It has been an honor to serve these last two years on the SEMA Board of Directors, and I am humbled and honored to be a candidate again. I have been involved with the automobile aftermarket industry for over 45 years. My passion has not changed; it 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. I feel we need to get youth involved in our industry. I ask that you help me to continue to give back and help our future by voting for me.
In June 1, 1970, I started Winner’s Circle Speed & Custom. Currently we have three retail locations in Illinois. We are also a WD 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, 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 my life.
I am now serving (2010 - 2012) on the PWA Board of Directors. 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, which led to the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. In 2008 we developed a consumer trade show called Race & Performance Expo. That led to the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge. Now a Nationwide event, It focuses on keeping our youth involved in our industry. To date The Hot Rodders Program has had over 1,000 tech students participate and $3.5 million in scholarship money offered towards their further education.
I hope you will continue to let me represent and serve you by re-electing me to the Board of Directors. Thank you.