Omaha, Nebraska – August 8, 2019 – The Omaha Equestrian Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Boilesen as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Boilesen is a Nebraska native who most recently worked for AT&T and prior to that TD Ameritrade. At each organization she led branding and marketing teams, both on a domestic and global scale. Boilesen has experience leading cross-functional, internal and agency teams, ensuring efforts were integrated and produced greater collaboration and better results. She is experienced in strategic planning and execution, problem-solving and innovative solutions, client and partner relations, and event planning.
Additionally, Boilesen has equine experience, having competed in 4-H and Quarter Horse events. In her teens she served as President of the Nebraska Youth Quarter Horse Association and achieved top rankings in the Youth World Championships. She later showed Stylish Iron, who the 1987 AQHA Amateur Hunt Seat World Championship and other competitions. Boilesen worked under the guidance and expertise of trainer and exhibitor Jody Gaylean, and also worked with legendary trainer Ted Turner, Jr.
“Julie is uniquely qualified to lead the Omaha Equestrian Foundation. Her corporate leadership and strategic planning expertise will help us plan and build for the future. Combined with her innovative thinking and sport horse industry experience, we will evolve our nonprofit mission and signature event, the Burlington Capital International Omaha,” said Lisa Roskens, founder and board chair.
“Joining the Omaha Equestrian Foundation allows me to merge my professional experience and passion for the equine industry. I look forward to growing interest in the sport and extending our community outreach and engagement beyond our signature event. There are many opportunities for us to collaborate more closely with community, business and nonprofit leaders to ensure that fulfilling our mission also helps meet community needs,” said Boilesen.
Boilesen grew up in Ord, Nebraska, and is a graduate of Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She replaces Mike West who left the organization in April to join the University of South Dakota. She begins her new appointment on August 12.
Further information about the Omaha Equestrian Foundation and its Burlington Capital International Omaha is available at www.OmahaEquestrian.com.
About the Omaha Equestrian Foundation
The Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that strives to bring equestrian sport into the mainstream by changing the way it is presented and to develop Omaha into a hub of
the sport horse industry, attracting and developing championship competitions as both educational and economic development opportunities for the community. OEF's showcase is the Burlington Capital International Omaha, the Midwest's Biggest Horse Event, a nationally sanctioned show jumping and dressage experience that combines high-level competition with a shopping expo and clinics. Each year, International Omaha hosts students on free field trips to learn about animals, STEM and careers in the animal health industry; some 4,500 students attended in 2019. International Omaha's success helped secure OEF's bid to host the highly acclaimed 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals which attracted athletes and fans from around the world. OEF created and oversees the InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series, which is designed to give riders from the Midwest more opportunities to compete at a higher level while staying in the region.
For more information:
Omaha Equestrian Foundation