HERE IS THE LIST OF CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE 2019 BMW RIDERS ASSOCIATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
VOTING WILL TAKE PLACE FROM NOVEMBER 1 - 30, 2018.
George Nyktas - I have served on the board of the BMW Riders Association since 2007 initially in the role of Treasurer and then for the last six years as President. I serve as the Vice-Chair Motorcycles of the BMW Clubs International Council and proudly represent the BMW RA at the international level.
In the role of President, I recruited younger members to the board in order to bring in fresh ideas and techniques to help the club grow. We have seen this result in our more creative marketing efforts for the 2018 rally and on social media. I also handle the club’s administrative duties, including processing new and renewing memberships, responding to member phone calls and helping resolve member issues of all types. I believe these interactions are important to sticking to our mission of being a fun community of BMW riders.
With a career in public accounting, my professional experience provides a foundation for managing, analyzing, and improving the performance of an organization. Additionally, this experience is critical to modernizing our back-office systems. As such, I believe in carefully spending the club’s money on endeavors that enhance our community. Over the years, these efforts increased our club membership and rally attendance - two critical factors for building a thriving RA.
- I joined the Riders Association in 2008 after my retirement and when I came back to riding. My first BMW was a 2004 R1200 CLC and subsequently 4 more RT's. I'm currently riding a 2017 R1200 RT. I'm a current member and past president of the RA chartered Wisconsin BMW Club.
I have served on the RA board of Trustees since 2012 and currently as the Vice President. I've been part of the marketing team of the RA, store manager for the Black Eagle Shop, past manager of the Charter Club Program, attended and worked 9 of the past RA rallies, traveled extensively doing site visits for upcoming rallies and have traveled Europe, 49 states and 6 countries representing the BMW Riders Association. I've made numerous close friends through this club and have seen and been part of the progress the RA has made over those years.
I see the goals of the RA going forward in a very positive direction. We have added fresh new ideas by having younger board members who bring a new approach to growing the club and finding interesting sites for our annual rallies. We have kept our membership dues the same for the 11 years and I've been a member by making the BMW RA an all-volunteer club. We are due to launch a new fresh website very soon. We don't have a paid staff. We do it out of love for and dedication to the club. I ask for your vote to serve the next 3 years on the Board of the BMW Riders Association.
Hans Rosenstein - I have had a great, lifelong passion for motorcycling and the BMW brand in particular. Over the years, I have ridden and collected many models, but have now settled on a 2004 R1200C Montauk as my "modern" bike, and I have several older BMW models from the '60s (cannot say how many in case my wife reads this), some with sidecars, which see occasional, sunny days type of riding. When not out riding or wrenching or talking up a storm about motorcycling, I produce documentaries and lifestyle programming for television.
In 2004, I became actively involved with the guidance and management of BMW motorcycle clubs by becoming a Trustee of the VBMWMO, serving first for several terms as Editor and then as President. During my tenure as Editor and President, our club publication grew from a small black-and-white newsletter to a full-colour magazine, and membership increased steadily. Fourteen years later, I am still active with the club as its Vice President.
Since 2015, I have also been a member of the board of the RA as a Trustee. Due to my background in marketing and process management, my principal contributions to the RA are through the Marketing Committee and this summer I was proud to lead a comprehensive branding exercise, which identified the need for a more focused, unified and clearer communications strategy, including the need for a re-brand which more clearly represents the core values of the RA.
My vision for the RA is one of a true riders' community for all ages, a vibrant club offering resources, benefits, events and training to its members. If elected, I would be honoured to continue working with my fellow board members in improving the RA club experience, and in making it the best motorcycle community bar none.
Matt DeWald - Since February 2017 I have proudly served on the BMW RA Board of Trustees and respectfully wish to continue my service to the club. Over the past two years, I led the RA marketing efforts which contributed to a 10% increase in our membership, a 30% increase in rally attendance and greater Facebook interactions. You may also see the results of these with the redesigned layout of OTL, periodic letters from the board to OTL readers, member surveys, and an upcoming newly revamped bmwra.org website.
In the future, I would like to see the RA continue its efforts to partner with charter clubs, build relationships with other motorcycle riding clubs/groups (such as GS Giants and BMW Performance Center), and offer our members relevant riding information through our new website and social media platforms. Additionally, I would like to see a reinvigoration of our dealership an exchange program and our club's overall messaging and brand position. I believe that successfully completing these projects can result in greater rally attendance and membership counts.
