Board of Directors’ Bios

The Chrysler 300M Enthusiasts Club currently has an seven member Board of Directors for the 2018 year. A notification was placed on the forum in December 2017, inviting members to volunteer to be candidates for the 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 seven 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.

Thanks for having me as President again in 2018! 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. My passion for the LH platform began in May, 2005, when I bought my first car, a 2002 Dodge Intrepid ES. As I strived to make modifications, I became heavily involved with the LH-related car clubs, including LHForums.net and the 300M Enthusiasts Club. It was in these clubs that I made some of my best friends who were willing to help me make my Intrepid my own and these people remain my best friends today. I have been proud to serve on the Board of Directors since 2016 and as Vice President since 2017.

My love for the LH platform led to my ownership of a 2001 Intrepid SE, a 2001 Chrysler Concorde LXi, and my current daily driver, a 2004 Chrysler 300M Special. Each of my LHs has been modified in some way to reflect my personality and with the gracious help of my friends from this Club. My 2002 Intrepid remains my prized possession and show car.

I work in Boston as an attorney in the areas of real estate and condominium law and reside in Dedham, MA with my wife, Ashley, who is also a Club member with her 2002 Chrysler 300M Pro Am Edition, our cat, Callie, and our roommate, Scott Geary, a Club member with his 2004 300M and 2001 LHS.

I look forward to another productive year of serving the Club and its members!

Robert Waikel – Secretary

Hello, my name is Robert Waikel. This is my 4th year on the Board of Directors, and my 3rd year as the Club Secretary. I’m very excited to continue as the Club Secretary this year. I’ve grown fond of this club and volunteering time as the club Secretary is a great way to give back.
I’ve been married for just under 9 years to my high school sweetheart, Stephanie. We have 2 wonderful children, Mikayla Julianne who is 6 and Broghan Alan who is just over 3 years old.
My automotive passion stems from helping my father work on cars since i was able to hold tools in my hands. Growing up, I’ve done many things that a back yard mechanic would work on, oil changes, modifications, engine overhauls to name a few. I’ve worked in the automotive field as an automobile technician, medical wire drawing (high end wire for pace makers and defibrillators) and a little over 6 months ago, I moved my way into the maintenance department. It’s great work, and a fun challenge. I now repair the equipment I used to make the medical wire with.
I own a 99 PG8 (Deep Hunter Green) Chrysler 300m PHG (Esmée is her name), which I’ve been doing the “base model to 300m Special” conversion. The car has undergone many changes since finding the club in 2013. I have to credit this club as much of the modifications done to my car would have never happened without the help of many knowledgeable people here.

Lindsey Jarvis – Treasurer

I will credit my father with my 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 my tolerance and introduced me to a wonderful group of people in this club who I now see as family. I enjoy spending summer days working alongside Keith on his own M and supporting his passion and love of modifications. In July 2017 we added another M to our fleet which is my daily driver. I’m excited to officially have a M of my own and enjoy working on my 2002 Deep Sapphire Blue 300M Special as well. For the many years now I’ve had the great pleasure helping to plan club meets and always enjoy getting together with this group. I am excited to have the opportunity to give back to the club with my time as Treasurer for another year.

I am originally from western New York but have made my home in Massachusetts with Keith and our dog, Mookie. I love peanut butter, to travel, being creative, and wish for a teleport machine any opportunity I get!

Directors


 

John Smith

My name is John Smith and I am beginning my second year on the BOD. I have owned two first gen Intrepids, three second gen Intrepids, and three 300m Specials. I actually came to the club by way of the DodgeIntrepid.Net forum. Many of the people from the club are there as well and I began to see many references to the club and this forum. At the time I had two 2003 Intrepid SXT. About three years ago, I also picked up a 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. In 2016, I bought my second 300m Special from a club member who was selling it and last year after arriving home from Carlisle, I purchase another Special. I am well entrenched in LH cars and thus the club at this point. It is my pleasure to give back for all of 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 40 years. We have three grown children and two grandchildren. I am currently a real estate agent after a long and successful career as a Regional Service Director for a major worldwide high-speed printer company. My passion is working on my cars. After kind of sitting back for a couple of years. As the big 25th celebration unfolds at Carlisle, I look forward to meeting many of you and moving the club in a forward direction.

Robert Day

I have been a member of the club since 2002, lurked prior to owning a 300M and now own 2.

I was welcomed like family at my first meet in Ocean City MD in 2004 and have enjoyed the ride ever since. My background as a Diesel Technician for Cummins Engine Co. for 23 years, Service Manager for Campbell Freightliner, 8 years and now as Education Supervisor for Lincoln Tech, 12 years, are the basis for my mechanical ability. I truly enjoy helping others with both advice and hands on repair and maintenance of our beloved M’s Serving the club on the Board of Directors for 11 years is my way of giving back to the community. Author of the “History of the LH” as we celebrate the 25th year,”Fotki captain”, “Knowledgebase Moderator” are a few of my tasks. Helping to maintain the “Best place on the Planet” for accurate information on our M’s is what it is all about. Well almost, my obsession for keeping my car cleaner than delivered and show ready is a story in itself. See you at the next meet.

Willard Hoppe

My name is Willard Hoppe, and I was the original owner of a 2001 Chrysler 300M. Saddly, in 2017 that car went to the great car graveyard in the sky. But it was been replaced by another MOPAR vehicle: a 2017 Charger Scat Pack.

I live in Yardley, PA, which is just across the river from Trenton, NJ. I have been married for 18 years and have two children … one in elementary and one in middle school. Thus, to paraphrase a statement from forum member LUNAT1C, I have a lot of wax on my car … unfortunately it’s in the form of melted crayons in my backseat.

At work, my official title is Director of Operations. I am in charge of all the computers, electronics, and building stuff. I do just about a little bit of everything there.

I wanted to serve on the BOD to give back to a club that has given me so much, and is very important in my life. This club helped me keep my car running great, which has saved me countless thousands of dollars. It has also helped me make some friendships that will last forever.


 

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