Executive Bios

Kathleen Wong, President

kathleen-wong-nov-2016 Kathleen joined UCR in 1998 and began actively participated in Drivers Education events after she bought her first Porsche, a 2001 Boxster. In 2007, she bought a 1990 944 Turbo S, and turned it into a race car. Kathleen received her PCA Club Race license in 2008 and competed in Can/Am Challenge UCR Club Race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (aka Mosport) every year since then.

Kathleen joined UCR Board as a Director in 2014 and she was the Vice-President in 2015 and 2016. She was the co-chair of monthly Socials from mid-2013 to the end of 2014, the chair of Open House in 2014 and 2015, the chair of Annual Banquet in 2015 and 2016, and the chair of UCR’s 40th Anniversary Family Picnic, which had a record attendance of close to 500, in July 2016. She is also a member of UCR’s Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Club Race Committee.

Kathleen is an equities analyst at Veritas Investment Research, covering the consumer staples and discretionary sectors.

Michael Pohlmann, Vice President

Michael Pohlmann PicWR1Michael remembers at the age of 7 seeing a family friend’s Porsche 356, and how amazed he was with the shape and how different this car was from anything he had seen. Four years later while in Germany his Cousin, a Porsche mechanic, brought home a 1973 911 RS. That day forever confirmed Michael’s passion for anything Porsche and he knew that this was the car for him in the future. Michael today is a true Porschephile collecting anything Porsche related, including over 250 collectible Porsche race posters, Christophorus, a concours winning 1989 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe, a 1986 944T and the most recent addition to his collection, a 2016 911 GTS Club Coupe. He travels to Germany every 2 years to visit both Porsche Factories, Museum and to drive the Nurburgring Nordschleife and organizes 10 day automotive trips for his close “car-guy” friends. Michael has been a UCR member since 1998 and has actively participated in the club’s karting series, fun runs, awards banquet, monthly socials, Concours and earlier in 2015 started with DE and as a volunteer for the Street Survival School. Michael has worked in corporate commercial real estate since 1987 and has developed a strong business acumen and is highly respected in his field. Currently Michael is responsible for National Bank of Canada’s corporate real estate.

Mike Bryan, Past President

Mike is active member of the UCR Board, driving initiatives on succession planning, communications strategy and member relations, as well as maintaining healthy relationships with Porsche Cars Canada and its dealers. In 2013 he led a full review of UCR’s purpose, organization, key functions and activities. This resulted in “Vision for the Future”, a report recommending the evolutionary steps required to assure a sustainable and successful future for UCR. Mike has also been responsible for membership and external relations.

Mike’s keen focus on customer service comes from his background in sales and marketing of automotive repair paints in Europe and North America. This involved moves from the UK to Belgium to France and then Canada. As a volunteer, he has served as chairman of the Automotive Industries Association and was instrumental in creating a national voice for the collision repair industry. After leaving the corporate world, Mike managed the national voice, running conferences to find solutions to the industry’s strategic challenges. He also runs a company that provides customized training in professional selling skills and leadership.

Mike’s business and volunteer experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations has developed his skills in strategic planning, organization, listening and in making things happen. He learned long ago that the more you put in, the more you get out, and that’s why he’s keen to serve UCR to help keep the club strong and work with others in finding new ways to keep delighting its members.

Terrence Tong, Treasurer

2017-ucr-treasurer_terrence-tong-2 Terrence developed a strong interest in cars at an early age. Some of his fondest memories were cruising around in his cousin’s 993 cab, 968 and Subaru Impreza as a kid. He was hooked to the sounds of a boxer engine and Porsche – which explains his choices starting off with his first car, a 2002 Subaru Legacy, followed by a 2011 WRX STI as his graduation gift to himself.

His craving for powerful boxer engines remained strong, leading him, as many others before, into the world of Porsche. His current pride and joy is Banana, a 2001 911 Carrera (996) in Speed Yellow, with nothing short of every single option box checked off, including the full factory aerokit. With his acquisition of Banana, Terrence has been a member of PCA UCR since 2015.

Upon graduation with a BBA from Wilfred Laurier University, Terrence has been working in the field of public accounting, and has achieved his CPA, CA designation. Currently he is a Tax Manager at TGC CPA in Oakville, with focus on providing auditing, tax and business advisory services.

Foster Zanutto, Secretary

foster zanutto photowrA life-long car junkie who reads everything and anything related to the automotive world, Foster was introduced to Porsche by his best buddy Max Schoemer, a 25+ year member of PCA-UCR who sadly passed away last year. Foster rode shotgun with Max several times at Mosport-CTMP and prodded by Max to transfer his enthusiasm from Mustang (owned 8) to Porsche (rather than a Shelby), Foster acquired his red 2002 Boxster S in 2013 and soon after registered in the DE program, and he was hooked! After volunteering at a couple of UCR events, Foster and wife Karen are eager to continue contributing to the success of this phenomenal club.

Foster began his career as a secondary school teacher, then moved into educational administration with the Niagara South School Board, then Niagara College and finally with the Goodman School of Business at Brock University in St. Catharines. He is now semi-retired and operates his own business in Corporate Education and Human Resources Consulting.

