David Askinas - CEO, USA Taekwondo

David Askinas joined USA Taekwondo as its Chief Executive Officer on January 4, 2006. Prior to his coming to USA Taekwondo, Askinas headed his own sports consulting firm in Tampa, Florida advising clients on matters relating to sports marketing, sports investment opportunities and stadium development. He was also a professor of sports law in the MBA program at Florida Atlantic University.

Askinas has acted as chief administrative official for the US Senior National Taekwondo team at all major championships since 2006.  He has served as Vice-Chairman of the World Taekwondo Federation’s (“WTF”) Television Committee and as Advisor to the WTF Global Membership Task Force. He was selected to act as Acting Chairman for the recently held WTF Presidential election held in Copehagen in October 2009.  He has served on a number of WTF arbitration and investigation panels.  He is Vice-President of the Pan-American Taekwondo Union (“PATU”) and has served on the Competition Supervisory board for a number of PATU regional events. 
A nationally recognized leader in the sport of soccer, Askinas previously held the positions of Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of United Soccer Leagues in Tampa during the decade of 1995 through 2004.  United Soccer Leagues is the largest North American soccer league and serves as the system of minor league soccer in North America.  While at United Soccer Leagues, Askinas was instrumental in engineering the transformation of a regional sports league to an international franchise sales business that has grown to over 100 locations throughout North America and the Caribbean.

Askinas authored the league’s first Standard Player Contract, established the league’s grievance procedures and chaired the league’s disciplinary arbitration panels.  He was the league’s liaison with the Canadian Soccer Association and oversaw the league’s expansion into Canada by establishing over 13 franchises in Canada during his tenure.  He also oversaw the league’s television package and worked with the Fox Soccer Channel to create a Game of the Week for United Soccer Leagues.

He served on the Board of Directors of the United States Soccer Federation from 1997-2004 and was selected by two presidents to key governance task forces committees in 1998 and 2003 as U.S. Soccer investigated and implemented fundamental changes to their governance structure.  Askinas garnered the prestigious President’s Award for service to U.S. Soccer in 2001.  

In 2003 he was nominated by U.S. Soccer and selected by the Court of Arbitration for Sports for International Football (Soccer) Matters as one of the three representative members from the United States.  He continues to serve as a CAS arbitrator.

Askinas is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where he was a member of the college soccer team.  He graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association.  He practiced law in Connecticut prior to entering sports management on a full-time basis in 1997.  During that time he developed extensive experience in real estate, personal injury, workers’ compensation and contract law.

In 1993 Askinas became a founding partner of the New York Fever, a professional soccer team headquartered in Westchester County, New York.  He served as the team’s Corporate Secretary and General Counsel until United Soccer Leagues named him to the position of General Counsel in 1995.   He and his wife Karen have three sons, Brett, Kirk and Ryan.  Karen is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and is employed by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Studies company as a research analyst.  Brett is completing his freshmen year of pre-medical studies at the University of Colorado.  Kirk will be entering his senior year in High School and is a beginning taekwondo student.  Ryan will be entering eighth grade.

Askinas enjoys reading fiction from such authors as Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace.  He also enjoys Civil War and WWII histories and has a special fondness for Marvel comic books.  He relaxes with his three guitars, an amp and a “dreadful” singing voice. 

JUN. 08. 2010. TaeKwonDoTimes.