According to the Bylaws of the Appalachian Region - PCA, the Nominating Committee report nominates these individuals for the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Region - PCA for terms beginning January 1, 2016:
- President - Peter Graham,
- Vice President - Don Therien,
- Secretary - David Butler,
- Treasurer - Matthew Pohsweg.
For the information of the membership, each candidate has submitted a brief written report outlining their PCA background, qualifications and general information.
The term in office for each member of the Board of Directors shall be for two years and shall end on December 31<sup>st</sup>, or until his or her successor for the following term is elected and takes office. The President and Vice President shall be limited to consecutive two terms (four consecutive years, in total) in the same office. The Secretary and Treasurer shall have no term limitation.
Any ten (10) active members of the Club may nominate in writing an active member of the Club for office with the written approval of that member. Such nomination must be submitted to the Nominating Committee by October 15th, as posted on the Club’s website. Nominations made in this matter will be included on the ballot.
By November 1st, notice of voting, and provisions for electronic voting shall be established and posted by the Board of Directors on the Club’s website. The ballot facilitated by electronic voting shall contain all nominees and the office for which they stand. The deadline for voting shall be December 1st. Election results will be tabulated and certified and posted on the Club’s website within one (1) week of the close of voting.
Peter Graham - Candidate for President
I started "playing with cars" when I was 13 years old; I worked briefly as a mechanic when I was 21 in an independent shop specializing in Mercedes-Benz and Volvo; I worked on other imports that came in, including a few Porsches. After returning to school and earning a BS Electrical Engineering degree, I worked six years as a test and evaluation engineer at Johns Hopkins University - Applied Physics Laboratory and currently work as a software engineer for EPD Electronics, Inc., a position I have held for over 20 years.
In 1995, my wife Claudia and I bought our first Porsche: a freshly-painted 1968 912 coupe, out of Sharpsburg, Georgia. I gleefully drove 800 miles home to Downingtown, Pennsylvania where upon closer inspection revealed severe "rust and wear" safety issues. The coupe has been a work in progress ever since. In December of 2013, we acquired a second 1968 912 - a numbers-matching, soft window Targa, currently under restoration.
Claudia and I joined the Peach State Region PCA in 2006 as we were living in Canton, Georgia. After settling in our new Black Mountain home in 2008, we became Mountain Area- Carolinas Region members participating as time allowed. In 2014, I was elected as Mountain Area Director and served for the first two months of 2015 until Appalachian Region formation. I served on the new region formation committee and currently serve as vice president.
Don Therien - Candidate for Vice President
My wife, Lee, and I moved to Arden in June of 2004 from Southern California. I had just retired from a 34-year career with UPS and we wanted to be back on the East Coast, but not in our winter-challenged home state of Massachusetts. We had visited Asheville in the early Nineties while living in Atlanta and returned to investigate its appeal as a retirement location in 2003. One visit got us hooked and we feel fortunate to be living in such a great place.
After owning roadsters from BMW and Mercedes, I finally saw the light and bought my first Porsche, a 2010 Cayman S, in December 2012. I joined PCA the next month. In January of this year I took delivery of a new Cayman GTS from Harmony Motors. The first 5,800 miles have been great and I look forward to many, many more.
I will be celebrating my 3rd anniversary with PCA in January. Although I am still sorry I came late to the party, I am very happy to be here and enjoying all things Porsche, especially PCA friends and activities. In my short time with the Club I have attended Concours, Autocross events and DE’s at VIR, CMP, and Roebling Road. I was a member of the New Region Mountain Petition Group and I am currently serving as the Appalachian Region Special Events Chair.
David Butler - Candidate for Secretary
After enjoying Asheville first on business and then subsequent vacations, my wife Judy, cat Zoey, and I moved from Birmingham, AL to Asheville in October '08 - well Zoey and I anyway.
I retired after 30 years with BellSouth/AT&T in July '08, but Judy continued to work for BBVA Compass Bank as an Investment Officer until her retirement in June '10. Since moving to Asheville, I’ve enjoyed PCA activities, our neighborhood hiking group, and Judy and I have involved ourselves in various community activities.
I’ve always been an auto enthusiast. My first Porsche was a 1964 356 C, the first Porsche I’d ever driven and my daily driver for 7 years. Other past Porsches enjoyed include a 1983 911 SC, 1964 356 SC, and 2005 911 C2S. My current Porsche is a 2014 Cayenne GTS.
I’ve enjoyed being a PCA member for 10 years developing numerous friendships through my participation in club events. My past activities include Autocross, Concours, Drivers Ed and supporting local PCA events. My most enjoyable PCA activities include DE’s at Barber and VIR, club driving events in the mountains, and show/shine events. I’ve served the local PCA community as Mountain Area Director, as a member of the New Region Charter Petition Group and as Appalachian Region Secretary.
Matt Pohsweg - Candidate for Treasurer
Having retired from the corporate world after 35 years with New York Tel/Southern Bell/BellSouth, my wife Lynn and I decided to escape the Atlanta traffic. We spend a number of years traveling and visiting friends scoping out a location to start the next phase of our lives. Upon her retirement from BellSouth, we moved in 2006 to the foothills and thermal belt of WNC in Polk County. It didn’t take long to immerse ourselves into community activities.
Cars and mechanical interests have always been a part of my life. My first Porsche was a 1964 356 Cab, and went the auto spectrum from Corvettes to GTO‘s to family cars. Refocusing, a 1991 964 C2 came into the garage, replaced by a 1996 993 C4 which I still have. My daily driver is a 2009 Cayenne S.
My PCA membership goes back to the early 1990's, originally as a member of the Peachstate Region. After moving in 2006, transferred to the Carolinas Region, and residing in the Mountain Area I had the opportunity to join the Planning Teams for Porschefest, and In Den Bergen. Then served as Secretary and Vice President for the Carolinas Region. Of recent, as a member of the New Region Charter Petition Group, and Appalachian Region Treasurer. I feel fortunate to have met so many PCA members over the years, the establishment of new friendships, and look forward in supporting the evolution and growth of the Appalachian Region.