Our Member of the year is Clement E. Drummond who was born and raised in Ozone Park, Queens, NY. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and joined the Army Reserve and was in the 99th Signal Group. He reached the rank of sergeant, overseeing the Motor Pool operation and a fleet of vehicles. He decided to continue his automotive education by attending SUNY Farmingdale’s Automotive Technology Program. He earned his Bachelors in Organizational Management from NYACK College and an MBA from Dowling College.
Clem is married to the girl of his dreams, Ginny for 36 years. They are blessed with two lovely children Amanda 31, and Addison (AJ) 25. Amanda and Addison both graduated from college and are enjoying their careers. Clem gives most of the credit for raising their children to his wife Ginny for her devotion and patience in seeing that their children would succeed.
Clem retired from KeySpan in 2004 with 32 years of service and decided to follow his passion of automotive and education. Starting the next week at Suffolk Community College’s Automotive Technology Program as the program coordinator, he managed the Toyota T-ten Program, General Motors ASEP Program and created the Honda PAC Program before leaving in 2006.
Always looking for a challenge, Clem is now the Director of Automotive Technology and a Higher Education Officer for Bronx Community College. He enjoys every day at the college and mentors students in establishing career plans and internships. I am fortunate to be working with faculty that has made an affirmative impact on the program and the students. Under his leadership, students are embracing the positive changes and in 2014 the students completed a Shelby Cobra replica as part of their learning experience. This Cobra is slightly different because the vehicle has a high tech fuel system and driveline. Clem was entered into the Automotive Hall of Fame at Northwood Institute in Midland, Michigan for his contributions in the Automotive Service Industry. Additionally, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Natural Vehicle Gas Coalition for his contributions in the development of natural gas vehicles.
In his spare time, Clem enjoys boating, trying to catch the big fish, and taking on challenges of home remodeling. Someday, he hopes to be able to have a repeatable golf scores in the 80s.