During a recent meeting, the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) membership elected the 2010 board of directors to continue the association’s initiatives into the new year.
Incumbent members who were re-elected include Brad Whiteford as president, Barry Dorn as vice president, John Krauss as treasurer, Don Beaver as secretary, and returning directors Aaron Schulenburg, Kris Burton and Laura Gay. Former WMABA President Torchy Chandler will continue as immediate past president. The following were elected as new incoming board members: Rodney Bolton, Geoff Brown, Ben Gibson, Dan Morrissey and Bobby Wright.
After giving an outgoing message to the members after four years of leadership, immediate past president Torchy Chandler welcomed the opportunity to have fresh perspective from a new president.
"My four years as president was during a changing time for WMABA, with many transitions for the better,” Chandler said. “I think that the future of the association is in the hands of the directors and members, who show knowledge and leadership skills that will grow the association in new directions for the years to come."
Incoming President Brad Whiteford said, "I am looking forward to a great year with such a good diversity among the board members. My personal goal for the upcoming year is to get further growth and expansion into the market areas outside of the Northern Virginia market, as well as watching the legislative activities of our region. I look forward to working with everyone."
Two new board members are educators Rodney Bolton of Center of Applied Technologies North (Maryland) and Geoff Brown of Northern Virginia Community College (Virginia) and one board member, Dan Morrissey, is a longtime industry member and consultant. In addition, two repairers from the Richmond area Ben Gibson of Harrison Body Works and Bobby Wright of Burkeville Body Shop assist with the growth of the new WMABA Richmond Chapter in addition to serving on the board.