"THANKS TO ALL"
2003 USA POWERLIFTING MEN'S NATIONALS
RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA
If you ever want to find out just how well your friends and family and community will back you up just try hosting a national Powerlifting championship then to top off the test make it the most prestigious meet in American Powerlifting, the USAPL Men's Nationals.
Well my crew of family and friends and community sponsors came through and judging by the number of compliments received they performed at a level rivaling any other Powerlifting crew in the sport.
I will let the real reporters give you the story on the actual meet results I just want to thank all the hard workers that made the meet a success. First of all to my wife Brenda for all the support and running that kept things moving behind the scenes, next to my stepson Jamie for running as good a platform crew as there is in Powerlifting, Mike Laird is responsible for what is the most advanced Powerlifting scoring and tracking system in the sport I have never seen an array of technology like what Mike amasses at a meet. Jim Hart came through as my technical secretary and what a big load that takes off a meet director! With the work Jim did during the meet there were sometimes when it almost seemed like a day off compared to my local meets where sometimes It seems I have to cover darn near everything to get though the meet.
My very special thanks to all of the following:
Platform manager: Jamie Timm
Lever men : Phil Lockner & Jack Wollman
Bench lift offs: Ronnie Miller
Spotters: Bruce Pfrommer, Tom Mullins, Jason Murphy, Jeremy Murphy, Max Ripple, Jeff Blindauer, Ty Morgan.
Warm up room monitoring: Mark Herrmann, Dave McCarthy, Barry Mumma, Chet Weymouth,
Score table: Jason Justice, Greg Jankord, Renee Blair, Dwight Eich, and Mike Laird
Attempt table: Danielle Pfrommer, Amber Tschetter
Announcers: Michelle James, Star Mullhausen, Alex Gallant, and Lucian Gillis.
Sales tables: Robin Sparks, Lisa Wollman, Bev Vearier, Brenda Howard, Sandy Miller, Tiffany Murphy, Barb Murphy, Ken Murphy, Matt James.
Referees: Larry Maile, Mike Overdeer, Robb Grisham, Brent McCune, Kirk Spell, Michelle James, Ruth Welding, Mike Cissell, Robert Keller, Don Maclravey, Ray Benemerito, Johnny Graham, Lucian Gillis, Betina Altizer, Lynette Lopez, Steve Sims
Drug testing: Mike Robertson, Mike Cissell, Kirk Spell.
Media liason: Bill Howard, & Audrey Howard
Special transportation: Audrey Howard & Connie Howard
Special transportees: Jim & Jo Howard
Stage backdrop: Arlyn Dyce, Star Mullhausen, Brenda Howard Painting, Brian Brunmier, All Star Construction.
Graphic artist: Loren Gooden
Photography: John Howard
Another huge thanks to all of the following sponsors:
INZER ADVANCE DESIGNS
TITAN SUPPORT SYSTEMS
FISHER BEVERAGE (COORS)
MIDWEST DAIRY ASSOCIATION
BLACK HILLS SPINE & ORTHOPEDIC
DR'S TUCKER KUDRNA, HOLEC EYE CARE
DREAM DESIGN INTERNATIONAL
POOL & SPA CENTER
TWO WHEELER DEALER CYCLE & FITNESS
PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS
THE WEIGHT ROOM
STEVE HOWARD STRENGTH & FITNESS
BLACK HILLS POWER & LIGHT
HOUSE OF PAIN
CRAINS MUSCLE WORLD
GNC PRO PERFORMANCE
THE REHAB DOCTORS
ARDENT LEARNING CENTER
CASEY PETERSON & ASSOCIATES CPA'S
MIDNIGHT STAR GAMMING HALL
COPY COUNTRY INC.
GOLD DUST GAMBLING HALL
LANDSTROMS BLACK HILLS GOLD JEWELRY
DALE CARNERGIE TRAINING
PETE LIEN & SONS
BLACK HILLS BAGELS
RAPID CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Finally a thank you to Mike Cissell, Jim Hart, Andrea Sortwell, Dennis Brady, Mike & Monique Hartle, Johnny Graham, & Paul Fletcher the USAPL national meet directors that have been promoting many of our national events over the last several years. I have been a student of all of you and will continue as such in the future as I know there is still a lot more I will learn from you.
Having the advantage of all your experience was a huge part of the success of this years Men's Nationals.