Meet the Board

It’s time to meet the Illini Chapter’s Leadership Board! Just like you, we are all avid BMW enthusiasts. Scroll on through this page to learn a bit more about each of your fearless leaders. As always, feel free to contact any of us if you have questions.

President & TRSS Chair: Rick Largen – Contact

Resides in: Lakewood, IL
Drives: BMW M2, F30 328iT
Biography: Rick has been a member of the BMWCCA since 2009. He currently serves as president of the Illini Chapter. Rick has also been involved in the Tire Rack Street Survival program. He has been an instructor with the program since 2009. In 2014 he took over the position of chairman and currently serves in that position. Since taking over the program, the club now hosts two schools in one weekend. Because of this, he was elected to the Circle of Excellence in by the BMWCCA Foundation. He is the first one to state that his selection is just a representation of the excellent people who work in the program at the local level. Rick is retired from the Illinois State Police after 26 years. He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served for eight years.

Rick and his wife Kim reside on a small farm in rural Shelby County. Rick claims Fort Bragg, North Carolina as his hometown. He became a resident of the state of Illinois after his father retired from the US Army in 1973. Rick says being the son of a soldier had its benefits. He said that living in Okinawa for four years and in West Berlin, Germany for four years were the highlights of his youth. Rick has two sons, Robert and Allan. His hobbies are working and driving his cars, taking care of the animals on his farm, and traveling.

Vice President & Social Events Chair: Rick Roudebush – Contact

Resides in: Canton, IL
Drives: 1988 M6 Shark, 2001 Z3 M Roadster (2,000 miles), 2005 645Ci (14,000 miles)
Biography: Rick has been a BMW CCA member since June, 2004, and was one of the originl board members when the Chapter reorganized in 2008. He’s been one of the most active members who, along with his wife, Sonja, served as the Chapter’s Social Events Chair for several years. Since becoming the President in 2013, he’s already demonstrated excellent leadership by getting more members involved in organizing and conducting club events.

Rick says that he demonstrated good judgment, by marrying Sonjya AFTER her did finished paying for her college education. Both he and Sonja were born and raised in Canton, IL, where they attended school together, and still reside. They have one daughter in the area, whose husband is a real car guy and often helps out at Chapter events. Maybe Rick can work on him to see the light and become a Bimmerite.

Treasurer: Craig Bryce – Contact

 

Secretary: Bruce Huber – Contact

Resides in: Morton, IL
Drives: e39 2000 540i

Biography: Bruce joined the BMW CCA in 1999 when he bought his first BMW, an e39 540i with M-Sport options and 6-speed. His next daily-driver was a 2001 740iSport, the last of the classic e38s; and that was followed by an SAV, the e83 X3. Then when a fellow Club member posted an identical e39 in the Roundel classifieds in ‘17, Bruce flew to DC for it and that 540 is his “garage queen” today. Bruce served as Secretary of the Illini Chapter from 2005-07 and more recently since ’18. Having retired from a career in marketing and technology management. He’s an enthusiastic TRSS volunteer and social events participant.

Web Master & Newsletter Editor:  Liz Trilikis – Contact

Resides in:  Dunlap, IL
Drives: 2013 E70 X5 SAV

Biography:  Liz married into the BMW family and is volunteering her time to help maintain the club website and newsletter.   Her husband, George is an BMW enthusiast and spends most weekends in the garage working on one or more of their BMWs.  Liz is a digital technology manager at Caterpillar, leading a team of digital builders that design & develop online solutions that enable the service & support of Caterpillar equipment by dealer & customer technicians.