Ron Benfield – Visionary
From my perspective at the top of the mountain, at this exact moment, life looks perfect. As a motor sports enthusiast, I enjoy riding my motorcycle on the rare day off. Perched high on the mountain, ready to tackle a challenging trail, I often reflect that it doesn’t get any better than this. Soaking in the warm sun, is the best way to get your spirit elevated.
Elevating life…Whether it’s experiencing the outdoors or spending time with my family, I am always looking for ways to elevate my life. I have never been someone to sit around and wait for things to happen – I enjoy making things happen! I am a businessman who values the time I spend with my family. In my heart I truly believe that life is what you make it, and I’m always striving to make the most of every moment.
For me, taking our clients to the next level is the best part of business. I love exceeding the expectations of our customers and fulfilling their wishes. Success for me is simple: make a friend out of every contact.
My current rides: 1974 Suzuki TM125 (project), 2011 Husqvarna TE310, 2013 Triumph Scrambler and a beach cruiser.
Owen Provence – Creative Director
A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (aka East Coast), I started a small advertising agency that specialized in the world of private and corporate aviation. As a pilot, I understood and embraced the passion behind the message. Fast-forward to the late 90s when I added the public relations component and morphed the company into Acorn Woods Communications. My focus then transferred to Southern California and the equally passionate world of all things motorcycle and ATV (oh, plus sunshine and warm weather).
The fabulous climate of Huntington Beach also allows me to pursue my love of sailing. Growing up, I spent every summer on a sailboat and now I’m lucky to be able to sail all year round. Most weekends you will find me cruising to Catalina Island, teaching youth and adult sailing classes or racing big and little sailboats. My 15 minutes of fame includes a podium finish in the prestigious Newport to Ensenada race last spring with an all-girl crew. Whether it’s promoting airplanes, boats or motorcycles – it’s all the same. I do it because I love it.
Brent Wallace – Web Designer/Developer, Photographer/Videographer and All-Around “Propeller-Head”
If there is one thing you should know about me it’s this: I have been, and always will be, a tinkerer. Where most seem to be content with knowing whether or not something works, I am not satisfied until I’ve learned why it works. I’ve even been accused of having a pathological need to learn. This simple fact has lead to more voided warranties, electrical shocks, small fires, minor explosions, and under-the-breath mutterings of, “Oh, s***, what did I just do?” than I care to admit over the years, but it has also helped me to greatly expand my understanding and skills in areas I would never have pursued otherwise.
My love of motorsports came as a natural progression of that love of all things mechanical. The idea of taking a machine and pushing it to the absolute limit before tearing it down and rebuilding it to go faster, further or higher is something that resonates with me to the core, and that spirit is something that I try to apply to everything that I do.
My current rides: 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR, 2002 KTM 400 EXC
Sarah Pelton – Graphic Designer
I joined Acorn Woods Communications back in 2006. I had just graduated from the University of Connecticut and looking for my first job. Owen Provence took a chance on me as this was not only my first job in the graphic design field but I also knew next to nothing about motorsports.
I have learned so much over the years at AWC. I have not only grown as a designer but I have also learned a lot about motorcycles, the motorcycle industry as a whole and the passion people have for these machines.
Outside of work my passion is for a different kind of horsepower. I own a spunky thoroughbred named Ace. We have done everything from jumping and hunter pacing to now recently getting into the western side of riding and running barrels and speed events.
Jon Vickers – Production Manager
I jumped into the motorsports world in 2011 and haven’t looked back. After getting a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at UC Berkeley I returned home to Orange County and through some unusual circumstances found myself at Acorn Woods Communications. Over the past 3 years I’ve learned a lot about these incredible machines, and I’m always looking for new ways to put into words the passion and energy that goes along with them. In addition to writing my role here has evolved to include client relations, general organization and office management, creative work, and striking out batters in office wiffle ball.
Outside of work I spend a lot of time writing and playing music. I’m a big sports fan, particularly college sports, so I watch a lot of football, basketball and baseball. I stay active with beach volleyball and softball, and can occasionally be found cycling or running. When bellying up to the bar I’ll ask for the hoppiest IPA on tap, and might finish the night with a nice glass of whiskey. Most of all, I enjoy the company of good people and have been fortunate to have met many in the motorsports industry.
Nathan Docken – Digital Marketing Manager
Growing up in a military family meant moving around, changing homes and friends every few years, but one thing has always been constant in my life and that’s racing. No matter where we lived, you could find me at the local track. When I couldn’t be there in the flesh, my TV was always tuned in to a motorsport event, whether it was IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula 1, MotoGP, AMA or WSBK. For as long as I can remember, I spent my summers traveling to races rooting for the greats, like Doug Chandler, Hayden, Rossi, Schumacher, and Earnhardt.
Eventually my family settled down just outside of Dayton, Ohio, where I went on to graduate from THE Ohio State University (GO BUCKS!) with a BA in Communication Technology and a Minor in Business. Upon graduation, I moved to Holland, Michigan to work for a motorcycle aftermarket parts and apparel company. It was there that I was able to travel with the company’s very own AMA Pro race team. I saw everything involved in the behind the scenes aspects of a professional race team. I was able to work with professional riders that just a few years before found me waiting in line for their autograph. I went from sideline fanatic to edge of the track correspondent and it was the thrill of a lifetime.
All that experience was great, and I’ll never forget it, but at the end of the day, the everlasting snow of a Michigan winter just wasn’t for me. So when Ron asked if I wanted to join the AWC team in SoCal it was a no-brainer. Year round riding weather and that ocean breeze? I signed right up and haven’t looked back since!
Lisa Stone – Public Relations
You could say it was fate that brought me to Acorn Woods. I’ve always been drawn to all things fast and loud, so I understand the rush and the passion that comes with the motorsports industry. I consider myself a people person, that why it’s no surprise I graduated from Cal State Fullerton with my Bachelors Degree in Public Relations and a Minor in Human Communication. I believe that human communication is a lost art form and want to bring my passion for connecting people to Acorn Woods.
In my free time you can find me looking for my next adventure, whether it’s backpacking in the Eastern Sierras or chasing waterfalls along the Napali Coast. When I’m not out exploring the world, you can find me at home in Huntington Beach, with my beloved pug Oliver Francis.
What’s my next adventure? Taking the motorcycle safety course!