Team

Board of Directors

David L. Madeira - Chairman

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David Madeira is not your typical sit-behind-the-desk CEO.

Currently serving as the CEO of America’s Automotive Trust, David has centered much of his life around cars and motorcycles. For the past 14 years – has built America’s Car Museum into the largest automotive museum in North America and a thriving institution that continues to serve the automotive community. ­The man now at the helm of America’s Automotive Trust has a lifetime of experiences that qualify him as an exceptional leader in the movement to secure America’s automotive heritage, so that collector automobiles will always have a place in our society and a following of passionate enthusiasts for generations to come. ­The Trust includes a number of entities, including America’s Car Museum, th­e RPM Foundation, Club Auto and the Concours Club each with distinct roles in their shared commitment to securing America’s automotive heritage.

 

T.G. Mittler - Vice Chair

T.G. Mittler - Vice ChairWhen it comes to old cars and boats, T.G Mittler had no choice but to become an enthusiast.  Truthfully his sister was less interested in being dropped off at school in a Lamborghini Espada.  For T.G., however, when the choice was the back of Mom’s Town and Country or a seat on the parcel shelf of a DB4 the choice was a no-brainer.  His first two cars were Alfa Romeos and while one still resides in his garage the other, with luck, has mercifully rusted back into the earth.  He received his education in art history and photography from Ithaca College in update New York, enhancing his understanding of the value of art, craftsmanship, engineering, collecting and aesthetics.  T.G. is an active founding member of the Santa Fe Concorso, an event that is proving to be the southwest’s premier Councours D’Elegance.  In addition to ongoing philanthropic and entrepreneurial endeavors Mittler enjoys participating in classic car touring and track events and boating in the summer in southern Michigan.  He is currently working on a book project documenting racing boats of the teens and twenties titled “Power to Burn.”  Mittler resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dan Beutler - Treasurer

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Dan serves the RPM Foundation Board as Treasurer and is currently the Vice President of Accounting and Controller at Hagerty. Dan is a Certified Public Accountant and views this “extra assignment” as contributing his expertise to one of the great resources within the collector vehicle community. In 2013, Dan drove more than 1,200 miles behind the wheel of a 1970 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Station Wagon for a summer vacation road trip with his wife and two daughters, then ages 11 and 13.

Mike Stowe – Secretary

Mike-Stowe-webWhen I was 15, my Dad and I built my first car.  I have been known as a Gear Head ever since.  In fact my wife says I have gear lube running through my veins.  I owned Industrial Magnetics for 37 years.  When I sold the company, I started Great Lakes Motor Works, a restoration shop.  This allowed me to follow my two great passions. Building and collecting old cars and working with young people.  We hire high school and college students to work in our shop.  We encourage these young people to follow their dreams and give them the tools and experience to accomplish their goals.  John McLeod was one of these young employees, he had a dream of owning his own business and also had a passion for cars.  We were able to buy Classic Instrument, and worked with John for three years and then sold it to him.  John and his company are doing very well.

Dawn Fisher

DawnFisher_HeadshotDawn and her husband, Michael, are owners of MFD Classic Motors, Inc., a multi-faceted facility in Traverse City, MI that caters to the needs of collector vehicle enthusiasts, including premier storage, restoration services, consignments and member events. She has vintage road raced with a (pink!) 1972 Lotus Super 7 for more than six years and has instructed for Audi Club Driving Schools at more than 150 events nationwide since the early 1990¹s. In addition, Dawn has owned and operated various businesses for more than 30 years, including being CEO and majority owner of Fred, Inc., a 100% woman owned institutional manufacturing company known for its custom stainless equipment. Her civic duty has included being a Concours Club member of the RPM Foundation as well as successfully establishing Fishtown ­ a century-old fishing and commercial hub in Leland, MI ­ as a National Historic Site, giving it a permanent legacy for generations to come.

Keith Flickinger

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A lifelong car lover, Keith began his career in the restoration business while attending high school. He started his own business in 1988 when he launched a full-service restoration facility. Keith has earned a reputation for quality collector car restorations and attention to detail. His fantastic restoration work on Mr. Bulgari’s 1942 Buick Special Estate Wagon led to his current role as curator and chief advisor for the Bulgari Collection, as well as Allentown Classic Motor Car, Inc. and the NB Center for American Automotive Heritage, which are both co-founded by Mr. Flickinger and Mr. Bulgari. Many of the Bulgari cars that have been restored by Keith have been recognized at major concours and other prestigious competitions – including the Buick Nationals, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Antique Automobile Club of America meets, among many others.

