Pick this up off a Honda site... I know it's irresponsible of me not to check it out first, but I am offshore again (oil rigs) and left my AMA card and info at home.
Youngblood Resigns As Chairman of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame
calls new AMA leadership "monstrous"
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Former long-time AMA President Ed Youngblood has sent us the letter he sent yesterday resigning his post with the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Here it is, in its entirety:
December 11, 2007
Mr. Don Rosene
Chairman, Motorcycle Hall of Fame Committee
400 West Potter Drive
Anchorage, AK 99518
On December 7, 2007, two of the hardest-working, best, and most loyal employees the American Motorcyclist Association has ever had were fired and escorted out of the building like criminals. One had served 25 years and the other 28. Never mind that the employees in question have been key to driving membership, magazine circulation, and magazine revenue to all-time highs. Never mind that they were utterly loyal to the Association and served it well, even during the period of confusion and instability it has experienced in recent years. Beyond this cruel incident, it is my belief that the current leadership of the Association has established a reign of terror over the professional staff as a whole.
In my opinion, the current regime is monstrous, and I am simply dumbfounded that the AMA Board of Directors seems tolerant of this style of management, if not complicit. It has caused me great pain to watch the deterioration of the AMA, but I expect my unhappiness is nothing compared to that of the employees, volunteers, and supporters who have been directly affected by it. There is very little I can do about this situation except cease to be a party to it in any direct or indirect way.
For this reason, it is with deep sadness that I resign my position as Chairman of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Ambassadors and Promoters Committee, and my membership on the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Pioneers Committee. Furthermore, with the firm belief that the current AMA leadership will apply any resources provided it toward the destruction of the Association, and eventually the destruction of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, I will make no further financial or in-kind contributions until a more caring, conscientious, and responsible leadership is established at the levels of both the administration and the Board of Directors of the AMA.
Past President, AMA
Member, Motorcycle Hall of Fame
CC: AMA Board of Directors,
AMHF Board of Directors,
Lawrence: Reinstate Long-time AMA Employees
shock: threat of being fired being held over AMA employees heads!
by dean adams
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
AMA Superbike Media Manager Larry Lawrence sent this in and asked us to post it:
Appeal for Action by the AMA Board
There comes a time when a person has to disregard personal gain and do what is right.
I serve as media manager for the AMA Superbike Championship. I have a long association with the AMA dating back to the early 1990s when I first began doing media work at select AMA Superbike events. In 1995 I was hired as AMA Pro Racing's communications manager, a position I held for two years. To this day I work for the AMA as a contractor, not only for Pro Racing, but also for AMA Sports (the amateur racing division) and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
I also serve as a chairman on the Motorcycle Hall of Fame election committee and am a biographer for the Hall.
This past Friday, Dec. 7, the AMA dismissed Greg Harrison, senior vice president of membership and marketing, and Bill Wood, senior director of communications. This came as a great shock to me and a host of other people in the industry.
I have been unable to determine the reason for their dismissal.
Anyone who knows Greg Harrison and Bill Wood know two men who are among the most loyal, competent and outstanding men who have worked for the AMA. I personally know them to be persons of great integrity. I've seen them at work for years. They've labored behind the scenes, without fanfare, to solve big problems. I used to rib them at Daytona every year because they had the staff of the American Motorcyclist stay at hotels 50 miles away from Daytona, just so they could save the AMA money.
Greg and Bill have done nothing but work faithfully for the organization for decades and neither would do anything to harm the AMA. They've received excellent reviews every year in annual evaluations and now suddenly they're no longer of use to the AMA?
Something does not add up.
Not only does their dismissal make no sense, but my understanding is the way in which they were let go was mean spirited and insulting.
The person behind the firings is new AMA president/CEO Rob Dingman.
I, along with many others inside the AMA, are not pleased at all with the atmosphere of fear Dingman has created among the loyal and hard-working AMA staff. My friends at the AMA, who've I've known and worked with for years, are afraid to talk to anyone about what's going on. The threat of being fired is apparently being held over everyone's head. There seems to be no dissenting opinion allowed from Dingmans' company line. Some even fear their email and voice mails are being monitored and the leadership has done nothing to fight that impression.
My dealings with Dingman have been few. We met for the first time at Laguna Seca during the MotoGP weekend. He sent me an email asking what I thought of the new vision for the AMA. I thought it a little strange that he would ask my opinion after the new vision had already been announced. Perhaps he could have asked me beforehand so he might have been able to take differing points of view into account.
Instead of truly wanting my opinion, I took it to be an effort to find if I was loyal or not to his vision.
You may be thinking this sounds like open revolt of AMA personnel against its own leadership. You would be correct in that assumption.
As a concerned AMA member, and a person who works for the AMA, I am calling for the AMA board to take immediate action and reinstate Greg Harrison and Bill Wood.
I speak for many inside the AMA by also asking the board to hold Mr. Dingman responsible for the destructive atmosphere of fear that permeates the headquarters in Pickerington.
This is the right thing to do.
A positive, open and productive atmosphere needs to be restored to the AMA so that the association can return to doing its job of being the voice for motorcyclists in America.
AMA Superbike Media Manager