Since 2001, Marv Berkowitz has taken many defensive driving programs sponsored by the Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA) & also the Richard Petty Safe Driving program. He has served on MBCA National Teen Driver Task Force & also participates as instructor for National Tire Rack/BMW Teen “Street Survival” program. He attended AutoWeek Teen Driver Summit at Oakland University & organized defensive driving programs at local high school & at Western Michigan University. In 2016, he published book, “Distracted Driving Epidemic” (Amazon.com). Central theme is to encourage both an attitude and behavior makeover when driving. Local NPR stations in Grand Rapids & Kalamazoo have interviewed him on this subject. He has & continues to take part in regional & national MBCA Autocross & Track events as well as local events sponsored by media & insurance companies. Presentations on Distracted Driving were recently made at local high schools, Kalamazoo County Council of Principals, Police Chiefs Meeting, the Kalamazoo Kiwanis Club & also senior & religious groups. A full day was spent at Portage Central High School; 75 students signed no texting/driving pledge. Marv has been interviewed several times by local TV stations. (links on Video tab).
He has had twelve years national experience in speaker identification, training & development & has immediate access to many potential speaker advocates throughout the country through networks developed with the memberships of Mercedes-Benz & BMW car clubs. Also, his 15-year participation in many regional & national car events presents real opportunities for speaker recruitment.
Recently our founder was recognized by Pfizer as an retiree/ employee who’s making a difference. Congratulations Marv!
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In the spring of 2015 Marv accepted a Western Michigan Univ. faculty position & conducts courses on “Distracted Driving” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Marv is dedicated to the realization of FADD Mission Statement:
“TO REDUCE DEATH, INJURY & ECONOMIC LOSS DUE TO DISTRACTED DRIVING”
The Mercedes Benz Club of America honored Fathers Against Distracted Driving
The Mercedes Benz Club of America honored the Western Michigan Section of the club for the formation and implementation of “Fathers Against Distracted Driving.” This nonprofit 501c (3) organization was formed to change the driving habits of Americans to reduce fatalities, injuries, and economic losses due to distracted driving. FADD makes presentations & has discussions regarding distractions with varied groups of drivers in the greater Kalamazoo area. Groups include schools, social, civic, religious organizations, seniors, public libraries, etc.
The award was presented to FADD president, Marv Berkowitz by Jim Luikens, MBCA Director at the Gilmore Museum.
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