Foundation Directors
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George Rice resides in South Hero, Vermont and joined the BMW MOA in 2004. He has been a volunteer at International Rallies for several years and has recently been a co-chair of Registration. He has retired as both an attorney and an Army reserve Lieutenant Colonel.

George was a Rotarian for several decades, serving in different capacities including as District Governor and working with the Rotary Foundation. He has taught at the college level, as a Red Cross Disaster instructor and is certified as an instructor with MSF, teaching motorcycle safety for the State of Vermont. He looks forward to being involved with our Foundation as a director.

George rides a R1200GS. He and Pamela, who owns a G650GS and is an MOA member, ride together throughout the U.S. They are members of Chartered Club #115 BMW Motorcycle Owners of Vermont where Pamela is Treasurer.


Eric M. Simon has been a lawyer representing health care clients in business and regulatory matters since 1987. He is regularly listed in the Best Lawyers in America in his specialty of health care law.

Eric was chairman of the board of Neighborhood Family Practice, a Federally-Qualified Health Center, and organized several fundraising rides for that Clinic with the BMW Motorcycle Owners of Cleveland. Eric is past president of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of Cleveland, and was chairman and volunteer committee member of the March of Dimes Ride for Babies in Cleveland, Ohio for several years.

Eric was a trustee of the BMW MOA Foundation when it was originally established. He rides a R1200RT and a Buell XB9SX when not in a BMW state of mind.



Bruce’s day job is a facility design engineer for Qwest Communications. He & his wife Miranda joined the MOA in 2004. They appeared in the November  2006 Issue of theBMW Owners News when they found the real value of the Anonymous Book & successfully nominated Deb & Charlie Parsons for a Helping Hands.

Bruce became active in the BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado in 2006 as Secretary & was nominated / elected / re-elected President in 2007 & 2008. He likely served you a cup of coffee in Johnson City or he may have judged your K-Bike if you entered in the ride-in bike show. He was asked to take a role on the BMW MOA Foundation board in June of 2009 and was later nominated Secretary / Treasurer where he serves today.


Pete Schmitz resides in Dubuque, Iowa. He has been a member of the MOA since 2010. Pete moved back to his boyhood home following his retirement after almost 30 years with BNSF Railway in Fort Worth, Texas.

He re-kindled his childhood love of motorcycling in 2002, after a 23 year break. When he’s not able to ride (December-February in Iowa), he enjoys volunteering, riding his fat bike and hiking with his wife and dogs.

Pete rides a BMW S1000XR, a BMW R1200GSA with DMC sidecar and a KTM 350EXC.


Deb has been a BMW MOA member since the late 70s and became an Ambassador in the mid 80s. She served on the BMW MOA Board of Directors as President, Secretary, Vice-President and elected as Treasurer over a 14 year period.

During the development of the initial Foundation structure, Deb was a Trustee and helped recruit the 99 other members, served as an advisor while on the BMW MOA Board and served one previous term as a Foundation Board member after leaving the MOA Board in 2009.

She has a Ph.D. in sociology from University of Iowa and has worked as a consultant in the health and human services financial management arena for close to 20 years. Clients enjoy seeing her ride in to project sites or to conferences from Colorado or other starting points on her R1200GS.


Karol has been a BMW MOA member for 25 years, as well as an Ambassador. She served 2 terms on the BMW MOA board of directors and held several offices in her local BMW club. She has chaired local and National Rallies and has been the BMW MOA National Charity Chair for 18 years.

Karol was a principal rider on two of the Pony Express Rides benefiting Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research. When she’s not riding her R1200GS in an Long Distance event, she’s visiting dealers in her role as Gerbing’s Heated Clothing Regional Sales Mgr.

Karol was one of the original trustees of the Foundation during it’s very early years.


Peter is semi-retired from a career as a pharmacist services consultant. He has been riding motorcycles for over 50 years and loves his BMW motorcycles. Peter’s first BMW motorcycle was a 1959 R60 that he wishes he still owned. He currently has three BMWs – a 2000 GS with 170,000 miles, a 2007 RT with 160,000 miles and a “new-to-me” 2012 K1600 GT. Peter has managed to double odometer reading in two months of ownership.

Peter became interested in the work of the Foundation through his son, Tyler, who was a GEARS Training participant. Peter says, “I’m hoping to bring a simple approach and an experienced rider’s perspective to the Foundation.”


Mark is the newest Director for the BMW MOA Foundation and has awesome hair.

Greg Straub resides in Portland, Oregon where he retired as a district manager with the Social Security Administration after a 30+ year career that took him to a number of duty stations around the Pacific Northwest including Alaska. Greg has been a committee co-chair at the national rally.

In addition to motorcycling, Greg is also a passionate follower of Formula 1 racing. He says it provides a great excuse for a 6,000 mile ride to Montreal and back every June for the Grand Prix du Canada.

Greg rides an F800ST and an R1200RT as well as a Lemond Buenes Aires (bicycle) that he has ridden on tours to every corner of Oregon. Greg’s home club is the BMW Riders of Oregon, #83 and he is also a member of the BMW RA.

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