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.
Jon Radermacher, Secretary
Jon Radermacher of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a metalsmith by training and is Interim Dean of the School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sciences 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 and is the "librarian" who developed and operates the AMF Vintage Motorcycle Library.
Radermacher says, “One of my first motorcycles was a 1978 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 involved with an organization where I will have an opportunity to influence, improve, and perpetuate public understanding of antique motorcycles and their importance to our culture.”
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."
Darren Chafin was born and raised in Lima, Ohio, and was introduced to vintage, two-wheeled machines at the age of five. His dad would take him to scooter swap meets and cycle shows in the hope of fostering the same love of vintage bikes that he had. The two of them could share the hobby and build a life-long, common interest. He did not disappoint because young Darren loved vintage scooters and being together with his Pop.
Darren would watch in fascination how his dad would paint dingy Cushman parts, and the old rusty items would become shiny and like new. In fact, Darren had so much interest in this restoration process that he enrolled in an auto body program to learn the art. Graduation from this program not only gave Darren the skills and opportunity to restore vintage bikes, but provided him with a career he enjoys to this day.
During the mid 90’s, Darren accepted the position of Chief Judge of the Vintage Motor Bike Club. After several years, the VMBC Board asked Darren to play an even larger role as its President. Darren served for eight years during which time he developed strategies to help get younger members interested in the hobby. If the VMBC was to continue to thrive, younger members had to be engaged. Darren accomplished this goal, and now the club is more involved nurturing younger members, thus ensuring the club’s viability for future generations.
Several years ago, Darren rotated off the VMBC Board of Directors. "Although no longer on the VMBC Board, my desire to influence vintage cycling has never decreased. As a director of the Antique Motorcycle Foundation, I will have an opportunity to continue to be involved in the future of antique motorcycles."
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.
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.”
Bill Murar has been riding motorcycles since he purchased his first one, a Gilera-made Sears 106SS, in 1969. Since that time he's owned hundreds of Sears, Yamaha, BMW, Ural, Panonia and Sachs motorcycles. He enjoys refurbishing motorcycles, especially those from Sears. An AMA Life Member, Bill was fortunate to have his unrestored 1965 Allstate displayed at the AMA Heritage Museum for two years in the mid 90's and at the Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio in 2011. The Puch made SGS250 was chosen to be "Miss April" in the 1995 AMA Glory Days Calendar.
A retired firefighter/paramedic, he devoted 30 years to the Brookpark, Ohio Fire Department. In 2004, he and his wife Joyce created the LakeErieLoop, a charity ride around Lake Erie to benefit pediatric burn victims. The "Loopers" have donated over $45,000 towards this very worthy cause. He has also been a motorcycle safety instructor in Ohio since 1987 and has personally taught over 3,000 motorcycle riders. In 1991, he began a 15 year road racing career with both AHRMA and WERA-Vintage; mostly on a 1972 Yamaha DS7 250cc twin that resulted in two national championships with WERA-Vintage. Bill and Joyce have ridden in all 50 states, all of the Canadian provinces and 6 European countries and continue to tour at least once a year to Provincial Parks in Canada and National Parks in the US. Most of their current riding is done with their two Yorkshire terriers, Max and Layla.
Bill states, "I've been in public service most of my adult life and I'm quite passionate about the small displacement vintage models. I believe my knowledge in the small bore motorcycles will be of benefit to the AMF and its members."
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.
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)
· Mark Mederski
· Bill Murar
· Mark Mederski
· Bob Vail
Marketing & Nominations:
· John Fiorino
· Roger Smith
· Mark Mederski
· Roger Smith
· Ken Kelly (chair)
· John Fiorino