Lance, Chip’s son, is a “chip off the old block.” They were the best of friends sharing similar passions such as Corvettes, racing, cars and the beach. Lance grew up in Ocean City, NJ surfing as much as the waves would allow and traveling with the National Scholastic Surfing Association Team (NSSA) to places such as Hawaii, Brazil, and California. After his father’s passing, Lance returned to Carlisle, PA to take over where his dad left off with Carlisle Events, a collector car and truck promotion company in Carlisle, PA. “I’m happy to help my father continue his legacy by helping others through our foundation. There’s nothing more rewarding than helping spread the word about this incredibly awful and deadly disease – amyloidosis.”Lance currently resides in Carlisle, PA with his wife Michele and daughter Ella.
Judy founded the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation after Chip passed away in March 2004. Chip always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives while he was alive and he continues to honor this by the work being done by the Foundation. “Our main objective is to raise awareness about amyloidosis in order to help other people with this disease be diagnosed earlier. The key is to be diagnosed as early as possible in order to have better treatment outcomes.” Judy divides her time between Carlisle and St. Pete Beach, Florida with her two kitties. She volunteers at the local hospital in Carlisle and loves to watch racing and play golf. She also loves to spend time with her two daughters and five grandchildren.
Bill met Chip in 1969 at a car event and quickly became friends. Shortly thereafter in 1974, they became business partners when they started Carlisle Events. Bill started in car sales in 1966, became sales manager in 1970, and in 1977 became an automobile dealer. From that time until 1995 he owned four different automobile dealerships. In 1980, Chip and Bill became full-time with Carlisle Events with Bill selling the last automobile dealership in 1995. “My dealerships were never a job but an extension of the automotive hobby that I have always enjoyed. It doesn’t get any better in life than working in your hobby. I became a board member to honor my best friend and business partner in hopes of finding a cure for the dreaded disease that took his life.” Bill has been married to Peggy for 40 wonderful years and has two children Bill III and Kristine and two adorable grand kids, Christopher, Skylar and Grayson. In his spare time Bill likes to fish and attend car events.
Harold has been a financial manager for the past 17 years and currently serves as the CFO of Carlisle Events and Treasurer for the Chip Miller Amyliodosis Foundation. As Treasurer, Harold’s primary responsibility is directing and coordinating all foundation financial objectives and obligations, including developing annual budgets, developing cash management investment strategies and maintaining a financially solvent non-profit organization. He is a true asset to the organization. “It’s an honor to have been asked by Judy and the family to serve on the board of the foundation. I think it’s a great opportunity to continue with Chip’s legacy of raising awareness of the disease.” Harold lives in Hershey, PA with his wife Darlene and daughter Maggie. Harold enjoys mountain biking and traveling with his family.
Nick is a childhood friend of Lance and was extremely close with Chip where they enjoyed surfing and hanging out together in Ocean City, NJ. Today, Nick lives in Marmora, NJ with his fiancee Lizzy. He works for Barrel’s restaurant and oversees various non-profit surfing events along the Jersey coast. Nick spearheads the Chip Miller Amyliodosis Foundation’s annual Surf Fest competition which has raised close to $30,000. “I serve on the foundation because Chip did so much for us when we were younger. He made such a huge impact on my life. I am now honored to be able to give something back for such a great person.”
Joe, a longtime friend of Chip Miller and dedicated friend of Carlisle Events, is a big car enthusiast who would give the shirt off his back to someone in need. He currently packages life-saving medications and vaccines for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, Merck and Company. “For me it is an honor that the Miller family asked me to serve on this board. I am honored that I have been given the opportunity to help spread the word about this horrible disease that prematurely took the life of one of the greatest people that I have ever known, Chip Miller.” Joe has two daughters, Jessica and Stephanie, in King of Prussia, PA. His hobbies include Corvettes, Corvettes and yes, Corvettes!
Ginger Kochmer is a specialized Staffing Executive with expertise in Corporate Staffing and Executive Search. She’s currently the Vice President of the Creative Group; a division of Robert Half International, located in Philadelphia, Pa. Robert Half International is a $4B global leader in Specialized Staffing. The company has over 400 offices in over 23 countries. Ginger currently manages all recruiting programs for Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. The Creative Group specializes in the placement of Marketing and Advertising professionals on a temp and temp to hire basis. Ginger has been instrumental in placing over 5000+ consultants in her 8 year tenure with TCG.
Ginger currently advises on two advertising boards in Philadelphia, Board of Directors for the Philly Ad Club (2014), the largest chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), and is also the President of the Art Directors Club of Philadelphia (ADCP 2009-2014). She was also nominated for the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement in 2011. Ginger has been instrumental in developing the marketing and creative community in Philadelphia; she’s produced events such as The Battle of the Agency Bands, The Dead Work Awards, and the Art Directors Club of Philadelphia’s Annual Award Show-The Louis Awards. She is an active volunteer for the Philadelphia Arts & Business Council and continues to educate and guide creative professionals on a daily basis.
