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California Highway Patrol Recognizes Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coaches for Exceptional Performance

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 2, 2011 – For the first time since the inception of the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP), the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has awarded 24 MSF RiderCoaches with Certificates of Commendation for Exceptional Performance. Selected recipients were honored at the Annual CMSP Workshop series from over 500 RiderCoaches throughout the state based on MSF RiderCourse student satisfaction survey results. 

After compiling data from a voluntary survey provided upon course completion, CHP CMSP Coordinator Shameil Coleman presented the RiderCoaches with awards at workshops in Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego and Valencia. RiderCoaches were commended for their professionalism and unwavering commitment to motorcycle safety. 

“Providing students with the most beneficial learning experience possible is the key goal behind the MSF curriculum,” said Robert Gladden, VP of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. “While the MSF holds all RiderCoaches to the highest standards and offers its own awards for exemplary service, the CHP created these additional awards based on the voice of the students to recognize the exceptionally positive impact of these RiderCoaches on those they teach, whether students are just learning to ride or are improving their riding skills.” 

Following are the 24 RiderCoaches who received a Certificate of Commendation:

–          Leonard Applebaum – Newport Beach

–          Milo Benigio – Costa Mesa    

–          Lisa Brazieal – San Pablo     

–          Dale Croy – San Ramon       

–          Mike Dennison – Imperial Beach       

–          Bob Drummond – Newbury Park      

–          Vince Furio – Upland  

–          Alison Getty – La Quinta        

–          Roland Hoffmaster – South Gate      

–          Jim Jenkins – Modesto          

–          Sheri Kolb – Woodland          

–          Neal Looney – South San Francisco 

–          Joe Loza – Fresno     

–          Ian Martinez – Salinas

–          Steve Mendoza – Gold River 

–          Eric Orr – Sierra Madre         

–          Joel Scolavino – Camarillo    

–          Colleen Sepulveda – Santa Cruz      

–          Jeff Stokes – Suisun City

–          Don Vickstrom – Lemoore     

–          Mario Vindeni – Pasadena     

–          Deann Williams – Arcata       

–          Mark Wing – Huntington Beach         

–          Stephanie Woitas – Gerber    

CMSP Quality Assurance Manager David Crouch received a special commendation for his strong leadership of the CMSP Quality Assurance team since 2007. Crouch’s commitment to consistently deliver the MSF curriculum at an optimum level throughout California, as well as his dedication to the RiderCoach Preparation training program, have contributed to the CMSP’s reliability and stability, read the commendation. 

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling. Standards established by the MSF® have been recognized worldwide since 1973. 

The MSF is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha. For safety information or to enroll in the RiderCourseSM nearest you, visit www.msf-usa.org or call (800) 446-9227.

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