I have been extremely fortunate to have been a Member of the Aston Martin Owners Club for over 20 years. During this time, the friends I have made through the AMOC and my participation in AMOC events have made it a central part of my life.
Although I live in the United States, I have made friends and attended many AMOC events in Canada, the UK, and even Hong Kong. Throughout, I have been tremendously impressed with the kindness and hospitality which Members have shown in welcoming me and my family.
I served as Area Representative for the Northeast United States for 10 years, organizing monthly pub nights and tours, and other events for Members and their families. This experience allowed me to meet many wonderful people, and to get a sense of the Club from the ground up, including welcoming many new Members. In 2016, I was elected to serve as Chair of the AMOC North America East. In my six years in that role, I was pleased to see the Membership grow from 450 to 800 Members. In addition, AMOC Sections as far away as Colorado and Texas chose to affiliate with us in order to join in our activities.
During this time I was also fortunate to serve as a member of the COM, which allowed me to engage directly with other International Section Directors and to gain valuable experience in the overall leadership and management of the AMOC. More recently, I was honoured to receive the Oskar E. Ruegg Memorial Trophy for outstanding service to the AMOC by an overseas Member, a recognition which I treasure.
As International Director for the Americas, I intend to continue to develop the strong ties between our international sections, and to increase the engagement of our Members in Mexico, Central America, and South America. In addition, I believe it is essential that we continue to promote the growth of the AMOC across the world and to welcome new Members into our vibrant community, while being a strong advocate for our interests in the worldwide Club.