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Mr. Brooks Gremmels

Wrong Brooks Gremmels?

Team Owner

Phone: (254) ***-****  HQ Phone
Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association
P.O. Box 101177
Ft Worth , Texas 76185
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1974, Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association (CMRA) is an independent, non-profit organization with over 750 members. CMRA organizes and promotes...   more

Employment History

  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    WhamTech Inc
  • Owner and Founder
    Ben Wheeler Development Company , LLC

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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2005 :: Brooks Gremmels and Ben Spies
Brooks Gremmels Brooks grew up in Tyler, Texas and has been involved in a wide variety of businesses, including concert promotion, beer distribution, real estate syndication and oil and gas production. Brooks started racing with the CMRA in 1999, winning several sprint championships. He served for five years on the CMRA Board of Directors starting in 2000, bringing a wealth of wisdom and experience to the organization and creating new processes and procedures to bring CMRA into the 21st century. In addition, as co-owner of Shogun Motorsports, Brooks has contributed over $100,000 in purses and prizes to the CMRA, has provided more than $1 million in sponsorship support to CMRA and other riders in the U.S., has been the top contributor to the Roadracing World Air Fence Fund and has been a major contributor to Jason Pridmore's STAR Motorcycle School.
Our team owner Jason handed both ..., 14 Oct 2002 [cached]
Our team owner Jason handed both of them to Brooks about 6:45 PM on Saturday.
Our team owner Jason handed both of them to Brooks about 6:45 PM on Saturday.
Thats it Bob bite the hand that feeds you. speaking of being fed thank Brooks.
ysr612 10-14-2002, 12:25 PM Thats it Bob bite the hand that feeds you. speaking of being fed thank Brooks.
Brooks Gremmels 10-15-2002, 08:36 AM Bob, I assure you that I turned your transponders in. I'll follow through on making sure you get credited. Thanks. Brooks
Brooks Gremmels 10-15-2002, 08:36 AM
Brooks Gremmels, co-founder ..., 8 Aug 2013 [cached]
Brooks Gremmels, co-founder of Ben Wheeler Arts & Historic District Foundation, has said since the beginning of the Festival in 2008 that, "We're just making lemonade out of lemons."
About Us, 24 Sept 2009 [cached]
Fueled by childhood memories of a once-thriving town and a desire to give back to the community, Brooks Gremmels bought property - lots of it - in and around small, unincorporated Ben Wheeler along Hwy. 64 and FM 773 in southern Van Zandt County. His plan: to return the town back to its 1935 look and to bring new businesses, and inspire a new community-friendly attitude and sense of pride back into the area through events, festivities and other social projects.
Brooks' basic project through Ben Wheeler Development Company (BWDC) will take some time before his full vision comes to fruition. But when complete, Gremmels will have provided Ben Wheeler with a downtown and surrounding areas with sustainability and profitability for future generations to enjoy easy-living-conveniences life in Ben Wheeler can afford each of its residents - an endeavor that strives to afford the community with restaurants, a winery, downtown shops and artisans' wares, a fully restored downtown park complete with gazebos and stages for entertainment, a farmers market, a classic car museum and motorcycle hall of fame, and much, much more.
"We're working with a clean sheet of paper," Brooks explained. "When I grew up in Tyler and went back and forth to Dallas, Ben Wheeler was a nice little town," he said. "When I moved back 35 years later, I guess they'd lost their pride. It's a pleasure to have the opportunity to do something positive to help restore it."
Since last February, Gremmels and his team have been working on various projects which have included refurbishing old houses, buildings and store houses, cleaning up park land and putting on family-friendly events to help in that restoration of pride and community.
"I don't know if that's something we can really measure, but it's something you feel if you have it," he said.
Brooks, is a member of the Van Zandt County Historical Commission. As such, he is in constant communication with local residents for input into BWDC's plans.
"I've solicited all of the input I could get, especially from people who have lived here for generations," he said. "Many have furnished photos, and it's amazing how much history is in people's heads. We're putting together a pretty good picture of the way Ben Wheeler looked from the mid 1930s, and our long-term goal is to reconstruct the town similar to what it was in 1935. We want to try to recapture the feeling, the old-fashioned atmosphere where people walk and sit and visit and play dominos. historical commission veteran and Ben Wheeler native, Sybil Creasey, said Brooks wanted to know more about Ben Wheeler as soon as he joined the commission.
For Brooks and his wife, Rese, a Longview native, it's about giving back to the community.
"We want to raise the bar high enough so that we have something unique that will draw people into town," Brooks said.
Brooks has the means to renovate Ben Wheeler because of his business successes.
For more than 20 years, he managed oil and gas companies that operated several hundred wells. He also was president and CEO of WhamTech, which developed virtual data and information integration, sharing, and interoperability technology products. He started racing with the Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association in 1999 (well past his 50th birthday) and won several road-racing sprint championships. He served on CMRA's board of directors and was named to its hall of fame. In connection with his racing career, he founded Shogun Enterprises and Shogun Motorsports.
Brooks retired from Oil and Gas Producers/OGP Operating about five years ago, giving the company to its employees, moving back into this area, and buying ARC Ridge Ranch which is mostly used for youth gatherings and other special and charitable events.
"My retirement is a total failure," he said. "I intended to see if I could clean up the town a little, and one thing led to another."
Today, as more people move back into the country, Ben Wheeler may thrive again. It will if Brooks Gremmels, Rese, and their small band of men and women work with other local residents to make it happen.