Keith is also involved with other automobile organizations, such as America’s Car Museum (Tacoma, WA) and the Restoration Learning Center at America on Wheels (Allentown, PA). The Restoration Learning Center will teach visitors about the auto restoration process from start to finish, which Keith hopes will inspire the next generation of potential craftsmen and women.

McKeel O. Hagerty

McKeel-Hagerty-newMcKeel is CEO of Hagerty and currently serves as 2016-2017 Chairman of the Board of the ­­­­Young President’s Organization. He is an avid enthusiast and collector and is highly recognized as a classic car expert. He is the youngest judge to ever serve for the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and has served for more than ten years. McKeel represents the classic car community on numerous boards and advisory groups, including McPherson College Automotive Restoration and the REVS Institute, and appears regularly in various media outlets including CNBC, Fox News and Disco­­­very channels. At age 13, he began work on a 1967 Porsche 911S and completed the restoration himself with the help of his father, finishing in time to enjoy it as his daily driver in high school. He still owns that very car today and understands firsthand the value of working with ones’ hands and pride that comes with a completed project.

Tabetha Hammer

Tabetha Hammer is the Advocacy & PR Manager for Hagerty, a global company specializing in insurance and products for people who love cars. She oversees the Hagerty Youth Programs to introduce the next generation to collector cars and works closely with the RPM Foundation and the Historic Vehicle Association, both of which Hagerty founded through philanthropic support and continue to contribute to. Tabetha graduated from McPherson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Automotive Restoration with an emphasis in Communications. She serves on the National Board of Directors of the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Steering Committee to the board of America’s Automotive Trust. In 2011, Tabetha and her husband, Adam, also a McPherson College graduate, opened an automotive restoration shop, called Hammer & Dolly Automotive Restoration, in Traverse City, MI.

 

James Menneto

jim-mennetoJim could be considered a sort of “turn-around artist” in the publishing world.  Jim turned around several publications before one of his publications, “Boston Business Journal” was acquired by American City Business Journals.  When ACBJ purchased Hemmings Motor News, ACBJ Chairman Ray Shaw asked Jim to become publisher of Hemmings.  Since joining Hemmings, Menneto and his team have launched four new magazines and “brought the business journal style to the magazine”, improving content and design to readers approval.

Paul E. Miller

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Paul E. Miller, a native and lifelong resident of Tacoma, Washington, serves as ACM President and Chief Operating Officer. A former Tacoma City Councilmember and Deputy Mayor, Paul’s work with America’s Car Museum ultimately allows him to continue his longstanding efforts to improve his hometown.

Paul was the first ACM Board Chairman and continues as a longstanding member of ACM’s board. Paul also oversaw the construction of the four-story Museum building project adjacent to the Tacoma Dome.

Paul has devoted thousands of hours as a board member to numerous civic organizations, including Chairman of the Sound Transit Board, Chairman of the Pierce Transit Board, Member of the Puget Sound Regional Council and Pierce County Board of Health. Paul has served as a Donor Advisor to the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and as a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Foundation, among other civic efforts. His involvement in the community has also included a stint as Chair of the Tacoma Symphony Board, a post on the Organizing Committee for the Chihuly Center for Glass, District Chairman for the Boys Scouts of America and many other roles with local groups.

Paul has been Managing General Partner of Miller Investment Partnership (since 1979), a real estate investment and asset holding firm, and President of Leisure Development Co. (since 1982), a land development and commercial construction company. He is also a licensed commercial broker and owner of Paul E. Miller Brokerage, with a CCIM designation.

Paul was born and raised in Tacoma’s west end, where he currently lives with his wife Gloria and daughter Michelle.

Staff

Diane Fitzgerald - President - Chicago, IL

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Diane Fitzgerald is the President of RPM Foundation – Restoration. Preservation. Mentorship. – continuing the work of the Collectors Foundation and the Hagerty Education Program at LeMay – America’s Car Museum to promote America’s automotive heritage and the interests of the collector community.

Prior to this, she was director of National Club Auto, expanding the reach of LeMay – America’s Car Museum beyond the museum’s campus in Tacoma, WA with programs, events and activities for Club Auto and higher members. From 2002-2012, Diane was a member of the Museum’s Board of Director’s Steering Committee, notably as one of the first non-Tacoma members.

