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Meet the Current Board of Directors

Wayne Armbrust
Region Executive

This year marks my 20th year as a member of WDCR Region and the SCCA. In that time, I have spent a vast majority of it working as a volunteer in the Club Racing side. In 2006 the chance to contribute as an Assistant Flag Chief opened and I spent the next 4 years as an Assistant. Then I stepped into the role as the WDCR Flag Chief for another year. As I stepped back from the position as Flag Chief I took on a new role as the F&C Divisional Administrator for the SCCA Northeast Division.

The chance to contribute helping with the Club Racing program got even more interesting in 2011. I took on the position as Director of Club Racing and remained very busy in that job for the next three years. We had numerous opportunities to introduce and try a few new things through those years. Some worked well, some not so much. I had top notch assistance from a volunteer support staff that we assembled as a management team for the WDCR Club Racing Program. We did host the first Super Tour for the DC Region, and event that continues through this current season.

Along the way there were some opportunities to assist the PDX program from time to time, as well as helping find facilities for the Rally Cross program. In 2015 I took advantage of the chance to participate in a WDCR Competition Driver School. And completed the requirements for a competition license the following year.

In my former life I worked in management for the metals mining industry, specifically in the maintenance and engineering departments of some large hard rock mines, mills, smelting, and refining. Most of the work was in the western U.S. eventually retiring from the last assignment in Alaska.

Since retirement, I have spent considerable time in volunteer community service within Clarke County, Virginia. Over 12 Years were spent serving on the 911 Emergency Communications upgrade committee, Industrial Development Authority, and Barns of Rose Hill development and Construction Committee.

I am also U.S. Air Force veteran.

Through joining the Board of Directors, if elected, I hope to continue serving the Region with the experience and insight from many years of service.

Paul Anderson   
Asst. Regional Executive

I have been a member of the Washington DC Region for over 40 years. I’ve served as your Regional Executive for the past two years and as Assistant RE the previous year. I have held a National F&C license for many years. My wife Penny is also involved in the Region having served as Chief of Start and she now works in T&S.

Below is a list of Region positions I have held:

Served on the Board of Directors for three earlier terms.

Co-chaired the committee that developed the MARRS series.

Served 5 years as Asst. Flag Marshal.

Chaired the Annual Awards banquet for 3 years.

Also served at various times as Secretary, Board Liaison to the CRC, Membership Chairman, Social Chairman and Merchandise Chairman.

Our region is one of the largest in SCCA and we run high quality, competitive and fun events. Though all of our programs are successful, we should always seek to keep them evolving as the sport, and the way people participate, changes so that we may continue to provide the best member experience possible. There are always challenges for an organization like ours. Board members open to new ideas, like the current Bracket Racing trial, will be important to our continued success.

One of my priorities when I ran for the board four years ago was to improve Region communications. With the hard work of Bob Crawford (Member Services Chair) we have published the new electronic Straightpipe and the goal for the future is a more regular publication schedule. These are the sorts of things needed to bring value to your SCCA membership.

Negotiating our current favorable contract with Summit Point was one of my more important tasks last year. We’ll have another contract renewal coming up in 2017. I have also worked closely with Dominion Raceway over the past two years to support their efforts to become SCCA approved for track events.

I bring a historical perspective to the Board that none of the current candidates can duplicate. I’m mostly from the racing side of the club, though I have run solos and rallys in the past, and am very supportive of those activities as well as the PDX and RallyCross programs. I believe I can continue to be an asset to the Region and its Board of Directors.

Now retired, I spent my professional career in Logistics and Distribution management, most recently with Connections Education as Senior Distribution Manager.

Lin Toland   

Lin Toland’s experience with SCCA actually dates back to the early 1970's. I started as a Solo Driver and flagger out in the San Francisco Region, but a military career got in the way and my membership lapsed after a transfer back to Sea Duty. It was at the ‘96 Labor Day event, while spectating with the family, I met Josh Cockey and the rest is history, as three weeks later I was "in whites" at Station 8. Since then the entire family has gotten involved. My wife, Janet, works in T&S and my son Jim is a Race Mechanic with WISKO Race Engineering.  

