Biographies of the Nominees for 2018 Antique & Classic Boat Society Officers
President – Rich Lepping (Glacier Lakes)
Richard Lepping (Rich) had a short retirement from Border Patrol WI, a Taco Bell Franchisee, returning to the business and currently owns a number of restaurants in the Central Wisconsin. He has been in the Restaurant business for over 25 years. In addition to Taco Bell, he was employed with the Pepsi Cola Company and obtained a teaching degree in Marketing and Business Education.
Rich received his Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1983. He attended graduate studies at Michigan State University. Rich is married to Beth Isola Lepping and resides in Madison Wisconsin. He has served on the Boards of; Hospice Care, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Curling Club, United States Curling Association, Wisconsin State Curling Association, Meriter Hospital, Town Bank Board, and WHA Public Television. While a Taco Bell franchisee, he served on the Franchisee Advisor Board and Taco Bell National Board.
Rich is a member of Downtown Rotary, and enjoys Curling, Golf and of course Antique and Classic Boating. He is the Past Commodore of the Glacier Lakes Chapter of ACBS.
Vice President – Stanley Struble (Lake Hopatcong)
I have been a member of ACBS since June of 1985. I have been in the Lake Hopatcong Chapter since that date. I have been VP and President two terms concluding in 1992 & 2013. I have been Boat Show Chairman and Head Judge for many years until 2012 while I was President.
I have a 1949 CC Custom Runabout and a 1979 Checkmate Enchanter. I also own 55 vintage outboard motors. My love for boats began in my early teens. My family had a home on Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey and we spent the summers there. Outboards became a passion as a youth. I worked at Marinas during the summers while going to college. One of the first Marinas I worked at serviced everything; inboards, outboards, and did fiberglass and wood repairs. I received a fantastic education for boat repairs and maintenance.
My experience at the Marina was a deciding factor in my career choice. I became a Snap-on Tools Franchisee and moved into their management program. I worked for Snap-on for 36 years and retired in 2006. I was retired for 4 months and wanted to work so I became a Health & Life Insurance Agent, which I still am.
We summer at Lake Hopatcong. I am always working or tinkering with the many project motors I own. I am very active in our ACBS Chapter as a Board member. I have been on the ACBS International Board for the past 3 years.
I look forward to the challenge of being a Vice President and hope to continue the great work done by our Officers and Board members. ACBS is a great organization and I am proud to be a part of it.
Secretary – Gary Fesperman (Blue Ridge Chapter)
I grew up in wood boats on High Rock Lake in Piedmont, North Carolina in the 1950’s and 60’s and have owned and loved them ever since. I joined the ACBS and the Sunnyland Chapter in the mid 1980’s and moved my membership to the Blue Ridge Chapter in the late 1980’s. I served as Chapter President and in numerous other capacities for many years. I started my work career in corporate management and evolved into private enterprise owning and operating several businesses including a restoration shop in Powder Springs, Georgia where I restored a number of my own boats and numerous others for outside customers. I was employed by the City of Lavonia as City Manager from March of 1999 until Jan 2016 when I retired.
My wife, Mary Jo, and I have two children and five grandchildren, are members of the United Methodist Church and are active in numerous civic and professional organizations.
Treasurer – Tim Bush (Northern California/Lake Tahoe)
Tim has been a resident of Pleasanton, California for 27 years where he resides with his wife Teri of 35 years. He is the proud parent of 4 children, two grandsons, 1 dog and 3 cats. An avid boating enthusiast, weekends during the summer months are spent enjoying the waters of Lake Tahoe. During the last four years, Tim has judged Runabout class boats during the annual South Shore Show held in July.
Boating and vacationing in Lake Tahoe has been a mainstay in the Bush family for five decades. Tim was introduced to wooden boats by his father and ACBS Past President, Bob. He and his five sisters grew up skiing behind the original Bushytail, a 17′ 1959 Chris Craft Sportsman. Later a 1977 Century Arabian and during the early 90’s, a 21′ 1956 Chris Craft Capri was purchased and restored. A 1949 “U22” (Bushytail II) was acquired and restored and is currently used today to attend chapter outings and family activities. In 2001, Tim and his father purchased Mr. President, a 25′ I 94 7 Chris Craft Sportsman. Family members participated in the restoration with the bungs made by the two youngest members of the family.