Brooks Gremmels, 70, died at ..., 21 April 2014 [cached]
Brooks Gremmels, 70, died at 9:10 p.m. Jan. 26 at HomePlace Hospice in Tyler from pancreatic cancer complications, according to a statement released by the Gremmels family. He was diagnosed with the disease in April 2013. The family had not confirmed memorial service arrangements as of Tuesday morning but thanked the community for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers. "While they understand Brooks never met a stranger, they affectionately request privacy at this time," said Veronica Terres, Marketing director for the Ben Wheeler Development Co.
Jenni Wilson, president of the Ben Wheeler Arts and Historic District Foundation said Gremmels "became very ill about three weeks ago.
"Brooks will be missed by us all and I'm proud to have been able to work with him and call him my friend," Wilson said.
In an interview last fall, Gremmels said saving the town of Ben Wheeler was what he was meant to do. The former manager of oil and gas companies, motorcycle racer and information technology company owner has been the community's benefactor since 2007. In August 2013, the philanthropist said he is the one benefitting from being in Ben Wheeler. He had just finished six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. "I felt really bad for a while but now I'm feeling really well," Gremmels said at the time. "We won't know for a bit if it worked, but I feel a whole lot better than I did a few weeks ago." The outpouring of concern and support from the community was been gratifying, he said. "The cards, letters and notes have meant so much," Gremmels said. "I didn't think that many people knew who I was but they are really taking care of me. If there is any advantage to having this disease, that's the payoff -- the love I feel from this community." Whether sitting in the Ben Wheeler Development Corp. office or walking around the restored downtown area, everyone Gremmels met offered words of encouragement. Life-long Ben Wheeler resident Jonell Brown and her husband Keith said they were happy to see Gremmels out and about.
Shortly after Gremmels started purchasing property and cleaning it up, he hosted a Fourth of July party with free hot dogs and live music. "About 2,000 people showed up and I was amazed because the reception was phenomenal," he said. "All day long people stopped me to say thank you and at that time we hadn't done anything. We - and I say we because I certainly haven't done it alone, I couldn't have done any of it without my wife Rese's help. We had bought lots of trashy property and cleaned it up. People were overjoyed." He said as he saw people reminiscing and reconnecting. "For the first time in my life, I knew what I was supposed to do," Gremmels said. "I had heard people say that they had a calling and that was exactly the feeling I had. I wanted to redevelop the sense of community. This is what I was supposed to do." From the start, Gremmels took cues from the community. He bought the old Moore store "without any idea of what to do with it," he said.
Gremmels brought more buildings in and "covered them all in brick to say to people 'we're here to stay,' to make a statement, we're not going anyway." But while the Gremmels were making a commitment, there still wasn't a clear plan, he said. "We were growing like topsy," he said, "no direction, just growing." One building was brought in and moved three times, Gremmels said. "We didn't have a lick of sense or any plan and the more redevelopment we did, the more clear it was what was missing. We needed parking and an all-purpose building." He bought the old school building from the Elwood community northwest of Edgewood and tried to save as much of the structure as possible but there was no way to replace the vintage glass. "They said the only way to do it was to have the panes hand-blown in France, so that's what we did," Gremmels said.
To a lot of families, this is a gift," Gremmels said, "and they can come as often as they want. "It feels like we've really done the right thing by the Elwood School. It's living." The old schoolhouse and a wedding chapel rest in 9-acre Harmony Park. The park includes two bridges built by Wolf Pipe. "They are really works of art built with the aesthetic value in mind," Gremmels said. The name of the park is a nod to the community's past and future. "Ben Wheeler had a women's club in the 1920s called the Harmony Club, its purpose was beautification," Gremmels said, "that had the right flavor for what we wanted to see in town." Most of the town is now owned by Ben Wheeler Arts and Historic District, Inc., a charitable endeavor. The artist and shop owners don't pay rent but in exchange they have to agree to be open certain hours "and cooperate rather than compete." "There's no dog-eat-dog mentality," Gremmels said. "Instead of asking for rent, we ask for a good attitude. I'm always surprised how well it works." The future Ben Wheeler residents have made their own commitment to the next phase of development. Last fall community members approved the installation of a sanitary sewer system. "This is huge," Gremmels said. "It could cost each resident $30 to $40 per month and the people actually voted to charge themselves money and now we'll be able to get into the 21st century. Construction started in September on the $4 million reconstructed wetlands project. The project will be funded by a $2 million grant from the USDA and a 40-year note at 4.5 percent interest. "This time next year when someone flushes, it will go into the sanitary sewer system. Then we can go to the next phase of development which is to get some type of lodging," Gremmels said. "Yes, the first thing I think you'll see is lodging." When that happens, Gremmels said, the community will start to make the transition "from a destination point to becoming a full-fledged town.
Gremmels said he liked that analogy. "This town is about being American," he said. "Everything about Ben Wheeler is really about being American." He said he saw the town gaining its independence, too. "I don't have to feed it the way I used to," Gremmels said.
Brooks Gremmels gets a kiss from his wife Rese after he receives the Mason's Community Builders award last fall. Gremmels was honored for his work in Ben Wheeler. He died Jan. 26 at age 70 of complications from pancreatic cancer.
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