Veterans Motorsports Association is made up of Veterans, Businesses, Community Members, Vintage/Custom Car/Motorcycle Owners, Enthusiast’s and Volunteers who share in the interests of Custom Cars and Motorcycles.
Our mission is to promote awareness and acceptance of people of all ages with disabilities and educating the public of various types of disabilities. There are many types of disabilities which are not always physical or seen.
In addition, our mission will be successfully accomplished by working together in our communities with other organizations, businesses, and community groups.
We will be networking together and sharing our hobby and interests with everyone who is disabled through social activities within our communities providing activities, events, and creating everlasting friendships.
The Veterans Motorsports Association (VMA) is honored to announce our partnership with Vintage American Race Cars (VARC) in October 2018. VARC was founded by Mr. Jack Layton in 1978. The mission of VARC with its membership and race promoters is to keep racing of the past in the public eye in a safe and entertaining environment. This will educate the public of earlier years of racing with our traveling museum. VMA and VARC is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. VARC consists of vintage race car owners, hobbyist, and enthusiasts who will put on vintage race car exhibition races throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.
The Veterans Motorsports Association was founded in 2016 by Charlie who was a six-year Marine Corps Veteran and his wife Gayle Brock. After two years of planning and organizing, VMA will be open for membership starting in April 2019. Our mission and goals is to promote awareness and acceptance of Veterans, individuals, and citizens of all ages and all types of disabilities. Our goal is to educate the public that there are many types of disabilities which are not always physical or seen. Also, this will be accomplished working together with VARC in our communities with community groups and various businesses. Charlie is also an active member of the NAVASEMI. https://navasemi.wordpress.com/
The times were fun when through our youth and earlier years of memories of hot rods, drive-in movies, diners, cruising many roads, hanging out with friends at Big Boy restaurants, A & W restaurants, and Daly drive-in restaurants. The memories were guaranteed to last a lifetime. Today, we plan to create everlasting memories and friendships by hosting events at locations like children’s hospitals, Veterans hospitals, long-term care facilities and community events when invited. Entertainment will be provided for all children and adults at these events.
VMA and VARC will be honoring all Veterans who are in attendance on Veterans appreciation nights at selected racetracks throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.
Mr. Charlie Brock, a six-year U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Veteran, has been a member of the Michigan Marine Corps League for approximately 10-15 years with continued efforts. Originally, Charlie joined the Marine Corps League Downriver Detachment, Wyandotte, Michigan several years ago. Presently, Mr. Brock is a member of the Marine Corps League, Howell, Michigan, serving as an honor guard for funerals at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan, and locally in various communities. Charlie has served for two years as a Commander of the Livingston County Veterans Council. He has been awarded the Livingston County Veteran of the year honors (2018-2019). He is a member of the AMVETS Post 1775, Brighton, Michigan. Also, he is currently a Mentor with the Livingston County Veterans Treatment Court. Additionally, approximately for 7-8 years, Charlie is a member of the Marine Corps League Devil Dogs, which is a fun and honor society. In the past, he has been the coordinator for the Wayne County Special Olympics and helps start the first Cerebral Palsy games held in Michigan. Charlie is a retired employee for 25 years with Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines. He has served in the Michigan Disabled American Veterans organization moving up the chain of command from Second Junior Vice Commander, First Junior Vice Commander, and, finally, the State Senior Vice Commander. He has been traveling for several years to Washington, D.C. working on passing Veteran’s bills in Congress. He has been a Service Officer with the DAV for 7 years. Charlie and Gayle raised three special needs children and other family members with disabilities.
Mr. Brock worked as a Paraprofessional with all disabilities in Special Education.
Mrs. Gayle Brock is a parent and grandparent with disabilities and special needs children. She grew up in a military family and has a military background. Gayle is a Lifetime member of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary. Mrs. Brock has served as an adviser with various boards with individuals with special needs. Gayle has worked as a Paraprofessional with all disabilities in Special Education.
