26 May 2017

FWTEC Welcomes Rick Rinkoff as New Board President

Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center (FWTEC) is pleased to announce that Rick Rinkoff will become the next president of the board of directors of the St. Paul based nonprofit center. Rinkoff will succeed Larry Voelkers who has served the FWTEC for many years in many capacities.

Rinkoff is a Managing Partner and Director of Research at Craig-Hallum Capital Group, a boutique investment firm in Minneapolis.  Previously he was a founder and Managing Partner at Woodland Partners, an investment management firm, and a Vice President at U.S. Bank where he managed investment portfolios.  He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).  Rinkoff has lectured and advised MBA students in the University of St. Thomas investment management program for more than 20 years and during the 1990’s, Rick was a columnist for Twin Cities Business where he wrote about investment opportunities in the Twin Cities. Rinkoff holds a BS in mathematics as well as an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Rinkoff and his wife Julia Ferguson are avid tennis players, members of the USTA, and are long time patrons at FWTEC. His previous nonprofit board experience includes service as treasurer of St John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, and positions as chair, vice chair and treasurer of the Episcopal Homes of MN. He has also served on the board of Craig-Hallum Capital Group, Woodland Partners, Deltak Corporation and various small private corporations.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the FWTEC Board,” Rinkoff said, “I share Fred Wells’ vision and having played at the Fort for 10 years, I see a modern facility that’s nationally recognized and an organization with many strengths and opportunities.”

FWTEC realizes Fred Wells' dream by offering affordable tennis court time, cost-accessible junior and adult tennis programs and an innovative youth outreach program for underserved youth,  TennisWorks, that is housed in an indoor/outdoor St. Paul tennis facility. FWTEC collaborates with many Twin Cities schools and community organizations and Macalester College in St Paul to bring tennis and educational skills to elementary though high school youth in the Twin Cities.

Our Mission: We bring people together of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to embrace the lifelong game of tennis while serving under-resourced youth with the support of the Community.

Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center
Kaitlin King, kaitlin@fwtec.org