The American Motorcyclist Association announced last week that Paul Slavik has been recognized with the AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award. AMA described the award as acknowledging “…the highest level of service to the AMA in any area of activity.”
NOHVCC salutes the AMA for recognizing Paul. NOHVCC’s Executive Director, Duane Taylor, said, “Paul was instrumental in starting NOHVCC, has been a tireless advocate for OHV recreation, is a great friend, and is someone we should all strive to emulate. Thanks to AMA for recognizing his lifelong contributions to our sport and taking the opportunity to highlight his incredible activism.”
From AMA’s press release:
Slavik participated in AMA-sanctioned competition events in Southern California and the Midwest from the early 1960s to the late 1980s. He worked for American Honda for nearly three decades. Among his positions, he was Honda’s OHV press coordinator and later its national off-highway vehicle coordinator. He retired in 2005.
While at Honda, Slavik helped create the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council in 1990, was involved the Off Road PALs Program and was a member of the California OHV Stakeholders. He also served on the California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism. Slavik served on the Motorcycle Industry Council’s Land Use Committee and was an ATV and dirt bike instructor.
Slavik helped create Honda’s Environmental Learning Center in Colton, Calif., and was instrumental in the development of the San Bernardino National Forest OHV Volunteer Program. He also helped bring the National Youth Project Using Minibikes to the California state parks.
After he retired, Slavik helped coordinate the route designation workshops for the NOHVCC and did some on-the-ground route inventory work for Advanced Resource Solutions in the desert.
“This award came as a big surprise,” Slavik said. “I just didn’t think, in my wildest dreams, that I would receive this award. Those are important people who get these awards, and I am just a guy who was doing his job.”
Congrats Paul – but we know you aren’t done!