Rob Dingman Is Appointed CEO For The AMA


PICKERINGTON, Ohio(March 27, 2007) - The American Motorcyclist Association hasannounced that effective today, AMA President Rob Dingman has been named Chief ExecutiveOfficer of the Association, replacing Patti DiPietro, who has served as CEO since January 2006."This appointment completes the transition in AMA leadership that was begun a year ago,"said Dal Smilie, chairman of the AMA Board of Directors. "That process included a lengthy searchperiod, resulting in the hiring of Rob Dingman as President last December. Since then, Patti DiPietroand Rob have been working together to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. With theappointment of Rob as the AMA's President and CEO, that transition is now complete."DiPietro began her career in the AMA mailroom in 1976, and progressed steadily whilecontinuing her education, becoming an Accounting Clerk, Vice President of Finance and Operationsand, finally, Chief Financial Officer of the Association before taking over as CEO last year."There is no way we can adequately thank Patti for her decades of service to the AMA, and inparticular, for the leadership she has shown during this transitional time," said Smilie. "We areconfident that, on her watch, we have established a strong new direction for the AMA and we havebrought in the right person to continue that leadership."

"This completes a planned transition for the Association," said DiPietro. "Since Rob wasbrought onto the staff late last year, we have been working toward this moment. That transitionalprocess has gone smoothly and effectively, allowing us to complete the process now."Dingman served as the AMA's Washington Representative in the 1990s before returning to hisnative New York to serve as Assistant Commissioner for Transportation Safety in the state'sDepartment of Motor Vehicles. He has extensive experience in the motorcycle field, having worked atthe Motorcycle Industry Council prior to his first tenure with the AMA. He gained even moreexperience in highway safety issues as the Chief Administrator of the Governor's Traffic SafetyCommittee in New York.

"I want to thank Patti, Dal and the entire AMA Board for the confidence they have shown inme," said Dingman. "The AMA has been an incredibly important part of motorcycling in America for83 years, and with membership now at a record 280,000, the Association is the strongest it has beenin that long history. I look forward to building on the work of so many others in taking the AMA into thefuture."

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