The International Swimming Hall of Fame

Bill Kent

Chairman of the Board

Dr. Bill Kent has been a leader in the professional swimming pool industry since the 1970’s. Bill holds a degree in Physics, an M.B.A., and a 2015 Doctorate in Global Business. During the past decades, Bill has served as National President of Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (1996), as well as President of Florida Swimming Pool Association (1975-78), the National Swimming Pool Foundation (2003-6), and is currently Chairman of the Board of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (2017-2023). Bill’s company, Team Horner Group, evolved from just three to around 600 employees over the past decades; company activities include manufacturing, wholesale distribution, importing, and global exporting. In 2016, the company was converted to an employee-owned business (ESOP). Team Horner was the 2016 winner of the national “Psychologically Healthy Workplace” award given by the American Psychological Association. Bill’s favorite saying is “The BEST is yet to come”.

Sandra Bucha

Vice President

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.

Alex Blavatnik

Mr. Alex Blavatnik serves as an Executive Vice President of Access and oversees Access operations out of its New York-based headquarters. Alex joined Access in 1996 to manage its growing activities in Russia. He serves as Vice Chairman of Access. He has been a Director of Warner Music Group Corp. since July 20, 2011. He serves as a Director of WMG Acquisition Corp. He serves as a Director of various companies in the Access Industries global portfolio. Alex Blavatnik is engaged in numerous philanthropic pursuits and serves on the boards of several educational and charitable institutions including being on the USA Swimming Foundation as a Trustee. He is a 1993 graduate of Columbia Business School. Alex is an avid Masters Swimmer belonging to the Fort Lauderdale Masters Swim Team.

Mario Caprini

Mario Caprini is a seasoned real estate investor, entrepreneur, developer, consultant, and portfolio owner with a deep understanding of financial structures with international experience. His love of swimming comes from being exposed from a very young age to all water and swimming activities at his parent’s lakeside country place. Later as an adult he realized the peaceful and calming effect of being in, on and around water and introduced both his daughters, Rebecca and Rachel, to swimming and the joy of swimming and water related activities. Mario now enjoys sharing his love for swimming and water activities with his wife Eddy Sua. He was introduced to the International Swimming of Hall of Fame by Brent Rutemiller and was provided a tour of the museum by the ISHOF historian Bruce Wigo, in 2019. It was then that he realized how deep his connection and love of swimming was and the historical role and implications in his life, everyday life, in society and the history of the world - which strengthened his desire to participate in supporting the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Some of the notable achievements in his career include Entrepreneur of the Year in Montreal, Best Residential Project in Canada, Best Office Development in Northeast Ohio. Mario has developed numerous successful Public Private Partnerships (P3) projects and in recent years has perfected the process. Having the vision to create solutions in solving problems for his partners and clients, he has developed innovative solutions including 100% Funding Program at bond rates, with guaranteed pricing, timing, and no cost overruns for Government, Nonprofit and Corporate Developments. Using his own proprietary software, the Realizer, he can evaluate, analyze, and provide direction with all types of residential, commercial, industrial, hospitality, mixed-use, and institutional projects. It's the ultimate tool using algorithms combined with a cause-and-effect analysis to identify the optimum scenario on any project or property therefore mitigating risk and maximizing results. Using this new exclusive tool contributed to Capital Group P3 of Florida creating a partnership with Hensel Phelps - a national construction industry leader. Through this venture called CGHP Developments, it is taking a leadership position in a new innovative P3 approach. Using this incredible tool has enabled him to identify derivative and complimentary projects and developments that complement P3 projects. With determination, creativity, vision, talent, and perseverance, he will continue to lead with innovations in the industry.

Donna De Varona

Chairman, Emeritis (Inactive)

Donna De Varona is a pioneer in the field of female athletics and broadcasting. She made her first Olympic team in 1960 at the age of 13 and won two gold medals at the 1964 summer Olympics. The following year, at the age of 17, she became the first woman on network TV as a sports broadcaster. In 1974, Donna helped found the Women's Sports Foundation and pioneered the fight for increasing athletic opportunities for women in high school and college. In 1991 she received an EMMY for her work during the Special Olympics. She was chair for the 1999 Women's World Cup of soccer in America and served on the board of NY City's 2012 Olympic Bid Committee. Donna has been inducted into several Halls of Fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the NCAA's Teddy Roosevelt Award, the organization’s highest honor.

Mike Dooley


Mike Dooley comes to ISHOF as a seasoned veteran of the professional swimming pool industry. Mike serves as the President of Team Horner Group, a vertically integrated manufacturer, wholesale distributor, importer, and exporter of swimming pool supplies. Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Team Horner Group has 20 distribution locations with 2 manufacturing plants in France, and conducts business in over 90 different countries around the world. Mike serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Swimming Pool Association and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes at The University of Miami. Mike graduated from the University of Miami majoring in Finance in 1986 and served as a Captain on Active Duty with the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper and Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot leaving active duty in July of 1991. Mike played Water Polo at Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale and has a passion for the mission of making Every Child A Swimmer.

