2019 Executive Committee Elections
- Last Updated: Friday, 26 October 2018 15:48
- Written by Ron Flax
In accordance with the PCA Potomac’s Bylaws, the 2019 executive officers will be elected by the membership on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at the Annual Membership Meeting, being held at Sheraton Reston Hotel (location: 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191) .
The 2019 officer candidates, proposed by the club’s Nominating Committee, are presented below. If you would like to nominate an additional candidate pursuant to the Potomac Bylaws, please submit your candidate, along with the endorsement of five active Potomac members, to the Nominating Committee Chair, Mia Walsh (email@example.com), by November 3rd.
Your vote is important to PCA Potomac. As a result, Potomac is providing two ways to vote this year: (a) electronically via mail-in ballot via email or (b) in person at the annual meeting. Details regarding voting and the mail-in ballot will be posted on our website and sent out in an e-Blast on or before November 13th.
For President: Mia Walsh
For Vice President: Gary Baker
For Treasurer: Stephen Kiraly
For Secretary: Ken Larson
For Past President: David Dean
TO REGISTER FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTIONS, PLEASE GO TO: msreg.com/2019Elections
Continental breakfast will be provided at no charge to members and their guests. Registration is REQUIRED.
A little more information about our candidates:
MIA WALSH, PRESIDENT
Mia Potthast Walsh has been in the Porsche Club since 2008, along with her husband, Brian. During this time, she has served as the Social Chair, the Membership Director, the Volunteer Coordinator for the Potomac Club Race, Secretary from 2014-2016, and Vice President from 2016-2018.
Her passion in PCA Potomac is participating in the Drivers’ Education and Club Racing events, both as a racer in GTB1 class, and as a driver and instructor for DE’s. She enjoys the weekends at the track with her husband, who, in turn, enjoys frequently passing her on the circuit. They have two daughters, Kate & Sara, who also enjoy driving the automatic Porsches in the family. #SportscarTogether
GARY BAKER, VICE PRESIDENT
Gary Baker was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and spent his first 16 years there. He is fluent in German. His affection to Porsche began at a young age when he saw his parents buy a 1979 front engine 928 at the age of 10. Gary owned this car for many decades and just recently sold it to an avid Porsche enthusiast in Florida. Gary has owned a 928, a 996 and currently has a Cayenne and 991.
Gary first joined PCA in 2008 as a member of the Potomac, The Founders Region and is now celebration his10th year anniversary. He has served as the club’s Secretary; Autocross Chair; a Nationally Certified High Performance Driver Education (DE) Instructor; and Club Race Chair. Gary is running for Vice-President.
STEPHEN KIRALY, TREASURER
Stephen Kiraly has been a member of PCA Potomac since 2012 when he purchased his first Porsche, a 2006 997 Cabriolet. Since then, he and his wife, Debra, have become involved in the many Potomac events that give our club such a good name.
Stephen joined the fall High Performance Driving Clinic shortly after the purchase of his car and thus began the “slippery slope”. He since has purchased a 2002 Boxster S for the track and then a 2009 Cayman S track car with an enclosed trailer and a pickup truck to pull it. Stephen became a DE instructor in 2016, as well as serving as our official Track Steward the same year.
KEN LARSON, SECRETARY
Ken Larson was raised in Portland, Oregon, until the age of 16, until he moved to Northern Virginia with his wife. Ken became a full member of the Porsche Club in 2014 and immediately participated in his first High Performance Driving Clinic. Ken won Enthusiast of the Year in 2017, after actively participating in Autocross, Drivers’ Education, Drive and Dines, Rally and Social events.
Ken became a DE Instructor in 2016 and has served at the Tech Chair for DE and also for Autocross and has volunteered significantly for Potomac’s Club Race. Ken is a winning P2 Autocross driver in his 1998 Targa and has most recently moved to a 1995 air-cooled 911. In his “real” life, Ken has been teaching elementary school for 20 years.
DAVID DEAN, PAST PRESIDENT
David Dean joined PCA in 2003 following the purchase of his first Porsche – a 2003 Boxster S that he and his son picked up in Stuttgart. Following two weeks of driving in Europe with his son and his wife, the car was dropped off for shipping and a long, six week wait for the next drive. In 2004, he attended Potomac’s September High Performance Driving Clinic and was hooked for life. Before his first Driver’s Education event in 2005, David became the proud owner of his second Porsche, a 1979 911 SC prepared for the track. David became a DE instructor in 2010. In 2011, he started Club Racing and is an active racer throughout the Porsche Club Racing circuit. His wife, Clare, is an active spectator and fan of her husband and shares his love of Porsches and being at the race track supporting him and hosting his friends at the camper.
David received his degree in accounting from West Virginia University in 1986 and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Virginia. He is a Managing Member of Fitzwater and Dean, PLC, an accounting and advisory firm in Woodbridge, Virginia.
David has served as Potomac’s Treasurer, Vice President and President. He is looking forward to his role as Past-President and serving as an advisor to the incoming Executive Board.