Lori Okimura is serving a four-year term as chair of the USA Volleyball Board of Directors. She is the second woman and first Asian-American to serve as chair. Okimura is the president/CEO of Creative Sports Strategies with extensive experience in sales, marketing and promotion of various major volleyball and beach volleyball organizations and events, including several USAV Junior National Qualifiers.
Okimura joined the USAV board in October of 2012 as the beach volleyball at-large director. She has a long and successful career in the sports industry, having amassed a unique portfolio of professional experience in business management, media relations, marketing and manufacturing.
In 1995, Okimura joined Mikasa Sports, an Olympic volleyball supplier, as sports marketing director. She worked with the AVP Pro Beach Tour and Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) with beach volleyball beginning in the early 1990s, serving as Technical Manager of the 1997 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Los Angeles, and in 2004 began a five-year tenure as the FIVB Technical Supervisor for the FIVB World Tour, a 40-stop, 15-country circuit.
In 1993, she co-founded the Southern California Volleyball Institute, an indoor volleyball training facility in Anaheim, Calif., where the Magnum Volleyball Club produced more than 300 collegiate all-American players, professional indoor and beach players, and U.S. National Team and Olympic Team players.
Okimura was appointed to the USAV International Beach Commission from 1999 to 2001 and was honored by USA Volleyball with the 2000 Robert Lindsay Meritorious Service Award for her distinguished to the sport at the executive level.
Okimura is an alumna of the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, and a master’s degree in Business Administration.