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US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee Announces New Commercial Strategy

Portsmouth, R.I. (January 15, 2009) – US SAILING is proud to announce an unprecedented Commercial Strategy for the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program, which includes new partnership opportunities for sponsors, a new commercial agreement for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics members and, for the first time, the hiring of a full-time commercial director.

“This is the next step in the evolution of U.S. Olympic Sailing,” said Olympic Sailing Chairman Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.). “We’re proud of our progress over the last four years, but we are truly excited for what the future holds – for our athletes, our program and for Olympic sailing in this country.”

The Commercial Strategy consists of several components: the launch of a tiered program of Gold, Silver and Bronze level partnerships that have been constructed around the team’s title sponsor AlphaGraphics; a Commercial Agreement opportunity for the athletes on the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, the result of which will include Gold sponsor branding on hulls and sails and branded clothing for Gold and Silver sponsors of the team; and the first-time hiring of a Commercial Director to orchestrate the strategy.

“Our goal is to support our athletes and give them the best chance to succeed on the water, while at the same time, create a total program that everyone in our country can be proud of,” said Brenner.

The Olympic Sailing Committee has named Dan Cooney (Marion, Mass.) to fill the role of Commercial Director. Cooney joins the established executive team of Brenner, Olympic Director Katie Kelly (Barrington, R.I.) and High Performance Director Kenneth Andreasen (Tampa, Fla.). Cooney’s responsibilities will include managing all sponsorship fulfillment elements, as well as developing new partners for the Olympic Sailing Programs and leading the execution of the entire commercial strategy.

“As a lifelong sailor and club competitor, this is a great honor and I couldn’t be more excited to join this winning team,” said Cooney, who played a critical role in signing AlphaGraphics as the first-ever US Sailing Team title sponsorship in his former role as Marketing Director of US SAILING.

“We’re particularly proud to have Dan Cooney come on board as our Commercial Director. We’ve been working with Dan for several years in his role at US SAILING and are thrilled to have him join our program,” said Brenner. “We also believe that the decision to bring on a Commercial Director is proof positive of our commitment to building this program and supporting our athletes.”

About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and US SAILING
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top three boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. US SAILING supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is AlphaGraphics; other sponsors include Rolex, LaserPerformance, Harken and Team McLube. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US SAILING provides leadership for the sport of sailing in the United States. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country. For more information about US SAILING, please visit: For more information about the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: