Donald L. Tisdel began serving a two-year term as Vice President of the USTA in January 2013. Previously, he served three two-year terms as Secretary-Treasurer, 2007-12, and one term as a Director at Large, 2005-06. In the current term, he is vice chair of the Budget and Investment committees and is a member of the Audit, Compensation and Major Construction Oversight committees. This is his fourth term on the Audit, Budget and Investment committees—he chaired the Budget Committee as Secretary-Treasurer—and his second term on the Major Construction Oversight Committee. He is also on the board of directors of USTA Serves.
Prior to assuming the position of Secretary-Treasurer, Tisdel served as the board liaison to the Service Council, chaired the Audit Committee and served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee; he had previously served as vice chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, 2002-04. Tisdel was also an original member of the Advanced Media Committee, serving continuously from 2000 to 2004.
Tisdel has been an active tournament player for more than 60 years. He competed in the U.S. Junior Hard Court Championships, played for two years on the U.S. Air Force tennis team, competed on multiple occasions in the U.S. National Championships in both the men’s and mixed doubles tournaments, and has represented the U.S. in international competition on three occasions. His other tennis-related experiences include founding a tennis club, starting two tennis tournaments (with the net proceeds from one dedicated to cystic fibrosis) and securing the financing for three additional tennis clubs.
Tisdel received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Utah and his MBA from Harvard Business School. His business experience includes 20 years as chief executive officer of both a publicly held financial holding company and a $5 billion savings and loan for which he designed and executed its recapitalization. He also founded or co-founded five companies, two of which he took public.
Tisdel currently serves as the senior operating partner of Northwest Capital Appreciation, Inc., a private equity firm he co-founded. Under Tisdel’s direction, Northwest Capital formed two private equity partnerships that control four diverse companies with aggregate revenues exceeding $5 billion and a work force of approximately 1,700 employees. His board experience includes 17 for-profit and 10 not-for-profit appointments, and he currently serves on one for-profit board and two not-for-profit boards.
Tisdel and his wife, Gerri, have two sons, two daughters and seven grandchildren. They live in Lake Oswego, Ore., and reside in the USTA Pacific Northwest Section.