As Bound continues to expand its platform of innovative management tools that help high school activities administrators do their jobs more efficiently, the Iowa-based company has hired two decorated administrators to oversee the roll-out and management of its most ambitious offering to date.
In July, Aaron Stecker, CMAA, and Brian Petersen will join the AD in Residence division at Bound in newly created roles administering the Let’s Go Bound plan. Most recently, Stecker served as the Athletic Director at Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Petersen as Athletic Director at Roland-Story. They join Scott Garvis, CMAA, and Todd Gordon, CMAA, as ADs in Residence at Bound.
Both are looking forward to applying the lessons they’ve learned during their years in activities administration to help fellow ADs better manage all aspects of their programs. Both Stecker and Petersen will be focused on servicing Iowa schools that partner with Bound.
"They align perfectly with our vision..."
Bound CEO, Sam Schill
“Aaron and Brian have been impacting their communities for years and we don’t want that to stop,” says Bound CEO Sam Schill. “In these new positions, we want them to be able to share their energy, enthusiasm and passion for education-based activities across the state and, eventually, across the country.”
“It is impossible to overstate the importance of these two additions to the Bound team,” Schill continues. “They align perfectly with our vision and they are going to help us take this next step in serving ADs, schools and communities in Iowa.”
The Let’s Go Bound plan offers a comprehensive set of tools to help activities directors manage their programs, including participant registration, ticketing, fundraising, communications tools, social tools, statistics and more. Stecker and Petersen will be charged with serving as the primary contact point for schools using the plan. Both Stecker and Petersen are eager to begin work with ADs across the state.
“It’s been a great run at Kennedy and I am grateful for everything we were able to accomplish there,” Stecker says. “The opportunity at Bound feels like it was created just for me. It offers an opportunity to continue to work in administration, but in a role that will allow me to share my expertise to have an impact across the state. I have a passion for school based activities, and I’m excited for this new opportunity.”
“I gained so much experience at Roland-Story and the program is in a great place,” Petersen says. “At Bound, I am excited to serve in a role that will allow me to support other ADs as a mentor and partner. The Bound vision of working closely with ADs appeals to me. I am ready to get started and help take what is a great suite of tools to another level.”
Stecker and Petersen will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with a roster of school districts and conferences invested in the Let’s Go Bound plan. They will help train staff on using the platform, work on creating a cashless ticketing experience, assist with fundraising and sponsorships, and serve as a sounding board for ADs, coaches, school administrators and more.
“I met Aaron and Brian in 2018 when Bound was just coming together,” Schill says. “We were making visits around the state asking how we could make the job of the activities director easier. Both Aaron and Brian stood out during those meetings. Their passion for what they do is unmatched and they are going to be a huge asset for Bound and for school-based activities programs across Iowa.”