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AMA: Robert Rasor named new AMA president

28 October 2000

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The Board of Trustees of the American Motorcyclist 
Association (AMA) announced today that Robert Rasor has been named the 
Association's new president, effective Nov. 1. The announcement, made at a 
meeting of the AMA Board at the Association's headquarters in 
Pickerington, Ohio, follows the retirement of J. Scott Thornton, who had 
served as AMA president since November 1999.

Rasor has been a member of the AMA staff for nearly 28 years, starting in 
January 1973 as a legislative analyst. In the early '80s, he became 
director of the AMA's Government Relations Department, a post subsequently 
titled vice president for government relations.

Rasor's tenure at the AMA has included several landmark legislative 
victories, from the battle to stop the federal government from 
blackmailing states over the issue of helmet laws to AMA victories against 
bike bans in St. Louis; Springfield, Illinois; Brockton, Massachusetts; 
Chicago; and other communities nationwide. He also oversaw the AMA's 
effort to impose a federal ban halting health-care discrimination against 
motorcyclists on the part of companies and unions that provide insurance 
to workers. And he led the fight to protect the rights of off-highway 
motorcyclists to ride in appropriate areas of public lands.

In addition to his efforts in this country, Rasor holds two important 
positions with the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the 
international organization representing motorcyclists. He is the president 
of the FIM's Road Safety Commission and is a member of the Management 
Council, which guides the FIM's actions in all areas.

"In choosing Robert Rasor as the AMA's president, we can draw on nearly 
three decades of background in dealing with the issues that confront 
motorcyclists," said Rick Gray, chairman of the AMA Board. "Rob brings a 
wealth of experience to the job of running the largest organization of 
motorcyclists in the world."

Rasor takes over as president during a period when the AMA has experienced 
the most rapid growth in its 76-year history. In the past year alone, the 
Association has grown more than 12 percent, from 240,772 members in 
October 1999 to more than 270,000 members today. 

"My main goal as AMA president will be to continue that growth curve," 
Rasor said. "A bigger, more organized AMA means a stronger voice for all 
of America's motorcyclists.

"In addition," Rasor said, "I will work to continue the growth in 
Association benefits, making AMA membership an even-better value than it 
is today."