Ms. Denise Riley, a staff assistant, grew up with two brothers going to Vietnam. Denise is a Lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. In Ms. Riley’s spare time, she helps friends and relatives research their ancestry through many resources.
Ms. Anne Marie Coleman is a Human Resources Director at Productions Plus- The Talent Shop, Michigan’s largest full-service talent management agency. She holds an MBA from Kaplan University with specialization in Human Resource Management, and is a current SHRM-CP (Certified Professional). Anne Marie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelors of General Studies with a major concentration in Political Science, minor in Anthropology and emphasis on Law in Society. During her time spent at the U of M University, she was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, as well as, the American Association of University Women. Anne Marie also was a campus ambassador for the Public Leadership Education Network which is a nonpartisan organization focused on preparing college women for leadership in public policy.
Anne Marie devotes her spare time to her position as VP of Veterans Motorsports Association, a non-profit organization comprised of owners and enthusiasts of classic cars, street rods, muscle cars, hot rods, and motorcycles. She is dedicated to our mission statement, which is promoting awareness and acceptance of individuals with disabilities within the community.
Mr. Jeff Hannak is a Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired, working with the Judge Advocate General as a Legal Serviceman Court-Martial Reporter. He has approximately 13-16 years working in the legal field. Mr. Hannak has earned a B.S. Degree in Business Education with a Marketing and Office Administration (1990) background from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. In the Past, Jeff has been a volunteer with the American Red Cross and the Disaster Action Team assisting citizens with food, clothing, and shelter for 17 years. During the past 10-15 years, he has been a member of the Marine Corps League Downriver Detachment, Wyandotte, Michigan, achieving and holding many leadership positions with the highest being the Commandant of the MCL Downriver Detachment (2015). Jeff has earned and awarded the MCL Downriver Detachment Marine of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
Additionally, throughout the State of Michigan, Marine Hannak has been the recipient of the “Michigan Veteran of the Year 2011.” During the past two years, he is working as a Mentor with Veterans who are involved with the Southgate Downriver Veterans Treatment Court. Mr. Hannak has been the USMC Birthday Committee Leader and Committee member for the past 10-12 years with the MCL Downriver Detachment. Additionally, for the past 10 years, he has been the fundraising chairman.
Since 1981, Jeff has been a Lifetime member of the Michigan Disabled American Veterans holding numerous leadership positions and participating with numerous functions as a leader. During the past 10 years, Mr. Hannak has volunteered as a Service Officer helping Veterans filing claims with the Veterans Administration. Presently, Jeff is the Vice President of Community and Media Relations with VMA.
In closing, we wanted to describe some facts of leadership and education along with volunteering and past employment opportunities which each of us which has played a significance role in establishing Veterans Motorsports Association. We all have researched our community needs; citizens with disabilities, and the needs of Veterans concerns starting the Veterans Motorsports Association. Our volunteer action is branching into other areas in our community.
Ms. Julie Kohmescher is the daughter of Mrs. Gayle Brock. Julie has three daughters and three grandsons. Ms. Kohmescher has earned an Associate’s Degree in Science. Julie currently is employed in the healthcare field. Julie’s father served in the Korean War with the U.S. Army for two years.
Ms. Julie Kohmescher serves with the Veterans Motorsports Association as the Staff Assistant to the Advisory Committee.
Mr. Charlie Brock,President and CEO cell phone: 517-798-7449, email@example.com
Mrs. Gayle Brock, President/Chairwoman of the Advisory Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Anne Marie Coleman, Vice President of Operations (313) 898-1086, email@example.com
Corporal Jeff Hannak, Vice President Development/Community Outreach Coordinator and Public Relations Coordinator (313) 359-3755 , HannakJ4425@Hotmail.com
Ms. Denise Riley Staff Assistant
Mr. George Hillman, Community Events Coordinator
Ms. Julie Kohmescher, Staff Assistant to the Advisory Committee