It is an honor to be chosen as a candidate for the SEMA Board of Directors. I have been involved with the automobile aftermarket industry for more than 42 years. My passion is to help grow our industry. I feel we need to increase the size of the pie so that we all get a bigger piece. We need to create excitement focused in and around our business. We need to take some of the entertainment dollars that are available and grow the industry. I feel we need to get the youth involved in our industry. I ask that you give me a chance to give back and help our future by voting
From 1968–1970 I worked at Lang Auto Parts. Then, June 1, 1970, I started Winner’s Circle Speed & Custom. Currently, we have three retail locations in Illinois: East Moline, Peoria and Joliet. We are also a warehouse distributor called 1st Performance Warehouse.
I think what sets me apart from most presidents and CEOs is that I work side by side with my employees. I do everything, orders, billing problems, employee relations and, of course, waiting on customers, from the counter in the Joliet store. In our business, the consumer is looking to go faster, handle better and stop better; whatever it is, we provide the solution. That’s what I do. I find solutions to problems. I’ve been doing it all
I served on the Performance Warehouse Association Board of Directors from 1993–1997. On November 5, 2009, I was honored by SEMA with the Chairman’s Service Award.
I was a partner in the original group that built “Route 66 Raceway.” We then became partners with NASCAR, helping them bring the “Chicagoland Speedway” to Joliet. I have also developed a consumer trade show called Race & Performance Expo. We are in our third year, and we had 180 manufacturers and jobbers support this event.
From the corner of the first Expo, the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge was born. Now, we are a nationwide event, intent on keeping our youth involved in our industry.
I hope you will let me represent and serve you by electing me to the SEMA Board of Directors.