Prior to volunteering for the RA, I worked as a public accountant for a global accounting firm and then as the vice president/controller for a large e-commerce company. My 20 years of business experience provided me with the foundation to improve business operations, leverage technology to gain efficiencies, and increase communications with customers. Additionally, I have hands-on experience in digital marketing, branding, and accounting functions that help streamline our intereactions with club members. These are attributes that are needed to modernize the BMW Riders Association and attract our club to younger members.
- I have been serving on the board of the BMW Riders Association since 2017. I have been helping to capitalize our marketing effors using social media outlets in order to reach new members, capture the attention of potential younger members and to communicate relevant information to our existing members.
In 2017 in conjunction with my father, long time BMW Rider, Curtis Olson, we took on the role of the Ohio Regional Repreresentative for the Riders Association. Together we have carried the torch passed on from Mark Hoskey, helping to plan four seasonal mini-rallies per year.
My career as a real estate agent and having served continually on my local Board of Realtors, twice as President, has provided me with a working knowledge of how boards function and the importance of maintaining a diverse group of passionate individuals on a board.
I appreciate the link to the past and the unique and important relationship between the past, present and future, not just the machines but for the club and its membership. I feel my strengths lie in the ability to effectively communicate across a diverse demographic of club members and riders. As a long time rider, an owner of vintage bikes and late models bikes, I feel I have an understanding of all our club's riders and I hope to have the opportunity to serve the community I'm most passionate about.
Eric Ratermann - Eric has been riding motorcycles for over 20 years. His passion for promoting community and camaraderie among riders is reflected in his enthusiastic participation in several clubs and shows his commitment to the motorcycle community. He is the current secretary of the Greater Cincinnati BMW Club, and a member of the BMW RA, GS Giants, Cincinnati Cafe Racers and the AMA. Eric races flat track on weekends. He volunteers frequently at moto events, including Garage Brewed Moto Show, leading rides for Wailin' Wayne Weekend, planning and mapping adventure rides for the Women's Off Road Moto group. Eric has used his Information Technology skills as a volunteer for the last two BMW RA National Rallies setting up computers for registration. He hopes to continue to spread his enthusiasm and camaraderie as a board member for the BMW Riders Association.
Moshe Levy - For the past year, I've been working with the BMW RA's Board of Trustees on marketing projects, and spearheaded the ad campaings for the Mountains to Canyon Rally, our social media outreach, the new OTL magazine layout, and other branding programs. These efforts resulted in a 30% attendance boost at the rally, a 10% spike in membership, and a more open interaction between club members and the board.
Going forward, I will work to ensure that our marketing assets - OTL magazine, our upcoming revamped website and other various campaigns - are fresher, younger, edgier, and less rigid than other clubs. I will also streamline processes to make member interactions (such as renewals and registrations) as seemless as possible. Improvements in both forward-facing and internal functional processes will allow the club to appeal to all types of BMW riders, and to grow accordingly.
Since 2004, I've published over 140 articles in national magazines such as Motorcycle Consumer News and Rider, and I also host a YouTube channel where I provide video product reviews. Combining this passion for motorcycles with over 20 years of experience as a marketing executive, I will endeavor to make the BMW Riders Association the club of choice for both current and potential BMW riders alike.
Lori Payne - Although starting to ride motorcycles, especially adventure motorcycles, as a female after the age of 50 is definitely not the norm, that's when my journey began. I began riding a BMW R1200GS in 2011. In 2015, I discovered and joined the GS Giants, and began to develop relationships with riders all over the world. Some of my earliest friendships were with members of the RA, and I joined this group shortly thereafter.
I quickly became involved with the GS Giants and was asked to be the Club's Treasurer. I have had the opportunity to attend numerous rallies, rides and events, and in 2018 I served as the GS Giants West Virginia Mountain Mayhem Rally Chair. In that capacity, I also worked with the members of the RA Board to coordinate the Adventure Track Competition that was held at the 2018 RA Canyons to Mountains Rally.
I bring two unique strengths as a candidate for the RA Board. First, I could serve as a strong liaison between the RA and the GS Giants, a role I have already begun. Whether or not I am elected to this position, I plan to continue to strengthen the relationship between these two clubs. Second, I have a strong network on the West Coast, and I would love the opportunity to work to not only expand the RA membership in that area, but also to facilitate RA events in that region.
