The Antique Motorcycle Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors with extensive depth in the motorcycle industry, antique motorcycling, non-profit organization management, and museum administration. Directors are not compensated for their service and receive only partial reimbursement for attending board meetings and carrying out assigned duties on behalf of the Foundation.
Mark Mederski, President
Mark Mederski’s love for motorcycling dates back nearly five decades. He has been an AMCA member for nearly 20 years, a VJMC member for 30, and he was a club road racer back in the 1970’s. Of great importance to Mederski is the history of motorcycles, regardless of country of origin, and the people who have ridden them, raced them or used them for transportation in America. He states, “Just as important is helping people learn about these stories, and to see how the machines and riders have changed over the years. Finding important stories and presenting them through motorcycle exhibits or publications, print or electronic, ‘fleshes out’ what is otherwise just a machine, jacket, trophy, helmet or photograph; that's of great importance to me.”
Mederski’s current work is with the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, but past work history includes very large motorcycle membership organizations, history museums and foundations that have more or less performed these missions. About his work for the Antique Motorcycle Foundation, Mederski states “I hope to continue to help tell the exciting stories of antique motorcycling, impress upon more people their interest and worth, and the need to save and present them as this will help ensure that motorcycling remains a vital sport for decades to come.” Mederski currently owns about 30 motorcycles from Europe, England, Japan and America, a wood shop and a large motor library.
Roger Smith, Vice President
Roger Smith has been involved in motorcycling since 1964 when, as a young teenager, he rented Honda motorcycles in Ontario, Canada, for 25 cents an hour.
Today, he is a retired Pontiac, Michigan, police detective, having served the community for 25 years, focusing much of that time on crimes against children. He states, “Being retired, I am prepared to offer all the time necessary to support the Antique Motorcycle Foundation and help it perform to its maximum potential.” Roger was previously a board member of the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club for many years, serving as its public relations officer.
He has restored vintage motorcycles that have reached the AMCA Winners Circle and earned a Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Councours Championship with special recognition along with the prestigious Cycle World Magazine Excellence in Restoration Award. While he enjoys all motorcycles and rides a modern Harley-Davidson Street Glide, his main focus is on vintage import motorcycles and helping those enthusiasts become more involved in the Antique Motorcycle Foundation and the AMCA.
Denise Rich-Gross, Secretary
Denise's interest in motorcycles began at the age of five when she began to admire and mimick her brother's Honda 305 Dream. In 1981, she purchased a 1946 Harley-Davidson Servicar in three boxes. Over the course of eight years and several conversations with aficionados, she put the servicar back together and still rides it to this day.
Denise is a Senior Judge for the AMCA and she has been an AMCA member since 1993. She is currently a deputy judge and director for the AMCA's Lake Erie chapter where she has secured multiple grants for equipment to bolster motorcycle maintenace and repair at two local techincal centers.
Denise earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Akron, her master's degree from Cleveland State University and her bachelor's degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Ohio.
John Fiorino, Treasurer
John Fiorino hails from Idaho and has been involved with vintage motorcycles for many years. He has acquired numerous Hondas, including a 50, 90, 125, 175 and unrestored, but excellent condition 450. He also picked up a Suzuki 800 along the way.
Prior to joining the Antique Motorcycle Foundation, John served on six other boards of directors where he was treasurer for two of them. Included are the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America and the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of Idaho.
John states "I understand the value of community service, and will bring a fresh perspective, a proven track record, and a passion for service to the organization. My goal as a director will be to assist the organization in its continuing mission to educate and inform the community about vintage motorcycling and create interest in being part of the vintage motorcycling hobby."
Edward G. Doering
Ted Doering, President of V-Twin Mfg., a worldwide manufacturing and distribution company, has been involved in motorcycling from an early age, beginning with custom motorcycle design and construction. He has participated in motorcycle shows and displays across the United States and is currently director of The Velocipede Museum in New Castle, Delaware.
He is a trustee and director of Motorcyclepedia, a museum located in Newburgh, New York, and specializes in product research for motorcycle components from 1936 to the present. Ted contributes to the Antique Motorcycle Foundation by lending his expertise and knowledge to help educate the general public and support the work of collectors worldwide.
Brendan Dooley of Oconomowoc, Wis., brings years of publishing and communications experience to the Foundation. He’s worked in daily newspapers, consumer and trade magazines and was the founding editor of Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide (later Vintage Motorcycles) at F+W Media. His time researching and writing to create Vintage Motorcycles is what drew him into the hobby.
