Kevin Carter, CHAIRMAN
Kevin is a lifelong Chicago area resident. Coming from a background in both high school and college sports, Kevin is no a stranger to demanding physical activates, team work, commitment and fun. Nine years ago after Kevin decided it was time to tackle a new sport and purchased his first bike from “Walmart”. In 2012 Kevin realized cycling was not only fun but a way of life and purchased his first cycling bike from “Kozy”. After training and strengthening with others and on his own Kevin was able to step it up to the ultimate level and join Major Taylor in 2014. Three years and three bikes later. Kevin is now our 2017 Major Taylor President.
When Kevin is not planning and taking part in ride events you can best believe his is still active. Kevin has always been hands on, after attending Illinois State University (ISU) majoring in marketing/engineering. Kevin realized he wanted a career that provided him with an active lifestyle and the ability to create his own path. In 2011 Kevin graduated from Cortiva Institute School of Message Therapy. Kevin works for the Spine and Sports Center of Chicago where he is the sports and medical therapist. He also serves as a private therapist to several businesses and personal accounts both in and around the Chicagoland area.
Outside of work and cycling you can find Kevin as many would say “bargain shopping”. Kevin enjoys building and updating not only his own bikes but others as well. Kevin also blows off steam at the gun range as well.
2017 is going to be a year to remember Major Taylor family. I’m looking forward to adding some miles to the pavement with you all…Let’s RIDE!
susan rogers, Treasurer
Susan has lived in Chicago all her life other than going away to college. She considers herself a biker since 1980 when, on a whim, she rode down the coast of California on Route 1 from San Francisco to LA without cleats, bike shorts or bike jerseys! Susan is married with 2 grown daughters. Susan has have been on several nonprofit boards in the past and understand budgets and strategic planning. Although she is not business trained, she feel comfortable creating and handling a budget and maintaining accurate financial records. Susan is a retired physician from Stroger Hospital of Cook County Hospital but she continues to teach part-time at Rush Medical School and supervise residents in the clinic at Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Susan has more than adequate time to handle the responsibilities of treasurer of MTC3.
Bill Gaston, Club Captain
Bill has been a member of Major Taylor for 2 years. He is an Application developer by day and a weekend warrior in his free time. Bill met Chuck Irven on the lake front path and during their ride Chuck told him about Major Taylor and MTC3. After Bill found the Facebook fan page he got a good feel for the club and its members and knew he wanted to be a part of this club.
Several years ago Bill used to be the Illinois Chapter President and the Midwest Coordinator for the Christian Sport Bike Association. In his time of leadership Bill learned how to lead a social group, how to plan motorcycle rides that were safe and exciting for riders of various skill levels. Bill also learned how to grow their organization throughout the Midwest region where the club didn’t existed. He enjoyed time as president in the CSBA and that is why he decided to run for Club Captain for the Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago.
For the past few months Bill has learned about the responsibilities of the position of Club Captain. he wanted to learn what would be required to successfully fill the role of Club Captain.
What he learned about our club that makes us special from other clubs is that we’re named
after Major Taylor and not a location. As the Club Captain Bill is working to accomplish the following goals.
• Publish the 2017 ride calendar with standing weekly and invitational rides. Publish ride maps and cue sheets when possible for recurring club rides.
• Have rides that offer options for more riders to participate. Grow the MTC3 brand by promoting club rides throughout the cycling community. Grow the club brand by having monthly MTC3 kit only rides. Grow the club brand by fellowshipping with other cycling clubs.
• Create cycle training videos for new members to review before coming out on a club ride.Create cycle training plans with weekly rides to assist members in successfully completing a century and or metric century of their choosing. Create cycle training plans with weekly rides to transition members from riders to ride leaders.
Jason Ward, Club Secretary
Jason is an active rider and serves the needs of riders through education, participation, and advocacy. Since he began his journey in 2013 to cycling fitness he has participated in a multitude MTC3 rides and events. Jason’s goals are to share the sport of cycling with everyone and more generally to support others to attain a healthy lifestyle by their definition.
Jason brings more than 11 years of advisory experience on corporate management, risk management, strategic planning, leadership and organizational development to Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago’s Board of Directors. Jason is Chief Operating Officer for Carousel Checks Inc., a privately held entity that prints secure documents for financial institutions. Jason firmly believes that passionate people choosing to collaborate and serve for the common good can make the changes in our society that are beneficial and long-lasting.
His position on the Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago is his first official board assignment. In the past, he has assisted the club with board development and strategic planning support. Jason is looking forward to engaging members of the cycling community to ensure MTC3 meets their sporting needs. He aims to assist members and friends of the club with the opportunity to strengthen their minds, bodies and character through the sport of cycling. To build healthy, active cycling lifestyles and relationships that will last a lifetime.
brenda dixon, Events & membership manager
Brenda is entering her third year as a member of Major Taylor Chicago and has been cycling since the summer of 2013. She has served on the membership and events committee for the past year and understands the importance of keeping our membership records updated and enjoys the challenge of making Major Taylor Chicago events great. I would be honored to serve as your Membership and Events Officer for 2017.