APBA President and VP Elections

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Last night at the APBA Board of Directors meeting, Mark Wheeler was unanimously elected to serves another two year term as the APBA President. Former Inboard racing chairman Dutch Squires was also unanimously elected to serve the APBA as Wheeler's Vice President.

MARK WHEELER

An APBA member since the 1970s, Mark first became President after serving two terms as the APBA Vice President. Mark won the National Championship in 750CCMH (DMH) and finished second in National High Points in 750MH in 2011. Prior to racing 750MH, Mark raced 25SSH, BSH, DSH, 25MH and BMH. He has won 10 Region 6 High Point Championships and was 1-M for Modified Outboard in 2007. Mark has frequently finished in the top three in DSH and 750MH at the National Championships and in National High Points. Mark was inducted into the Region 6 Stock Outboard Hall of Fame in 2007 and received the Region 6 Don Allen Service Award in 2009.

Mark has maintained a high level of participation in the governance of APBA. In addition to being APBA's President, Mark and is also a member of the APBA Board of Directors. Mark has been a member of the Race Management Committee for many years and is also a member of the Finance, Insurance, and New Class Committees. Mark served on the Junior Classes Committee for many years and was Co-Chair for three years. During Mark's tenure on the Junior Classes Committee, the AXS classes were successfully integrated into the Junior Classes. He also served as the "general contractor" for the manufacture of 50 conversion kits used to convert Mercury 15 HP service engines into racing engines for use in the JH, JR, AXSH, and AXSR classes.

Prior to joining the APBA Board of Directors, Mark served in a number of roles at the national and region levels. At the national level, he has served as a Council Member-at-Large, a member of the SORC, on the SORC's engine technical committee, and as a member of one of the SORC's Engine Parity Committees. At the region level, Mark is a member of the Region 6 Board of Directors and served as Region 6 Chair 1994-1996. He led the Michigan Hydroplane Racing Association as President for four years and served on its Board of Directors for many years.

Mark was APBA's Chief Referees in 2011. He has served as the Chief Referee at the Junior Classes National Championships, Modified Outboard Nationals, PRO Nationals, Stock Outboard Nationals, and Stock Outboard Marathon Nationals. He was the referee for the 2008 and 2010 World Championships for PRO classes held in Florida. Mark also served as Race Chairman for the 1996 J/Stock/Modified Nationals. He typically referees at least five local races each year.

Mark is currently a Professor of Economics at Western Michigan University. Prior to joining the faculty at Western Michigan, he held faculty positions at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and the University of Kentucky.

DUTCH SQUIRES

Dutch Squires is a 37 year racing member of APBA and he looks forward to the successful future of APBA and believes a strong leadership team is needed to secure that success. Dutch's racing career, his work with APBA on a local and national level and his professional career as a school principal uniquely qualify Dutch to serve APBA members as the APBA Vice President.

At the request of President Wheeler, Dutch is serving as the Chairman of the Special Events Committee. As Special Events Chairman, Dutch has explored new and unique types of racing in an effort to bring these types of racing to the APBA banner. Examples are COR (classic outboard runabout) and the Parker Enduro. Dutch is also honored to be serving as a member of the APBA Honor Squadron Selection Committee.

Dutch has previously served terms as APBA Region 16 chairman and local club commodore, both of which provided opportunities to work and race with Stock Outboard, OPC and Inboard members. Dutch served four years as Inboard Chairman during which Inboard Racing introduced the Sportsman Entry class (SE) and revitalized the APBA Grand Prix class, which has been especially successful in the Northwest (Region 10). Inboard racing also supported new and returning race sites with approximately $24,000 of grants during his tenure. Dutch is proud that Inboard Racing was left on extremely solid financial ground at the end of his term as Inboard Chairman.

Dutch has experienced many honors as a member of APBA that include selection to the APBA Honor Squadron, two time inductee to the hall of champions, four time world record holder in the 2.5 stock inboard class, and the honor of winning many national and divisional championships. Dutch is devoted to the future success of APBA and is honored to serve our APBA Membership.