Board of Directors’ Bios

The Chrysler 300M Enthusiasts Club currently has a nine member Board of Directors for the 2020 year. A notification was placed on the forum in December 2019, inviting members to volunteer to be candidates for the 2020 Board. The nine 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 2020 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 2020 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 ten 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 2020! 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 2019. My passion for the LH platform began in May, 2005, when I bought my first car, a 2002 Dodge Intrepid ES. As I looked to make my Intrepid different than all the rest, I became heavily involved with the 300M Enthusiasts Club and the former LHForums.net. 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, a 2004 Chrysler 300M Special and my current daily driver, a 2004 Chrysler 300M Special which I recently purchased from a former Club member. 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 Intrepid ES 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 and former owner of a 2002 Chrysler 300M Pro Am Edition, our cat, Callie, and our roommate, Scott, who is a Club member with his 2004 300M and 2001 LHS.

In 2020 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 6th year on the Board of Directors, and my 5th year as the Club Secretary. I’m very excited to continue as the Club Secretary this year. It’s a job I’ve grown to enjoy doing.  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 11 years to my high school sweetheart, Stephanie. We have 2 wonderful children, Mikayla Julianne who is 8 and Broghan Alan who is 5 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 about 2.5 years ago, I moved my way into the Maintenance department. It is great work, and a fun challenge. I now repair the equipment I used to make the medical wire with. It is kind of the perfect job, I work with my hands, I use my mind and I really enjoy the job.

I own a Dodge Intrepid in PS2 (silver). It has many modifications done to it since the fall of my Award winning Esmee. This club has been instrumental to me keeping the maintenance and modifications done in a proper manner. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the great people and wonderful information stored on the forum.

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 interest 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 a third 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 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


Doug Durham

Hello, my name is Doug Durham. I joined the club in January of 2015 after purchasing my M and looking for answers to some common issues that had plagued us all. This is my first year serving on the Board of Directors. I am excited for the new opportunity. I am happy to give back to the club that has given me so much. I am also excited about keeping “this thing of ours” going for many years to come.

I have been married to my wonderful wife Cindy for 22 years. We have 4 awesome children, Tim (20), Hannah (19), Tommy (16) and Holly (14). Some of you met Tim at Carlisle 2018. We reside in Williamsburg, Ohio which is about 40 minutes east of Cincinnati.

I currently work as a Stockroom Specialist at Huhtamaki. We manufacture most of the paper cups at fast food restaurants, paper plates, and Comfort Cups. I have been there for 6 years, 5 of which in my current position. The stockroom is a great place for me to express my OCD nature to its fullest.

As long as I can remember, I have always been into cars. From Hot Wheels as a child, to the exotic car posters on my walls. I started driving at the age of 18. My first car was a 1979 Toyota Corona Liftback. I loved it, but young me beat the car senseless. From that car until now I have lost count of all the cars that I have owned. I have, however, owned 5 of my personal “bucket list” cars. I had a 1986 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, a 1986 Mustang GT, a 1986 Toyota MR2, a 1992 Honda Accord EX Coupe and my 2004 Chrysler 300M.

I enjoy tinkering, or some might call it modding, or possibly just garage time. I like to mod my car in a way that keeps the integrity (look) of the car, yet gives me more power, sound, cool factor, etc. Needless to say, this club has been both a blessing and a curse. Endless information and ideas on what to do with our LH’s. I am still amazed at some of the work being done to these cars.

My best club memory was the entire weekend at Carlisle 2018. From the moment Tim and I pulled into the parking lot of the hotel and the John’s (Smith and Benjamin) introduced themselves until leaving the show field Sunday afternoon. I take great pride in being the co-recipient of the Presidents Choice Award. It was truly a surprise, and I will always cherish that award. It was definitely like one big family! I challenge every member or non-member to go at least once just to have the feeling that I had while I was there.

I do 99% of my own work on the car, and my car has had some pretty extensive work in the past 5 years. I am not an expert, but I have picked up a lot over the years. Please feel free to send me a PM or an email if you need some help, advice, or just want to say hey.

John Smith

This will be my fourth year on the BOD and fifth year in the club. I have owned two first gen Intrepids, three second gen Intrepids, and four 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. 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 my 2002 Special, and upon returning from Carlisle in 2018 I picked up my latest 2004 Special. Unfortunately, in 2019 I was forced to reduce my number of vehicles due to condo association rules. I sold two of my 300m’s to good homes with club members and junked one of the Intrepids. I’m currently down to one 300m which I try to store most of the time when there is salt on the roads, one 300m still awaiting the engine, and my original Intrepid (very much a daily driver utility vehicle) which I have had since it was new. 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 43 years. We have three grown children and two grandchildren. Many have met my grandson Kyle as he is a regular with me at the Carlisle meet each year. 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 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.

Kenneth Wesley

My name is Kenneth Wesley, and this is my sophomore year on the Board of Directors. I found this club in late 2013, looking for more information on how to keep my at the time 2000 Dodge Intrepid in top form. Since then, the club has grown on me to the point where I consider everyone within family.

I currently am employed with a large-scale printing company, and have been there for roughly 7 years. Working on the machines there further sparked my interest in vehicles, and how certain qualities of one machine can be seen in others. My wife Sarah (the keeper of the cupcakes to some) and I have been married for almost 9 years. We have 3 children, Brandyn (10), Owen (9), and Ethan (5).

I own a 2001 Dodge Intrepid R/T Motorsports Edition in Flame Red Clearcoat. My main goal with the car is to fully content it, as the Dodge counterpart of the 300M left some luxury options out. Without this club, my car may not have made it this far out, and I would not have met any of the amazing people I now call my “Car Family”. Thanks again everyone.

Robert Day

I have proudly served this Club since 2007 in various positions on the BOD and am honored to continue for 2020. I have served as Secretary, Vice President and President of this organization and am glad to give back.

My wife Darlene is also a supporting member of the club. We have a son and daughter along with 5 grandchildren

2020 brings big changes to me and my family.

Celebrating my 65th Birthday, retirement from the working world, and relocating to Myrtle Beach South Carolina to highlight some of the new adventures.

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 and maintaining the FOTKI photo storage have been a few of my responsibilities over the years.

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. Vincent, our grandson attended Carlisle last year and is going to join us again this year. To me this speaks volumes about our club and its members. It is amazing that this group has attracted my wife and now my grandson to be part of the family.

I am happy to share my knowledge, abilities, garage, and home with this group, keeping “This Thing of Ours” alive and well as we approach our twentieth year as family.

Robert Knapp

Hi there folks! My time with the club spans now nearly a decade. I joined in May 2009 after my strong desire to get into another LH vehicle (Had two Intrepid’s in 2004 and 2005, then a Pontiac before my blue Special) led me to my first 300M Special. I say first, because although our black Special technically isn’t mine, I do treat it as such with the maintenance regimen being applied to both cars. Since then, as I have gained so much from the club to help me maintain these two Specials, I felt compelled to give back more than just the meager annual membership fee by joining the BOD. This is my second tenure with the BOD, as it was necessary to spend a few years away to attend to a busy new job, however I am quite happy to be back and giving back once again.

Outside of the club, I work as a Design Engineer for a supplier of exterior lighting to the major automakers. My specific customer is Acura, for whom I have helped design headlights, foglights, and rear lamps, however my company does business also with Honda, 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 our Specials. 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.

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!


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