Not withstanding the foregoing, I believe the most valuable attribute I bring to the table is a passion for motorcycling and a love for all people I've met in the BMW riding community. As a small business owner, I have the time and energy it takes to make a meaningful contribution. I live in Moorpark, Californina and my other interests include travel (much of it motorcycle related), baking, and crafting.
Matt Smith - Matt Smith resides in Cary, NC near the heart of some of the country's best roads. He is a Buckeye by birth and Tarheel by choice having been raised in Champaign County, Ohio on a 4,000-acre farm. As a youth, motorcycling was not only a passion, having owned over 25 different motorcycles, but was also a means of transportation living in a rural area. His first motorcycle was a simple steel frame minibike that he purchased with his own money against his parents' better judgement at the age of 10. Over the next 45 years Matt has participated in many training classes that include Keith Code Superbike School, Motocross training twice, GS instructions and the school of hard knocks. Matt enjoys distance touring and rides as much as possible having taken trips from NC to destinations such as Canada and Texas and all points in between. He is an advocate of safe riding through ATGATT and ongoing training as well as promoting diet and excercise and the benefits to long distance riding. As a father he has introduced his kids to the freedom of motorcycling through dirt and street riding.
As a board member, Matt hopes to learn more about what the RA stands for and be part of the continued growth of the organization. Matt's involvement in volunteer organiaztions with church and through his kids' marching band give Matt the experience to help the RA grow. Most of all Matt is interested in giving back to an organization that he believes in, such as the BMW Riders Association. With the experience of years and the excitement to volunteer, Matt is uniquely suited to help the RA grow both in numbers and in service to the members. Thank you for your consideration.
Roy Jackson - Hi fellow RA members. My name is Roy Jackson; I am running for one of the positions on the board of Directors. I have been married to Cynthia for 39 years, I've ridden several motorcycles since 1971, before getting my first BMW, a 1978 R-80/7, and then a few more non BMWs until 1995 when I purchased one of the first new Oil Heads a 1994 Pearl White/Teal Seat R-1100-RS. From there on to a 2004 R-1150-RT and presently a 2013 Anniversary R1200 RT. I am closing in on 300,000 miles riding BMWs and hope to reach this goal by 2020. My professional career, I worked for the Natural Gas Utility in RI for 37 years in various positions with my last 20 years working on gas regulators before retiring in 2014. I also served 27 years in the US Navy/Navy Reserve, retiring in 2000 as a Boatswain Mate Chief 1st Class Diver. After 9-11, I came out of retirement and joined the TIANG where I qualified as Military Police Officer and served a year in Iraq before retiring again in 2004.
I've been a member of th Ocean State BMW Riders since 1997 to present where I served as Secretary, then as President from 2000-2002. I was a board member with the Yankee Beemers from 2012-2013. I've been a RA member for close to 20 years. I also belong to the MOA, Ironbutt Association and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
If elected to the board I woud like to work with the chartered RA clubs. A great untapped resource I think that we could work with to help both the local clubs and the RA. I would plan on attending as many New England charter club meetings as possible to promote the RA.
Randy Boris - GREETINGS, Randy Boris here. RA member 18 years, lifetime MOA, lifetime AMA, RA Regional rep, MOA Ambassador, and a few other things. I've been President, VP and secretary of my local BMW club, and am a member of another BMW club, plus Wisconsin Airmarshall. Volunteer activities have been RA security chair, and MOA Biergarten co-chair for many years. Retired from nuclear power industry (42 years). Currently part-time cheap mechanic at a local independant motorsports shop (21 years).
Married, kids, grandkids, great-grandkids. Recently backed off from working motorcycle support for Ironman Triathlons and local marathons. What are my intentions for running for the RA Board of Trustees? I've decided that I've been doing a lot of physical volunteering for a long time, and maybe time to step back from that and look at less physical, more cerebral volunteering. I have served on the MOA Foundation board. I feel I still have some use to the club. What do I bring to the table? Open eyes and ears, maybe a couple ideas. Like other aspects in my life, I see the challenge of getting younger folks interested and involved. I like the way RA does rallies, however, perhaps they can be improved. I am willing to listen to ideas, but am also willing to call BS when I see it. I've never been a manager, just someone who goes about getting the job done. Along that line, if it isn't broke, maybe give it a tune-up. Change for the sake of change doesn't work for me. Consider all the candidates and choose wisely.