I have served on the Region’s PDX/CT/TT Committee as the Chief Steward since the program began in 2005, I am a Flagger & Steward in Club Racing and I hold a Full Competition License as a competitor in the SSM Class. In my 9 yrs on the BoD I have served as the Assistant RE, the Board’s representative to the PDX, Rally Cross, Solo Programs, the Grand Prix of Baltimore and currently I am the Secretary of the Board of Directors. When I originally ran for the Board of Directors I made the promise that when it became necessary I was not afraid of making hard and unpopular decisions if they benefited the interests of the Region as a whole. You have my word I will continue to make those decisions that need to be made. Professionally, I am a retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer. I currently work Part Time as a Flagger for both Summit Point Raceway and 2x4 Safety Services. I have served as Captain of the Bus Stop Chicane flag crew for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona for the past 15 years. I use my position to expose some of our new flaggers to Pro Racing as historically I host 10-12 DC Region Flaggers at the Bus Stop each year. Of course the benefit for me is I get to be the Shift Captain with the DC Region Flaggers. But then our DC Region Flagger patches look good on TV.

Mike Snyder

I’m 53 years old, married with a son and daughter residing in Burtonsville, MD. I hold a degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Computer Science and Management. I am an owner of Advantage Electrostatic Refinishers, Inc., a painting company I co-founded in 1984. I also have a Baltimore City Development Company called Chester Street Associates.

I joined the Sports Car Club of America and AutoCrossers, Inc (a DC Region chapter club) as a working member in 1992. By 1996 I was in charge of our autocross events at Camden Yards. At the time they were the largest events in the area. I started doing National level events, both Pro Solo and Tours in 1996. I have been to Nationals and the Pro Finale 17 times, trophying four times. At Nationals, I have served as Grid Chief, Chief of Course, Operating Steward and Assistant Chief Steward. I have served two year stints as President, Treasurer and Vice President of AutoCrossers, Inc. I have been a Solo 2 Safety Steward for 15 years. As a DC Region member I have helped operate the National level events in Petersburg and FedEx Stadium.

I am currently on the Board of Directors of the DC Region serving as the Treasurer. I have served on the Board for over 5 years. My goal is to always try to provide what each Program needs to survive and grow. I enjoy being actively involved in SCCA organization, not just competing, but in making the SCCA a better value for all its members.

John Nesbit

I joined WDCR in 2003.  I have raced (Formula Ford), flagged, and am now a steward.  I served on the old Competition Committee as a driver rep.  I advise the Club Racing Committee as stewards rep.  Years ago, I was a rallyist - driving, navigating, and working checkpoints.

I am retired after a career in IT, working in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Why am I running for the Board?  I do not have a particular agenda or pet project.  I do believe that the Region faces challenges that require a long-term vision.  I bring a combination of life experience, sporting experience, and commitment to change that will help the Board navigate these challenges.

The question we so often hear is, “Are we a club or are we a business?”

The answer, of course, is, “Both.”  Yes, we are a club, bound together by our love of motorsports.  We are also a small-to-medium business, with a turnover approaching a million dollars.  We stage events with large financial exposure.  And we face short- and long-term threats to our ‘business’.

The Board should take an overall, Region-wide perspective and:

·         Appoint the best possible program coordinators.

·         Provide resources and strategic direction.

·         Monitor and evaluate results, making adjustments as necessary.

The most important role of the Board is to look down the road and to ensure that the Region is well-placed to enjoy a prosperous future.

Shawn Roberts

In 2004, I was dragged to a few autocross events by my girlfriend and after a slow start, by late 2004 we had bought a Miata (official car of the autocross addicted) and joined the SCCA. In 2005, we did 50+ different autocross events in the Mid-Atlantic area. Then we decided to cut back a bit on the number of events in 2006, so we joined the DC Solo committee. We wanted to help put on the best run events we had seen during all the different events in 2005. In addition, I became a Solo safety steward in 2007. When the Solo chair stepped down in 2010, I was one of the people that stepped up to become the Solo co-chairs with Evanthe Salisbury and David Sann.

Because autocross was not taking up enough of our time we decided to start rallycrossing. In 2010 we started rallycrossing and by late 2011 I had taken over keeping the rallycross website up to date. I have since gotten more involved in registration and timing for the rallycross events as well as becoming a rallycross safety steward in 2013. I've trophied at the last 2 Rallycross Nationals with 2 different Miatas and will be attending my 3rd Nationals this fall.

