ACBS members are asked to approve the members nominated for the following positions.  When approved, they will begin their terms in office at the ACBS Annual Meeting in September 2018.

Some positions which are not on the ballot continue or are in automatic progression from this year’s term, such as the current President becoming the Past President and the elected Directors for the year 2019 who will continue in their terms.  You may see the current 2018 Officers and Directors by clicking here.

President: Stanley Struble (Lake Hopatcong)

Stan has been a member of ACBS and the Lake Hopatcong Chapter since June of 1985 where he served as Vice President and President for two terms. He was also Boat Show Chairman and Head Judge for many years. He is completing his term as Vice President of ACBS International and is ready to serve as our President.

Stan and his wife Barbara have a 1949 CC Custom Runabout and a 1979 Checkmate Enchanter. He also owns 55 vintage outboard motors. His love for boats began in his early teens at his family’s home on Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey where he spent summers.

He and Barb summer at Lake Hopatcong and is always working or tinkering with the many project motors he owns. He is very active in the Lake Hopatcong Chapter as a Board member and has served on the ACBS International Board for the past 4 years most recently as our Vice President.

He looks forward to the challenge of being President and hopes to continue the great work done by our Officers and Board members.

Vice President: Tim Bush (Northern California/Lake Tahoe)

Tim has served ACBS as Treasurer for the last three years. He is a member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe and Sunnyland Chapters. He and his wife Teri have been residents of Pleasanton, California for 28 years and are the proud parents of 4 children, 2 grandsons, and 1 granddaughter. He has judged the Runabout class boats during the previously held annual South Shore Show at Lake Tahoe.

Boating and vacationing in Lake Tahoe has been a mainstay in the Bush family for five decades. Tim was introduced to wooden boats by his father, Bob, in his early years while vacationing in Lake George, NY and Tahoe. He and his five sisters grew up skiing behind the original Bushytail, a 17′ 1959 Chris Craft Sportsman. Later a 1977 Century Arabian was added to the fleet as more horsepower was needed to pull the kids as they grew older. Wood restoration projects by Tim and his father included a 1955 21’ Capri (Californian),1949 “U22” (Bushytail Il) and 1947 25’ Sportsman (Mr. President). Current project is restoration on 1972 Century Resorter, which is “Classic Fiberglass”.

Secretary: Gary Fesperman (Blue Ridge)

Gary grew up with wood boats on High Rock Lake in Piedmont, North Carolina in the 1950’s and 60’s and has owned and loved them ever since. He joined ACBS and the Sunnyland Chapter in the mid-1980’s and the Blue Ridge Chapter in the late 1980’s. He served as a Director and Past President of the Blue Ridge Chapter and has been our International Secretary for the last two years. He has agreed to serve as Secretary for another term.

He started his work career after college in corporate management and evolved into private enterprise, owning and operating several businesses including a restoration shop in Powder Springs, Georgia where he restored a number of his own boats and numerous others for outside customers.

He recently retired as City Manager of the City of Lavonia, Georgia in December of 2015 having served in that capacity for 17 years, 3 years as Executive Director of the Lavonia Downtown Development Authority, 15 years as the Zoning Administrator and 4 years as a Director of the Franklin County Water Authority. He is also a longtime musician; having attained a Minor in Music and playing drums and percussion instruments since elementary school. He currently plays with a 6-piece band that specializes in beach, 50’s-80’s rock, some country and popular old standards.

Gary and his wife, Mary Jo, have been married for 28 years and have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. They are members of the Lavonia United Methodist Church, serving as a Council Member and Trustee respectively and are active in numerous civic and professional organizations including The Power of Hope, Inc., a non-profit that provides financial, nutritional and educational support to cancer patients in our 3 County Lake Region.

Treasurer: James B. Mersman CPA (Water Wonderland)

Jim and his wife Wendy live in Rockford, Michigan just north of Grand Rapids and have been involved with the love of classic boats since the early 90’s when they purchased their first project, a 1954 Wagemaker outboard. Shortly after, they joined the Water Wonderland chapter of ACBS and decided to dive into the deep end and take on the chapter’s newsletter and web site as a way to get to know the group. Jim then moved through the chapter’s board and served as their president for 2001 and 2002.

From there, they both moved into roles with International were Jim served for nine years on the executive committee, the first five as treasurer and the next four as vice president and then president of International in 2011-12. Wendy was involved as the ACBS Webmaster from 2001 to 2013.

