Bob Pytel and Diane Goodwin
Bob Pytel joined BTCNJ at the end of July this year.
He saw the Ramapo Rally in the Bergen Record and thought he would give it a try. Bob started biking in June of 2016 and had never rode with anyone else and thought the Rally would be fun. He noticed in the Record article that BTCNJ sponsored the Rally; went to the website and was very impressed with the structure of the club and all of the levels and
frequent rides – so he joined the club. Bob then started receiving emails and the MasterLink. The August MasterLink indicated that the Board was still trying to fill the Vice President position – so being one who likes to get involved, he emailed Bill Telgheder that he’d be interested.
Bob has been involved in many different non-business organizations and enjoys being part of a team. He was the assistant coach of the Immaculate Heart Academy swim team from 1988 to 2002. They were undefeated and won the NJ State Championship 11 years in a row. Bob developed many databases to collect swimming statistics on the team and all of their major opponents. He was on the Hillsdale Stonybrook Swim Club citizens committee and developed the financial analysis that saved the swim club from being sold because of its debt in 1988. He was also the President of the St John the Baptist School Parent Teachers Guild (PTG) for 2 years.
In his business career of 52 years, he was always involved in technology systems and development. He wrote his first computer program for NCR Credit Union in 1966. In 1976 he developed the first online telecommunications database for GMAC. He worked for Irving Trust/BNY Mellon for 35 years. In his last position, he was Data Owner and Product Manager
of the entire Bank’s corporate billing systems. He had staffs in NYC, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Pune, India. He traveled to London, Brussels, Frankfurt, Singapore, and Pune, India to work with senior business managers. During his career he worked on many mission critical projects, which required multiple analytical, planning, operational and financial skills. The most critical project he was ever involved in was the reconstruction and recovery of the Bank’s corporate DDA and Billing systems after 911 – as he has said many times – no disaster recovery program was ever designed that envisioned what happed that day.
Bob looks forward to being on the BTCNJ Board. Oh by the way, he has already developed and has presenters for our March and April Membership meetings – “I like to plan ahead!”
Diane Goodwin is mostly known in the cycling world as founder and organizer of New Jersey Randonneurs in 2001. This is a long-distance club,which is sanctioned by Randonneurs USA (RUSA). She created a series out of Princeton (where she hadn’t ridden before) offering a 200K, 300K, 400K and 600K ride series so cyclists could qualify to ride Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP), the oldest organized bicycle event in world. In 2003, 38 riders qualified for PBP, which is held every 4th year. The first event in March 2001, there were 65 riders and a pile of snow in the Forrestal Village Center’s parking lot at the start.
This was huge in our long-distance cycling world. Her marketing, people, computer and volunteer skills allowed her take the series to a different level. She created the entire series from nothing. She created marketing pieces and distributed to all bike shops, presented to bike clubs, created routes, cue sheets, and brevet cards (no GPS at the time), scheduled the
events a year in advance, created the website, and updated weekly, negotiated contracts, planned control points, shopped for food, ordered medals, found volunteers, etc. At first it was only her, but word spread about these challenging, fun events and people stepped forward to volunteer.
In 2005, Diane left New Jersey for Akron, Ohio, and created one permanent route for RUSA, which looped into Cleveland. It was in Akron where she became a Madd Dog-certified Spin Instructor. In 2010, she returned to Englewood where she resides. She joined BTCNJ again in 2012.
From 1995-2004, she lived in Upper West Side New York City. In 1998, she became an official 5BBC leader. She has been a member of CRCA and raced, earning herself a 1st place at a USCF Time Trial in CT. She marshals the Central Park races. She is a long-time member and leader of NYCC and completed the SIG.
From 2003-2004, she was NYCC’s newsletter editor. Aside from cycling, she is a member of Daughters of American Revolution and American Legion Auxiliary. Her profession has been mainly in computer technology – as a typesetter, graphic designer, instructor. She is a Realtor for Weichert Realtors of Fort Lee and formerly, Howard Hanna of Ohio/PA.
She is excited to share her skills as MasterLink editor and hopes to share her cycling knowledge and enthusiasm