COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Tami Tranter (Washington Township, Mich.) has been hired as senior director of development for The USA Hockey Foundation it was announced today.
Tranter will lead all aspects of fundraising for The USA Hockey Foundation, including supervising the day-to-day operations of the foundation, implementing a strategic fundraising plan and developing cultivation and stewardship events.
"We're excited to welcome Tami to The USA Hockey Foundation," said Pat Kelleher, assistant executive director of development for USA Hockey, who will take over as the organization's executive director on June 10. "Her level of experience and passion are a great fit as we look to take our Foundation efforts to the next level."
Tranter comes to USA Hockey after serving as the senior director of philanthropy at USA Volleyball.
Prior to that, she was the director of development for the Colorado School of Mines Foundation (January 2014-August 2016) and served in the same capacity at Wayne State (Mich.) University from October 2012-December 2013. Tranter was also an associate athletic director at Wayne State from August 2011-October 2012 and served as WSU's chief of staff from Nov. 2008-Aug. 2011.
She will begin her duties on Tuesday, May 30.
It's been often said hockey is a lifelong game. For some that means they continue to lace up the skates decades after there are any fans in the stands. For some it means they give back by coaching, officiating or volunteering. For others the lifelong connection is through the network of teammates, friends and life lessons learned along the way; a bridge of sorts that keeps them closely connected to the sport in the business world. USA Hockey recently caught up with 1968 Olympian Jack Morrison, who continues to find success off the ice, long after he received his accolades on the ice.
When you see Jack Morrison these days, he has the contented look of a life well-lived.
Morrison, a Minneapolis native who played on the 1968 Olympic team in Grenoble, France, was the only American to be among the top 10 scorers (tied for eighth) in the tournament, registering two goals and six assists in seven games. In 1967, he completed an illustrious collegiate career at current NCAA champion, Yale University, where he was named first-team All-American East as well as first-team All ECAC his senior year.
He left Yale as its all-time leading scorer, with 51 goals and 68 assists for 119 points.
“When I look back on that period of my life, it was an honor to be mentioned in the same company with players like Ken Dryden and Jerry York (who were fellow All-Americans), and, of course, to be an Olympian,” Morrison said. “Due to the Vietnam War, we were unpopular among the French crowds. The Czechs and Russians were actually more well-received. We had a fantastic team and probably could have fared better. It was a terrific experience nevertheless.”
Following amateur athletics, Morrison attended Harvard Business School and, after a stint with Kidder Peabody, went to work for the Pillsbury Company, where he rose to the position of Executive Vice President and President, Pillsbury Consumer Foods Group. After the company was acquired by Grand Met (now Diageo), he decided to join three longtime associates to form Goldner, Hawn, Johnson & Morrison, which quickly became a highly successful private equity firm.
Morrison received an extraordinary opportunity to wear a different Team USA uniform, when, in the middle of his presidency, former college classmate, George W. Bush, requested that he serve on OPIC (the Overseas Private Investment Corporation) and, later, PFIAB (the Presidential Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board), overtures he happily obliged.
While his sense of duty to country is longstanding, Morrison has also maintained an enduring commitment to Minnesota, which has been home to he and Chris, his wife of 46 years, since 1975.
He and his son, Jeb, have invested in a handful of small Minnesota companies and Morrison has been a longtime director at Andersen Corporation (Bayport, Minn.) and Hormel Corporation (Austin, Minn.).
Jeff Ettinger, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer at Hormel Foods, is quick in his praise.
"Jack Morrison has been an outstanding member of the Hormel Foods Board of Directors since 2004,” Ettinger said. “He is a man of broad interests and experience, from his Pillsbury days, to other boards, to the Bush White House, to his hockey connections, to his private equity success. He brings both business sense and common sense to his role as lead director with our company."
Jay Lund also lauded Morrison’s contributions and character.
"Jack was one of Andersen’s first outside directors,” said Lund, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Andersen Corporation. “Over his 16-plus years on our board, he has helped guide our company through a major business transformation and the most severe recession in the housing industry since the Great Depression. As Lead Director, he has been a mentor and friend for me and a great ambassador for our company."
Although numerous exciting opportunities have come Morrison's way since his playing days, his family and friends, above all else, are his abundance. Kelly, his daughter, resides in Minnetonka and Jeb is close by in Hopkins. They each have three children, which makes him one busy grandfather – as five of his six grandchildren play organized hockey.
It's an identity that suits him though and, in his eyes, the most enjoyable "jersey" he's ever worn.
“I love the game and have always been most comfortable when I’m on the ice,” Morrison said. “The only thing better than that is watching my grandchildren play.”
As one of the first females in Minnesota to transition from playing hockey with boys to competing in women’s hockey, Winny Brodt Brown knew she wanted to give back to the game when she retired as an elite athlete. “When I got out, I knew I wanted to stay involved,” she said. “At that time girls and women’s hockey was not where it needed to be at the high end in Minnesota.”
Brodt Brown started OS Hockey Training as a hobby in 2004. She wanted to give girls in her home state the same type of training opportunities the boys had. She saw a need for better ice times, and a way for the girls to keep progressing through a program. “Within OS Hockey Training, there is always something higher to progress to,” said Brodt Brown. “It’s not just a U8 program, there are higher levels that girls can work toward.”
Brodt Brown who lives in Roseville, Minnesota, with her husband, Justin, and her two sons, Weston (2) and Branson (10 months), played for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1996 until 2006. She represented Team USA in three IIHF World Championships, during which time she learned a great deal about battling adversity.
“Hockey made me what I am today because of all the ups and downs I experienced,” she said. “I can now help young athletes navigate their way through similar situations.”
OS Hockey Training has between 700-1,000 girls and women in their program each year. “This is not just a camp,” said Brodt Brown of the program she created. It offers both summer and year-long programs with everything from U8 and all the way up to the professional Minnesota Whitecaps team she helped launch.
“My dad always told me to play the game because it’s fun,” said Brodt Brown. “I’m 37 now and it’s still fun, so I am still playing. I try to teach the girls I coach that the memories and friendships they make will last longer; that hockey is bigger than the games.”