Who runs the APF and WPC? And who owns them?
As was described in previous answers, the APF and WPC were started by Ernie Frantz in Aurora, IL. Let’s put the differences in the organizations as described above aside between the APF and AAPF, and the WPC and AWPC. For the purposes of this question, the AAPF is considered part of the APF, and the AWPC part of the WPC.
The APF was formed as a non-profit organization. So, no one “owns” the APF per say. The APF is controlled by a Board of Directors, and headed by a President. The APF founder, Ernie Frantz, ran the organization as its President for many years, but has since retired. Ernie then appointed Kieran Kidder to being the APF President, who as was described above, started the WPO. In October 2007, the APF Board voted in a new President and Vice President. Garry Frank was voted as APF President; Mike McDaniel was voted APF Vice President. Their terms will run for two years, at which time the Board will nominate and vote in new officials. In addition to those offcials, the current APF Board includes Amy Jackson (secretary/treasurer), Kieran Kidder, Russ Barlow, Mike Sweeney, Lisa Wheeler, Ken Wheeler, J.R. Bolger, and Wayne Pullum. In addition to the Board and President that run the APF, the organization has State Chairman in most States in the US.
The WPC, on the other hand, was started as a corporation by Ernie Frantz. Ernie was the owner and President for many years in the organization, although he let the rules and other aspects of the organization be controlled by representatives of the member nations of the WPC in the Annual Governing Meeting (AGM) at the yearly WPC World Championships. In 2003, Ernie Frantz sold the corporation of the WPC to Kieran Kidder, so that he could semi-retire. So Kidder is now the owner of the WPC. At the WPC Worlds in 2007, Mike Sweeney was also voted WPC President for a 2-year term.
All of that being said, the majority of the paper work and administrative duties of the APF/WPC is handled by the APF Office Manager Amy Jackson. Amy has served as the secretary for the APF for over 15 years, and continues to be the silent workhorse that keeps the organization running.