PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) today announced staffing changes aimed at keeping the 260,000-member Association at the forefront of American and international motorcycling.

With his recent election to the position of vice president of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), AMA President Robert Rasor will begin transitioning to a more expanded role with the international organization. In that role, he will continue to represent the AMA and the interests of U.S. motorcyclists in the worldwide arena.

Rasor, who has served the AMA for 33 years, has spent much of his career working for motorcyclists' rights, leading the Association's government-relations efforts for 28 years and becoming president in 2000. His involvement with the FIM began in 1988, and he was a key player in guiding the international body to become a watchdog for motorcyclists' rights worldwide, eventually serving as president of the FIM's Commission for Mobility, Transport, Road Safety and Public Policy.

Rasor will continue to serve as president during the transition, while the AMA's Chief Financial Officer, Patricia DiPietro, will serve as executive vice president and chief financial officer. DiPietro, with 29 years' experience helping guide the financial and operational affairs of the AMA, will oversee the Association's day-to-day operations and work with the AMA Board of Directors on leadership plans.

"As the country's premier advocate for motorcyclists, the AMA's influence can only be increased with stronger, more direct ties to international motorcycling," DiPietro said. "At the same time, these staffing changes will allow us to remain focused on the rights, riding and racing interests of our members and motorcycling at large. I look forward to the challenges."

With the transition, John Hoover, a past AMA Board member who recently came out of retirement to serve as the AMA's chief operating officer, will move into a consulting role with the AMA on several projects.

Source: American Motorcyclist Association

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