Nick Denby named Chief Financial Officer; Miguel Perez named Chief Operating Officer

COLUMBUS, OH (June 18, 2018) – Pelotonia, a grassroots organization that raises money to accelerate funding for innovative cancer research, announced the promotion of Nick Denby to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Miguel Perez to Chief Operating Officer (COO), as well as new appointments of seven talented staff members.

“Pelotonia is proud to recognize the promotions of Nick Denby and Miguel Perez, leaders with equally strong experience and character,” said Doug Ulman, Pelotonia President and CEO. “They both bring outstanding records of guiding organizations during critical moments of growth and change combined with compassionate management approaches that are certain to benefit both our staff and constituents at a time when we’re expanding our efforts to mobilize purpose-driven communities and create a healthier world in which we are all empowered to live our best lives.”

Denby, who has served as Pelotonia’s Vice President for Finance and Operations since 2016, assumed the role of CFO effective May 21, 2018. Denby oversees the departments of accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, gift processing and corporate and individual fundraising. He has extensive experience in philanthropy, business and non-profit management, including more than 10 years in higher executive management positions such as vice president of development for the LIVESTRONG Foundation and director of finance for American YouthWorks. Denby holds a B.S. in management from Gettysburg College and a M.S. in biology-neuroscience from the University of Maryland.

Perez, who has served as Pelotonia’s Vice President of Mission and Brand since 2017, assumed the role of COO effective May 21, 2018. Perez oversees the departments of communications and marketing, recruitment, community outreach, mission-related investments, the PULLL app and the Ride. He has extensive experience in philanthropy, business and non-profit management, including more than 15 years in higher executive management positions such as chief operating officer for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and managing account director for the branding agency Ologie. Prior to joining Pelotonia, he served in two executive roles with Dallas-based Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest non-profit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. Perez, a graduate of The Ohio State University, is also the founder and president of the Vicki Speakman Memorial Fund, a non-profit he established in his sister’s honor in 2002 to support crucial breast cancer work, the disease that took her life.

In addition to Denby and Perez, Pelotonia has also recently made seven new appointments to its growing team, including:

  • Kris Anderson, General Manager – The Ride
  • Simone Attles, PULLL Digital Community Manager
  • Jill Londino, Ride Community Manager
  • Michael Newman, PULLL Developer – Full Stack
  • Eric Olsavsky, Director of Business Development & Partnerships
  • Wes Sims, PULLL Head of Product
  • Emily Smith, Communication Manager

2018 marks Pelotonia’s 10th anniversary. Its popular annual event, a three-day experience of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism in central Ohio, is Aug. 3-5, 2018. Pelotonia will hold its opening ceremony on Fri., Aug. 3. On Sat., Aug. 4, thousands of riders will embark on 1- and 2-day rides on routes ranging from 25-200 miles and on Sun., Aug. 5, riders will participate in the newly added 1-day 35-mile ride from Granville to New Albany and 2-day riders in the 135-200-mile routes will return to New Albany. Registration is open at pelotonia.org.

In 2017, Riders, Virtual Riders and Volunteers raised a record-breaking $26.2 million, bringing the organization’s nine-year total to more than $157 million. Donors from all 50 states and more than 60 countries contributed to the funds raised by the 282 pelotons.

Thanks to Pelotonia’s major funding partners, Pelotonia is able to donate 100 percent of every dollar raised by Riders, Virtual Riders and Volunteers directly to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). These donations are used to support cancer research in several ways:

  • Idea Grants, which investigate new and innovative basic, clinical, translational and population-based science clinical trials;
  • Fellowships, which encourages undergraduate, graduate, medical and postdoctoral students to become independent cancer researchers
  • Tools for discovery to aid cutting-edge research;
  • Funding research of the best and brightest physician scientists who are coming to Columbus, Ohio to further their passion for treating patients and pursuing scientific solutions.
  • Statewide Initiatives, which take aim at specific cancer types by working with community hospitals throughout Ohio to promote prevention, early detection and better outcomes.

Since its inception, Pelotonia has funded and awarded 134 idea grants and 475 fellowships, as well as support for 87 senior scientists and three statewide initiatives. Pelotonia’s operational costs are paid for by major funding partners including Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation, Harold C. Schott Foundation, Lilly Oncology, Cardinal Health Foundation, Diamond Hill Capital Management and Nationwide. This funding model enables Pelotonia to direct 100 percent of every dollar raised by its participants to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

About Pelotonia

Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. As a centerpiece of its year-round fundraising efforts, Pelotonia hosts a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. In its nine years, Pelotonia has raised over $157 million for cancer research. Thanks to its generous funding partners, including Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation, Harold C. Schott Foundation, Lilly Oncology, Cardinal Health Foundation, Diamond Hill Capital Management and Nationwide, Pelotonia is able to direct 100 percent of every dollar raised by its participants to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The 10th anniversary Pelotonia ride is scheduled for Aug. 3-5, 2018. Learn more at www.pelotonia.org.

 About the OSUCCC – James
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 46 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only four centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials on novel anti-cancer drugs. As the cancer program’s 308-bed adult patient-care component, The James is one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and has achieved Magnet designation, the highest honor an organization can receive for quality patient care and professional nursing practice. At 21 floors with more than 1.1 million square feet, The James is a transformational facility that fosters collaboration and integration of cancer research and clinical cancer care. For more information, visit cancer.osu.edu.

 

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