AMERICAN POWERLIFTING ORGANIZATION

ADMINISTRATION

APO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Wayne Pullum

Wayne Pullum

President

Wayne has been around powerlifting for a long time. Starting his career in the early 80s. He has also judged national, and international events for 25+ years. He has been hosting, local, state, and world meets for 15 years.

Wayne assisted with the original WPO from 2002-2007. He brought the WPO back in 2018 after it had been on a 10 year hiatus. Was has seen it all, and done it all with regards to the sport of powerlifting. He is ready to lead the APO to greatness.

Dave Hoff

Dave Hoff

Vice President

Dave is the man that doesn’t need an intro. 20+ years in the sport of powerlifting, the biggest total (s) of all time, biggest full meet bench press, and the 275 ATWR squat holder in multi-ply.

Dave has judged at a high level, and has seen the ebbs and flows of powerlifting through the years as a competitor as well as a coach. A great ambassador of the sport and member of the “old guard” of lifters that still puts up massive totals.

Gregg/Debbie Damminga

Gregg/Debbie Damminga

Treasurers

The Dammingas, although now both retired, have competed in combined 106 full power and push/pullmeets since 2004. They own a powerlifting specific gym Twin Cities Barbell in Minneapolis, MN, which has produced many record holding lifters, and have served as Meet Directors now for 13 events.

Both are National and World certified judges, and hold multiple world records in many federations, divisions, age groups and weight classes. Debbie has the highest multi-ply Glossbrenner/McCollugh coefficient in the history of the sport.

Victoria Byrd

Victoria Byrd

Marketing/Growth

While relatively new to powerlifting, Victoria has been an athlete her whole life.  She is a mountaineer, marathon runner, and yoga/pilates trainer. Victoria has made her time in the sport dense with experience. She started competing in 2020, trained with Wayne Pullum to be a National Judge in 2021, and became a world judge in 2023.  In a few short years she has competed, hosted, or judged at over 25 meets.  She has also broken 20 national and 24 state records.

With a true “get it done” attitude, Victoria is a massive asset to the team and the APO is happy to have her.

Eric Hubbs

Eric Hubbs

Director of Special Olympics

Eric is a national and world judge as well as long time lifter himself. He was the South Carolina Special Olympics powerlifting head from 2005-2022.

He also still coaches a Special Olympics powerlifting team out of his gym, Ironman Barbell, that has members competing currently on the state, national, and world stages. 

J.R. Bolger

J.R. Bolger

Technical Officer

J.R started powerlifting in 1986. By 1990 he was a state judge, by 2002 a national judge, and in 2005 an international judge.

As an executive committee member in another fed, J.R. helped the push for raw and classic raw to have separate categories and definitions, so he is no stranger to rules, regulations, and how they should be applied. We are lucky to have such a knowledgeable force on the team.

Danielle Hagen

Danielle Hagen

Secretary

While only in this sport a short time, Danielle has done her best to be as involved as much possible; including handling lifters, spotting and loading at meets, and, most recently, as a national level judge. We are excited to use her years of experience outside the sport to help the APO and make powerlifting the way it should be!

Anthony Oliveira

Anthony Oliveira

Director Of Social Media/Promotion

Anthony is a seasoned lifter who has trained with some of the best to ever do it. He is the only male to have done every WPO event. With a strong business background and his finger on the pulse of powerlifting culture, Anthony is a great addition to the team.
 

APO REGIONAL DIRECTORS

Anthony Oliveira

Anthony Oliveira

New England Region

Behzad Bakhshandeh

Behzad Bakhshandeh

Eastern Region

Dave Hoff

Dave Hoff

Mideast Region

 
Eric Hubbs

Eric Hubbs

Southeast Region

 
VACANT POSITION

VACANT POSITION

Southern Region

VACANT POSITION

VACANT POSITION

Southwestern Region

James Grandick

James Grandick

Heartland Region

Jason Ehlert

Jason Ehlert

Northland Region

 
Victoria Byrd

Victoria Byrd

Mountain Region

 
Scott & Meesh Mecham

Scott & Meesh Mecham

Western Region

APO REGIONS

It is the American Powerlifting Organization’s goal to offer ocean to ocean coverage of the 48 continental United States.  To accomplish this we have created 10 separate regions including Eastern, Heartland, Mideastern, Mountain, New England, Northland, Southern, Southeastern, Southwestern, and Western.  Each region has its own Regional Director.

NEW ENGLAND

Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont

EASTERN

Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island

Mideastern

Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Southeastern

Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Southern

Alabama, Florida, Mississippi

Southwestern

Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Heartland

Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

Northland

Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Mountain

Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Western

Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah