In accordance with the Bylaws of the Appalachian Region – PCA, the Nominating Committee (Bob Herrmann, Charlie Hickey, and Jim Peterson) nominates the following for the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Region – PCA for terms beginning January 1, 2020.

  • President – Don Therien,
  • Vice President – Jim Moore,
  • Secretary – Don Grainger, and
  • Treasurer – Matthew Pohsweg.

Each candidate has submitted a brief written report outlining their PCA background, qualifications and general information, and these appear below.

As specified in the Region Bylaws, the term in office for each member of the Board of Directors shall be for two years and shall end on December 31st, or until his or her successor for the following term is elected and takes office. The President and Vice President shall be limited to two consecutive terms (a total of four consecutive years) in the same office. The Secretary and Treasurer have no term limitation.

Election Schedule

  • September 15 – the Nominating Committee posts their nominations for Region officers on the Region Website.
  • September 15 through October 15 – Any ten 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 nominations must be submitted to a member of the Nominating Committee during this period. Nominations made in this manner will be included on the ballot.
  • November 1 – Region members will be notified by e-mail of the voting procedure, which will be done on the Region Website. Any member not receiving this notice should notify the Region President.
  • November 1 through December 1 – voting takes place.
  • December 7 – the elections results will be announced at the Region’s annual meeting and posted on the Region Website.

Don Therien – Candidate for President

Don TherienMy 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 MG, BMW and Mercedes, I finally saw the light and bought my first Porsche, a ‘10 Cayman S, in December 2012. I joined PCA the next month. Two years later I purchased a ’15 Cayman GTS and in October of ‘17 we added a Macan GTS to the Therien garage. In November 2019 our son and I will welcome a second grandson/son to join us twice a year for weekend DE’s at Virginia International Raceway.

I will be celebrating my 7th anniversary with PCA in January. I am very happy to be an active PCA member and enjoying all things Porsche, especially PCA friends and activities. I was a member of the New Region Mountain Petition Group and I was the Region Special Events Chair from 2015-19. I am currently serving my second term as the Appalachian Region Vice President.

Jim Moore – Candidate for Vice President

Jim MooreI first joined PCA in 1998 when I bought my first Porsche, a Meteor Gray 1986 911 Carrera. I am a 21-year member of PCA. I was in the Detroit area so I joined the Southeast Michigan Region and then transferred to Appalachian Region in 2016 when Linda, our ten-year old Havenese, Cody and I moved to the Asheville area. The move included the original 1986 Carrera and a 1973 Phoenix Red 914 2.0 liter.

My initial focus with Porsches was racing. I actively raced an original 1973 RSR and then a former factory 1969 911T/R. I raced HSR and participated in multiple Rennsport Reunions and national concours.

Upon moving to Asheville, I added a black on black 2009 Porsche 911 Turbo for my “daily driver”. I have owned many different Porsches and cry about and lament the sale of every one.

After ending my career in Automotive Advertising I had the time to give back to the club and became active in the Appalachian Region.

My first role was to handle staging at Treffen Asheville. Peter Graham then recruited me to be the Events Chair. Since filling this role I created, and run Luft Wasser, one of the region’s premier events, and have organized and managed five tech sessions, seven Drive and Dine events and was instrumental with Joe Watson in starting the popular breakfast ramble events that occur monthly.

My goal since taking on events planning has been to make it so everyone knows someone and is not the new person trying to fit it.

My motto for events: “Join the fun and enjoy your Porsche!”

Don Grainger – Candidate for Secretary

Don GraingerOur life in WNC began when my wife Robin and I began vacationing here in the area at Lake Toxaway in 2007. I enjoyed visiting WNC as a boy, and my memories of the area brought me back. We continued spending summers in the Hendersonville area, eventually purchasing a vacation home in 2011. We continued splitting time between here and Florida until 2014, at which time we moved to Hendersonville full-time. After initially living in our vacation house, we purchased our current home in early 2016. We love the mountains!

In Florida, we lived in the Melbourne area on the central east coast, where I retired from Harris Corporation after 40+ years in 2008. Harris is a communications, electronic systems and information management company; and a top 20 government contractor. I spent most of my career there after graduating from UF with a BS in Engineering and from FIT with an MS in Systems Management.

I have always been a “car guy”, with some of my early vehicles including a T-Bird, a Chevelle SS396, and a Pontiac GTO. I always wanted a Porsche, and my first was a 1982 924. Others have included a 1986 944 Turbo, a 1997 Boxster (supercharged), a 2000 996 C2; and currently two Porsches, a 2005 997 Carrera S Cab & a 2016 Cayenne.

I first joined PCA in 2004, and was a member of the Space Coast Region. So I am a 15-year PCA member. I have attended four Parades, including 2010 in the Chicago area, where Space Coast Region was awarded Region of the Year and 2018 where I was privileged to be one of the Appalachian Region members accepting the runner-up Region of the Year award. While spending summers in WNC, I was added to the email list and began attending Mountain Area events. I joined the Carolinas Region when we moved here full-time in 2014, and became a charter member of the Appalachian Region in 2015. I was first elected Secretary of the Region in 2017.

Matt Pohsweg – Candidate for Treasurer

Matt PohswegHaving 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 moved in 2006 to the foothills and thermal belt of WNC in Polk County, and it didn’t take long to immerse into community activities. Volunteering for the AARP Foundation Tax Aide program, Polk County Transportation Advisory Board, HOA Board, Treasurer for the Tryon Country Club, now serving as Treasurer for the Tryon Fine Arts Center.

Part of life has always been cars and mechanical interests. My first Porsche was a 1964 356 Cab, and went the spectrum from Corvettes to GTO’s to family cars over the years. Refocusing, a 1991 964 C2 came into the garage, replaced by a 1996 993 C4 which is still owned, and a Cayenne S as a daily driver.

PCA membership goes back to the early 1990’s as a member of the Peachstate Region. Transferred to the Carolinas Region, and residing in the Mountain Area, having the opportunity to join the Planning Teams for Porschefest, and In Den Bergen. Then served as Secretary, and Vice President for the Carolinas Region. Was a member of the New Region Charter Petition Group, and am presently serving as Treasurer for the Appalachian Region.

I feel fortunate to have met so many PCA members over the years, the establishment of new friendships, and look forward in supporting the continued growth of the Appalachian Region.