I have always enjoyed the outdoors and soon after purchasing my first four-wheeler I realized I was hooked. I joined Cal4wheel in 2012 and decided to become a Life Member right from the start. I knew Cal4Wheel was very active in land use, as well as off-roading, and they played a large role in keeping our trails open, not to mention constantly fighting battles with those who were wanting to see all off-road land use come to a halt. Soon after becoming a Cal4Wheel Life Member I also joined Blue Ribbon Coalition and Nevada 4Wheel Drive Association, both as a life member.
Even though I did not immediately jump in and become overly active in Cal4Wheel, I did busy myself with a local club, Motherlode Rockcrawlers. Quickly after joining them I became president and served four years in this position. During my position of president, I had to pay attention to the desires of the board members and had to act accordingly. In accordance with the club’s bylaws, the president is not the one who makes the decisions but does have the responsibility of carrying out the board’s decisions. During my presidency I became involved with El Dorado National Forestry Division, local clubs, as well as organizations in order to complete the Deer Valley trail restoration. This led to the reopening of that trail for off roaders to enjoy. I must admit I enjoyed being president.
During my time as Motherlode Rockcrawlers’ president I became more involved in Cal4Wheel. I volunteered with multiple things such as helping transport the Win-A-Jeep, unloading and cleaning the Cal4Wheel equipment after events, transporting trailers, help in some of Ca4Wheel events and lately I have put many hours in at Cal4Wheel headquarters in Sacramento. I found myself wanting to become more active, so much so, that when Glenn Reynolds stepped down as the North District Membership I jumped at the chance and ran for his position. I was pleasantly surprised to have won as I am not well known to many of the members, delegates or clubs. Since becoming the North Distrct Membership Chair, I began learning how Cal4Wheel functions and in many aspects, I see room for improvement.
I believe in the ideas and dreams Mr. Morris had for the wheeling world, and I am honored to become part of this legacy. In my personal life I have a very demanding job that requires the ability to multi-task while staying on target in the timeframes given me. I supervise multiple people, negotiate with contractors, communicate with the public, resolve conflicts daily with employees and consumer issues, and report to both upper management as well as executive management. I would like to make a difference, so I have decided to run for president of Cal4Wheel.
Steve served for seven years as the Cal4Wheel president. He has chaired numerous events and has served as the registration chair for the Molina Ghost Run, High Sierra Poker Run, Convention and most recently, Sierra Trek.
Russ has been a Cal4Wheel member since buying his Jeep Wrangler in 2005, becoming a life member four years ago. He is a charter member of the Jeep Expeditions Club, and the director of the California chapter. Russ is a native Californian, born in San Francisco and raised in Berkeley. He has a degree in economics and extensive experience in banking, budgeting and managing non-profits.
He served as a helicopter pilot, maintenance test pilot, platoon leader and company commander in the U.S. Army. Russ and North District Vice President Glenn Reynolds served together in the same unit in Vietnam. Russ has attended every Cal4Wheel event multiple times, except for Winter Fun Festival, which he only attended once. He is currently the co-chair of the Hi Desert Round-Up and has plans to expand the event with new trail runs, along with including side-by-sides, the overlanding community and youth programs.
Josh is a relative newcomer to the board, but that hasn't stopped him from getting heavily involved. He is currently the chair for the Hi Desert Round-Up. His business, JEP Autoworks, is the builder for the 2020-2021 Win-A-Jeep.
Josh is also the president of his club, the Hemet Jeep Club, and their newsletter editor.
Originally from Buffalo New York, Don has been in Southern California for over 40 years. He moved out for a job, married a California woman, had three great children and now four grandchildren.
Don retired in 2018 from Northrop Grumman where he was an engineer and a program manager during his career. He worked on smart weapons and satellites.