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2021 SMBC Board of Directors Election Candidates

Jeff Flagg

Jeff Flagg

I am a mostly retired attorney originally from Iowa who has been a member of the club going on five years. I enjoy my weekly rides and appreciate the support of the club in improving my cycling skills.
As a board member my biggest priority will be bike safety. We all know riders who have been the unfortunate victim of accidents and injuries, almost always the result of road hazards or negligent individuals.
As a board we must continuously educate ourselves as well as the public
in general of the need to embrace bicycling safety.
I pledge to be an independent voice with no preconceived agenda. I will work hard, regularly attend meetings and support the mission of the Sarasota Manatee Bike Club.

Jim Wheeler

Jim Wheeler

Born and raised in the Chicago area but lived in 10 different states.

Occupation: writer/editor.

Previous SMBC Board member twice.

14-16 mph ride leader for many years.

Former SMBC ride coordinator.

Former editor of the SMBC newsletter, “The Rough Draft

Joe Pawlis

Joseph Powlis

My Biking resume’

·     Steers & Beers

·     Golf Course 

·     Lakewood Ranch Town Hall Ride

·     Emerson Point Paceline

·     Love the Loop


Phil Jones

Phil Jones,

Broker for several Medicare Insurance Companies.
From Louisville, KY via USMC, Guam, Vietnam.
Masters degree in Business Management
Bike rider from the age of 6. Delivered 300 newspapers per day on my bike for 2 years.
Member of various bike clubs:
Louisville Ky bike club, Charleston WV bike club, Baltimore MD bike club, Puerto Rico bike club, St Pete FL bike club, Destin FL bike club, Village Idiots bike club, LWR  FL, Gulf Coast bike club, LWR FL, SMBC bike club, Sarasota FL,Tampa Bay Land Sharks bike club, Apollo Beach FL, Central Florida mountain bike club,  Peace River bike club.

Member of SMBC. prior Board member and Safety Director.
Worked on various official bike rides, Tour de Parks, etc.. 
I would like to the new board and facilitate moving the club forward and work with the club in the biking community.

Rich Garrett

Rich Garrett

LCI (League Certified Instructor with the Florida Bike Association.)
Active member of the MPO Bike/Ped Committee for several years.
I have worked closely with the MPO on traffic safety surveys, bike mobility events (leading rides) and most recently the ride November 4th coordinated by Michael Lynch, Bradenton Mobility coordinator.

Past president of Sarasota Manatee Bike Club and as such we promoted bike safety through Rodeos that focused on bike education for children.
SMBC encouraged ride leader training programs to have ride leaders be properly educated in group ride safety basics
Worked closely with the MPO, City of Sarasota and City of Manatee to promote and contribute in the planning of Safe Street objectives.
Participated in the study conducted by the MPO in determining the best west route. 

John Fountain

John Fountain

Director of Football, Tour of California,

Hockey, baseball, football coach.  Leader of annual bike from Tijuana to Santa Barbara, 250 miles.

Club member 5 months

I want to be an SMBC director because:

My experience and love of cycling will benefit the club board and riders. I can give a riders perspective.


I will bring the following strengths to the Board:

My 30 years of business management and organization skills and P/L responsibilities. I ran six manufacturing facilities in two countries and managed 1,200 people.

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