She is an avid microcar and motorcycle enthusiast and has travelled the world by four- and two-wheels, often to exotic places like Bhutan and India. In between her active hobbyism, Diane used her two Visual Arts degrees and one MBA to build her world that blended the experiences of corporate, small business and not-for-profits. Fruit of the Loom, Andersen Consulting, Lotus Tours, The Habitat Company and Marwen each provided lots of experience in new business development, project management, marketing & communications, operations and fundraising.

Diane was a teacher for 17 years as well as the founding executive director in 1986 of a not-for-profit in Chicago which thrives today. Chicago is home base for Diane and her work with RPM.

Diane and her husband, Burt Richmond, are major donors of ACM and RPM, restore historic buildings, and collect microcars and vintage motorcycles & scooters. Restoration is part of their collecting. Driving them is, too!

Stacy Puckett Taylor - Interim Grants Administrator & Ambassador - Detroit, MI

stacy-puckettStacy Puckett Taylor grew up attending car shows with her parents. In fact, she went to her first car auction while her mother was pregnant with her! In 2004, Stacy received an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Restoration Technology at McPherson College in Kansas, and before that, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She believes that automobiles are the ultimate combination of technology, mechanics and art. After graduating from McPherson, Mercedes-Benz Classic Center offered her a scholarship in Fellbach, Germany to become a Mechanic’s Apprentice. Next stop? LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA where Stacy was employed as the Collection Manager and Curator. Stacy currently lives in Michigan with her husband, Haydn, who also loves cars. Together, they own seven Audi vehicles and a few motorcycles. She works at Classic & Exotic Services as Parts Production Manager, overseeing the manufacturing of classic and exotic car parts – a job that requires a great deal of mechanical knowledge.

“I want RPM Foundation to become a clearing house of information for and about the restoration industry – a place where students, instructors and shops can all find what they need and what they’re looking for.”

Sarah Hebard - Interim Executive Assistant - Chicago, IL

Sarah Hebard is RPM Foundation’s Interim Administrative Assistant and car-guy in training. She graduated from DePaul University, located in Chicago, at the end of 2014 with a double bachelor’s degree in English and Art, Media & Design. Sarah has been an active volunteer at various charities and not-for-profit organizations around the Chicagoland area since high school – including the Haven Youth Board, Green Star Movement and the Old Town Triangle Association. In fact, it was through her volunteer work as a writer for the Old Town Triangle Association’s newsletter that Sarah met Diane Fitzgerald, who introduced her to the exciting world of restoration and collector cars – not to mention manual driving!

Fun Fact: While the 1957 Berkeley Sports 328 (featured in photo) may have 34 years on Sarah, it only has 4 feet of length on her 6’ height!

“RPM Foundation plays an essential role for the survival and future success of the restoration and collector car industry. Students and young people in the next generation – my generation – need the kind of strong, rich educational programs that RPM is currently curating and supporting to prepare them for the many employment opportunities that will be available.”

RPM Ambassadors

Patrick Barnes - Portland, OR & Indio, CA

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Collector and enthusiast Pat Barnes has always been fascinated by cars and motorcycles. He could identify vehicles at the age of 4, when he and his brother played games of Name-That-Car. He has owned motorcycles for over 50 years and currently owns two collector cars and one motorcycle – a 2007 Suzuki v-Strom. It is important to Pat that he uses what he has, so he doesn’t own or collect vehicles he can’t ride!

In 2014, Pat met Diane Fitzgerald at a Seattle auto show where he was volunteering, and she introduced him to RPM Foundation. Pat started volunteering with LeMay – America’s Car Museum in 2002, but his ability to spend time at the museum was limited after moving to Portland, Oregon in 2013. Becoming an RPM Ambassador was the perfect way to stay involved while living outside the Tacoma area.

Pat believes that when it comes to vehicles and restoration, it is critical for young folks to learn from older generations. He has experience as an educator, and brings that perspective to his role at RPM: “I love the idea and practice of hands-on education. I want to see more programs and expansions – not just auto repair in schools, but restoration and preservation as well. We need to spread the word!”

FUN FACT: In 1976, Pat’s grandparents bought an AMC Pacer and it has been in the family ever since. The car was first driven by his grandmother, then his mother, followed by Pat, his daughter, and now his grandson. That’s five generations!

