January 20, 2011
PASADENA, Calif. (January 21, 2011) – As his first official duty, Richard W. Jackson, president of the Tournament of Roses Association, announced today the leadership and organizational structure for the 2011-2012 Tournament year. Gerald K. Freeny, a Tournament volunteer since 1988, was elected to the Executive Committee and will serve as the Tournament’s president in 2019. He will provide leadership for the 130thRose Parade and 105thRose Bowl Game on January 1, 2019.
Freeny most recently served as the chairman of Parade Operations. He has also chaired the Tournament Grandstands, Food Service, Equestrian, Services and Properties, and Formation Area committees. He was appointed a Tournament Chairman in 2001 and a Tournament Director in 2004.
In addition to his 23 years of service in the Tournament of Roses, Freeny is a current member and past Polemarch of the Pasadena Alumni Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. His previous community involvement consists of The Pasadena Police Foundation Board, Pasadena Police Citizens Academy, Pasadena Rose Bowl Aquatics Board, University Club, Pasadena YMCA Board, Black Support Group at Cal State LA, Urban League Board of Governors, United Way Fundraising Committee, and the Pasadena NAACP. He attends the Historic First Lutheran Church of Pasadena, presently serving as an Elder and the President of the church Congregation, and he is also on the Board of Trustees.
Freeny was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. He attended Pasadena Christian School and John Muir High School in Pasadena and received his B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from California State University Los Angeles. Professionally, Freeny is employed by the state of California. He resides in the San Gabriel Valley with his wife, Trina and their daughter Erica who is a middle school teacher. His hobbies include golf, basketball, baseball, and spectator football.
In addition, the following officers were elected to serve with Freeny on the 14-member Executive Committee: Sally M. Bixby, executive vice president; R. Scott Jenkins, treasurer and Richard L. Chinen, secretary. Jeffrey L. Throop, president of the Association in 2010-2011, is past president.
Re-elected to the Executive Committee are vice presidents Ira C. (Mike) Matthiessen, Brad Ratliff and Lance Tibbet. The five appointed at-large members are Jocelyn C. Manilay-Yan, Dennis Wong, Cynthia O. Amerio, Sindee B. Riboli and Carlos E. Clayton.
President Jackson also announced the election of three new members to the Association’s Board of Directors including Gordon B. Hamilton, Edward J. Morales and Amy S. Wainscott.
About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO and various associated events. The 123rdRose Parade presented by Honda, themed Just Imagine, will take place Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. Following the parade, the 98thRose Bowl Game will kick off at 2:10 p.m. and feature an exciting match-up between two of the top collegiate football teams in the nation. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com.