Experienced Leadership Expected to Accelerate Growth in Vintage Motorsports Company
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced two important additions to its executive leadership team, both in operations director roles. Each new director has extensive experience in motorsports and both are preparing for their first SVRA event with the November 4-8 national championships at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA).
Terry Ozment was formerly vice president of club racing at the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) where she spent 10 years of her career. The centerpiece of her responsibilities in that role was to manage the world-famous SCCA National Runoffs. That annual event is one of the world’s largest gatherings of competitors, involving hundreds of racecars and teams. As national director of event management Ozment will define and oversee the process and procedures of organizing events throughout the SVRA’s season-long schedule.
Also joining the SVRA executive team is Dan Pinsonneault whose racing experience comes through owning, preparing and driving race cars. He drove a 1969 Camaro Trans-Am racer to the SVRA Group 6 sprint racing series championship in 2006. As the former President and CEO of the David R. Webb Company he has extensive experience in manufacturing where he honed his operations skills in developing efficient systems and processes. Pinsonneault will serve as national race competition director where he will lead all aspects of officiating every race weekend on the SVRA calendar. This will include managing personnel of safety, timing and scoring, flagging and rule enforcement.
“I’m extremely excited about the direction of the SVRA,” said Ozment. “I want to bring my strengths in event management to the organization. This includes insuring the kind of consistent, formalized processes and procedures that our participants and all constituents will see as fair, professional and put into practice in a way that will help the business expand its growth.”
“Being in a leadership role with SVRA is a huge opportunity,” said Pinsonneault. “Combining my career experience in operations with my understanding of the needs of the vintage racer makes me very confident I can make a great contribution to an organization I have a ton of respect for. I understand the racer’s needs and mentality. It will be exciting to deliver outstanding event weekends for our members who compete and fans who come to watch.”
SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella expressed great confidence in the new executives. Their arrival is part of his growth strategy for the business.
“Hiring Terry and Dan is part of our long term vision to establish the SVRA as part of mainstream motorsports,” Parella said. “Both of these outstanding leaders bring the polish and professionalism that allows me to focus entirely on being CEO to better serve our partners and create a compelling offer to attract a significant fan following. The SVRA has a lot to offer people who love cars and auto racing.”
The arrival of Pinsonneault and Ozment comes with the departure of Ray Snowdon who previously served as SVRA national race director. Snowdon had been with the SVRA since 2011.
“I want to thank Ray for his contributions over the past four years in taking the SVRA from a club racing organization to a full-fledged auto racing sanctioning body and business,” Parella said. “We wish Ray well in his future endeavors and he will always be considered a friend of the SVRA.”