Josh Baum - Goleta, CA

josh-baumJosh Baum is a working automotive conservator and former RPM grant-recipient. He has always been fascinated by what he calls “our built environment as influenced by the automobile,” which explains why he once owned and began restoration on a 1940s Sinclair filling station in his hometown of Hays, Kansas. Josh has an MA in Historical Preservation from the University of Georgia and wrote his thesis on an examination of the Historic Vehicle Association’s (HVA) steps in creating the National Historic Vehicle Register. He is also a member of the HVA. After graduation, Josh applied his education and passion on the West Coast in an effort to save old cars. Since 2015, he has worked for a private collection in southern California, where he cares for several completely original vehicles as an automotive preservationist. Before landing his dream job, however, Josh interned at LeMay–America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington. Through a grant from RPM Foundation, Josh practiced much of what he does now — maintenance on the museum’s collection — and also helped stage exhibits and update the museum’s vehicle research database. The three-month internship led to a full-time position as assistant curator. In many ways, the museum’s mission — to honor “America’s love affair with the automobile” — meshed perfectly with Josh’s own interests, specifically wanting “to tell the story not just of the cars, but how the cars have affected us as people.”

Herb Clark - St. Louis, MO & Sun City West, AZ

Herb Clark is an avid hobbyist who has been a car lover since the 1960s. He taught classes on the history of the automobile, which allowed him to meet a number people with car knowledge and plenty of car stories to share. He currently has a few cars in his personal collection, chosen with no rhyme nor reason.

Herb was introduced to RPM Foundation when he applied for a grant to support his car club’s community activities. He had been passionate about cars for a long time, but it wasn’t until talking with Diane Fitzgerald and learning about RPM that his desire to help others really took off. “Her mentoring has been a big help in my efforts. Now I have been asked to help several other communities start a club like ours.” Herb started a non-profit charitable car club called Automotive Restoration Club of Sun City West to promote auto restoration – it now has almost 700 members! The club, which opened in January of 2016, built a 6,000-square-foot restoration shop where they teach all aspects of restoration.

The “master networker,” Herb has boundless energy and an ease with connecting the dots – to help us all be aware of each other and the work that we do!

A.J. (Drew) Feustel - Houston, TX

Drew Feustel grew up near the Motor City (Lake Orion, MI) and has been surrounded by cars, motorcycles, and boats his entire life. Before riding his custom 1974 Honda CB750F to Purdue University, Drew spent his childhood years racing motorcross and BMX bicycles. He later began racing Karts after high-school while attending Oakland Community College and working at a Jaguar restoration facility near Detroit. His first car was a 1967 Mustang Convertible that he received when he was 15. He spent the next five years restoring it, and has had an automotive project in his garage ever since. Growing up near Lake Michigan meant lots of time spent on the water with boats – his father owns a 1948 Crosby 10’ b-utility runabout that Drew restored when he was a teen. He has owned and restored several automobiles over the years and currently houses three classic BMW’s (3.0CS, Bavaria, E28) and an Austin Healy Sprite (spridget) that he purchased for his wife as a wedding present 26 years ago. “Looking back now, I suppose there was no way for me NOT to fall in love with cars, motorcycles, and boats!”

Drew got involved with RPM to help promote not only automotive restoration, but also the development of mechanical aptitude in younger generations. He is strongly committed to encouraging the youth of today to get their hands dirty – either under the hood of a car, in a wood shop on a boat, working around the home, or by formally pursuing engineering and technical degrees that will allow them to be employed in industries where those talents are needed. “After 16 years in my current profession as an Astronaut, I can truly say that my success can be attributed to the technical and mechanical skills that I picked up in the garage, nearly as much as my formal training as a scientist.”

“I do believe that our world needs people with strong mechanical, manufacturing, and trade skills. We always will. RPM can strive to promote and nurture those skills and help to ensure globally that we are well equipped to enable the mechanics, restoration professionals, and trade skill workers of our future.”

UPDATE: Drew is heading to the International Space Station in 2018 and RPM Foundation will be “joining him there” via video transmissions! Click here to learn more.

