At the New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Club’s Annual General Meeting in April 2017, Mr. Brad Mann was elected as President of the Federation and Chair of the Board of Directors for a third consecutive term. Brad is the NBFSC’s 11th elected Volunteer President. Brad will become the immediate Past-President of the NBFSC at the 2018 AGM in May, 2018.
In Brad’s words in 2015; his passion for snowmobiling;
“I started young, riding on the snowmobile with my dad at the age of eight years old. After a few years, I was attracted to the sport and decided to learn to ride by myself. I have been riding snowmobiles since I was 12 years old, and also started snowmobile racing in ovals at this age.
That beginning was 43 years ago now, so as you can imagine, it is a big part of my life and snowmobiling always has been. My first snowmobile was a 12 horsepower Ski-Doo Olympic; I have a lot of fond memories of that old machine! So far in my life, I have ridden snowmobiles over 20,000 miles and raced snowmobiles for over 5000 miles. All of those miles were put on right here in my beautiful home province of New Brunswick and in my opinion, we have the best of everything a snowmobiler could want right here in our back yard.
I have been involved with the NBFSC for over 15 years now. I was President of the Restigouche Snowmobile Club for seven years, then elected to the Provincial Board for five years and served three years as Vice-President.
My work history and experience is mostly in the automotive industry. I began to work at the age of 15 for Canadian Tire. From there, I worked for Ford for 2 years, and then spent 15 years on the road selling APM Auto Parts. I spent two years selling cars at a GM dealership, and then went into business for myself with a used car dealership and garage for seven years. I then worked for Irving selling advertising for one year, and now I am back in the automotive field, managing the Auto Centre at Canadian Tire for the last nine years. I have also had a business renting snowmobiles for the past fourteen years.
For personal fun, I raced snowmobiles for over 30 years until I got involved with the snowmobile club and started spending a lot of my time on club activities I also raced cars for 30 years and now I broadcast races both with racetimeradio.com and on Sirius 167. I have had 7 championships in race cars, four championships in pro-stock class and 3 more championships in sportsman class. I have also enjoyed spending time playing senior hockey as a goaltender for 22 years, scoring a goal and was MVP of the league in 1996, my last year, at age 42.
Altogether, I have been in the automotive and snowmobile business for over 40 years. I love people and working with the public. I have a daughter, Taylor.
In Brad’s words as he begins his final year in 2017-2018 as President;
It was when I began to serve as NBFSC President in 2015 & to attend National and International snowmobile meetings, representing the NBFSC that I truly began to understand how good we have it here in New Brunswick.
First, we still have winter! N.B. winters enable us to provide groomed trails and off trail experiences while other jurisdictions in North America are in jeopardy. We have awesome volunteers and clubs. Our 50 clubs continue to provide the Province with a winter tourism sector measured in the millions of dollars of impacts. We have loyal & passionate Corporate Partners; 2017 was our largest season ever & 2018 looks to be ahead of this pace. We have had Provincial and Federal Government representatives who “get it”. Finally, our NBFSC Staff now have over 70 years of experience in this business amongst them.
Thank you to everyone, because of you, the NBFSC is a recognized leader in this industry.
Brad Mann, President, NBFSC, “A Volunteer Organization”