Driving forces at the new LeMay – America's Car Museum

Staff reportMay 27, 2012 

DAVID MADEIRA

President, CEO

Duties: Top dog. Steered museum’s development and directs all operations.

Year manufactured: 1950

Roads traveled: Lawyer; vice president for Advancement, University of Illinois at Chicago; fundraiser, fundraising consultant. Has ridden motorcycle across 25 countries, including Spain, Turkey and Tibet.

What he drives: “My daily driver is a Ford F-150 pickup truck. For fun I have a Honda ST1300 motorcycle and a 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet. I also have a 1973 Norton Commando.”

Favorite car: "The 1927 LaSalle 303 Convertible Roadster I purchased for the museum."

PAUL MILLER

Vice president/operations

Duties: Runs the building and museum’s nine-acre campus, including event services, event operations, maintenance and security.

Year manufactured: 1955

Roads traveled: Former Tacoma city councilman and deputy mayor; commercial real estate broker and developer. Managed construction of the museum.

What he drives: 2003 BMW Z4

Favorite car: 1969 Camaro Z28. “This is the first car I bought with my own money after high school. I wish I still had it.”

SCOT KELLER

Chief marketing and communications officer

Duties: Manages public relations and marketing. Also responsible for exhibits and events.

Year manufactured: 1957

Roads traveled: Born and raised in Southern California. Amateur Sports Car Club of America driver; third-generation car executive. Former director of communications at General Motors; advertising senior manager at Chrysler Europe.

What he drives: Porsche Boxster S and a Ducati 999 motorcycle.

Favorite car: “My favorite car is our 1963 (Corvette Sting Ray) split window. It has been my favorite since I saw the first one in 1963 at the home of my father’s best friend. I had never seen anything like it in my life! Every time I see our ’63 I'm back in 1963 grinning like a kid.”

DOMINIC DOBSON

Chief development officer

Duties: Sponsorships and fundraising. Also runs the museum’s Club Auto program in Tacoma and other cities.

Year manufactured: 1957

Roads traveled: Race driver, drove in seven Indianapolis 500 races and at the Le Mans sports car race. Former president of Cavallino Holdings Ltd., where he managed a collection of historic cars. High performance driving instructor.

What he drives: Audi A6 Avant. “I have two kids and we seem to haul around a lot of stuff all the time.”

Favorite car: “Has to be any V12 Ferrari, either from the late ’50s or a modern road or even Formula 1 car. Have driven many of them and I love them all!”

RENEE CRIST

Collections manager

Duties: “Care and feeding” of the cars in the museum collection, including maintenance, licensing and research.

Year manufactured: 1955

Roads traveled: Professional truck driver, spending five years driving an 18-wheeler for Nalley’s Fine Foods. Founded and, for 22 years, ran Crist Enterprises, a Gig Harbor-based photo-finishing lab and portrait studio.

What she drives: 2000 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo. Also owns a 1958 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.

Favorite car: “It’s like asking, ‘Who’s your favorite son?’ I can’t decide. I love them all.”

KEN GROSS

Guest curator

Duties: Developed and designed the museum’s opening shows.

Year manufactured: 1941

Roads traveled: Automotive writer and journalist. Writes for Playboy, Hemispheres, AutoWeek and others. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance judge for 21 years. Collects early Fords.

What he drives: “I test new cars for Playboy, MSN autos and other periodicals, so I drive at least one and often two new cars each week.”

Favorite car: 1932 Ford highboy roadster. “As a kid, I wanted a real hot rod, and after many years, I was able to have the car of my dreams. I collected vintage parts for six years, had some talented people help build it and drive it on weekends to our local ‘Cars and Coffee.’”

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