Since May 2017, the Intercollegiate Squash Association has been lead by a Board of Directors.
The Board of ten Directors includes five independent directors, four coaches and a US Squash representative who serves in an ex-officio, non-voting capacity.
Eric C. Fast, Chairman of the Board
Profession: Mr. Fast served as chief executive officer of the diversified industrial manufacturing company Crane Co. from 2001 until his retirement in January 2014. He also served as managing director, co-head of global investment banking and a member of the management committee at Salmon Smith Barney and its predecessor company, Salomon Brothers, Inc. Earlier roles at Salomon included co-head of U.S. corporate finance, head of telecommunications industry group and vice president of investment banking. Prior to his tenure at Salomon, Eric served as treasurer of MacMillan, Inc. and as assistant treasurer of U.S. Industries. He began his career as a commercial lending officer at The Bank of New York.
Other Experience: Mr. Fast is currently a senior advisor at Crestview and serves on the board of directors of Automatic Data Processing, Inc., Regions Financial Corporation and Lord Abbett & Co.
Education: B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University’s Graduate School of Business.
Squash/Sport Connection: A squash player since moving to New York as a student, Mr. Fast has played squash for five decades, and raised three daughters who all competed in junior and collegiate squash. Mr. Fast has previously owned a commercial squash club, and served on the US Squash Board of Directors from 2004-2010, serving on the finance committee and as Chairman of the Junior Development Campaign which raised $1.4 million for new programs, and received the association’s President’s Cup in 2010.
Jeanne M. Blasberg, Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee
Profession: Author of critically acclaimed novel, Eden, Ms. Blasberg’s experience ranges from financial analyst and strategist to numerous board leadership roles and being a prolific writer. Ms. Blasberg’s career started at The First Boston Corporation as an investment banking analyst, followed by work in strategic planning for Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati, OH and later, serving as a research associate at the Harvard Business School.
Other Experience: Ms. Blasberg’s charitable work has included board positions and fund raising responsibilities at SquashBusters (where she co-chaired the Squash Derby from 2014-2017, and also serves as a mentor since 2012), MassGeneral Hospital for Children, The Beacon Hill Circle for Charity, and Hill House (The community center on Beacon Hill). Ms. Blasberg served as Chairman of the Board for The Beacon Hill Nursery School from 1999 to 2003 where she oversaw period of radical change in the property lease which paved the way for a successful capital campaign and extensive building remodeling.
Education: Smith College, graduated Cum Laude 1987
Squash/Sport Connection: Ms. Blasberg and her entire family are lifelong squash players, and credits squash for meeting her husband and the strength of their relationship today. Ms. Blasberg, herself a national champion in singles and doubles, supported all three of their children in competing in junior and collegiate squash. She served as the first female president of the Massachusetts Squash Association and the first female president of US Squash, subsequently receiving its President’s Cup in 2009.
In Ms. Blasberg’s role as US Squash president, she led the adoption of sweeping governance changes, the organization’s first 3-year strategic plan, the rebranding of then USSRA to US Squash, and presided over a 66% increase in membership revenue.
Zerline L. Goodman, Chair of the Rules and Regulations Committee
Profession: Ms. Goodman is the managing partner of the firm that she founded in 1993. Her practice concentrates on residential real estate. She has extensive experience in a wide range of real estate matters including; the purchase, sale and financing of co-ops, condominiums, houses and commercial properties. Ms. Goodman’s experience extends to representation of individuals, small businesses, institutions, banks, co-op boards and condominium boards.
In addition to handling real estate matters, Ms. Goodman advises clients on trust and estate matters, partnership agreements, tenant-in-common agreements and other delicate financial and personal matters.
Other Experience: President of Coop Board for 27-unit building, 2000-present; Small Claims Court Arbitrator, Brooklyn Civil Court, 1998-present
Education: Union University, J.D. 1988 Yale University, B.A. 1984
Squash/Sport Connection: Ms. Goodman is a former professional squash player and national champion. She was a 4 time All-American and led Yale to the national championship her senior year. Ms Goodman currently serves as the president of the Yale Squash friends organization. She also served in a key role in support of the Tournament of Champions in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Jeffrey Laikind, Chair the Finance and Audit Committee and Co-Chair of the Sport Development Committee
Profession: An Army veteran, Mr. Laikind has had a long and broad career in various fields related to finance and business. He started his career as an assistant treasurer Marine Midland Trust Company in New York City from 1958-1962, then a manager investment division David J. Greene & Company from 1962-1967 and assistant vice president A.G. Becker & Company, 1967-1970. He was a vice president at Wertheim & Company from 1970-1983, and managing director Furman Selz Capital Management, Prudential Bache Investment Management, and Shikiar Asset Management, Inc. He has served on many corporate boards of directors as a result of these varied roles.
Other Experience: Mr. Laikind has served in numerous leadership roles across many organizations including as vice president United States Committee Sports for Israel, Philadelphia, 1981, and General Chairman of the United States Maccabiah Team for 12 years. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Israel, 1989, the Wingate Institute, Israel, 1985, the New York City Opera, 1975-1985 where he served as Vice Chairman. In 2015, he became President of the reorganized New York City Opera. In 2013,he was asked to join the newly reconstituted Board of the Harlem School of the Arts, where he was instrumental in obtaining a $6 million donation, which has now revitalized this cultural icon in Harlem. Mr. Laikind was president of the Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Association for four years where he helped grow membership from 6,000 to 11,000.
