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 2019.
2019-2020 ACBS Board of Directors Elections
The Nominations Committee, chaired by Past President, Rich Lepping, is pleased to introduce the candidates for officer and director positions for the 2019-2020 board of directors.
President – Tim Bush (Northern California/Lake Tahoe, Bob Speltz Land ‘O Lakes Classic Boat Club, Sunnyland Chapters)
I am currently serving as Vice President. Prior to my current position, I served as treasurer for three years. I am a current board member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe Chapter. My wife Teri and I have been residents of Pleasanton, California for 26 years and are the proud parents of 4 children and 2 grandsons. I have served as a judge for the runabout class boats during the annual South Shore Show held in July.
Boating and vacationing in Lake Tahoe has been a mainstay in the Bush family for five decades. I was introduced to wooden boats by my father, Bob, in his early years while vacationing in Lake George, New York, and Tahoe. My five sisters and I grew up skiing behind the original Bushytail, a 17-foot 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. In 1994, a 1949 “U22” (Bushytail II) was purchased, restored and is currently used today to attend chapter outings and family activities.
Vice President – Rob Lyons (Michigan, Water Wonderland, and Sunnyland Chapters)
After my wife Allyson and I took a totally exhilarating ride in the aft cockpit of a big triple at the Tahoe show in the early 2000s, I was hooked on antique and classic boating. The following week began the search for the first of many old boats. As an avid boater and collector, I participate in several shows each year.
I am presently the majority partner at the Antique Boat Center in Cincinnati, OH. Along with my responsibilities at the Antique Boat Center, I serve as the President of Centuri Power Group and have spent over 35 years in the energy business. Along with my day jobs, I serve as an International Director of the ACBS and the Managing Director of the Bob and Jan Lyons Family Foundation.
I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now split time between Naples, FL, and Charlevoix, MI. Prior to my career and boating, I received a BSBA from Central Michigan University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Treasurer – Jim Mersman (Water Wonderland and Toronto Chapters)
My wife Wendy and I have been involved with the love of classic boats since the early 90s when we purchased our first project, a 1954 Wagemaker outboard. Shortly after, we joined the Water Wonderland Chapter and decided to dive into the deep end and take on the chapter’s newsletter and website to get to know the group. I moved through the chapter’s board positions and served as their president for 2001 and 2002. From there, we both moved into roles with ACBS International where I served for nine years on the executive committee, the first five as treasurer and the next four as vice president and then president in 2011-12. Wendy was involved as the ACBS webmaster from 2011-2013.
I have been a CPA in public practice for 30 years and one of five partners with Dolinka VanNoord & Co, PLLP in Grand Rapids Michigan. Wendy and I have one son, Brian, who graduated from Tulane University Law School with an emphasis on International Maritime Law. The friendships we have developed over the years are the reason we stay involved and make the volunteer time and effort with ACBS all worth it. We currently enjoy using our 1954 20-foot Century Seamaid, but we also own a 1985 18-foot Century Resorter and a 1934 Old Town canoe.
Secretary – Maggi Cassell (Southern California Chapter)
I grew up in a boating family in rural Northern California. My grandfather kept a Chris-Craft cruiser in San Francisco Bay, and runabouts kept following my father home after work. From early childhood, many family vacations were spent in a classic boat (sometimes on the trailer, in the hotel parking lot with dad, handing him tools while he tinkered).
After graduating from USC in Los Angeles, I returned to Northern California for a couple years to work in my father’s small restoration shop, where I developed brightwork skills that would earn high marks at the Tahoe Concourse d’Elegance.
As a wedding present, my parents gave Rob and I an empty 15-1/2 foot 1941 Chris-Craft hull, with a sealer coat of varnish, multiple boxes of parts, and a long way to go. Over the next two years, Rob and I spent our vacations completing the restoration, cementing a third generation’s passion for antique and classic boating.
I am currently the President of the Southern California chapter of ACBS, and over the last few years I have also become that chapter’s first Social Media Manager. I have been part of the judging team at the Lake Arrowhead show. I live on the northern edge of Los Angeles with my husband Rob, two dogs, and three classic boats.
Director – Bill Root (Sunnyland Chapter)
As a native of Buffalo, NY, I have been involved with boats ever since my Dad and I spent an entire summer putting a fiberglass bottom on a dilapidated Old Town launch under the cherry tree in my grandparent’s backyard. In the early 80s I got back into classic boats buying a 19-foot Shepherd I found in the Chautauqua Lake Region, NY. I joined the ACBS Finger Lakes chapter and got the whole family involved in event planning and the boat show.
