Board of Directors
Richard Klein | President
Proud to be your President… Honesty, integrity, and a passion for the industry define Richard’s commitment to BESA.
With over forty years of experience in the auto electric industry, Richard has driven Advanced Battery Systems, Inc. (ABS) to be recognized as one of Southern California’s premier battery distributors. Combining a successful retail platform with a tremendous wholesale/key account network, Richard brings expertise in Management, Organization, Sales, and Finance. In 2012, ABS was honored as US Chamber of Commerce National Blue Ribbon Small Business and in 2017 Richard was honored as the City of Los Angeles Small Business person of the year.
Richard has served on several community and industry boards including; The Automotive Service Council (ASC Vice President), Battery Electric Specialists Association (BESA Chairman of the Marketing Committee), Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business (Alumni Committee Chair), American Youth Soccer Association (Board Member, Coach, Referee), and Toastmasters Regional Award Winner.
Appreciative of life’s gifts, Richard has an amazing wife and life partner (Debbie) and 4 wonderful children (Josh 34, Jeremy 31, Max 31, and Jessica 27). His hobbies are golf, bowling, motivational and business reading, meditation and supporting the Boys and Girls Club. He loves the BESA Group and is excited to lead the association in continuing to refine and redefine itself as the best, most proactive buying group in our industry.
Jim Murray Jr. | Vice President
Jim Murray grew up in the battery business and fondly recalls helping his father the day Mickey Mantle retired. So it was no great surprise that after college, Scranton University class of ’85 and a brief stint in the re-insurance marketplace, that the siren song of lead & acid called him back into the family battery business. Since rejoining Electro in 1987, not long after its humble rented 40′ container beginnings in 1981 when Electro would only sell car batteries, he has seen it grown to one of the largest family owned independent battery distributors with 4 locations in the NY/NJ/PA area. Today, Electro, one of BESA’s founding 13, is selling multiple battery chemistries across multiple markets.
Jim lives in northern New Jersey with his wife Carolyn and their three children.
Jon Jennings | Secretary
Bio coming soon…
Mike Moeller | Treasurer & Founding Member
Mike Moeller, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is a third generation battery specialist who started his career in the industry in 1990 with Johnson Controls, Inc. In 1992 Mike returned to the family business, Remy Battery Co., Inc., and now has a shared ownership in the company and is acting President for Remy Battery. Mike has been involved with BESA since 1999 and has acted as the organization’s Secretary/Treasurer since the organization’s inception in 1999.
Board Members At Large
Rosanna Best Corbin | Immediate Past President
Rosanna Best Corbin graduated from The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in 1998 with a B.A. in International Studies. She also received an M.B.A. in Management from Loyola University. Rosanna has a seasoned background in the consumer goods segments in Business Development and Management. Since 2008, she has worked as the Executive Vice President of The Best Battery Company, Inc., and is proud to represent the 3rd generation in her family business.
In addition to this work, Rosanna is a member of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Alumni Council. https://alumni.jhu.edu/alumni-council. Rosanna lives with her husband, Steve, and her two children in Maryland.
Rick Williamson | Board Member at Large
Bio coming soon…
Scott Winchester | Board Member at Large
Scott Winchester graduated from Appalachain State University with a BSBA in management in 1979. In the late sixties Scott can remember filling up dry Delco batteries at his fathers parts store. After graduating from ASU he was hired as a regional sales representative for Everco Industries. He continued to work thru several buy outs in the automotive aftermarket and left Federal Mogul in 1994 to work for Exide Technologies as a branch manager. In 2003 Scott purchased Battery Service Inc in Charlotte, NC. where he holds the President/CEO title. Scott has been involved with BESA since 2004.