Past International President Joe Preston was elected to serve as President of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 97th International Con­vention, held in Toronto, Canada, July 4 through 8, 2014.

Past International President Preston is active in the automotive industry, where he has 30-plus years experience as a fleet sales manager, and was consistently recognized by Ford Motor Company for excellence in customer satisfaction, sales, and product knowledge.

A former member of the Bradshaw Mountain of Dewey-Humboldt Li­ons Club, PIP Preston has been a Lion since 1974. He has held many offices within the association, including club president, zone chair, district governor, council chair, and chair of district leadership development, Lions Quest and MERL for the state of Arizona, inter­national director, and chair of the Lions Clubs International Founda­tion. He was host chair of the 1994 International Convention in Phoe­nix, Arizona, chair of the 2003 USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum, and a national/multinational coordinator for Campaign SightFirst II.

In recognition of his service to the association Past President Preston has received numerous awards, including the 100% Club President Award, the 100% District Governor Award, the Senior Builder Key Award, Life Membership in the Association, nine International Presi­dent’s Awards, and the Ambassador of Good Wi” Award, the highest honor the association bestows on its members. He is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

Past Int’l. President Preston was recognized by the U.S. Drug En­forcement Agency for his work as a Lion to prevent drug use and abuse among youth.

PIP Joe and his wife Joni, also a Lion and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have two sons, one daughter, seven grandsons and one granddaughter.