Born: Redlands California.
Raised in: Traverse City Michigan and currently reside in Hanford California
Years off-roading: 42 years
In his own words…
I grew up in Traverse City in Michigan, where my parents went off-roading in the back roads of Michigan for years, and still do, but in Nevada with warmer weather now.
I continue the tradition of taking my family camping and off-roading after I joined the Navy in 1984. Since moving to California in 2000 when the Navy relocated me, I continued to off-road to this day, and take my family camping and just enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. I retired from the Navy in 2009 and immediately went to work for Chevron in the Coalinga California oil fields as a Fieldman. My current position is of Incident, Investigations, and Reporting Coordinator in the HES department.
My time in the Navy gave me plenty of leadership and program management training that I now bring to the leadership position within BRC. Within the Navy, I had leadership positions in Quality Assurance and Maintenance Control areas during my 26 years. This military leadership and training and other training from Del Albrights Recreational Leadership Training Course and Volunteer Leader and Land Stewardship courses provide me with the basics of leading an organization. I have also had leadership positions within my local club, Cal4Wheel, my state association, trail ride leader at different state events, club events and Friends of the Rubicon Trail Boss.
I am highly trained in different leadership styles and how to identify others leadership roles and styles within an organization. All of this training allows me the opportunity to facilitate the leadership and team work of the BRC Board of Directors. A strong leader is not one that tells people how to do a job, but gives them the tools and ability to accomplish the job as part of the team, to make the team stronger.
Some of my advanced training in the Navy and Chevron have included facilitation of large groups. This training assists in helping keep groups focused and moving forward with ideas, plans, actions and the ability to reach our milestones or the finish line.
I Co-Founded Access Army with Del Albright that is a virtual friends group to support organizations like BRC. We work to bring all groups together and facilitate land use education across all organizations.
I represented BRC in the inaugural RallyVenture 2014 in Reno Nevada.
I currently have a Masters of Business from Columbia College of Missouri, along with a Bachelor of Arts in general education and minors in Computer Information Systems and Business/Marketing. I have also just recently completed an Associates in Science in Environmental studies.
I am married to a wonderful lady by the name of Larisa who grew up in Tulare California. I am lucky to have her and she supports my efforts to keep trails open and the leadership aspirations in the OHV world.
AFFILIATIONS: Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Association, COHVCO, Coloroado Snowmobile Association Director of Land Use and Legislative Activities, BlueRibbon Western Region Representative, Former President of the BlueRibbon Coalition (1996-2007).
RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Snowmobiling, Personal Watercraft, some 4WD use.
HOME STATE: Colorado & Wyoming
FAVORITE TRAIL/AREA: Rabbit Ears Pass, Colorado; Snowy Range, Wyoming; Iditarod Trail, Nome to Anchorage, Alaska.
HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: BRC was founded at the same time as COHVCO, and I joined BRC just after COHVCO got off the ground.
COMMENTS/GOALS FOR BRC: I feel we have made a lot of progress, and look forward to another period of growth over the years to come.
AFFILIATIONS: Oregon State Snowmobile Association, Oregon Lands Coalition, Oregon Recreation Coalition, Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Committee
RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Snowmobiling, fishing, adventure travel
HOME STATE: Oregon
FAVORITE TRAIL/AREA: Trails and Coastal rivers in Oregon.
HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: Joani DuFord enlisted my help with the annual conference when it was held in Portland, Oregon
COMMENTS/GOALS FOR BRC: Through the last 12 years, I’ve helped BlueRibbon grow from a fledgling Western states organization to a Nationally recognized force in the recreational access arena. I’ve done that by helping others stay focused on fiscal responsibility and professionalism and by offering my experience in these areas whenever the opportunity presents itself. My goals for the BlueRibbon Coalition’s future ore to continue ordered growth , maintain a sound financial base, remember our mission, fight for access and attend to the needs of our members. An ability to put a BlueRibbon presence on the ground in areas where members are not prepared or unable to respond to local threats is a long term goal.
I have been in the electrical engineering field for over 30 years working on commercial and industrial projects in the US and also in other countries.
I have been involved with motorized recreation for over 40 years and own a 1978 CJ7, Dodge pickup and also a UTV. Our vacations are typically spent somewhere in the outdoors camping and playing.
I have been involved in organized recreation since 1987, serving several positions in our local Tucson Rough Riders and also many positions with our state organization the Arizona State Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs. Presently I am the president of our organization.
I have also served on the Arizona State Park Off Highway Vehicle Advisory Group and am the current chair.
Over the years I have worked with the Forest Service, BLM and Game and Fish departments. I have developed some good working relationships with all of these agencies and the people who work there that are in recreation.
Since 1987 I have been involved in the land use side of recreation and have participated in many planning processes throughout the state of Arizona.
Keeping trails accessible for our motorized community has been a passion of mine since first becoming interested in 4 wheeling. We need to stay engaged and involved or we are going to lose what little public lands and trails we have. That is why I keep fighting to keep access.
I often describe myself as a “true multi-use guy.” My philosophy is simple; there is not enough land, time or money for each user group to build their own trail system, so let’s all work together and do what is best for everyone. With that in
My passion for ATVing has lead to a career in trail management. I am currently the Executive Director of the Vermont ATV Sportsman’s Association (VASA). I also serve as a volunteer in several different capacities.
I also sit on several sub-committees and boards at the local, state, and national level, allowing me to gain a wealth of knowledge involving recreation in Vermont.
