Hi everyone! I am running for the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Region of the SCCA. Before I tell you what I want to accomplish, let me tell you about myself for those I have not met.
When I moved to the Bay Area, I immediately joined the SCCA autocross program and in that year, I chaired an event, designed an autocross course, and even managed to get a couple of wins. The next year I continued to autocross, but I also started volunteering on the road racing side of things with the Emergency Crew. Just being at Laguna Seca was a dream come true. In 2011, I went through Driver’s School to get a racing license, and in 2013, I fulfilled a dream of racing at Laguna Seca. I’ve been the Emergency Chief since 2017.
Lately, we have had a need for more volunteers during road racing events. We always manage to squeak by and make the events successful, but squeaking by can be stressful. We need to get more people involved to keep our current members from getting burned out and to keep the events fun. The Bay Area has such a large car culture. I want to bring some of those people into the SCCA to share what is so great about this club. The specialty chiefs have had some good ideas on how we can accomplish this, and I’d like us to follow through on some of those ideas. For example, there are a lot of car meets in the Bay Area, so we could take an emergency truck or a race car to those meets to get more exposure to our club. The more we talk to people, the more they will want to come play with us.
I move to the Bay Area in 2008 from Alabama, and one of the first things I did was join the Solo program. The people in the Solo community became my first friends in the Bay Area. The autocross community is just as much of a family as the road racing community. Currently, road racing is well represented on the Board of Directors. Some are volunteer workers while others are drivers. As such, I want to make sure that the autocross community has a voice on the Board of Directors. It is a great program with a lot of great people. I would like to use my time on the Board to ensure that the autocross program is successful and continues to be a place for some good times and great driving.
The SCCA was created out of a love of cars and motorsports. We volunteer, drive, and spectate because it is fun and we love it. It does take work so that we can all share in our passion. I am looking forward to accepting the challenge and working with our Board of Directors to expand our family, bring back some of those who still have interest, and maintain the enthusiasm of those who are still committed to enjoying what we love.
Over the years, the people in this region have gone from being people I know, to being my friends, to becoming my family. I consider myself incredibly lucky to know so many awesome people in this club. It is because of the club that I met my wife and now have a wonderful daughter. I love the people and I love this club. As such, I want to do my part to make it better. I view the experience of being on the Board of Directors as an opportunity to give back to the club that has made such a large and positive impact on my life!