We are a small team of volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience. We share a passion for BMWs and looking for ways to engage with the community to help share knowledge and the fun of driving together. Contact us at email@example.com or any of our board members directly below.
President and TRSS Chair
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
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.
Resides in: Normal, IL
Drives: 2016 M2 manual, 2017 330i Sport Wagon
Biography: Craig is a long time resident of Central Illinois. He has been a BMW owner since 2010 and Club Member since 2013. Two of his three BMWs have had three pedals; he had the fastest lap and slalom times of his BMW Performance Driving School class in Thermal, CA. Craig has volunteered as a “cone monkey” for years at the Tire Rack Street Survival schools. At one time he subscribed to six car magazines simultaneously! Craig knows his
way around numbers and financial spreadsheets, and currently serves as Chapter Treasurer.
Resides in: Morton, IL
Drives: 2000 e39 540iSport
Biography: Bruce joined the BMW CCA in 1999 when he bought his first BMW, an e39 540i with the 6-speed M-Sport options. His next daily-driver was a 2001 740i “Sporty Shorty,” the last of the classic e38s; and that was followed by an SAV, the e83 X3. When a fellow Club Member posted an e39 identical to the one he had in the Roundel classifieds in ‘17, Bruce flew to DC for it; that 540M Sport is his “garage queen” today. Bruce served as Secretary of the Illini Chapter from 2005-07 and more recently since ’18, so he’s the ghost-writer behind most of the Chapter email you get. Bruce is an enthusiastic TRSS volunteer and social events participant.
Track Events Chair
Resides in: Peoria, IL
Drives: 2012 X5 Diesel (road), 1987 325i race car (track)
Biography: Boris has all the credentials of our Chapter high-speed guy. He’s a graduate of the Skip Barber Driving School and both the Porsche Club of America and BMW CCA Instructor training programs. Boris has driven on some of the Nation’s best tracks, including Laguna Seca and Daytona, but the track nearest’n’dearest to his heart is Road America in Wisconsin – where he and his wife Kelly saw their first sports car race. That Elkhart Lake track is also where he met his future son-in-law while instructing at a BMW CCA Oktoberfest. Ever active, Boris still found ways to race and instruct during the Covid-restricted 2020.
At one time Boris’ and Kelly’s daily driver was a 1999 328i previously owned by his parents! They have owned many performance cars including four BMWs, and she’s been an excellent partner in his track adventures. Acquisition of a 2013 Porsche via European Delivery gave them opportunity to tour Europe and visit his Croatian relatives. Boris told that story when the Chapter published our Roundelian quarterly, and others such as his team’s win in the Chumpcar sixteen-hour endurance Chumpionship at Road America.
Boris and Kelly are now proud grandparents of two grandaughters and a grandson who live close by. Recently he and his son-in-law started “Track Tested Motorsports,” recording and publishing videos about track cars and driving on tracks.
Resides in: Dunlap, IL
Drives: 2013 E70 X5 SAV, 2002 Z3 M Coupe
Biography: Liz 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.