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The Group that runs Tour de Tucson has new CEO

TUCSON – Perimeter Bicycling is proud to announce it has named Charlene Grabowski as the organization’s new CEO. Charlene has an extensive leadership background in Tucson and throughout the United States.

Here’s more from Thursday’s sportscast:

Here’s more from Perimeter Bicycling:

Charlene replaces Richard J. DeBernardis, longtime Perimeter founder and president.

“I’m excited to be working with El Tour and the Perimeter organization,” Grabowski said. “This is an important part of Tucson’s identity, one that brings together cyclists, the community and out-of-town guests.”

Since 1983, Perimeter Bicycling has raised more than $95 million for over 100 charities. In that time, more than 266,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities have participated in the event.

“This is the 37th year and this is the ‘year of the cyclist.’ Our focus this year is on the rider experience,” Grabowski said. “Additionally, we will be creating more opportunities for community involvement. Let’s have some fun! We are fortunate to host the most prominent ride in Arizona in the City named as the second best in the United States by Outside Online.”

Grabowski is a partner with the Pathfinder Strategies Organization, focusing on Executive Leadership Development and Business Development. Grabowski is also Chairperson of the Board of the American Heart Association Southern Arizona and is serving as an organizational coach and consultant for El Grupo, a Tucson non-profit that empowers youth through cycling.

“El Tour de Tucson is a wonderful event and the County has been an enthusiastic supporter since its inception,” Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said. “I look forward to working with PBAA’s new leadership and wish the organization and its iconic cycling event great success as it moves forward into a new era.”

Charlene, a Pittsburgh native, is a 30-year veteran of General Electric Health holding several key positions with the Fortune 500 company.

The 37th El Tour de Tucson, Arizona’s largest cycling event and one of the 10 largest cycling events in the United States, is produced and directed by Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. and is scheduled for November 23, 2019. Cyclists of all ages and abilities may ride 100, 50 or 25 miles or a Fun Ride of 10, 4 or 1 miles.Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt organization responsible for the production and promotion of four major cycling events – El Tour de Tucson, El Tour de Mesa, Pima County El Tour Loop the Loop and Indoor El Tour – as well as the annual El Tour Expo, and the El Tour Fun Rides.

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Paul Cicala

Paul Cicala is a 2-time winner of the prestigious”Edward R. Murrow Award” for his reporting/anchoring in news & sports. Paul Cicala has also been nominated for multiple EMMY’s. Cicala has won the “Best Sportscaster” category in Tucson the last 3 years (voted on by readers of “Tucson Weekly”). Cicala is a native Tucsonan who specialized in border stories during his earlier career as a news reporter in this market, and now concentrates mainly on sports stories (with an occasional special report and/or feature story on life in Tucson & the Sonoran Desert).

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