Scott Bodo , Director

scott-bodo-ucr-photocroppedScott’s interest in cars started in his teenage years with a fondness for big block American muscle cars – specifically MOPAR. His mother would tell you he kept out of trouble because he was always working on his or a friend’s car. Later in his professional career he developed a new interest in fine German engineering – goodbye American muscle!
Scott and his wife Mary Iantorno, agreed to purchase their first Porsche, a 2005 Boxster, from Scott’s best friend in Kelowna. After a couple of years of top down fun, Scott caved into pressure from fellow Porsche enthusiasts at work to track the car. IDS was all it took! During the 2014 season, Scott attended DE after DE and quickly moved up through the levels. Once on the slippery slope, the Boxster was sold and replaced with a shiny new red Cayman GTS. He was firmly hooked and Mary couldn’t understand what was so great about driving around a track so Scott signed Mary up for IDS and a new Track Monster was created. Since then, both have not missed a DE and have also added Watkins Glen this season.
Scott has been active as a UCR volunteer assisting with IDS, Driven 2 Smile and as an in-car coach for the Tire Rack Street Survival School.
Scott works for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, as a Sales Consulting Systems Engineer with countrywide responsibility for assisting Enterprise customers with their NAC security needs for wired and wireless networks.
Scott and Mary live in Oakville and thoroughly enjoy the club and the awesome people who they have become new friends with.

Neil Dowdell , Director

neildowdelldeccropped2-2016-11-76849 Grew up in Toronto. Worked for Ford Motor Co. as District Manager. Retired at age 55 and live in Ancaster. Raced several different cars from 1968 to 1972 and have owned a variety of cars from a real Cobra to Ferraris, and several Mercedes and Porsches. Been with PCA 14 years and organized fun runs, worked on the club race for 11 years, currently as grid captain and volunteer coordinator. Thoroughly enjoy UCR.

 

Peter Oakes, Director

Peter Oakes final3Peter has been a Club member for four years. He drives a 2006 911S Carrera. During his time with the Club, Peter has been UCR’s Club Treasurer, has organized a Fun Run in the Peterborough area and a Targa in Prince Edward County. Peter was born in Montreal where he did his undergraduate degree and became a CPA, CA before obtaining his MBA from The Ivey School of Business. He is semi-retired, a member on three Boards and does consulting as a member of The Oakes Group. During his career, he was a CFO in real estate, construction, manufacturing, insurance and information companies.

He and his wife Beth currently reside in Toronto; and previously lived in Edmonton and San Diego. Beth works with executives providing career advisory, transition and coaching services. They have two children: Ashleigh is a currency trader in Manhattan and is married with three children; Blair lives in Moncton where he is the Human Resources Manager for the Exxon Mobil Business center.

Gregory Sachs, Director

Gregory Sachs2wrGregory’s first motor-adventure was on his father’s 250cc motorcycle as a teenager, riding in amateur races, but his attention quickly turned to Porsche.  In 1967 Polish rally driver Sobieslaw Zasada won the European Rally Championship with Porsche 912. In the autumn of 1967 Zasada was victorious driving his Porsche 911S in the 2055-mile stage-race Gran Premio Argentino. Motivated by reading Zasada’s book, Gregory decided to upgrade his driver license to cars. After driving Pontiacs for 32 years, Gregory bought his first Porsche in 2011, black 1984 Carrera 3.2, and promptly joined the PCA-UCR.

Since 2013, Gregory has been active in Driver Ed events, and he enjoys performance driving immensely, as well as the camaraderie with fellow members. Also, Gregory has been supporting the Club Race as a Grid Nastie. His long term dream, however, is to to take a Porsche to La Carrera Panamericana.

Gregory is a P.Eng. (Electrical Engineering) with Bell Canada, designing Network Connectivity Solutions for Enterprise customers.

He is also a Glider Pilot.

Gregory lives in Mississauga with his wife Izabela, and they raised together 2 daughters Emma and Agatha.

Dave Walker, Director

davewalker-serious-head-shotLike many people I thought a Porsche was out of reach for me. I even thought (oh what heresy) that maybe they were overpriced. However in the early 2000s I got a chance to drive a few and discovered that both of my thoughts were misconceptions.
In 2008 while living in Alberta I bought my dream car a 1995 Porsche 911. Within weeks my wife and I got in our 993 and drove to Ontario. In 2010 I started residing here and joined the UCR chapter of the Porsche club. In 2011 I volunteered at PorschePlatz and have continued doing that. As well I have assisted with fun runs in Muskoka and a track day at Mosport.
I am a Director of our Lake Association so am aware of the dynamics of volunteer organizations. I spent 31 years with the Federal Government retiring in 2010 after serving as an Hearing Manager. That position brought me into contact with the public and certainly helped one be diplomatic.
I am aware of the time commitment needed and being retired I have the time to attend meetings as well as assist with club events. I am honoured to have been asked to be a Director and will serve to the best of my ability for the Upper Canada Region of the Porsche Club of America.