Maggie McNally elected first female chair of AMA board

Publish Date: 
Feb 20, 2013

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Maggie McNally was unanimously elected chair of the American Motorcyclist Association board of directors at its Feb. 16 meeting in Indianapolis.

She is the first woman to lead the AMA board in the association’s 89-year history.  

McNally, of Albany, N.Y., was elected vice chair in December 2011 and has been a member of the board since 2009, representing individual AMA members in the Northeast Region.

“I’m honored that my fellow AMA board members have chosen me as chair, and I’m humbled by the historical significance of a woman taking this office,” McNally said. “At the end of the day, however, the important thing is not the gender of the board’s chair, rather it is the united commitment by the board and the AMA staff to carry out our mission to better protect and promote motorcycling. Doing so enables us to nimbly and ably meet the needs of our existing and future members.”

McNally succeeds South Central Region board member Stan Simpson, who did not seek re-election as chair but remains on the board. Simpson was elected to the AMA board of directors in 2005 and has served as its chair since 2007. In 2008, he was recognized as the AMA Motorcyclist of the Year.

Also at the meeting, AMA business member Russel Brenan of Kawasaki was elected vice chair, and Ken Ford of the Southeast Region was elected assistant treasurer. Members elected at-large to serve on the executive committee were Perry King of the Northwest Region and business member John Ulrich of Roadracing World.

At the AMA business member meeting earlier that same day, Scott Miller of Harley-Davidson and Brenan were re-elected to the AMA board.

“The AMA board of directors represents a wide-ranging pool of experience, expertise and passion for motorcycling,” McNally said. “We draw from the motorcycling industry, AMA clubs, our membership and the entire motorcycling community. I’m confident that we are in an excellent position to build upon the momentum we’ve created to continue the AMA’s mission of promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.”

Posted by Arlo Redwine. Photo courtesy the American Motorcyclist Association.