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 2021! It is always a challenge to keep the club moving forward but it is one I am certainly ready to tackle again as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the club!

Ryan Severance – Vice President

My name is Ryan Severance and it is my honor and privilege to serve the Club as Vice President in 2021, a position I have held since 2017. I have been proud to serve on the Board of Directors since 2016.

My passion for the LH platform began in May, 2005, when I bought my first car, a 2002 Dodge Intrepid ES. 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. My 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. My current daily driver is a 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 Boston 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 2021 – the 20th Anniversary of this great Club!

Robert Day – Secretary

I have proudly served this Club since 2007 in various positions on the BOD and am honored to continue for 2021. I have served as Secretary, Vice President and President of this organization and am returning as Secretary for 2021

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.

I retired from the working world in 2020 and relocated to Myrtle Beach South Carolina to start some 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. As we, the club prepare to celebrate our 20th Anniversary, I will be working on preparing a ”History of the Club” document so we can remember where we were as we continue to move forward.

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 2019 and hopes to join us again 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 celebrate our twentieth year as family.

My M, known as FIREM is a fixture at meets is the first brand new car I ever bought. Presently has 215,000 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 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


John Smith

This will be my fifth year on the BOD and sixth year in the club. I have owned two first gen Intrepids, three second gen Intrepids, and five 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 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 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. If that wasn’t enough, this last summer I purchase a black 2002 Special that I couldn’t resist based on condition and mileage. This is now my wife’s daily driver. 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 44 years. We have three grown children and two grandchildren, with a third on the way. 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 I have been apart of the Board of Directors for 3 years now. 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 8 years. Being there has given me a knack for being handy with a wrench, though most days, being handy with a wrench isn’t all these cars are. My wife Sarah (the keeper of the cupcakes to some) and I have been married for 10 years, and I am super thankful she’s put up with all of my projects with these cars! 🙂 We have 3 children, Brandyn (12), Owen (10), and Ethan (7).

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. To some, I am not the most outspoken, but if anyone needs help, not just with the LH cars, I will definitely speak up and help out wherever needed. This club has become a constant in my day to day, not only with its helpfulness to keep my cars going, but it has helped me grow as a person. This thing of ours is a great thing, and I hope to see more people come into our “family”, and be as accepting into it as I have all these years.

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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