Team member: Mike Thompson
Director of Testing & Certification
Mike Thompson brings more than a decade of anti-doping operations leadership experience to the Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit (HIWU) team, where he serves as director of testing & certification. Thompson oversees HIWU’s sample collection personnel network and is responsible for the development and execution of HIWU’s sample collection personnel recruitment, training, and onboarding. He has an extensive background implementing innovative testing strategies, designing anti-doping technology platforms, and managing anti-doping shipping and logistic initiatives.
Before joining HIWU, Thompson was the operations manager for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and doping control officer operations manager for the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). While with USADA, he was responsible for the management, recruitment, onboarding, training, and quality assurance for USADA’s domestic and international sample collection personnel. In this role, Thompson conducted sample collection personnel training programs in Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Fiji, Jordan, Panama, Peru, and other countries throughout Europe.
Thompson graduated from Benedictine College with a degree in sports management.