My name is Ron McGilton, and I am running for one of the open seats on the BMW MOA Board of Directors. I am a recently retired small business owner and have the interest, energy and time to devote to this trusted position.
I started riding motorcycles in the late ‘60s/early ’70s, and during that time have owned eight BMWs. I currently have two /5s and a newer 1200 RT. I enjoy touring, racing, vintage bikes and rallies.
My volunteer and industry experience includes working for the AMA, USAC, MOTOGP, INDY, COTA, and the IOMTTMA.
The MOA exists solely for the benefit of its members. We see these benefits come to us through BMW ON, the MOA web site, the Anonymous list, the organization of the national and regional rallies and Getaways, vendor buying discounts, and more. Can these benefits be expanded and enhanced? Are there additional things that can be found and offered through our hugely varied, 38,000+ membership? We have members that are in the insurance industry, IT, financial planning, manufacturing, entertainment, the building trades, publishing, the travel industry, etc. Can we create member networking opportunities to connect our members in additional, mutually beneficial ways? Are there things we can tap into that will benefit the club? I think this is worth exploring.
As a predominately volunteer organization, there are always challenges in putting on the national rally, in terms of weather, location, facilities, entertainment, local rules and regulations that can all work against us. We have an outstanding group of folks who work very hard to meet these challenges, but more help is always welcomed. How can we encourage more people to volunteer? I think more appreciation and recognition is a great place to start.
BMW is one of the fastest growing motorcycle brands around these days, and we have a huge potential to grow our membership base with these new bike owners. The club must continue to retain and capture members to thrive. The regional reps are a good start, but are there additional things we can do to talk up club membership? I recently saw RA members hang tags on every single new BMW at my local dealership; those tags should have been from the MOA!
Please Email me with any comments or suggestions at Bikenut595@aol.com. I welcome and appreciate your input, support and vote.