"I am a true believer that passion is what moves people to do more, better and greater things. Cliché as it may sound, when people are honestly passionate about something, there is virtually no limit to what they can achieve. Passion is what started the M Gruppe and what moves it forward. It is also what pushes me and the team to want this community to be an ever closer and tighter group of ///M enthusiasts who want to share their common passion with like-minded individuals - even when that means simply parking together and hanging out for coffee on a Saturday morning. We have a unique membership and, out of this group, come the men and women who want to go the extra mile and be part of the M Gruppe team, helping ‘steer the car’ in its journey into the future."

Adriana

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Founder and President
Houston, TX

Adriana’s love for cars started when she was about 3 years old, and would ‘help’ her father wash and wax his cars. It just grew from there. The passion for ///M cars developed from a long history with BMWs that started in Germany in the mid 90s. Adriana’s experience in the car enthusiast world in the US started with the Houston Chater BMW CCA in the mid 2000s where she served for several years as Social Events Chairperson and later as VP. In the early 2010s Adriana co-managed the defunct Houston ///M Club, culminating in the creation of the then Texas M Gruppe (Dec/2015). The current ///M stable includes E30 M3, E64 M6, F12 M6 and F82 M4GTS. Adriana believes that ///M owners should first and foremost know how to properly handle these cars – also to be able to enjoy them to the fullest – and supports formal training, a belief she brings to the M Gruppe. Adriana has participated in many high performance training courses such as M Performance schools in SC, M Performance Driving at the Circuit of the Americas and the mother of all tracks, the Nordschleife Performance training at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with BMW ///M Germany, which she offers yearly for M Gruppe members. Adriana comes from the oil & gas industry and holds a Business degree from Norway, a Safety and Health degree from UT Arlington and an MBA from Tulane University.

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Vice President
Austin, TX

Vaughn has 22 years of professional business & IT experience, in both consulting and industry.  He has worked extensively in international locations, in multiple lines of business, including supply chain, energy, distribution, retail, & manufacturing, in established and start-up organizations.  Vaughn has a BBA from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.  He’s currently a Senior Director of Technology Shared Services at a major Austin-based grocery retailer.Vaughn’s been a two-wheeler rider since the age of seven, graduating to multiple track days and amateur racing.  In 2011, Vaughn went on-line and discovered the M3 cabriolet – the closest thing he could find to an open-air two-wheeled vehicle that would be fast.  He took delivery in January 2012, at the BMW Welt of the LeMans Blue Metallic.  Just over five years later, the M3 is approaching 100,000 miles, twenty-two track-days, nine driving events, and hours and hours of fun.  

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Strategic Partnerships Director
Philadelphia, PA

Danny has 15+ years of professional experience with BMW & Dinan. His passion for the automotive industry started out with a special 850CSI and has now lead him to be the Director of Business Development for the Dinan Corp. He also holds some of he most prestigious relations in the BMW dealership community throughout the United States and Canada. His passion for modifying cars started at the age of 15 and has never stopped since. His passion for the ///M brand and it's following is at the upmost importance and is the foreground of his career for the past decade and beyond.

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Motorsports Director
Houston, TX

Steve was born in Fort Worth (TX) the son of an Air Force test pilot and a addicted to cars since he was very young. Steve was fortunate to attend high school in Germany when the 1965 Ford GT40’s and the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe's raced for the first time at the 1000 km Rennen at the Nürburgring. He watched the race from the 7th km turn as John Surtees won by a large margin in the #1 blood red Ferrari. If he was in love with cars before then, at that time he became totally hooked on racing and fast cars.  
Steve currently drives a 2013 E92 Dinan M3 6 speed and loves it.  He has raced Porsche GT3, won three BMW CCA regional championships and two National runner-ups in his red and yellow E30 M3. More recently Steve raced his M3 E46 to a wins at MSR Cresson. He also club raced with BMW CCA, NASA and was a high speed instructor for BMW, Porsche and Drivers Edge. 
Steve and his wife live in Katy (TX) with their youngest son (Ben, 28), who is a basketball and softball player for the Katy Special Olympics. Their oldest son (Matthew, 30), lives in north Texas after being discharged from the US Army. Steve has been a lifelong Cowboys fan and a very proud member of the M Gruppe. Steve adds: “BMW’s have been in our household for many years and always will be!”

