I joined the MOA 17 years ago, after restarting my riding career following a 20-year hiatus. The choice of a motorcycle to ride was obvious to me, it had to be a BMW. Since then I have been actively involved with the BMW MOA, the New Jersey BMW Riders Club, and the Finger Lakes BMW Riders. I am also a member of the Airheads and the Iron Butt Association. My commitment to these clubs through my volunteer work has helped me to give something back. I was privileged and honored to be awarded an Ambassadorship by the MOA.
You may have seen or heard of me as I have led the registration process at MOA International Rallies for the past five years. Before that, I co-chaired or volunteered in Registration for several years. I also support my local clubs, in the NJ SHORE BMW Riders club, I have been president, VP, treasurer, secretary and trustee. As a member of the Finger Lakes BMW Riders, I actively help plan and support our excellent Labor Day rally in Watkins Glen, New York.
My professional background in global telecommunications includes strategic planning, marketing, business management, sales, magazine editor and writer. For six years after that I ran my own strategy and market planning company. For the last eight years I ran the operations and finances for a religious school and church. I am currently a board member of a non-profit organization that supports people with disabilities and have just retired from another board that supported at-risk youth. I have two graduate degrees (business and engineering), an undergraduate in Math and an associate degree in electronics.
One of my life-long learnings is that “things can always be improved” and “change can be good.” It’s been true for both business processes and hiring talent. In my business and other responsibilities this approach has proven invaluable when introducing incremental positive changes and outcomes. While leading the MOA Rally registration function, I’ve introduced incremental changes to improve the speed and efficiency of the registration process. We automated the registration process with PCs and cell phone ticket reader apps and reduced overall paperwork and office activities. Starting four years ago as part of registration planning, I designed and implemented an automated registration volunteer website.
In the past I have volunteered in the MOA booth at the NYC motorcycle show where I set up and managed the booth to solicit new and renewal memberships. Taking the time to listen to our members I have gained an understanding of what members want and need from the MOA.
Maintaining and expanding our relationship with members, local clubs, BMW dealers, and BMW while improving the financial viability of our organization are critical to the survival of the MOA. I feel I have the skills, experience and time to positively contribute towards achieving these goals.
That is why I ask for your support in electing me to the Board of the BMW MOA.