I’ve loved the Porsche 356 since my college days of the 1980’s and finally acquired a 356B T6 electric sunroof coupe in 2018. In the same year, I enthusiastically joined the board of the 356 Club of Southern California and have served the last three years as club president. This experience has provided a fantastic opportunity to learn the challenges and operational mechanics faced by any large-scale car club. From this foundation, I would be honored to expand my role in the 356 community and join the Trustees of the Porsche 356 Registry.
If elected, listening to fellow Trustees, the members, and our sponsors to understand what would make our club better would be my first priority. I feel we must raise the bar in creating value for our members beyond our website, our intellectual property, and our world class magazine. And while I have many thoughts on next steps, I find it's best to find consensus first and then execute.
As Trustee, I will focus on teaming with fellow Trustees, acting as a leader and helper for critical projects and events, and expanding how our membership at large is represented and heard within the club’s decision-making process.
During my time with the 356 Club of Southern California, my key responsibilities included: establishing the Club’s strategy, protecting the Club’s intellectual property, modernizing the Club’s website and events technology, and transparently managing the Club’s financial plan. Working with the board, we financially strengthened our balance sheet and grew membership.
My professional experiences were in banking, aerospace, and as an executive with the IBM Corporation (retired). During my career, I focused on the niche specialty of reducing business risk with a heavy focus on cybersecurity and IT disaster recovery which I believe will help the club in this digital age. I’ve taken a hands-on role by chairing or teaming on many events including: the Club’s Porsche 356 only Concours d’Elegance, the All Porsche Swap Meet, Palms to Pines, and North Meets South. In September, 2023, I will chair the Third Rennsport 356 Registry Reunion. Nevertheless, what I enjoy most is driving my car. Whether it’s a cross country road trip, a regional event or out to dinner in Los Angeles, as we all know, these cars are a blast to drive!
Unfortunately, on my return from the most recent North Meets South, I was rear-ended, and my car was nearly totaled by a Prius. Turning a negative into a positive, I’m now actively involved in a rebuild and restoration project. This gives me an opportunity to go back to the original colors: Heron Gray with red interior. I look forward to driving her to the next Rennsport Reunion. Starting from these vantage points, plus my common overriding love of the Porsche 356, it would be a sincere privilege to apply my skills and passion as a Porsche 356 Registry Trustee.