Mike Perry – Founding Chair / Executive Director
Mike fell in love with riding his bike at a very young age. The childhood joy never faded; rather it developed into a lifelong passion. He has ridden throughout much of the U.S. and Europe, on roads and on trails, savoring the distinct and timeless two-wheeled perspective. Mike has been involved in competitive mountain biking since he first got his then-NORBA license 20+ years ago, and has been a member of MBAA and IMBA throughout.
Mike brings extensive strategic planning and business development experience to the Arizona league leadership committee. He was previously Vice President of Marketing for Cox Communications where he was accountable for all marketing activities in the Arizona region. Cox provides video, telephone, Internet and wireless phone services and has over two million customer relationships. Mike has also held senior leadership positions with Qwest Communications (now CenturyLink) and Bank of America. Mike is an active volunteer with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and formerly served on the board of directors at Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona.
A graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, majoring in finance and business economics, Mike has also completed the Executive Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Mike resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
John Shumaker – Race Director
John has been riding and racing bicycles since the age of eight. He started racing mountain bikes in 1990 and has been involved in the mountain bike riding/racing scene ever since. As one of the founding members of the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance and the current Vice Chair of the Board he has gained invaluable experience working in the non-profit world. He is the Chair of the Trails Committee and has worked closely with the City of Prescott, the Prescott National Forest, and Arizona State Land Trust. He is one of two course designers of Epic Rides’ Whiskey Off Road and holds the title of Course Director. John has been a professional mountain bike guide for many years, understanding how to support riders’ interest in mountain biking and help them realize their desire to improve skills. John has played an active role in the Arizona mountain bike community and has built many relationships that would benefit both NICA and Arizona High School Mountain Bike Racing.
John is a husband, the father of twin girls, and a Fire Captain/EMT for the Phoenix Fire Department. He has worked as an instructor on the Technical Rescue Team and the Ladder Training Committee, and he’s a current member of the department’s Urban Search and Rescue Arizona Task Force 1.
Chris Stewart – Operations Director
Chris has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1988. He raced in one of the first formal mountain bike races in Young, Arizona in 1989 as a part of the Arizona Dirt Racing Association motocross race series. This fueled a lifelong passion for riding bicycles off road. Chris has been fortunate to travel across Arizona and the United States to race. Chris has been a longtime member of the IMBA, MBAA and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. He has participated in Phoenix area trail maintenance/improvement projects, specifically in the City of Phoenix Mountain Preserve.
Chris has been a Firefighter for the City of Phoenix since 1993. He has worked on some of the busiest Fire Companies in Phoenix. As a member of the Urban Search and Rescue Arizona Task Force 1, he has responded to multiple national disasters including Northridge, California Earthquake in 1994, Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 and World Trade Center Bombing 2001.
Chris is most proud of his family. He has been married to his high school sweetheart Andrea since 1997. He has two sons in elementary school. Fortunately his family has been very supportive and participative in his cycling addiction.