Upon retiring we bought a 1973 43-foot Hatteras cruiser and embarked on a year-long cruise around the eastern and mid-western half of the country known as the great loop. We continue to enjoy cruising the larger boats, but now in a 53-foot Hatteras motor yacht. I currently hold a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captains license. I also lease space at the Old Time Boat Company in Tavares, FL, where I do restoration and repair on my boats, as well as the occasional boat for sale. I recently completed the restoration of a 1962 23-foot Chris Craft Sea Skiff. My current project is a 24-foot Morgan Hacker I own in partnership with Gary Scherb. I have had the pleasure of serving as Secretary for the Sunnyland chapter and along with my wife Kathleen, manage the registration process for the Sunnyland Festival.
I look forward to serving another term as a director on the ACBS International Board.
Director – Don Leutz (Northern California/Lake Tahoe and Sunnyland Chapters)
I was born in Chicago and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am a graduate of UCLA. I served as Vice President and Regional Manager for a national printing and graphic arts equipment and supply company. I built and operated two commercial FM radio stations in Northern California, and I am an experienced real estate broker.
Throughout my career, summers have always included boating at Lake Tahoe. My wife Sylvia and I joined ACBS in 1984. I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe Chapter in 2013. I am currently the First Vice President and Membership Chair and I serve on the Safety and Education Committee. I have written a series of articles on boating safety for the chapter’s magazine “Western Wood,” receiving the ACBS Hagerty Safety Award in 2015. As a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain, I volunteer as a Ride Boat Captain for the Tahoe Maritime Museum and Gardens each summer. I own two classic wooden boats, a 1954 33-foot Chris Craft Capitan and a 1959 19-foot Century Resorter. I currently divide my time between Florida and California. I am a member of the Sunnyland and Lake Tahoe Chapters of ACBS.
Director – Dave Nau (North Coast Ohio)
I grew up in NE Ohio and live in Barberton, just southwest of Akron, OH. While I have done a fair amount of boating on Lake Erie and on Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York, my favorite place to boat is on a chain of lakes just south of Akron known as Portage Lakes.
I currently own three classic boats: a 1962 MFG Edinboro with 1984 Evinrude 70, 1966 MFG Niagara with a 1963 Mercury 350, and a small 1960 Sea King aluminum runabout powered by a 1960 10HP Johnson. The Edinboro is a recent restoration, while the Niagara is original and unrestored. The Sea King is for use at gatherings on smaller lakes with restricted horsepower limits. While I like all antique and classic boats, my greatest interest lies with smaller non-wood family runabouts powered by a Johnson, Evinrude or Mercury outboard, all from the 1960’s.
I joined both ACBS and the North Coast Ohio (NCO) Chapter in late 2013. I have been an NCO board member since January 2015, and served as chapter treasurer for four years, and currently serve as chapter president, along with a non-board role on the Long-Range Planning Committee of the ACBS International Board. I am also quite active in the Antique Outboard Motor Club, Inc. and the local Western Reserve Chapter.
I retired in October 2014 after a 40-year career in the information technology industry. I have three grown and married children and two grandchildren.
Director – Bjorn Bakken (Bay State Classic Boat Club)
I have been intrigued with classic mahogany runabouts ever since seeing a 1950s Italian film as a teenager. Growing up in Norway, I spent hours in my grandfather’s woodworking shop. Later, I focused on my studies and early career in woodworking technology, and two decades later, was finally presented with an opportunity to purchase a 1940 17-foot Chris Craft Barrelback. This was the perfect introduction to the “Woodyboater” hobby, which quickly became a passion. I am now on my fourth boat restoration project and have served as president of the Bay State chapter of ACBS. In addition, I chair the annual Central Massachusetts ACBS boat show. My first completed restoration, a 1958 Riva Florida, is stored near my childhood home in Norway, making it possible to take this boat to shows throughout Europe during summer vacations. My hope for the future is to spark an interest in antique and classic boats among the younger generation. In order to do so the ACBS must embrace modern media and market to the next generation. Find ways to retain our membership by adapting to our members interests and needs. I hope that one day my future grandchildren will have fond memories of the time they spent in their grandfather’s woodworking shop and on his classic wooden runabouts.