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Digital Media Director
Houston, TX

Amanda is an Army Veteran with 7 years of service as an Intelligence Analyst. After leaving the military she entered the Construction & Engineering world as a Senior Project Coordinator, focusing on Contract Management, Budgeting and Specialized Research. Amanda's car experience is a little different than most: She loved and admired cars from a young age, but was absolutely terrified of the idea of driving. Amanda’s way of overcoming her fear has been to learn as much as possible about the ins and outs of every car that she gets behind the wheel of. It only took a push of a pedal to leave the fear behind, and the confidence has only grown from there. Amanda had the opportunity to track her first BMW M3 at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, and the love of ///M just got stronger from there. Amanda currently owns a Sakhir Orange F80.

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Newsletter Editor
Houston, TX

Raquel Wainwright grew up in Lafayette, LA, and moved to TX in her teenage years. An Oil & Gas professional herself, Raquel not only worked for the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor, but also spent the most part of the last 2 decades as an Oil & Gas expatriate spouse, having lived in 6 different countries in 4 continents. Raquel did not know what it meant to be a ‘car nut’ until she got her Triple Black F13 M6 in March 2017. In her words, “it has changed my life”. She adds “I feel honored to be a part of such a welcoming and inviting club as the M Gruppe, I have met many great people and learned so many things about my M6, which I love more and more each day”. Not only has Raquel been bitten by the ///M bug, but she has also been bitten by the ‘track bug’, because she takes advantage of every opportunity we offer her to be on a track, be it a quartermile track or a race track – like the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, which Raquel is hitting for the first time during our 2017 Nordschleife training!

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Area Director, Greater Philadelphia (GPH)
Philladelphia, PA

Avi grew up in Philadelphia within a family of mechanics. While not mechanically inclined himself, Avi has had an affinity for the auto world for as long as he can remember. In 1999 Avi sat in his first BMW, a Midnight Blue 323 and it was love at first sight, but not for the reasons you might expect; Avi fell in love with BMW because he didn't need to have the seat all the way back for his 6'3" body. In 2008 Avi bought his first BMW, an Arctic Silver E46 330xi named "Boo". Following that he acquired a 2013 Estoril Blue II 335xi, now named "Booberry". His current 'baby' is a 2016 Sakhir Orange F80 Competition Package aka "Tomato". During the day Avi works as IT Project Manager in the healthcare industry, and a devoted husband and father. For 7 years Avi has been responsible for leading Bimmerfest's "Climb to the Clouds" charity drive events. Avi also enjoys photography, travel and scuba diving (whose suit he wears to wash his own car on the more cold PA days). After driving his F80 on the Nürburgring, Avi plans to expand his track experience to the US tracks.

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Area Director, NY Metro & New England (NYM)
Manhattan, NY - Lime Rock, CT

Chuck has had an interest in cars as long as he can remember. When a young boy, Chuck went with his family on a trip that took him through Watkins Glen, NY on what happened to be a race weekend. That fascinated Chuck who decided, there and then, that sports cars were just about “the coolest things in the world”. Returning to Watkins Glen years later as a racer himself, some of the drivers he watched race became friends of his, notably Peter Argetsinger, Sam Posey, Skip Barber and John Fitch. Chuck is a member of the Lime Rock Drivers Club, the Glen Club (Watkins Glen), Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society. Through his membership in these clubs, Chuck got to meet a number of prominent members of the automotive community such as Eliot Forbes Robinson, Wayne Carini, Janet Guthrie, Edsel Ford 2nd, John Edwards (BMW Team RLL) , Sir Stirling Moss, Carroll Shelby, Bob Tulius, Vic Elford, Will Turner, Bobby Allison, Jeff Gordon, Will Turner, John Morton and many others. His currently ///M passion is a convertible M4 that sits alongside other cars in the collection. Over the years he has owned a number of interesting cars including a Bug Eye Sprite, a 1954 Jaguar XK120, a 1959 Jaguar Mark IX, an Alfa 2000 Spider Touring among others.

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Area Director, Austin & San Antonio (AUS-SAN)
Austin, TX

A true car enthusiast and by virtue of her husband's enthusiasm (NJ is the wife of our VP, Vaughn McVey), Norma Jean has grown attached to the ///M brand. She first visited the BMW Welt and Munich Factory in 2016 and accompanied Vaughn on his first escapade to the Nürburgring. A very supportive wife, she assisted Vaughn on many Austin drives before taking over the area role. Through those experiences, she's gained a wealth of knowledge of the Hill Country and the surrounding areas. Her background is vast with experience in Management, Sales, Business Development, Telecommunications and Real Estate.  Norma Jean currently works in Aviation, but is also a seasoned Actress and Comedienne, with many TV, Film and Theater credits. She is a respected ten-year member of the Screen Actors Guild and now serves on the Conservatory Committee for its Austin Chapter. Norma Jean says, "Since meeting Adriana and participating in this group, I see the M Gruppe not just as ///M Enthusiasts, but as a family that shares a special bond. I cherish our time together both on the road and over meals. I'm here to help make that bond even stronger. I'm very excited to bring fresh concepts and major fun to the Austin area folks. Enthusiasm is contagious, so is owning an ///M. Let's drive!"

