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Motorcycle Mechanics Institute President

Roger Speer has spent 30 years of his career at Universal Technical Institute (UTI). He currently serves as Campus President for Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) in Phoenix; MMI and Marine Mechanics Institute in Orlando, Florida; and as Regional Vice President of Operations for UTI campuses in Phoenix; Orlando; and Rancho Cucamonga and Sacramento, California.

He also oversees UTI’s Motorcycle Marine Industry Training (MMIT) group, which is in charge of curriculum for UTI’s motorcycle and marine campuses, OEM motorcycle and marine partner relationships, and industry training for dealers and other organizations.

Speer has been Regional VP of Operations since 2015 and MMI Campus President since 2017. His previous titles with UTI, which he first started working for in 1988, include UTI Sacramento Campus President, Vice President of Special Projects, Senior Vice President of Operations, Campus President of UTI Illinois and Corporate Director for Graduate Employment.

His rich, diverse history with UTI makes him a prominent leader in the company and for the MMI campuses.

Prior to joining UTI, Speer served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 4 years and left as a sergeant. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from Arizona State University. He has completed coursework toward a Master’s in Business Administration degree from University of Phoenix and also has experience in commercial real estate.

He worked for another school group as a career services director before UTI, after which his love for career planning with students (and cars) led to his UTI role.

As a strong supporter of career and technical education, Speer says he believes UTI is the best in its education sector. Speer says he enjoys being involved in an organization that prioritizes exceptional ethics, values and culture.

Speer was born in 1958 in Glendale, California. In his spare time, he enjoys tinkering with cars, playing golf and traveling. He’s looking forward to a European river cruise in the fall.

Philosophy on Trade School Education

At the campuses he’s involved in, Speer emphasizes student development for both technical and professional skills. His trade school education philosophy is that it’s important for students to be actively engaged in the learning experience and to learn in an environment that sets up expectations for work in the industry.

Speer encourages his team to quickly identify student accountability issues and approach them in an educational fashion. He wants instructors and all staff members to contribute to student success through personalized focus.

Vision for Motorcycle Mechanics Institute & Marine Mechanics Institute

Since Speer has taken over the role of MMI Campus President, he has focused his efforts on student population growth and retention. He says the industry need for qualified, trained technicians in powersports gives MMI the opportunity to prepare professionals to serve employer needs.

Speer has stabilized the student load on campus, increasing it 6% year-over-year in 2019, by revamping program cost and length to make the program more effective.

Speer says MMI is the best motorcycle training program in the world from a standpoint of entry-level training in the industry. The extraordinary manufacturer partnerships the school has inform the development and evolution of MMI programs, giving students remarkable insight into the industry.

As MMI continues to train a significant amount of dealership master technicians in the industry, the campus is able to put that expertise back into campus training and curriculum that stays on pace with the industry. Speer and the MMI team are able to see graduates’ experiences after leaving MMI, which also provides valuable feedback for campus instructors.

Leadership Across Campuses

Speer says his continued responsibility is to strengthen the experience for students and team members for the benefit of MMI and UTI organizations. Speer enjoys developing and leading people. He thrives on helping those he works with cultivate leadership qualities and grow in their roles.

Speer is passionate about strengthening student outcomes through campus dynamics. Speer wants employers to be thrilled with MMI and UTI graduates who come to work for them and uses that mission to guide campus initiatives.

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