After leaving F+W for other magazines, he kept busy in the hobby as a freelancer by editing the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club’s magazine from 2008-2013 and bringing its editorial standards and layouts into the modern age. He’s also done freelance editing for the International CBX Owners Association and the Vintage Motor Bike Club.
"I want to help the AMF publicize its efforts and educate the public on its mission in any way I can," Dooley said.
Born in 1958 in Tacoma and raised in Chester, New Jersey, Ken Kelly has been riding motorcycles since his first Rupp minibike at the age of ten. At 19, the purchase of an Indian launched his lifelong passion for antique motorcycles. He joined the Antique Motorcycle Club of America in 1978 and became a member of the North Jersey Colonial Chapter in the mid-1980s, which he has served as Secretary, Vice President, and now President. He is also a member of the Rhinebeck Grand National Coalition Planning Team.
Kelly entered the tool and die trade after graduating high school in 1976, worked in the precision metal component manufacturing industry, and is currently serving as Engineering Manager, Chairman, and President of General Wire & Stamping Co. in Randolph, New Jersey. He has a great appreciation for all manner of vintage motorcycles and owns or has owned American, Spanish, Japanese, German and Italian brands. He enjoys researching and discovering new things about old bikes and loves to share his knowledge with others.
He says, “I never grow tired of seeing the excitement in people’s faces when they see and talk about old motorcycles and motorcycle history.”
Jon Radermacher of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a metalsmith by training and is Associate Dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems at Robert Morris University. Following his presentation about digital communication tools at the 2012 Antique Motorcycle Foundation Leadership Forum, he joined the Foundation's board. He has also designed web sites for national motorcycle organizations, including the Antique Motorcycle Club of America and the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America. He supervised the redesign and deployment of the Foundation's current web site.
Radermacher says, “My first old motorcycle was a Suzuki GS750E. I bought it just for reliable transportation, not knowing that it would literally become the vehicle to carry me into the world of antique motorcycles.” Radermacher’s first leadership role in the vintage motorcycle community was to organize a national rally for Suzuki GS owners in 2004. In 2008, he became a board member and webmaster for the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club and served on the VJMC Board of Directors for four years. He recently finished two 3-year terms on the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and served as president of the AMF from 2013 to 2017.
About his love for old motorcycles, Radermacher says, “As a designer, I appreciate the beauty and allure of an antique motorcycle, and as a metalsmith, I have a significant interest in the technical innovations that have occurred throughout the history of motorcycle manufacturing. I am very excited to be on the AMF Board where I will have an opportunity to influence, improve, and perpetuate public understanding of antique motorcycles and their importance to our culture.”
In 1982, Bob Vail founded VN Services, which is a small construction management consulting company that provides owner representation, project controls, project scheduling, litigation expert testimony support for troubled projects, and maintenance/capital expenditure planning. VN Services has been involved in over 1,000 projects in 26 states, Canada and overseas. Bob’s passion has been organizing, turning plans into time line schedules, and monitoring the plan.
Motorcycles have been a part of Bob’s life since his first year in college in 1968 when he acquired a 305 Honda. These days, he enjoys building and riding, averaging about 14,000 miles a year, and having ridden over 350,000 miles in his lifetime. He has owned many different bikes over the years and currently has Harleys, BMWs, Yamahas, a Triumph, Moto Guzzi, Laverda, Suzuki, Royal Enfield, and a Ford flathead powered bike. In particular, he enjoys building motorcycles that have a similar look of antique motorcycles, but have more modern components to enhance their reliability and ridability. All of the motorcycles in his collections are riders, and all get at least 1,000 miles put on them each year.
Prior to joining the AMF board, Bob was no stranger to giving his time and talent. For the last eight years, Bob has served as a trustee for a boarding school outside Buffalo, NY that focuses on the remediation of dyslexia. He has also given many seminars revolving around building and touring on vintage motorcycles.
These are former directors who have served the Foundation with distinction. They are nominated by active board members based on the significance of their respective service and contributions.
Dennis Craig (past president)
Peter Gagan (past president)
· Roger Smith (chair)
· Brendan Dooley
· Mark Mederski
· Dottie Mattern
· Mark Mederski
· Jon Radermacher
Marketing & Branding:
· Jon Radermacher
· Mark Mederski
2017-18 Leadership Forum:
· Brendan Dooley
· Mark Mederski
· Roger Smith
· Ken Kelly (chair)
· John Fiorino