As I became involved in the various disciplines, I've encouraged others to become involved and join the SCCA. I did not grow up in a racing household as demonstrated by the long procession of white Ford Taurus wagons my parents owned during my teen years. While my interest in motorsports did not come from my parents, I did get the volunteer spirit from them. Every activity I was involved in growing up, my parents were there as volunteers. Playing soccer, my parents ran the local soccer organization; joining 4-H, my mom was the leader of the local club. Knowing how much volunteers put into making clubs work, I have always volunteered to help out as needed. I was the treasurer of my local 4-H club and the corresponding secretary for the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in college. Now, I'm running for the Board to help out at a higher level.

I have worked in computer support for Montgomery College for the last 17 years and live in Woodbridge, VA with my wife Katie Orgler and a few less Miatas than you would see in a Spec Miata race.

Alan Olsen

My name is Alan Olson and I have been a member of the Washington DC Region since 2004 when a neighbor convinced me to try the DC Region SCCA Driving School. I have been Administrator and Driver’s Representative for the SSM Race Class (largest class and still expanding) for the past 3 years.

Below is a list of Region positions I have held:

Regional Competitor since 2004. National Competitor (now Majors) since 2004. Regional Registrar. Regional Scrutineer. SM Racer, 2011 Summit Point National Winner in SM. SSM Racer SSM Administrator for past 3 years. SSM Driver Representative for past 3 years. Current SRF3 Racer.

When I first started racing with SCCA, I learned early that it takes many volunteers to make this club work. I took on the role of volunteer immediately upon registering for my first race, helping with registration. Since that time, I have spent time lending a hand on pit lane/grid, timing and scoring as well as in the tech shed. I know it takes earnest efforts to keep the club moving forward.

3 years ago, I took on a much larger role as SSM Administrator. We drastically changed the process for “Sealing” all cars that compete in the SSM class. Many said such an undertaking could not be successful. The results speak for themselves as we took a popular class and increased participation while other classes saw decreasing participation. It took many days, weeks, and months of effort as well as lots of blood and sweat, many would have written off the undertaking. Thanks to others that participated, the class has been a major success for the DC Region.

I bring a business background to the process as a Financial Planner for my own firm with 30 years of successful business experience. I am a racer; however, I have attended solos, instructed in PDX and participated in rallies (in the 80’s) in the past. I believe I can be an asset to the Region and the BoD as a member of the Board as I have already done for the SSM Class in Club Racing.

David Fitzgerald 

I have been involved in the SCCA for more than 10 years and was first introduced to our club through the Auto-X program in 1995. Not knowing what to expect I was impressed with the camaraderie of the event organizers and participants and knew right then that this was the type of organization I wanted to be a part of. From there it was a slippery slope from track days to Club Racing in a relatively short period.

In 2006 I attained my Competition license and again found the SCCA Club Racing family welcoming and willing to help me get through the first few events. Honestly, I think I was a little too overwhelmed to concern myself with just how these events were run and who was behind the curtain pulling all the strings. From my early perspective, I showed up, unloaded my car, registered, raced and went home but I soon realized that putting on a Club Racing weekend was a result of months of planning and a small army of well-organized volunteers to man the grid, registration, flag stations, emergency services and timing and scoring and to whom all racers should be eternally grateful.

In addition to Club Racing I have been involved with the Performance Driving eXperience program (PDX) for the past 4 years; first as a participant, then an instructor and more recently a member of the PDX/Time Trials Organizing Committee. Not to disparage any of the other fine programs, I believe there is no better introduction to our sport than a PDX. Driving your own car in the (relatively) safe environment of an open racetrack with the calm guidance of a seasoned instructor in the right seat talking you through your session. As an Instructor, watching a Novice student progress through the weekend is very gratifying and has also sparked many new friendships over the years.

So why am I running for a seat on the Board of Directors?

Having stepped back from the PDX program I still want to be involved with some aspect of our club and the region. For the past 19 years, my day job is to manage the I.T. infrastructure of a mid-sized family owned company. I provide technical support, planning and implementation of new initiatives, develop and manage the I.T. budget and negotiate contracts and terms with vendors. These attributes, I feel are all very relatable skills for a position on the board of a regional organization.

The Board is doing a phenomenal job and I hope my attitude, aptitude and experience will only enhance what is already a very competent group.