Board of Directors’ Bios

The Chrysler 300M Enthusiasts Club currently has a seven member Board of Directors for the 2021 year. A notification was placed on the forum in December 2020, inviting members to volunteer to be candidates for the 2021 Board. The seven board members were selected after their qualifications and eligibility was checked. Once the board was elected, those members self-nominated for Officer positions. All four officer positions were filled by members that ran unopposed. Once complete the nominees took their positions in late January.

A short statement from each of the 2021 Chrysler 300M Enthusiasts Club Board of Directors is listed below as a means to introduce themselves to the membership. Take a moment and read the 2021 Board of Directors Bios below.

Officers


Keith Jarvis – President

I joined the Chrysler 300M Enthusiasts Club back in 2003 while trying to gain more information about my first 2002 300M Special. I was hooked after my first Carlisle meet when I was greeted as family. I have been active on the Board of Directors for the last eleven years and served as Vice President in 2011. I have held my current role as club President since 2012. I am honored to serve this club again this year as President and look forward to the year that lies ahead.

Cars and one-of-a-kind modifications have always been a passion of mine. I have designed and created a hand full of successful modified cars and really enjoy showing them. Being a part of this club has provided me am appreciation for others who modify and take great pride in their cars. I always look forward to our meets, getting to see everyone, and the new touches that people have put into their cars! I currently own two 2002 Chrysler 300M Specials. A black one that I drive daily and a completely custom one that is a full time show car. My wife and I are also the caretakers of a graphite 2003 Chrysler 300M Special that belonged to a member of the club that passed away in 2020.

Thanks for having me as President again in 2022! It is always a challenge to keep the club moving forward but it is one I am certainly ready to tackle again!

Ryan Severance – Vice President

My name is Ryan Severance and it is my honor and privilege to serve the Club as Vice President in 2022. I have been proud to serve on the Board of Directors since 2016.

My passion for the LH platform began when I bought my first car, a 2002 Dodge Intrepid ES, in May, 2005. As I modified my Intrepid, I became heavily involved with the 300M Enthusiasts Club and the former LHForums.net. It was in this Club that I developed friendships with Members who were willing to help me make my Intrepid my own and who remain some of my best friends today. That 2002 Intrepid ES remains my prized possession and show car.

As daily drivers, I have owned a 2001 Intrepid SE, a 2001 Concorde LXi, a 2002 300M Pro Am, and a 2004 300M Special, each modified in some way, big or small, to make it my own. My current daily driver is another 2004 Chrysler 300M Special purchased in 2020 from a former Club Member. Each of these LH cars has been modified in some way to reflect my personality and with the gracious help of my friends from this Club.

I work in the Boston area as a real estate attorney and reside in Norwood, MA with my wife, Ashley, who is also a Club Member and former owner of several LH cars.

I look forward to another great year of serving the Club and its Members in 2022!

Robert Day – Secretary

I have been a member since 2002 and proudly served this Club since 2007 in various positions on the BOD. I have served as Secretary, Vice President and President of this organization and am returning as Secretary for 2022.

My wife Darlene is also a supporting member of the club attending and assisting in meet activities. We have a son and daughter along with 5 grandchildren. With our family still in NJ we make a few long distance drives each year. Nothing is better then a 300M for a highway cruiser. The slogan of “Drive=Love” still rings true for this 20 year old car.

I retired from the working world in 2020 and relocated from New Jersey to Myrtle Beach South Carolina to start some new adventures. Although it is not a Chrysler, my Chevy ElCamino project keeps me busy between coats of Zaino on the M.

I have always, and will continue to support the club in various ways. My mechanical background has been a benefit to the club as a major contributor and moderator of the Knowledgebase. Researching and working on the “History of the LH” document along with a 20th Anniversary recap have been a few of my recent contributions.

Club Meets are a huge part of our life. Darlene has joined me over the years and we now look forward to attending every meet we can. Since our retirement “South” we have found some additional events that have the potential to turn into annual meets.

I am happy to share my knowledge, abilities, garage, and home with this group, keeping “This Thing of Ours” alive and well as we continue to expand the faMily.

My M, known as FIREM is a fixture at meets is the first brand new car I ever bought. Presently has 226,000 miles on it and I plan to keep it alive forever! Recognized and awarded over the years and I am grateful to be part of this family that appreciates these cars.

Lindsey Jarvis – Treasurer

I credit my dad with my initial understanding and high tolerance for cars! I grew up observing his passion for driving, nice cars, and owning a specialty auto body store. Not many people know that the smell of a garage is a fond childhood memory for me. Meeting Keith blossomed this interest and introduced me to a wonderful group of people in this club who I now call family.

I enjoy spending days (and nights) working alongside Keith on his show car, M-Pressive, supporting his passion and love of modifying cars, and keeping our fleet in order. Heck, we had the second M delivered at our wedding by a fellow club member! In July 2017 we added a third M to our fleet which is my daily driver; a 2002 Deep Sapphire Blue 300M Special. After a great loss to our club, with the passing of our dear friend John Benjamin, I am honored to be the next custodian of B SPCL. His 2003 Graphite 300M Special is my unicorn and rounds out our M collection at four.