Ryan Levesque - Grapevine, TX

ryan-levesqueRyan Levesque is the next generation – a collector and restorer with a passion for historical transportation designs and engineering. He currently owns a 1972 Volkswagen campmobile – a restoration project, a 1966 MG 1100, and a 1956 Massey Harris 50 tractor. Ryan discovered his love for cars at Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT) when he took a chance and enrolled in a restoration elective course and helped bring a 1978 Pontiac Firebird back to life. While attending school, he worked at a restoration shop called Higgins Restoration, specializing in Brass Era vehicles. After graduation, he was chosen by RPM Foundation to be the first Apprentice to train under Keith Flickinger – owner of Precision Motor Cars and curator/restorer of the Nicola Bulgari Collection. Originally from Unionville, PA, Ryan now lives in Grapevine, TX and works at KIP Motor Company where he is responsible for wielding, fabrication and restoration assembly.

“I believe the future is bright for RPM and the restoration industry. The ‘talk’ about old cars is getting louder and more people are becoming enthusiasts, collectors, and restorers. More and more young people want to work on vintage cars and as they become more collectible it will only drive the industry to grow!”

William “Bud” McIntire - Winston-Salem, NC

bud-mcintireBud McIntire has been a car guy since the age of seven when he went on a road trip with his father to retrieve a 1952 MGTD. Years later, he developed a life-long love for Alfa sportscars after attending a Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racing event at Virginia International Raceway. But it wasn’t until the end of college that he bought his own red Alfa GTV. Numerous vintage Alfa’s have come into his life since the GTV and he has even restored a few – including a rare 1960 Giulietta Spring Special. Mixed in with the cars were a variety of motorcycles. Today, Bud’s go-to bike is a 1983 BMW R80ST, but there is also a 1983 Suzuki Katana GS1000 and a 2005 Honda Superhawk in the garage for more vigorous riding.

After nearly 40 years of school and professional practice in architecture, Bud retired to pursue a passion for wooden boat-building and restoration. He completed a nine-month program at the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Michigan and an apprenticeship at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. He was later recruited by the school to return as their Director of Student Service and to teach summer classes. During his time at the school, he became acquainted with Bob Knechel, former CEO of The Collectors Foundation, and Diane Fitzgerald, who at the time was Executive Director of the Hagerty Education Program (HEP). Grants to the school were used to fund scholarships and gave Bud a personal view of the value of this funding for highly-qualified students.

“Given the goals of RPM and my background, volunteering as an Ambassador seemed like a perfect fit. I look forward to helping this worthwhile program in any way I can here in the Southeastern United States.”

Jason Peters - Portland, OR

Cars have been a lifelong passion of Jason’s – something that was deeply instilled in him before he was old enough to walk. However, committing to a career path in automotive restoration happened later. Jason spent nearly fifteen years working in supervisory and leadership roles and transitioned into Human Resources before realizing his dreams of working on classic cars full time in a restoration shop.

While Jason is most knowledgeable about post-WWII American cars, he also appreciates the “oddball” or orphan vehicles. “When it comes to classic cars, I believe they’re all special and unique in their own way.”

In 2017, Jason graduated from McPherson College with a degree in Automotive Restoration Technology and Business. He is an RPM scholar and grant recipient who earned a 10-week summer internship at LeMay – America’s Car Museum (Tacoma, WA) as the Collections Management Technician. He has also interned at Shade’s Classic Corner (Hastings, NE), Goldfield Trim and Upholstery (Des Moines, IA) and SEVEN LLC (Columbus, OH).

Today, Jason works at SMS Auto Fabrics in Canby, OR and has taken on variety of different roles from customer service to inventory, project management, etc. to some door panel fabrication and everything in between.

Burt Richmond - Chicago, IL

burt-richmondBurt Richmond is a partner at Collectors Car Garage in Chicago and enjoys driving anything with two, three, or four wheels. He has been captivated by vehicles, especially old ones, since the age of 13 when he was introduced to a 1939 Crosley convertible at the family home on Long Island. By age 14 he had built his first car with help from his brother and father. Burt was living in Chicago in 1966 when he bought his first motorcycle – a Honda Super 90 – and has not been without a motorcycle since. Today, he and his wife, Diane Fitzgerald, have a collection of microcars and vintage motorcycles and scooters, some of which are on display inside their historic Chicago home.

