The Team

Lisa Roskens, Chairman

Lisa is Chairman of the Board of the OEF and Chief Executive Officer of the Burlington Capital Group LLC.  Prior to coming to the Burlington Capital Group in 2000, Lisa served as Managing Director of Twin Compass, LLC and was the Director of Business Development at Inacom Corporation. From 1995 to 1997, she served as Finance Director for the U.S. Senate campaign of Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Lisa was an attorney with the Kutak Rock law firm in Omaha, Nebraska from 1992-1995, specializing in commercial litigation.


Lisa is also an avid amateur jumper rider. In 2001 she founded Take Flights Farms, a 501(c)(3) organization that incorporates horses into therapeutic and learning programs. Her love for equestrian sport and for her home city spurred her to found the Omaha Equestrian Foundation in 2011.

Mike West, CEO

Longtime Omaha sports marketing stalwart and MTT Management founder Mike West brings a strategic element to the  growth of the International Omaha. The founder of MTT Management, a consulting firm that works with sports organizations and community events to expand brands and build support, Mike previously served as the Senior Advisor for the Omaha Lancers Hockey Team. From 1997 to 2002, Mike served as Tournament Director for the Cox Classic golf tournament. Under his guidance, the Cox Classic grew into one of Omaha's premier annual events and one of the top stops on the PGA-sanctioned Tour.


Following his time with the Cox Classic, Mike spent 11 years as the Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing at Creighton University. Under Mike's guidance, Creighton's seven major sports enjoyed unprecedented fan growth and by 2011, Creighton stood as the only Division 1 University to rank in the nation's top ten in attendance in three different sports. 

John McQueen, Director of Sport Operations
Since the International Omaha launched in 2012, John McQueen has managed the jumping and dressage competition that serves as the centerpiece of the event. A professional horseman for 30+ years, John owned a training facility that produced national champions and qualifies riders for all major championships over the last 30 years. John has the highest qualification for a hunter/jumper judge granted by the United States Equestrian Federation and has judged major competitions and finals throughout the country.


He has managed and produced everything from special horse events to top rated national competitions for 20 years. Beyond his in depth knowledge of all facets of the horse industry and an impeccable national reputation, he understands what it takes to provide outstanding service, not just to competitors, but to sponsors, donors and spectators as well.

Thomas Baur, Director of Dressage 

Thomas is the organizer of several International CDI Dressage Shows across Europe, and has been a member of several European Championship Committees for Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. He has been the Sports Director of the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, for the past three years, and has also been a member of the FEI Dressage Committee.


Thomas will be assisted by Monica Fitzgerald, Manager of Dressage.

Marty Bauman, Chief Press Officer and Director of Equestrian Marketing

Marty is the owner of Classic Communications, a public relations and marketing company that services many of the top equestrian events across the nation including the Hampton Classic, Lake Placid Horse Shows, Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Las Vegas National Horse Show, Great Meadow International and Jersey Fresh International to name a few. He has served as Press Chief for the last eight Show Jumping World Cup Finals held in the United States—at Tampa, FL in 1989, at Del Mar, CA in 1992, and at Las Vegas, NV in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015.


Marty was also Director of Media Services and Operations for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Lexington, Kentucky. He also serves as Executive Director of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum.

More of the Team

Director of Sales and Marketing: Anne Maguire

Director of Admin and Operations: Sara Weiss

Manager of Dressage:  Monica Fitzgerald

Local Public Relations Chair: Robyn Eden

Education Coordinator:   Jackie Vinci

Director of Hospitality and VIP's:   Mike Klug

Hospitality Manager: Jane Rips

Footing Manager:   Brett Raflowitz

Photographer: Lili Weik

Social Media:  Sara Weiss

TV Production: Alan Blakeney

Vendor Coordinator:  Sandra Reiber and Marty Bauman

Volunteer Coordinators:   Cheryl Johnson 

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