Board of Directors
Sandra Bucha received her Bachelor’s of Art degree in History, with distinction, from Stanford University in 1976 and her Juris Doctorate degree from Indiana University in 1979. A former prosecutor and public defender, Attorney Bucha has extensive jury trial experience. Since 1990 Attorney Bucha has also successfully represented plaintiffs in all areas of civil jury trial litigation and currently devotes her expertise to the area of medical malpractice with the firm. Attorney Bucha is a member of the state bars for the states of Florida, Illinois and Wisconsin. Attorney Bucha is also a member of the Federal District Court trial bars for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association.
Sandra had been a top age grouper in Washington D.C. before her family moved to Illinois. Swimming under coach Don Watson, in Hinsdale, she became an American record holder and national champion. While she trained with the boy’s high school team, there were no high school swim teams for girls in the state of Illinois in the 1960s. So before her senior year, with the support of her coach and parents, she filed suit against the Illinois High School Association to allow her to compete as a member of the boys team. Although she lost the suit……this was before the passage of the Title IX Amerndments to the Civil Rights Act the famous battle of the sexes ….it was a sign of things to come.
While attending Stanford, Sandra joined the professional marathon swimming circuit and In the nine marathon swims in which she competed between 1973 and 1975, she finished first in the female events, undefeated in every race, earning her a place in the ISHOF, class of 2014. Her accomplishments in the water and as a social justice advocate helped pave the way for thousands of girls and women to participate in sports, the acceptance of women in the male dominated sport of marathon swimming and for marathon swimming to become and Olympic sport.
Chairperson for the Fort Lauderdale Parks, Recreation and Beaches Advisory Board and former Mayor of Cooper City, Florida. Debby is passionate about aquatics with a long history as an Aquatics and Athletic Director as well as a vocal advocate for Ft. Lauderdale Aquatics and ISHOF. She enjoys training for triathlons by bicycling and swimming. As a runner she completed the world-famous Boston Marathon in 1996.
Owner of Hasty Awards - The largest awards supplier in the United States to all aquatic sports, including USA Swimming, Diving, Synchro, YMCA, High School, College, etc. Is willing to work with us on creating award replicas for our gift shop. He is passionate about ISHOF and Aquatics.
Bill Kent, President/ Chairman of the Board
Dr. Bill Kent is CEO and Owner of Team Horner, an integrated manufacturer, wholesale distributor, and global exporter of swimming pool products. Various divisions include Aquacal Autopilot, a manufacturer of swimming pool heat pumps and salt chlorine generators, Lo-Chlor Chemicals, a line of algaecides and water adjustment chemicals, StoneHardscapes, an importer and distributor of natural stone products for exterior use, HornerXpress Florida, a wholesale distribution chain with 17 outlets in Florida, and HornerXpress Worldwide, the export division with pool industry customers in over 90 countries around the world. The company received a national award from the American Psychological Association in early 2015 for its Psychologically Healthy Workplace and has about 450 employees. Dr. Kent is past president of the Florida Swimming Pool Association, the National Swimming Pool Foundation, and the National Swimming Pool Institute, now known as the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. A classic entrepreneur, Bill has a passion for what he does and has a simple goal: every person a swimmer for life. When Kent talks about aquatics he sounds like a preacher, using words like “spiritual” and “passion.” Throughout his 30-plus years in the industry, he’s tried to apply that philosophy in various leadership roles. Bill received his Doctorate from Keiser University in June, 2015 with a concentration in Global Business.
Richard Korhammer, Vice President of the Board
Mr. Richard Korhammer served as the Chief Executive Officer of SR Labs, Inc. since September 3, 2014. Mr. Korhammer served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Order Execution Services Holdings, Inc. He served as Senior Advisor of Lightyear Capital LLC. His career is focused on building or growing companies within the technology and finance sectors. He co-founded Lava Trading Inc., in 1999 and served as its Chief Executive Officer since 1999 and served as its Chairman. He successfully guided Lava from its inception through it's acquisition by Citigroup in 2004. After the purchase, he remained at Citigroup as a Managing Director and the Head of Global Equities Electronic Execution. Mr. Korhammer began his career with NeXT Computers, where he worked closely with Wall Street firms in the analysis of NeXTStep's custom application development architecture in the area of proprietary trading solutions. He served at NeXT unitl 1993. He was a Consultant to investment banks/Wall Street firms and founded his own management-consulting firm in 1997. He serves as Chairman of Advisory Board at Order Execution Services Holdings Inc. Mr. Korhammer served as an Executive Chairman of The Receivables Exchange, LLC. He serves as a Member of Board of Advisors at Skystream Markets Inc. He has been a Member of Advisory Board at Order Execution Services Holdings Inc., since January 24, 2007. He has received the New York Ten Award and the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year“® Award. Mr. Korhammer has a B.S.E. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1989. He also received a Civil Engineering Management Operations Research Certificate.
He was an All American swimmer at Princeton and an NCAA record holder.