David Duda

David Duda has been an aquatic professional for 60+ years and has been active in Florida aquatics for 31 of those years. He is the founder and CEO of MDM Aquatics/ Safety Training & Consulting, working closely with many community clients including five cities (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Dania Beach and Cooper City), Memorial Health Care Systems, Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Hard Rock Casino. His focus continues to help teach aquatic skills to children and mentor instructors in diverse populations in aquatics. He partners with Seminole Tribe of Florida to train and certify aquatics staff as well as promote swim lesson programs in their preschool. He recently consulted with Florida Kiwanis District Chair in Naples and helped develop a brochure for Every Child A Swimmer to distribute at their state convention. The ECAS outreach program partners with communities and families to help reduce child drownings.

Steven Glassman

Commissioner City of Fort Lauderdale - District 2

Steve was born in New York City in 1953 and grew up on Long Island. After receiving a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree, he settled in Buffalo, New York where he was an educator for eighteen years. Steve and his spouse of forty-five years, Rande, moved to the area in 1994 and they have lived in District 2 for the past 20 years; Steve is rooted in the community through both his professional and personal life. For eleven years, Steve was an administrator for the Broward County Cultural Division where he worked closely with elected officials and business leaders to further the quality of life in all of Broward's major cities through the arts and culture. This work included serving on Advisory Boards in Hollywood, Miramar, and Pembroke Pines. Steve has served on the City of Fort Lauderdale's Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board (three years) and the Planning and Zoning Board (six years) where he grew to understand the importance of building consensus and working as a team to get things done. Over his many years in various civic leadership positions, including President of the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation, Steve has come to understand how vital Neighborhood Associations are in our City’s civic and economic development. This understanding was driven home time and time again in Steve's seven-year tenure as the President of the Central Beach Alliance where he worked in close partnership with many of the City's most prominent neighborhood and business leaders. Steve has also served as President of several beach condominium associations including his current six-year tenure at the Sapphire Condominium.

Steve Hasty

President/Owner of Hasty Awards, a national awards company focusing on Olympic sports including swimming, gymnastics, wrestling and track, for over 30 years. Swimming background includes age group swimmer for 11 years, age group coach for five years, multiple stints on team boards. In the private world I have enjoyed serving on multiple boards including Ottawa University Board of Trustees since 2012, Parks and Recreation Board, and boards within the Awards and Recognition Association. In addition to owning Hasty Awards I am majority owner of Smarter Paw, a pet industry company specializing in products for cats including toys, treats and catnip. I am an avid developer within northeast Kansas, specializing in subdivisions. It is an honor to be on the ISHOF board and being a part of taking this organization to the next level.

Matt McKean

Matt is an accomplished Financial Advisor for Ultra High Net Worth clients with a specialization in wealth transfer, trust and estate tax and philanthropic strategies for both donors and nonprofits. Matt has held senior leadership roles for 25 years including his current position of Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Matt's expertise is working with uniquely successful, busy individuals and families who wish to preserve, protect and transfer their wealth to future generations and/or charities by assisting in the creation of tax-advantaged philanthropic plans, including charitable trusts and private foundations. Matt earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University along with a collegiate swimming scholarship and holds several advanced designations including Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA) from American Bankers Association and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of the American College. Matt will support the overall long-term financial strength and fundraising goals of ISHOF by visiting with donors and prospective donors about a variety of gift possibilities, particularly deferred and planned gifts, capital campaigns and endowment growth.

Aaron Peirsol

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 4×100m medley relay (long course). Individually, he currently holds the world record in the 200m 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.

Steve West

Steve West is the CEO and co-Founder of Project Insight, a software company that makes online project and work management software. Steve is a former World Masters Swimmer of the Year and holds multiple masters world records. As a collegiate swimmer at the University of Michigan, he was a member of the 1995 NCAA championship team and the four Big Ten winning teams (1992 – 1995). He earned individual honors as a two-time NCAA All American and Academic All Big Team. He was a member of the U.S. National Swim Team competing in the Goodwill Games, World University Games, Short Course World Championship, and Pan Am Games. In 2012, he became the oldest man to compete at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in the 200M and 100M breaststroke events. He currently oversees ISHOF and Swimming World's website and technology elements. He is key to helping us merge websites, update technologies and create new e-commerce platforms. 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…….

  • Proactive
  • Responsible
  • Integrity
  • Influence
  • Expertise in Our Field
  • An Area of Unique “Expertise”
  • Financial
  • Low Conflict of Interest
  • Time Commitment 
  • Diversity – Geographic/Cultural/Gender
  • Do-gooder