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Officers and Staff

Jerry Abboud

Jerry Abboud | Executive Director and President

Jerry Abboud is the Executive Director of the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition and the Powersports Dealers Association of Colorado. Jerry has been involved as an advocate for motorized recreationists in Colorado since 1987 as one of the founders of COHVCO and a member of the Blue Ribbon Coalition’s original Executive Board. He has worked on issues and actions with the National Off-highway Vehicle Conservation Council and the Motorcycle Industry Council. He currently sits on the Board of the American Motorcyclist Association.

Jerry is a professional lobbyist and a graduate of the University Of Nebraska College Of Law. He was the legislative lead for the OHV Registration and Recreation Fund program, OHV/snowmobile sound legislation and the Roadless Petition Process among others. Jerry believes in a cooperative approach whenever possible and just as strongly believes in the assertion of access rights when necessary. Abboud also actively supports and lobbies for more congressional funding for the Forest Service and BLM to address recreation on public lands. He is a past Chairman of the Colorado State Trails Committee, lectured at Colorado State University’s Department of Natural Resources on Judicial and Administrative process and received various acknowledgements from state and federal agencies including Colorado State Parks Volunteer of the Year.

Scott Jones

Scott Jones | Vice President

Scott Jones has an extensive background with and is a leader in the protection all types of trail based recreational activity. As an attorney with an environmental law background, Scott advocates and promotes for recreational use and conservation of our public lands and natural resources. His expertise includes State and Federal Environmental Law, Endangered Species issues and NEPA planning.

Scott currently partners with the Trail Preservation Alliance and Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition, President of the Colorado Snowmobile Association and a lifelong outdoor enthusiast. He also serves as the Colorado State Partner and Board Member of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, and is a past chairman of the Western Chapter of Snowmobile Associations.

Keith Douglas

Keith Douglas | Treasurer and Director

Keith has been an off-road enthusiast since the 60s. He has trail ridden and competed with motorcycles and 4x4s and continues his off-road fun today with a Jeep and a UTV side x side.

Keith is now retired but worked as an engineer and project manager for two large international corporations during his 40-year career in Kentucky, Colorado, New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, and now back in Colorado. In retirement Keith stays busy with family, friends, and tinkering in his shop. COHVCO is his most current volunteer organization. During the 70s when he first moved to Colorado, many enjoyable days were spent trail riding and exploring in the mountains. Upon returning to the state in 2013, he was surprised and saddened to find many of the trails and roads he formerly enjoyed were now closed. He wants to prevent additional closures so future generations can enjoy the outdoors as he did, not only in Colorado but in neighboring states as well. He views COHVCO as a way to “pay it forward” to future generations and keep trails and lands open.

Guen Hiller

Guen Hiller | Secretary, Membership, and Web Manager

Brad Smith

Brad Smith | SOS Program Director and Facebook Manager

Brad Smith was born in Ohio where he starting riding dirt bikes at the age of 8 years old. He is a 27-year Air Force veteran and currently resides in the Colorado Springs area, where he has lived for nearly 10 years. He has been a motorcycle mechanic, Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach and off-road motorcycle racer. He is currently an active crew member of the Colorado Off-road Racing Championship Series (CORCS) and a member of the Rocky Mountain Enduro Circuit (RMEC).


Board of Directors

Matt Hiller

Matt Hiller | Chairman

Matt was born and raised in Colorado and has a lot of family history in Colorado, his mother and grandfather are both natives. He is a family man and small business owner. His primary interests are dirt biking and off-roading. He's also an active bowler.

In the past, he has helped to manage a large dirt bike club, and has been member of three local racing series, but in recent years, he's transitioned to mostly trail riding and enduro racing, getting away from tracks. Matt has also served as the Mile-Hi Jeep Club 2015 Land Use Chairman. He felt as a club they had a chance to help make a difference by getting involved on the front lines, and collaborating with other organizations. He's been working hard to promote involvement in land use issues and is very passionate about speaking about it. He's willing to get his hands dirty and work to make a difference!

John Davenport

John Davenport | Director

John has been involved in off-roading for some 44 yrs. He has enjoyed climbing Colorado’s fourteeners, hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, and hiking trails in beautiful Colorado and trails all over the western states since moving to Colorado in 1974.

John enjoys all aspects of preserving and maintaining our great lands. He helped build the Colorado Trail with Mile High Council of the Boy Scouts of America as a leader. He has spent 100’s of hours opening, maintaining, and preserving off road trails for 4x4s and other groups. He has been a very active member of MHJC for about 24 yrs. He has adopt-a-trails and worked on numerous projects, grant and trail maintenance during this time. He has served on the Board of Directors for most of his 24 years in MHJC. He is also a Master Trainer for Tread Lightly, a member of Blue Ribbon Coalition and Stay the Trail.

Jamie Vaz  

James Vaz | Director



Ex-Officio Advisors



Nick Dellaca | Colorado State Trails Program Manager
13787 South Hwy 85
Littleton, Co 80125
(303) 791-1957, ext. 4129



Tom Metsa | Colorado State OHV Program Manager
13787 S. Hwy 85
Littleton, Co 80125
(303) 791-1957, ext. 4132



Scott Haas | USDA Forest Service Regional Recreation Planner and Landscape Architect
740 Simms Street
Golden, CO 80401-4720
(303) 275-5168



Jack Placchi | BLM State Office Travel Management and Trails Coordinator
2850 Youngfield
Lakewood, CO 80215
(303) 239-3832




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