Aaron Piersol, Secretary
was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an honor swimmer in 2016. One of the greatest backstroke swimmers in history, he is a three-time Olympian and seven-time Olympic medalist (five gold, two silver). As a member of the U.S. national team, he holds the world record in the men's 4×100-meter medley relay (long course). Individually, he currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke event (long course). In February 2011, Peirsol announced his retirement, saying, "I ended up doing everything I set out to do.” Since retiring, Aaron has been involved with a number of charitable causes related to ocean and water conservancy ambassador as well as giving talks and swimming clinics around the world and is a member of the FINA Athletes Advisory Committee.
Brent Rutemiller, CEO
Brent Rutemiller comes to ISHOF as an aquatic industry leader with high standards and ethics. As the former CEO and Publisher of Swimming World Magazine he has a proven track record of success in publishing, marketing, and coaching with an ability to create a culture of teamwork. Highly committed to advancing the sport of aquatics with creative and effective strategies that increase exposure and market penetration, including strategic relationships with numerous governing bodies worldwide. Strong communication and leadership skills that support the growth of organizations and the development of the people within them are his strong points. Rutemiller was honored as one of thirty most influential people in the sport of swimming over the past 30 years by USA Swimming.
He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an honor coach in 1997. As a coach, his record is matched by few coaches in the history of the sport. At the club level, Schubert found success on the national swimming scene as the head coach of the Mission Viejo Nadadores from 1972-85, where his teams won a record 44 U.S. National team titles during his tenure. Schubert also served as the head coach of Texas Aquatics for four years, leading the club, along with head coach Eddie Reese, to 10 national team titles. At the University of Southern California, the Trojan women took home one NCAA team title under Schubert in 1997. His USC swimmers won 49 NCAA individual titles. At the international level, Schubert has been a familiar face on the Olympic coaching scene, serving on every Olympic coaching staff from 1980 to 2008, placing 38 swimmers on U.S. Olympic teams. Schubert was Head Women's Coach in 1992 and 2004. He was the Head Men's Coach in 2000. He was a Women's Assistant Coach in 1996, and an assistant for the combined Men's and Women's teams for 1980, 1984, and 1988. From 2006 to 2010 he served as the USA Swimming National Team Director. Recently he returned to the club that he made famous early in his career, the Mission Bay Nadadores, as associate head coach.
Tod Spieker is a former UCLA All-American Swimmer, entrepreneur and sole owner of Speaker Companies of Palo Alto CA, a real estate holding company with a rental property portfolio in the Silicon Valley valued in excess of $700M As a master's swimmer, Tod has broken over 30 world master's records and is an inductee of the International Master's Hall of Fame. Tod's other charitable interests include: the Spieker Sports Medicine Wing at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Spieker UCLA Geography Colloquium, UCLA Foundation, UC Santa Cruz Foundation and the Housing Industry Foundation.
Mark Spitz, Chairman, Emeritis (Inactive)
For six years, beginning in 1966, ISHOF's Mark Spitz, dominated the sport of swimming. At the 1972 Olympic Games, held in Munich, West Germany, he gave the most dominating athletic performance in Olympic history, winning an unprecedented seven gold medals, with each of his medal-winning performances broke a world swimming record. Since his retirement from competitive swimming he has gone on to successful careers as both a businessman and motivational speaker. Today, he remains one of the most widely recognized swimming personalities in the world.
Chuck Warner, Treasurer
has been a leader in American Swimming for more than twenty-five years. As a swimming coach he has led teams to seven National Y team championships, three NCAA Championship runners-up teams (DII), and seven runners-up Big East Conference teams. Four times he was named conference coach of the year. During his career he has developed more than a dozen USA National Team members and coached athletes to over 100 NCAA all-American berths.More than simply a leader of athletes and teams, Coach Warner has tried to give back to the sport of swimming more than he's taken. He's served on the US Olympic International Committee and been very active in his USA Swimming local swim committees. For fifteen years he served on the Board Of Directors of "The American Swimming Coaches Association." Coach Warner has been a renown speaker at national and international forums on various subjects of professional coaching. His landmark book of Four Champions, One Gold Medal that was published in 1999 was a great gift to the world of competitive swimming. He followed up in 2012 with one of the most popular swimming books around the world, ...And Then They Won Gold: Stepping Stones to Swimming Excellence Volume I. In the summer of 2010, Coach Warner turned his efforts toward helping families and children in developing the company ARETE Aquatic Serivces. Families are served through a swim school and teaching children how to swim, creating magnificent swim camps & clinics, working with 'masters swimming' and tri-athletes and creating seminars and authoring books. His positive approach to learning and growing is sure to influence many, many more people around water in the years to come.
Owner of Project Insight, a software company. Steve currently oversees Swimming World's website and technology elements. He is key to helping us merge our websites, updating technologies and creating our e-commerce platforms. He is a former World Masters Swimmer of the year and has multiple masters world records. He will donate his personal time and advice in our efforts to upgrade our websites and e-commerce platforms.
Factors to consider for prospective new board members, in no particular order.......
Expertise in Our Field
An Area of Unique “Expertise”
Low Conflict of Interest
Diversity – Geographic/Cultural/Gender