Brooke Furio has a long love affair with all things related to two-wheeled bicycles. From daily participation in neighborhood bicycle skill challenges amongst middle schoolers, his paper route he shared with his brothers, his only transportation to his first jobs, to his discovery along with the rest of the country of the new world of mountain bikes and mountain bike racing in the late 80s, which immediately led to road bike racing. Brooke was introduced to track racing when he moved to Northbrook, Illinois after serving in the Peace Corps and started racing and volunteering for Northbrook Garner Bicycle Club at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. Brooke has an exciting career with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Throughout his professional career he has been involved with and supported projects, programs, and initiatives to create more sustainable communities through the protection of human health and the environment. He directly works with local governments on projects and programs to provide environmental and human health protection, but also to deliver economic and social vitality. Venues like the Cleveland Velodrome are excellent examples of the types of projects Brooke has been involved with throughout his career. Brooke has an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. As a final note, Brooke feels a deep sense of remorse and regret for every bike that he ever sold or donated. If he had unlimited funds and space at home, he would have kept them all.
Sarah Shaikh discovered the Cleveland Velodrome through the 2015 Women’s Clinic featuring Beth Hernandez and was quickly hooked on the track. She recently returned home to Cleveland to pursue a health sciences degree after a decade of directing public health initiatives in Central America and New York City. Sarah holds a MBA and MA in International Development from Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Outside of school, she enjoys a part-time career in fitness and bodywork. Sarah recently joined the Development Team at Cleveland-based Hirobel Cycling Solutions. She is a USA Cycling coach competing for the Cleveland State Triathlon Team & Stellari Women’s Race Teams. Her passions for community, health, and cycling led to her other active involvement with World Bicycle Relief and the Women’s Cycling Association. Look for Sarah on Women’s Only Wednesday’s – her favorite time at the track.
Morris Wheeler began his career on Wall Street after studying Economics and Computer Science at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and earning his JD at Yale Law School. Early on in his venture capital career, he specialized in computer software and media deals. From there as CEO he led the team that created and managed a digital media distribution company with the founders of Island Records and Gateway Computers. Over the past ten years, Mr. Wheeler has managed a diverse venture capital and private equity portfolio, and served as Chairman and CEO of Cohesant, a definitely non-digital company that extends the life of aging water infrastructure. During his tenure, Cohesant’s public investors enjoyed a 28% annualized return. “As a venture capitalist I look for companies that have big, game changing ideas and strong people at the top.” Mr. Wheeler resides in Shaker Heights with his wife and two children.