Mario Dispenza Elected To USA Weightlifting Board Of Directors

by USA Weightlifting

Mario Dispenza laughs with colleague (Photo by USA Weightlifting)
Mario Dispenza (L) is seen laughing with a colleague.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Mario Dispenza has been appointed to join the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors (BOD) in the role of Technical Director. Dispenza graciously adds his expertise and voice to the BOD following the resignation of Sean Waxman earlier this month.

An International Weightlifting Federation Category 1 Technical Official, Dispenza was voted to the BOD by his peers in an election open to the technical membership that closed on March 31, 2022. He will round out the 12 voting members of the BOD, chaired by president Paula Aranda, beginning April 1.

“I am grateful for the support and confidence placed in me by the membership among the coaches and technical officials of USA Weightlifting,” Dispenza said. “These are exhilarating yet challenging times for weightlifting, both domestically and internationally, and I look forward to being a part of exceeding those challenges with my fellow Board members.”

Dispenza brings to the role a bevy of experience representing technical officials. Since 2015, he has served in the role of competition secretary five times at national-level meets and worked as a technical official at more than 40 meets. The founder and head coach of Dispenza Weightlifting, LLC and OSS Weightlifting Club, Dispenza has mentored seven USA Weightlifting members on their path to becoming technical officials themselves.

“We are excited to have Mario join the Board and are confident he will be an excellent representative for this important constituency,” Aranda said. “Mario brings with him a wide array of experiences both in and out of the sport that we are fortunate to have.”

Dispenza earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kean University, certified public accountant certification in the state of Virginia and his J.D. from George Washington University Law School. Holding top-secret clearance for over 25 years, he was a special agent for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from 1985-2012, also serving as counsel for both the bureau and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary during the latter years of that time.

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