23 JANUARY 2015 - Challenge Family is continuing to strengthen its position as the quality leader in global long
distance triathlon with the appointment of a new management team to develop further growth in North, South and
The Challenge Americas team will oversee the region's 14 full and half distance Challenge Family triathlons, led by
newly appointed CEO, Steven Gintowt. Gintowt joins from his previous role of chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the Competitor Group where he oversaw the company's expansion into Europe and helped grow the
business's event arm.
Jim Garfield's role as commercial director is another new appointment to the Challenge team. Garfield is responsible for sponsorship sales and activation and is an award-winning marketing strategist as well as a former adventure-racing athlete and most recently was executive brand builder for Life Time fitness.
Rev3's Eric Opdyke rounds out the team as head of operations, responsible for co-ordinating the operations across all
of the region's events and overseeing maintenance of brand standards.
The executive team is supported by the Challenge Americas Board, headed by Challenge Family CEO Zibi Szlufcik and Rev3's Charlie Patten and also includes Murphy Reinschreiber and Eric Opdyke. The board brings many years of
industry experience and connections and will provide strategic guidance and ensure the continuation of high quality
event delivery as the series expands.
Gintowt said the new structure marked the start of an exciting new era for Challenge Family that would see it strengthen its position in the Americas, delivering a new standard of long course triathlon as it introduced new races and built on the success of existing events.
"Challenge Family has fast earned a reputation for providing an outstanding race experience that is inclusive of all," he said. "Rev3 shared the same qualities and now we combine the best elements of two highly respected brands to deliver a high quality experience to the first time and experienced long distance triathlete."
"I'm proud and happy to have those individuals joining the Challenge Family team, said Szlufcik. "Steve, Eric and Jim
with the support of Charlie and Murphy as a board members are industry experts with endless experience and
knowledge of triathlon and endurance sport. They share the same passion and Challenge Family will deliver even more commitment to athletes, industry partners, media, hosting cities and all races across the Americas."
Challenge Family currently features three full distance and 11 half distance triathlons throughout the Americas region: Challenge Penticton and Challenge St Andrews in Canada, Challenge Ixtapa and Challenge San Gil Queretaro in
Mexico, Challenge Florianopolis and Challenge Maceio in Brazil and Challenge Knoxville, Challenge Quassy, Challenge
Williamsburg, Challenge Atlantic City, Challenge Pocono Mountains, Challenge Maine, Challenge Rancho Cordova and
Challenge Florida in the USA.
For further information, please visit www.challenge-familyamericas.com