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Area Director, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
Dallas, TX

Karen’s career spans 22+ years of professional marketing communications and IT experience in global organizations where she translates business goals and user needs into digital engagement success. She has a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin and is currently the head of Global Intranet Portal Strategy at one of the world’s largest publicly traded engineering and construction companies. Karen’s enthusiasm for the BMW brand comes from more than two decades of exclusive BMW ownership and active participation in the BMW CCA since 1984. Her stable has included a 1982 320i, 1984 528e, 1988 325i, 1987 M6, 1988 M6, 1988 M3, 1997 Dinan M3, 2004 X5 and a one-of-one Palmetto Green/Kyalami Orange 1999 M Roadster that accompanied her to many BMW Roadster Homecoming events in Spartanburg, SC and continues to be a head turner at concours events. In the Dallas auto enthusiast community, Karen was instrumental in starting the Dallas Cars and CoffeeTM franchise in 2010 using social media skills and local car club connections to launch the event with an initial 300 cars and grow it to be the current largest U.S. Cars and CoffeeTM franchise with over 1100 cars attending each month.  Karen resides in Frisco, TX with her 1997 Dinan M3, the 1999 M Roadster known as “M TOPLS” and a 2012 Acura MDX for her two dogs.

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Assistant Area Director, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
Dallas, TX

Eric's love for cars started when he was very young. The thousands of toy cars his mom gave him still live in the attic as a testament to that. Most of Eric's teenage years were spent in trucks or other various off-road vehicles. He has owned something from every American manufacturer. His love for sports cars started in his 20s with the purchase of his first WRX. From there he went through 2 more, and eventually yo an STI as his daily and Auto X machine. It was at Auto X that he met enthusiast Rene Hernandez with his beautifulE46 M3. That is when the BMW passion started and he never looked back. After months of research Eric settled on his E92 M3, which led to his current F87 love a.k.a. M2-D2.

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Area Director, Houston (HOU)
Houston, TX

Brian has been a car guy since he was 8 years old. His passion for cars led him to work as an alarm and audio installer from the age of 16 and throughout his college years. During those years Brian built systems that won several national events. After receiving his double major in Finance and Economics from the University of Nebraska, Brian went to work for a high end home theater/car audio accessory manufacturer as a Product Manager / Developer in Michigan and then Minneapolis. After bearing the cold weather for 25 years, Brian decided he had had enough and moved to his home town of Houston where he got a job as Global Sourcing Manager for Academy's private brands for guns, ammo and shooting accessories, again managing to turn another passion into a career. Brian is fairly new to BMW, having acquired his first Bimmer in 2012: A 328, which he owned for 4 happy years. The dream however had always been to own an ///M, a dream he fulfilled in 2016 when he got his current Silverstone F82, which he absolutely loves and likes to personalize to make it unique to him. He has now been bitten by the ///M bug and there's no turning back. Brian has solid experience managing car clubs, which he did in Minnesota, where he actively co-managed the MNBMW, an independent BMW club with over 3K members.

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Assistant Area Director, Houston (HOU)
Houston, TX

A native Colombian, Werner moved to the US in 1999. From an early age Werner developed a love for cars and everything that had to do with motorized vehicles. Werner has owned multiple vehicle brands and types; 54 vehicles in his 30 something years of life – he will tell you himself that he is nuts. Werner develop a love for BMW motorsports very early, but the first ///M came in 2014: An F80 (M3), which allowed him the opportunity to experience BMW's European Delivery, alongside his beloved wife Amanda. Since the first day with his M3, Werner has had an overall admiration and respect for what BMW ///M stands for. Werner considers himself lucky to be able to have owned multiple ///Ms. Today he drives a 2018 ZCP M3 in Sahkir Orange, which he loves. Werner has participated in multiple track and close-circuit events that inlcude the Nürburgring-Nordschiefe (Germany), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), COTA (TX) and MSR (TX). Werner is proud of his car knowledge and calls himself a “car encyclopedia”. Werner is one of the OG (Original Gruppers), joining the team right after the M Gruppe inception. He has owned multiple business in the local Houston area that include marketing and distribution of specialized goods, and is currently a Senior Auto Damage Adjuster for one of the top auto insurance copanies in the US.

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