I often describe myself as a “true multi-use guy.” My philosophy is simple; there is not enough land, time or money for each user group to build their own trail system, so let’s all work together and do what is best for everyone. With that in mind, I have worked hard to gain as much knowledge as possible regarding all trails and recreation. I am very familiar with Federal, State, and Local recreation plans along with a fair recollection of Vermont Statutes pertaining to trails. Vermont does not currently support motorized use on public lands, and I am very anxious to expand my knowledge in this area in an effort to further educate Vermont to the many benefits of legal motorized and multi-use trails.
I feel that I am a very qualified candidate for a position on the board of the Blue Ribbon Coalition. I feel that my knowledge of trails, recreation, and laws, combined with my years of experience in the trail industry would make me a valuable asset.
Executive Director, Vermont All-Terrain Vehicle Sportsman’s Association (VASA)
(see Danny’s full resume here)
I was born in California and moved to Arizona at the age of 6. I grew up in Arizona working in the Gasket business. I worked in my dad’s die cutting business until the age of 31 as a Sales and sealing engineer. My background is sealing applications and manufacturing tooling.
At the age of 31 I struck out on my own. My wife Rose and I started our own gasket company Pyramid Technologies. Within 3 years we were running 24-7 with 90 employees. Our annual sales were over 7.8 Million with shipments of over 30 Million gaskets per month to various automotive groups. Pyramid was QS9000 certified in 1991 making our company number 900 in the entire United States to achieve QS9000 status.
During that time period I started another company called Stinger Accessories. Stinger built tricked out H1 Hummers from interior to brush guards. We built that up over a two year period and then sold it. I rolled with many interesting people and traveled all over with our H-1 doing events and having fun. My wife informs me that time period was “when we were somebody!”
I just plain burned out of the Gasket business after dealing with the automotive industry for so many years so we sold the company. I went to work for the buyer but that did not change the burn out factor. I wound up taking a job with Tucker due to my obsessive habit with Motorcycles. And I mean all types. I went to work for Tucker and fell in love with the power sports industry. I have served many roles since 2004 and continue to do so here at my 5th year with Klim. I’m looking to retire in the next 10 years and hope to spend that time with Klim.
KLIM Technical Riding Gear
AFFILIATIONS: AMA ATV congressman district 11. BOD NOHVCC. President Ohio Motorized Trails association (a 501 3c) President Buckeye Dualsporters. Seat on the Ohio (SRV) Special Recreational Vehicle fund board. Past commander American Legion post 78 Logan Ohio. Regional solid waste planning committee.
RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Adventure and dualsport MC. ATV and 4×4.
HOME STATE: Ohio
FAVORITE TRAIL/AREA: Vinton, Hocking, Athens, Perry counties Ohio and my back yard. The Colorado 500 area with Wally Dallenbach and friends Also Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas Baja California With Malcolm Smith and places I want to go.
HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: In 1972 Ohio was one of the first states to make all publicly owned property closed unless posted open.
COMMENTS/GOALS FOR BRC: Make off-road recreation relevant.
AFFILIATIONS (Current/Recent): Board Member of the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center, Secretary of the Kittitas Grooming Council, Secretary/Treasurer of the Nimpo Lake Homeowners (B.C., Canada), Secretary of the Summerside Homeowners, and Secretary/Volunteer Coordinator of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Rails to Ales Brewfest in South Cle Elum. Secretary of the Yellowstone Task Force to keep Yellowstone open for snowmobiling.
(Previous): Former President of Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA, 1986-1988). Former Chair of the International Snowmobile Council (ISC, 1994-1996). Worked with a committee formed the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (1995-1997). Former Chair of American Trails (1997-2002). Appointed by President & Mrs Clinton to the Millennium Trail Committee (1998-2000). Elected the 1st President of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (1998-2000). Inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame (1999).
RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Snowmobiling, jeeping, going to the ocean. traveling in my 5th Wheel, going on Cruises, watching professional football (Seahawks) and baseball (Mariners) games, movies, attending concerts, watching a sunset, enjoying a sunrise, traveling and just living life as an adventure. Gardening, travel, & grandkids!
HOME STATE: Washington
HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: In 1987 I helped start the BlueRibbon Coalition at the Harris Cabin in Island Park. Sat on the first Board of Directors meeting.
AFFILIATIONS: 4x4Wire.com and muirnet.net, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, Tierra del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club of San Diego
HOME STATE: California
HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: Advocating access to public lands carries a responsibility to be part of the solution for managing the lands. As a strong proponent for participation to make a difference, I moved from working in the public sector to being a full time advocate for recreation. Participated on Collaborative Action Team (CAT) with Inyo National Forest on travel management and forest plan revision. The CAT received a “Spirit of the Inyo” award from the Inyo Forest Supervisor for participation in developing a “community based” alternative for travel management.
COMMENTS/GOALS FOR BRC: I have a strong professional background in planning and analysis, simplifying large amounts of details, preparing written documentation of complex projects, and development of strategic plans. Committed to the highest levels of professionalism and fairness.
Born and Raised: St. Louis Mo. (A long time ago)
Years Off-Roading: 34 years!
AFFILIATIONS: Utah 4-Wheel Drive Association, Take Back Utah, Desert RATS, Utah Public Lands Association, Big Horn 4×4 Club Ogden Utah, Red Rock 4Wheelers, Moab Friends for Wheeling, Wasatch Outlaw Wheelers, and NAMRC.
RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Full Size 4×4, but understand and respect all other forms of Off-Road interest.
HOME STATE: Utah
FAVORITE TRAIL/AREA: Northern Utah, Moab, Hurricane Utah.
HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Utah 4-Wheel Drive Association, and it just kept going from there!
COMMENTS/GOALS FOR BRC: BRC is the leading national Landuse organization in the country! I want to assist in making it even better by bring my resources to the table to keep us at the top and moving forward to the future! I feel highly honored to be asked to be here!