Patricia Claus has been a Graphic Artist for Belair Time Corporation for 20 years, but her real passion is volunteering for causes that are important to her. This passion for volunteering was nurtured while working at her part-time job at Kohl’s Department Store through their “Kohl’s Cares” program. This program enabled Patty to volunteer in fund raising events for groups like Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes and Children with Cystic Fibrosis.
Patty has also been volunteering regularly for several animal advocacy groups over the past five years as well. Through her direct involvement, Patty has helped raise thousands of dollars for the Monmouth County SPCA’s Pittie Project. Due to her efforts many Pit-bull breeds and pit mixes have been rescued, and have found foster or forever homes for these abused animals. Patty was recently appointed as a Board Member of “Foster’s Future”, a non-profit group that provides funds and services to people caring for all animals that are in foster care.
Patty’s passion for volunteering became painfully personal when her father, Hugh Claus, was diagnosed with Amyloidosis in 2009. Since his diagnosis, Patty has worked tirelessly to bring Amyloidosis awareness into mainstream through Social Media, newsprint and radio. Patty has planned and organized several fundraising events on her own to benefit both the Chip Miller Amyliodosis Foundation (CMAF) and also to help defray some of the medical costs which the Claus family has incurred.
Patty’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. Her and her father’s story has been featured in the Amyloidosis Winter Newsletter, the CMAF Newsletter and Patty has been interviewed for an article to be published in the National Review. Although Hugh Claus ultimately lost his battle with Amyloidosis, Patty has not lost her resolve to bring this horrible disease into the public’s eye. Her most recent fundraising event “The CMAF Presents a Night of Laughter”, helped once again to spread the word about Amyloidosis.
Michael has been a long time fan of Corvettes at Carlisle, he’s known the Miller family for quite sometime as well. Michael met Lance Miller during a Corvettes For A Cure in 2006. A small group of Corvette friends got together and started a Corvette event to honor Chip Miller. This event, Corvettes for Chip, has become one of the largest fund raisers for the Chip Miller Amyliodosis Foundation! Corvettes for Chip doesn’t only raise funds for a great cause, it helps spread the word about amyloidosis too. Michael’s wife, Marion, often helps the CMCF as well, she’s a strong supporter and we’re happy to have both Marion and Michael’s help! Michael enjoys his five children, five grand children and loves spending his free time at their cabin on the river – fishing, hunting and the occasional vacation to Mexico. He also enjoys scuba diving, surfing and carving decoys. He also enjoys owning three incredible Corvettes, as he often states “I’m a very lucky man” – we concur!
Brett joined Merrill Lynch in 2008 after several years at Wachovia. He began his career over 18 years ago in New York City concentrating on Investment Banking and International Institutional sales. Growing up in Ocean City, NJ, Brett has a passion for the beach which has him committed to several charities and community organizations. Brett is an avid golfer and skier and currently resides in Haddonfield, NJ with his wife and three children.
I run a boutique practice within Merrill Lynch that provides personalized financial services for middle market business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and their families, implementing custom strategies with a disciplined approach to grow, protect, and preserve wealth. The Chip Miller Amyliodosis Foundation is excited to have long time friend of Lance Miller and Nick Bricker on the board!
Darren has been aware of the Millers and Carlisle Events since he was a boy. Back then, he would travel from upstate New York to Carlisle to help hunt for – and carry – parts for his dad’s restoration projects ranging from 1929 Model A’s to mid-60’s muscle cars. Now a Carlisle resident with his wife, son, and daughter, Darren still maintains a strong affinity for classic and exotic cars and is glad to have another generation of the family excited about attending the events. In learning more about Chip Miller’s life and his lasting impression on the lives of all that knew him, Darren became increasingly aware of Amyloidosis and CMAF. “It is truly unfortunate that I never had the honor to meet and know Chip. He was an incredibly special person that left an amazing legacy that I am so blessed to be part of now. I have the utmost respect for Lance, Judy, Michele, and my fellow Board members.” It’s a dream of Darren’s to co-pilot a Corvette across America with Lance to raise national awareness for both Amyloidosis and the foundation.
Bob was a longtime and dear friend of Chip. They spent many winters together as “snowbirds” in St. Pete Beach, Florida and traveling to various Corvette shows. For the past 30 years, Bob has been the President & CEO of SCS, a worldwide video production and satellite transmission business. His clients include all of the TV broadcasting companies worldwide and most of the Fortune 500 companies. “I like the fact that the foundation is informing people of this dreadful disease. If Chip Miller had been informed earlier, he might still be with us today.” Bob lives with his wife Bridget and toy poodle Prada in Wauconda, IL. He loves to spend time with his daughter Dori, son-in-law Bob and his adorable grandchild Ryan. In his spare time Bob likes to fish and travel..