2020 Executive Committee Elections
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 04 September 2019 12:58
- Written by Ron Flax
2020 PCA Potomac Elections will take place following the Annual Meeting on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Radisson Rockville Hotel.
PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND AT: msreg.com/2020Elections
In accordance with the PCA Potomac’s Bylaws, the 2020 executive officers will be elected by the membership on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at the Annual Membership Meeting, being held at the Radisson Rockville Hotel (location: 3 Research Court, Rockville, MD 20850 301-840-0200 on the I-270 in the Tech Corridor)
The 2020 officer candidates, proposed by the club’s Nominating Committee, are presented below. This slate was elected for the 2019 year and has agreed to serve for a 2-year commitment, consecutively, per the PCA Potomac Bylaws. However, 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, David Dean ( firstname.lastname@example.org), by October 5th, 2019.
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.
2020 SLATE OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
President: Mia Walsh
Past President: David Dean
For Vice President: Gary Baker
For Treasurer: Stephen Kiraly
For Secretary: Len Larson
TO REGISTER FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTIONS, PLEASE GO TO: msreg.com/2020Elections
Continental breakfast will be provided at no charge to members and their guests. Registration is REQUIRED.
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, Vice President from 2016-2018 and President in 2019.
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. She has thoroughly enjoyed her first term as President, as well as attending the other programs and events which Potomac holds outside of the racing circuit. Her favorite part of being President is talking to all the members about their love of driving Porsches. We each have a specific reason why we join the club, but we share the same passion of our cars, however we choose to drive them!
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, a Cayenne and currently has a 991.
Gary first joined PCA in 2008 as a member of the Potomac, The Founders Region and is now celebrating his 11th year anniversary. He currently is the club’s Vice President, and has served as Secretary; Autocross Chair; a Nationally Certified High Performance Driver Education (DE) Instructor; and Club Race Chair. Gary is running for Vice-President.
You’ll find multiple division titles and championships for the PCA Autocross program in Gary’s name. His enthusiasm for PCA events makes it easy for him to recruit new PCA members, something else he loves to do. He found a number of ways to improve the experience for all members, including an instrumental role in creating the very first DE Instructor Candidate Program. He also designed numerous challenging driving exercises for the High Performance Driver’s Clinics, and works with those brand new to high performance driving.
You may have seen Gary’s name before as a frequent contributor to our very own der Vorgänger magazine on many topics concerning high performance driving, club activities and Porsche in general. When not at work as a Travel Consultant, traveling or at the autocross course or racetrack, Gary enjoys water skiing, Sky Diving, go-karting, snowboarding and spending time with his partner, Tessa Hall.
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.
Stephen and Debra have participated in many social and Drive and Stay trips and Debra has also been actively volunteering for our social events and Club Race. In his non-Porsche time, Stephen is a CPA, CFF. Stephen has served one term as our current Treasurer in 2019.
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. Ken has served one term as our current Secretary in 2019.
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.
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 has enjoyed his first year of being the Past-President while serving as an advisor to the Executive Board.