Professionally, Jim has been a CPA in public practice for 30 years and one of five partners with Dolinka VanNoord & Co, PLLP in Grand Rapids Michigan. His primary focus is with small to medium size business and non-profits where he consults on mergers and acquisitions, internal controls, cost accounting and tax planning.

They have one son, Brian, who just graduated from Tulane University Law School with an emphasis on International Maritime law. Jim and Wendy say the friendships that they’ve developed over those years are the reason they stay involved and make the volunteer time and effort with ACBS all worth it. They currently enjoy using their 1954 20 ft. Century Seamaid but also have a 1985 Century Resorter 18, and a 1934 Old Town canoe.

Director: Walt Stashkiw (North Coast Ohio)

Walt has agreed to serve a second term as Director. He has chaired our very effective Marketing Committee and would like to continue that work. Walt has been a member of ACBS since 1984 and an active member of his primary chapter, North Coast Ohio since 1997. Working within his chapter, he has been a Director at Large, Director, Membership Chair, Vice President, President and Chairman of the chapter’s main boat show for eight years.

Walt grew up on a chain of lakes in northeast Ohio and has been an avid boater most of his life where he helped his father maintain his Century Outboard for racing in local events. At a young age, he learned to waterski behind a friend’s Chris Continental. Over the years, he has owned a number of boats including a 1957 17’ Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout which he has kept in original shape, 1956 20’ Chris Craft Continental and a 1983 19’ Cobalt Bow Rider. Growing up on the lakes, he has worked on many different boats and assisted friends in their restorations.

Walt has been a judge in local shows in Ohio and New York for the past 10 years. He has also been on the judging team for the ACBS International Boat Show for the past 7 years.

Recently retired from a career in international sales for capital equipment, Walt and his wife Kathy spend summers in Ohio and winter at their home on the Intercostal Waterway in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

Director: Cynde Smith (Adirondack)

Cynde has agreed to serve a second term as Director. She also served as an ACBS Director at Large since 2013 as well as an active member of the Adirondack chapter for several years. As a Director, she chaired the

Website Committee and we are all proud of the effort she led. Cynde holds a deep appreciation for the craftsmanship and sport of boating. She and her husband Reuben, own Tumblehome Boatshop, just outside Lake George, NY. The business has been recognized for its dedication to artfully restoring and building historic & classic wooden boats.

In addition to serving as Managing Partner of the boat shop, Cynde is a strategist, writer and communications professional with more than 15 years’ experience in pharmaceutical branding and marketing. She is on the leadership team of Acom Healthcare, a Boston-based advertising agency and has helped successfully launch a number of pharmaceutical brands.

Growing up in Colorado, Cynde has always taken advantage of all that her surroundings have to offer. Today, an avid photographer and Adirondack enthusiast, she makes it a point to balance her professional responsibilities by indulging in the outdoors.

Director: Scott Mason (Pacific Northwest)

Scott lives in Tapps, Washington with his wife Patty. He is the Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter and will become President in 2019. He is a Longshoreman in the Port of Tacoma. He attended the University of Puget Sound, earning a degree in Business and Public Administration. Previously, he worked as an accountant and owned a breeding and boarding farm in Eastern Washington.

His interest in vintage boats began while attending a hydroplane race where he met PNW members and saw their boats. He attended the Concours at Lake Tahoe and bought a 1959 Chris Craft ski boat. It turned out to be too small, so he bought a 1961 Shepherd, which he named RHUBARB, and had it restored. He has brought it to our annual meetings and shows at Gull Lake and Racine. He will bring her to Port Huron and plans to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake to see its birthplace.

Director: Rob Cassell (Southern California)

Rob married into antique and classic boating 18 years ago. He and his wife Maggi have been members of the Southern California chapter of ACBS ever since. Their wedding present was an incomplete 1941 15’6″ Chris Craft Model 100. A few years and a lot of weekends later, “Knotty but Nice” made it to the Tahoe Concourse d’Elegance, and has since been enjoyed across California. After dabbling with other project boats, including a 1956 Bryant Raider and a 1959 Chris Craft Continental, they’re back refreshing the little Chris for this year’s Lake Arrowhead show. In addition to several years as an Arrowhead judge, Rob is moving from SoCal Chapter Secretary to Vice President this year and is involved in developing and expanding the chapters web and social media presence. Rob recently volunteered with a committee that demonstrated the viability of electronic meetings for the ACBS Board of Directors. He is looking forward to bringing his professional experience working in healthcare construction management to bear in support of the Board as it supports our hobby across the country and around the world.