Burt studied Industrial Design in college to become an automobile stylist. His first design job in New York was designing furniture and products, which over time evolved into Interior Architecture. In 1988, at age 50, he resigned from his 180-person architectural firm, with offices in 7 cities, to start a motorcycle touring company. By 2007, he had guided over 8,800 riders across 150 countries. His list of racing and driving accomplishments is long and includes a 16,000 kilometer long drive that took seven weeks to complete from Beijing to Paris in a 1953 Citroen 2CV. He has restored dozens of vintage motorcycles and a handful of microcars. Burt loves the challenges that come with repairing vehicles to keep them running, and the end result is all about pride of accomplishment.

“RPM holds the reins for creating awareness and the need for craftsmanship and development of hands-on problem solving of mechanical devices.”

David Rising - Esslingen, Germany

David Rising was born and raised in Tacoma, WA and his fascination with cars started when he was young, thanks to the many family vacations spent traveling to all corners of the US and parts of Canada. He currently lives in Esslingen, Germany and works for HWA AG, which runs the Mercedes Benz AMG DTM Team, supports all Mercedes powered Formula 3 teams, and manufacturers all Mercedes GT3 race cars. He is a vehicle dynamicist working mainly with full vehicle simulation, but is also involved with performance analysis, tire testing and mathematical modeling. In college, David participated in a student project called Formula SAE. The goal was to design, build and compete with their own small, open-wheeled race car. The many years of experience on that project led to his first job as a race engineer for a NASCAR truck team. He has been involved with racing ever since! David was looking for a way to get involved with LeMay – America’s Car Museum and use his enthusiasm for all things automotive when he found RPM Foundation. We’re lucky to have him along for the ride!

FUN FACT: “I have only once purchased a car that was younger than ten years old. It was a great car, but sadly didn’t have any character. That is, it never broke down!”

Clint Sly - Belleair, FL

clintslyClinton W. Sly, Jr. is the Senior Vice President of Financial Services at Hagerty. He has more than 25 years of business growth experience specializing in global marketing, brand strategy, public relations, event marketing, digital commerce, broadcast media, print and digital publishing, data and analytics. Prior to joining Hagerty, Clint served in several senior management positions including President of duPont Publishing, Inc. His in-depth non-profit involvement has ranged from the development of a 25-year growth plan for the City of Portland to being a charter member of the St. Peter Foundation, serving single mothers, the homeless and providing emergency relief.

Lyn St. James - Phoenix, AZ

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Lyn St. James is a retired professional IndyCar Driver with 11 Champ Car and 5 Indy Racing League starts to her name. She is just one of seven women who have qualified for the Indianapolis 500 and perhaps best known for her 1992 Indianapolis 500 “Rookie of the Year” award. In addition, Lyn has achieved racing notoriety at a number of other international and national racing events. Beyond her illustrious racing career, Lyn St. James is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her accomplishments – such as, Sports Illustrated for Women’s “Top-100 Women Athletes of the Century”, one of “The 350 Women Who Changed the World Between 1976-1996” in Working Woman Magazine, 2008 Automotive Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award, and Member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Lyn is the author of three books, the founder of the Lyn St. James Foundation and its “Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation”. She previously formed a racing team plus owning and operating several other businesses. Now mostly retired, Lyn is active on numerous Boards and enjoys Vintage Racing, when she finds the time.

“This is an industry that needs new craftsmen as the old craftsmen are retiring. If the students have the desire and passion to learn, then the community needs to help support a program that can teach them and guide them into a career doing what they love! RPM Foundation is at the center of this and I am proud to be part of the movement they started.”

Haydn Taylor - Detroit, MI

Haydn is the owner of HT Motorworks & D Speedshop and a lover of all vehicles – which he sees as fascinating and enthralling mechanical marvels. He grew up around the world – but was born in Yorkshire, England – the son of an Engineer, and became one himself after realizing he loved mechanical things. He also grew up watching rallying in the UK in the 80’s and fell in love with the new-to-the-world-at-that-time Audi Quattro – Today, he collects Audis!

Haydn has been racing and building race cars and bikes his whole life and loves both the hands-on work and the driving experience. About 15 years ago, he became an HPDE (High Performance Driver Education) driving instructor and race instructor. He has also been an ADSS (Advanced Driver Skills School) instructor for about 12 years, teaching mostly new drivers car control skills on skid pads. “It is a great feeling to see the joy in a student’s face as they improve.”

“The future of RPM will be an uphill battle to convince not only the kids but the industry that skilled workers require a lot of training and investment on both sides. I am excited to see RPM tackling this issue as there is a huge skills gap in the auto industry right now.”