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Meet the Board…………………
Dennis Gallaher – President
Dennis “The Menace” Gallaher is a resident of Eden Prairie who retired from the advertising agency business in February, 2014 and has played pickleball since July of 2013. He has a background in business management, print and online media planning, public relations and creative execution which should be beneficial in promoting our club and events. Dennis’ wife, Jill is also an avid pickleball player and club member.
Jeff Conradi – Vice President
I started playing pickleball 5 ½ years ago at the Eden Praire Community Center. Spent a lifetime playing, coaching, and refereeing hockey and never thought I would find something better. I was wrong. I became a pickleball addict. I am also a really nice guy.
I have played in and won medals in local and outstate tournaments. I am a full time corporate pilot so I fly all over the country with chances to play in new places, meet new people and bring back new ideas about the game.
My passion is teaching the sport and I have instructed many clinics. I have also completed a referee beta training program the USAPA. I am a USAPA Ambassador and hope to insure that the majority of players (3.0-3.5) get more opportunities to play and have fun.
Did I mention I’m a nice guy?
Al Kramer – Secretary
Well, my lovely wife, Linda (41 blissful years), reminds me periodically how her mother had warned about me being a “playboy”. This is, of course, in reference to my totally “going off the deep end” with this pickleball thing.
I admit it. I’m addicted, and I feel like I’m totally a kid again, growing up in St. Paul, where every day all I did was gather with some friends to go out and play ball, flexing the rules to fit the situation. Life is a funny circle.
I do have lots of home-improvement projects I’m supposed to be working on in our Chanhassen home, and, with fits and starts, some progress is made there, although “She Who Must Be Obeyed” fails to be impressed. Other activities have also taken a bit of a hit, since my retirement as a Senior Planner with the State Department of Transportation has not produced the extra time needed to properly pursue my legacy hobbies – fly fishing, biking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, xc skiing, snowboarding, and photography.
And this is after the kids have flown the coop, with 31-year-old, married son, Matt, 5 minutes away, and 24-year-old daughter, Leah, in Anchorage, AK, working for an accounting firm after graduating from UMD. Wait… we still have Stella, the 4-year-old Airedale Terrier.
I enjoy serving on the SW Board, as I try to find a way to give back a bit to the sport that’s done so much for me in the less-than-three years I’ve been playing and meeting so many really great people.
Bruce Boje – Treasurer
I was born and raised in Waseca, MN. I am married to Joyce and we have two sons. My education led to a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota. After being drafted by the army, I served as a clarinet player in two army bands. Before retirement, I was employed as a traffic engineering consultant. I specialized in using computer tools to optimize traffic signal coordination.
I’ve played pickleball for three years. Besides pickleball, I am a serious and experienced duplicate bridge player. I once played bridge for 2.5 hours against Warren Buffet at a national bridge tournament in Las Vegas. I also enjoy working with computers and solving Sudoku puzzles.
David Allan – At Large
David Allan was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to the US in 1964. In the past he has played table tennis and badminton at high levels so when he discovered pickleball two years ago it was a natural fit.
In 2013 David teamed with Nancy Miller to develop a league that plays on Tuesdays at Williston (Minnetonka) and Thursdays at Chanhassen Rec Center. It has met with great success and its fall league is underway now.
David and his wife, Joanne have three kids and eight grandchildren and live in Minnetonka.
He is honored to be a member of the Board of the SWMP Club.
Bob Campbell – At Large
Edina resident for the past 30 years. Born and raised in Minneapolis, married to Paula, five children and a grandson. Veteran, Army 1966 -68. My professional background is 40 years in the real estate field that included sales, development and valuation. Retired in 2014.
I have been an avid sports enthusiast my whole life as a participant, coach and spectator. I am thankful to have been introduced to the sport of pickleball by my brother Bill three years ago. I love the game because it is fun, helps keep me fit, tests my abilities and has made it possible to make many new friends.
I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the board and look forward to helping our sport grow.
Tracy McKibben – Site Administrator