Feb 1, 2010 8:18 PM by David Ortiviz
Randy Bernard, the CEO of the Professional Bull Riders headquartered in Pueblo, is resigning his position to take the top job at the Indy Racing League. Bernard's resignation is effective March 1.
Monday afternoon, the PBR board of directors named Chief Financial Officer Rodd Granger as interim CEO.
Bernard joined PBR in August of 1995. As CEO, Bernard led bull riding to a stand alone sport. Under his leadership, the PBR became one of the fastest growing sports in North America, and extended the sport around the world.
In a statement on PBR's website, Bernard says: "The PBR has been my life for 15 years, and I am very proud of our accomplishments. I have learned the PBR is more than a sport, it's a culture, a tradition mixed with modern entertainment with so many exciting elements, from the competition, the danger, to the athletes themselves, the toughness on both sides…the cowboy and the bull, but most importantly, I have learned what a great team around you can do. From the cowboys, stock contractors, sponsors, staff and board to our great fans, it has been a great ride, and I am very thankful to have so many great memories."
The IRL stages 17 races in the western hemisphere--from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Toronto, Canada. Most are in the United States, including the flagship race--the Indianapolis 500.
You can read the entire news release on PBR's website.