For more than 10 years now I’ve had the great pleasure helping to plan club meets and always enjoy getting together with this group. You all are literally some of my favorite people! I continue to value the opportunity to give back to the club with my time as Treasurer and look forward to the year ahead.

I am originally from western New York but have lived in Vermont, Australia, Massachusetts, and as of 2021, South Carolina. Keith and I love it here and are very excited to make this our home. I love peanut butter, to travel, being creative, and wish for a teleport machine any opportunity I get!

Directors


John Smith

This will be my sixth year on the BOD and seventh year in the club. I have owned two first gen Intrepids, three second gen Intrepids, and six 300m Specials. When I first came to the club, I had two 2003 Intrepid SXT. About three years ago, I also picked up my first 2004 300m Special with a good body, but the motor had a spun bearing. Having built many engines and done many transplants over the years, including a new engine in one of the Intrepids, I was up for the challenge. Fact of the matter is that I still haven’t installed the rebuilt engine yet even though it is ready to go in. I have now decided to part out and scrap the car. In 2016, I bought my second 300m Special from a club member who was selling it. In 2017 after arriving home from Carlisle, I purchase a 2002 Special, and upon returning from Carlisle in 2018 I picked up my Graphite 2004 Special. Unfortunately, in 2019 I was forced to reduce my number of vehicles due to condo association rules. I sold the 2002 DSB Special and my 2004 Silver Special to club members and junked one of the Intrepids. I’m currently at four 300m Specials which I try to store two most of the time when there is salt on the roads, one that my wife daily drives and the one that is being parted out. This past year, I passed my original Intrepid (very much a daily driver utility vehicle) which I have had since it was new to my son. I am well entrenched in LH cars and thus the club at this point. It is my pleasure to give back for all of the insight and advice that I have received!

I live in Libertyville, IL, which is a northwest suburb of Chicago. I have been married to the same great woman, Cindy, for 45 years. We have three grown children and three grandchildren. Many have met my grandson Kyle as he is a regular with me at the Carlisle meet each year. I am currently a recently retired real estate broker. Prior to that I had a long and successful career as a Regional Service Director for a major worldwide high-speed printer company. My passion has always been working on my cars and helping others fix theirs as well. I am very active on both the forum and the club Facebook page, always willing to help anyone and anywhere possible. On the side, I am a junkyard junkie and have accumulated many parts for the LH cars. If you need a part, odds are good that I either have it or can easily acquire it. Over the next year, I look forward to meeting and/or helping many of you, renewing old friendships, and moving the club in a forward direction.

Robert Knapp

Hi there folks! I joined in May 2009 after my strong desire to get into another LH vehicle (Had two Intrepids in 2004 and 2005, then a 2nd gen W-body Grand Prix before my blue Special) led me to my 300M Special. Since then, as I have gained so much from the club to help me maintain this Special, as well as my Jeep and Durango, I felt compelled to give back more than just the meager annual membership fee by joining the BOD.

Outside of the club, I work as a Design Engineer for a supplier of exterior lighting to the major automakers. My specific customer is American Honda/Acura, for whom I have helped design headlights, foglights, and rear lamps, however my company does business also with Toyota/Lexus, Nissan/Infinity, Ford/Lincoln, and some smaller business with General Motors, Subaru, and others. Prior to that, I worked on injection and compression molded interior components for Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler Group (switched to Ford full time before FCA was official). So, you could say my automotive interest is extensive! My automotive career began in late 2012 with a move to the Metro Detroit area in SE Michigan, however, before that, I spent a few years living near Philadelphia, and spent much of my life and went to school in New Jersey, having attended Stockton and Rutgers Universities for my degrees in Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering.

My passion for automotive extends beyond tinkering with and maintaining my Special. It also extends to the Jeep world as I have been building my 2016 Wrangler Unlimited for overlanding and general off roading, turning trail riding into a fun way to spend an afternoon. Then we have our Durango R/T that we picked up as a tow vehicle for possible future towable RVing!

Outside of automotive, I find further passion in the art and science of photography. What started as a desire to take nicer photos of my cars has become a very fulfilling hobby of creating creative scenes with all subject matter and learning the art and science behind composition and lighting. Cars, Jeeps, portraits, landscapes, motorsports, etc. are all things I have found that I enjoy capturing.

Feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions about the Club, or if you want to discuss all things automotive, or pick each others brains on photography!

Steve Williams

I have been a member of the club since 2016, but have been an LH enthusiast for much longer than that. I started and ran LHforums.net for many years.

It all began when my dad purchased a new 2000 Intrepid R/T. In 2005, when I was a senior in high school, I bought it from him. It was my daily driver until for the next five years during college and the start of my career. While I still have it, time has taken its toll and it hasn’t been road worth in many years. However, still feeling attached to the platform and my fellow club members, I purchased a 2004 300M Special from fellow director John Smith in 2019. While it currently does not retain brake fluid, I hope to have it back on the road this spring.

This club has given me a lot, and I’m honored to join the board for 2022!


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