William "Bill" Farrell, chief administrator for Asics' wrestling division, has retired from the company.

Farrell joined Asics in 1958 as an importer and distributor of the first “Tiger” wrestling shoes in the US. Joining forces with Onitsuka Tiger and Resilite in 1959, Farrell launched his first company, Olympic Resilite, which continued to distribute Asics products and a range of wrestling products. Almost 30 years later, in 1988, he created TW Promotions, Inc. which remains the wrestling arm of ASICS America Corp.

In 2007, the US Olympic Committee and USA Wrestling honored Farrell with a prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award,” in which they stated that no other person has had a more positive effect on the Olympic sport of wrestling.