CWA News: New Board Members


The CWA held its annual board meeting November 5 – 7, 2014. This was a time for the board to come together and set plans for the coming year, as well as elect new board members and roles. This year the board approved the applications of two new members, Ivaylo Penchev and Chris Warner, as well as promoting Aaron Stevens to the role of Vice President.

Penchev comes to the CWA as the CEO of Walltopia, one of the largest climbing wall manufacturers in the world, and currently the title sponsor for the 2015 Climbing Wall Summit. Warner is the CEO of Earth Treks, a company he founded in 1990 as an outdoor guiding service and which now boasts 4 climbing gym locations in Maryland and Colorado.

Aaron Stevens, formerly the Board of Director’s Secretary, was promoted to the role of Vice President. Mr. Stevens is currently the General Manager and Co-owner of Climb Iowa and has been a board member since 2012.

Drew Eakins, Membership Marketing Manager is leaving the CWA and moving across town to Great Trango Holding, Inc. Eakins, in addition to improving member services in a variety of ways, organized and executed one of the most successful Climbing Wall Summits the association has ever put forward. Eakins is an avid climber and talented marketer who came to the CWA in 2012 with a background in Sports Management.