Douglas Laird, #105940

Since joining the MOA in 2003 I’ve attended all but one of the BMW MOA International Rallies and volunteered at each. As an officer of Chartered Club #337 I’ve attend four of the Leadership Summits. They provided the opportunity to meet board members and to learn more about the MOA.

Since the fifth grade I’ve been a two-wheel adventurer. Kids then were “free range,” so I was allowed to venture hundreds of miles from my home in Minnesota on my bicycle. Attending flight school at Pensacola, we all bought motorcycles, mostly Hondas, and my love of motorcycling began. While a Secret Service agent in Washington, D.C. (1971-1978), I was one of the few who commuted on a motorcycle, a Triumph TR6c. It was quite a way to learn how to survive in heavy traffic.

The Triumph remained parked while I was raising a family. My wife, Sara, and I moved to Reno in 2002, and the motorcycle “bug” was rekindled. After taking the MSF course, I bought a 2003 K 1200 LT. The ’05 was totaled when we met a deer at 62 mph. We’re still touring on our 2008 LT, having covered 49 states, 8 Canadian Provinces and 25 states of Mexico, working toward 400,000 miles on our beloved Beemers.

BMW Owners News articles describing adventure travel led to a 2010 ride from Deadhorse to Ushuaia on a 2010 R 1200 GS. This whet my appetite for an around the world trip in 2012.

Sharing my love of motorcycle travel, I’ve written articles for BMW Owners News and have made presentations at three BMW MOA International Rallies. By sharing experiences, we learn from one another and further expand our horizons.

I’ve been fortunate to have traveled the world through my life in the Marine Corps, the Secret Service, at Northwest Airlines and then with my own consulting company. There were places I wanted to get back to but on the moto’. Through Anonymous, we’ve made friends throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Asia and Europe.

My careers required being responsible for long range planning and the management of multimillion-dollar budgets. Over the years I’ve taken this experience and served on various boards, both professional and recreational. When I was involved in bicycle touring, I served as Vice President of the League of American Wheelmen, a group similar in size and scope to the BMW MOA, and helped bring the organization’s budget back from the red.

Being retired, I now have the time to devote to the things I love. I believe my background has provided me with a unique skillset and experience to assist fellow board members in maintaining the strength of our BMW MOA and helping it grow. We must recognize the changing demographic of the Beemer world and adapt. We must also identify those members with skills that can assist the board of directors. Also, we must better recognize our members in Canada and Mexico.

It would be an honor to represent you on our board.

Visit Doug and ask questions in the Candidate and Election thread in the MOA Forum.
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