I first got into offroading riding with my cousin who was a member of the MN Go-4 Wheelers and became a member in 1985. One of my cousin's offroading friends was Mike Sullivan who with others would go all over both MN and WI. When the idea of starting the MN4WDA came up I was asked to be the Membership Secretary as I had a computer and knew spreadsheets.
During the 1990 I had to step back from MN4WDA officer positions as I traveled for work a lot, I took over the President's position in November 2011 as there was no one in the position and when I talked to leaders in the community they pointed that out to me more times that I'd like to count.
The MN4WDA is currently poised to make sure there are more trails added and our voice is being heard as we have more projects happening or about to start than we ever had at one time. This is due to people stepping up and taking on responsibilities like Public Relations, Web-Master, Land Use, and many others. Where are we going from here? Now that we have learned not to wait on DNR Centural Office to assist, but to go make our own contacts local DNR and local government, I believe we'll get more trails completed outstate and create Play/Test areas in the metro area.
Involved with the sport since 2003, I have been an avid outdoor enthusiast and ORV user since first getting hooked on the off-road lifestyle. I have been Involved with almost every aspect of the sport from recreational 4 wheeling, camping and traveling with friends, being a member of off-road clubs, participating in competitions, building trails and working with Minnesota DNR, to lobbying and volunteering on behalf of other 4 wheel drive enthusiasts. I enjoy this lifestyle, the good friends, the experiences, and the joy that off-roading has brought into my life.
As the Current Vice President of the Minnesota 4 Wheel Drive Association (MN4WDA) I am active in promoting and Lobbying for ORV users and trails in the state of Minnesota. Since 2009 I have been the Rochester Rough Riders and MN4WDA ORV representative for the Houston, MN GIA OHV trail system project. I enjoy working on ORV Trail systems across Minnesota and look forward to the future of our recreational hobby.
I have been into anything with a motor since before I had my license. A friend invited me to Dresser in 2007 with my lifted plow truck, I quickly learned it is not a good idea to wheel a plow truck. From that trip I was hooked. For the next outing I had a 1977 F150 4x4 with a 460 & 38's & wheeled that for several years at Gilbert, Dresser, Apple Valley Farms, Appleton & at Toys for Tots. I learned a lot from that truck & built a 1995 Extended Cab F150 with a fuel injected 460, doubler,one ton axles, etc. The extended cab is nice so that I can bring friends along & their kids to get the next generation into wheeling. Currently wheeling truck #3 is slowing being built to be better yet, full-size bodied vehicles don't stay nice wheeling with Jeeps & buggies.
This group is a great bunch of people to know, they are always willing to lend a hand. This group has a great future, with new opportunities on the horizon. It talks all of us to work together to promote this sport & makes sure everyone wheels responsibly.
My interest in Jeeps began when I "borrowed" (my term) the Wing Commander's Jeep for a day while stationed in Thailand. I eventually bought my own Jeep in 2000 and looked for a club to join to show me how to off road. I settled on the Go 4 Wheelers after recalling their logo on the side of the Jeep that flat-towed me off the Donnybrooke race track. My Jeep was "show-room stock" for about a year and then I grew tired of getting strapped off of obstacles. Today, the seats remain stock; all enhancements have been bolt-on.
I think my involvement with the Drive Association began when I was elected as Club Delegate to the Association. I like the direction the Association is headed in. We're not just technical trails, but we're looking at touring trails as well. And community involvement goes a long way in improving our image; the parades, clean-ups, the charitable fund raisers all get our name out there.
Currently I live in Minnetonka with my wife Shauna and our daughter Annika. A former president of MN Land Rovers and founding member of MN Overland, I enjoy loading up the truck to get back off the beaten path further than most would wish to travel. This has driven my interest in land use and desire to see a greater network of trails opened up. I would love to see something like what the ATVs and snowmobiles have.