National Convention wraps in Denver

Stellar SCCA® National Convention Wraps In Denver CENTENNIAL, Colo. (February 13, 2002)-- With membership and morale at an all-time high, the Sports Car Club of America concluded another successful National Convention in Denver, Colo., this...

Stellar SCCA® National Convention Wraps In Denver

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (February 13, 2002)-- With membership and morale at an all-time high, the Sports Car Club of America concluded another successful National Convention in Denver, Colo., this past weekend.

A total of 381 motorsports leaders attended the three-day convention, held at the DoubleTree Hotel Denver, presenting and attending seminars pertaining to all aspects of motorsports, from race operations to regional public relations.

In addition to the seminars, SCCA President and CEO Steve Johnson presented the state of the club, focusing on the successful first year of its strategic plan, as well as hinting at what to look for in 2002. Johnson reiterated customer service as initiative number one for the SCCA staff, and noted that in addition to the Club's 13 percent increase to over 63,000 members in the past year, member retention is up from 75 percent to 83 percent.

"The SCCA will not rest on its laurels," said Johnson. "We want to be at 70,000 members in one year; we're looking for ways to get our member retention up to 85 percent and higher."

Johnson also informed show attendees of new official product sponsor partners that will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as the formation of the SCCA University.

"North American motorsports events rely on SCCA members and SCCA training to happen," added Johnson. "The SCCA University will take this expertise one step further, and coming announcements will map out the SCCA U curriculum."

"I keep hearing 'this was the best convention yet' from show attendees," said Sue Roethel, SCCA Manager of Member Services Region Activities, who coordinated the National Convention. "Even from members most critical of the national office, the feedback has been that this year's Convention was the most informative, and positive ever.

"While we've received positive feedback on all of the seminars, those dealing with the SCCA University and leadership spirit were definitely weekend highlights."

Roethel noted that all jumbo (over 1,401 members) and large (600-1,400 members) regions and 90 percent of medium/large (250-599) regions were represented at the Convention.

"One of the goals for the 2003 Convention will be increasing the representation of small and medium (below 250 members) regions," said Roethel. "There is a tremendous amount of knowledge housed within the Convention and its attendees; knowledge that can be of tremendous help to growing regions."

The Sports Car Club of America hosts the annual member Convention each year in February. The 2003 National Convention will be held February 6-8 in Kansas.

<pre> Awards were presented to the following at the 2002 SCCA National Convention:

Regional Publication Excellence *Small (0-99 members) Salina Region, The Write Line *Medium (100-249) Fort Wayne Region, Four Wheel Drift *Medium Large (250-599) Indianapolis Region, Clutch Chatter *Large (600-1,400) Finger Lakes Region, Top End *Jumbo (1,401+) New England, Pit Talk

Regional Achievement Awards *Small: Chattanooga Region *Medium: Continental Divide Region *Medium/Large: Glen Region *Large: Northwest Region *Jumbo: New England Region *Honorable Mention: San Francisco Region

Tom Burke Award for top membership growth (67 percent) Central Louisiana Region

Regional Website Competition Awards *Small: West Texas Region *Medium: Las Vegas Region *Medium/Large: No entries *Large: NeOhio Region *Jumbo: New England Region

*George Snively Award (Safety Contribution to Motorsports) - Dr. David Badger *Martin Tanner Award (Courage) - Jonathan Redwing Jr. and the Arizona Emergency Services Team

Service Recognition: Kent Williamson (CE Exec Steward), Ted Haines (MW Exec Steward), Clyde Kaiser (SE Exec Steward), Roger Littell (SP Exec Steward), Rob Walker (Court of Appeals), Brian Holtz (Competition Board), Phil Creighton (Competition Board), Shirley Thompson (NA - Race Control), George Kendall (NA - Registration)

Awards Banquet Honors *Outgoing Director Awards: Ron Franklin, Steve Limbert *Service Recognition: Brenda Winters (Retiring Director of Member Services) *Tom McLean Award (Bravery): Joe DeLuca and Linda Gronlund (posthumously, both lost on September 11 flights) *Solo Cup: Kathy Barnes *Solo Driver of Eminence: Grady Wood *Roger Johnson Spirit of the Sport: Dean Sapp *Special Recognition for "Can Do at the Solo II": Roger (Ohio) Johnson, Sandy Brown-Wood, Paula Whitney *David Morrell Award (Outstanding Steward): Dick Templeton *John McGill Award (Significant Contribution to Club Racing Program): Kelley Huxtable *Kimberly Cup (Most Improved Driver): Jeff Winter *Jim Fitzgerald Rookie of the Year: Kyle Krisiloff *President's Cup (Outstanding Performance at the Runoffs): John Heinricy *Carl Haas Cup (Long-term Contribution to SCCA): Colan Arnold

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Series SCCA
Drivers John Heinricy , Jeff Winter , Kyle Krisiloff , Carl Haas , Steve Limbert , Steve Johnson
Teams Williams