Education: Bachelor, Cornell University, 1957. Master of Business Administration, New York University, 1962.
Squash/Sport Connection: Mr. Laikind co-founded Street Squash in 1998 and served as its chairman for a decade until it opened the eight court center in Harlem. He continues to serve on the National Urban Squash and Education Association’s Board of Overseers. An accomplished squash player, Mr. Laikind competed on the first team Cornell university fielded in 1955, and has played age division squash consistently for six decades. He earned a Bronze Medal in squash at the Maccabiah Games, 1981 and 1985.
John G. Nimick, Co-Chair of the Sport Development Committee
Profession: Mr. Nimick is a former professional squash player and current event organizer and promoter. He was one of the leading hardball squash players in the United States in the 1980s. Following his retirement as a professional player, he has become a central figure in the development of professional squash in the United States. He formed an event promotion firm, Event Engine Inc., to run international squash tournaments, including the US Open in Boston, the Tournament of Champions in New York City, the Netsuite Open in San Francisco, and the Canadian Squash Classic in Toronto, Ontario.
Other Experience: Nimick was president of the professional hardball squash association from 1988–1990, and executive director of the professional softball squash association from 1994–1999.
Education: Princeton University, B.A. 1981
Squash/Sport Connection: Beyond his professional focus, in 1981, Mr. Nimick captained Princeton to a national title, won the national individual intercollegiate title and was awarded the Skillman Award for Sportsmanship. He won the US national championships in 1982. He then turned professional, and became a leading player on the North American hardball squash tour, winning several major titles. He also represented the United States at the 1983 & 1985 World Team Squash Championships. Nimick was inducted into the US Squash Hall of Fame in 2006, and was honored with its President’s Cup in 2011.
Wendy Lawrence (George Washington University), Women’s Subcommittee Chair
Wendy Lawrence just completed her tenth year as Head Men’s (10) and Women’s Coach (7) at The George Washington University where her teams have risen to top 12 rankings in the CSA and she was awarded the CSA Chaffee Award for Sportsmanship in 2016. A graduate of Vassar College, Ms. Lawrence played on both the tennis and squash teams. She later earned a top ranking of #12 in the U.S while pursuing a playing and coaching career based in New York. As Head Pro at the Uptown Racquet Club from 1978-81, Ms. Lawrence coached many top juniors and adults while continuing to play on the circuit. In 1981 she moved to Washington, DC to head the program at the Capitol Hill Squash Club and Results Gym where she developed a top junior program that included US National Champion, Marty Clark and dozens of players who went on to play at Harvard, Princeton, Williams, Yale, Trinity, Tufts, Vassar, George Washington and more. Ms. Lawrence has served the past four years as President of the Women’s College Squash Association and has received the US Squash Feron’s Sportsmanship Trophy, Achievement Bowl for contribution to US Squash and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Capital Squash Association.
Jamie King (Hamilton College), Women’s Subcommittee Vice-Chair
Jamie King has successfully educated, mentored and coached college squash student athletes for the last 20 years, 17 as Head Men’s and Women’s Coach at Hamilton College. Known for his emphasis on sportsmanship, fair play and respect for opposing players, fellow coaches and fans, Mr. King and his Hamilton teams have received the Sloane and Chaffee team sportsmanship awards many times. Mr. King has served on the CSA Executive Committee as ranking chair, treasurer, secretary and vice-president. He is known for his fairness and consensus building style. Mr. King played squash, tennis and soccer at Williams College and he holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology of Sports from Skidmore College. Prior to joining the Hamilton staff, Mr. King was assistant squash coach at Vassar College and tennis coach at Marist College.
Tomas Fortson (Bowdoin College), Men’s Subcommittee Chair
Tomas Fortson has been the Men’s and Women’s Head Squash Caoch at Bowdoin College since 2000. He has also been Bowdoin’s Golf Coach since 2003. He was named NESCAC Women’s Head Coach of the Year in 2008 and was awarded the CSA Sloan Award for Team Sportsmanship in 2013. Mr. Fortson competed in the PSA hardball tour from 1988 to 1996. He was the Head Pro at various clubs from 1985 through 1998, promoting and teaching the game in NYC, Boston and Las Vegas. He was a teaching pro during stints in London, Caracas and Mexico City.
Sean Wilkinson (Princeton University), Men’s Subcommittee Vice-Chair
Sean Wilkinson took over the reins as Head Coach of the Princeton Men’s team at the start of the 2013-14 season. He has coached three All- Americans in his short tenure at Princeton. Originally from Zimbabwe, Mr. Wilkinson came to the US to attend the St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. He graduated from Bates in 2008 where he was team captain and an top NESCAC player and the recipient of the Bates College Sportsmanship Award. Prior to Princeton, Mr. Wilkinson worked as the Assistant Coach at Bates, Drexel and Brown and coached in Italy several camps in the US.
The classes were established to stagger the terms of the Independent Directors who serve a maximum of two three-year terms.
- Class 1: John Nimick
- Class 2: Jeanne Blasberg and Jeffrey Laikind
- Class 3: Zerline Goodman and Eric Fast