Board of Directors’ Bios

The Chrysler 300M Enthusiasts Club currently has a nine member Board of Directors for the 2019 year. A notification was placed on the forum in December 2018, inviting members to volunteer to be candidates for the 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 nine 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 2019! 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, and my current daily driver, a 2004 Chrysler 300M Special which I purchased from a 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 2002 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 with her 2002 Chrysler 300M Pro Am Edition, our cat, Callie, and our roommate, Scott Geary, who is a Club member with his 2004 300M and 2001 LHS.

In 2019 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 5th year on the Board of Directors, and my 4th 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 10 years to my high school sweetheart, Stephanie. We have 2 wonderful children, Mikayla Julianne who is 7 and Broghan Alan who is just over 4 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 1.5 years 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 2 LH cars, a 2004 Dodge Intrepid SE (PS2, daily driver, kind of boring) and  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. Recently my PG8 “Special” won one of the Club’s most prestigious awards (at least in my opinion) the Ride of the Year Award! I have to credit this club for so much, the humbling feeling you get with such a great group of people is astonishing. I will credit the club as much of the modifications done to my cars 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 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


Amber Vaughn

I have been a member of the club since 2017 when I was googling how to diagnose and fix my M and stumbled across the group forum.

When I attended the 25th anniversary event in Carlisle it truly felt like I was with family. I had so much help from others and I learned more than I could imagine I would!! It was an amazing time with incredible people and I’ve been looking forward to going back since I left. I’m hoping this year I can help others as much as I was helped last year!!

I am incredibly excited to have this opportunity to serve the club as a board member. I look forward to doing all that I can to help each member in any way possible.

John Smith

This will be my third year on the BOD and fourth 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. 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 42 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 has always been working on my cars and helping others fix theirs as well. I look forward to meeting 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 first 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 5 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 8 years.  We have 3 children, Brandyn (8), Owen (7), and Ethan (4).

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 been a member of the club since 2002, lurked prior to owning a 300M and now own 2. My red car “FIREM” was the first and only brand new car I ever purchased.

I live in Somerset NJ with my wife Darlene at “The Days Inn”. We have opened our home and “shop” to many members over the years including “International Members” on their way to meets.

Darlene and I have been very active in club meets over the years and look forward to meeting as many of our family members as we can.

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, 13 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 12 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.

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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