NAAM E-NEWS – February 2022, Volume 23, Issue 1

In This Issue

President’s Message

By: Patrick Slebonick

Greetings NAAM Members:

It is my pleasure to greet you all for the first time as President of NAAM.

In November 2021 NAAM returned for an in-person conference for the first time since February of 2019. The Next Gen Conference hosted by the National Corvette Museum was a tremendous success. It was wonderful to see so many new faces and old friends. Attendees were able to explore best practices and new ideas in a wide variety of disciplines, which are sure to make each member institution better. I must thank Derek Moore, Sharon Brawner, and the whole NCM team for this exceptional experience.

Immediately preceding the Conference, the NAAM Board of Directors met for a two-day retreat. Our goal was simple: develop a strategic plan which will build on the historic success of NAAM and position the organization to serve and grow our membership into the future.

Out of that session the Board will be focused on three areas this year:

Communications: Develop a plan to more effectively communicate with our membership. This includes providing you with high impact content and a functional, reliable website.

Value & Sustainability: Define the benefits and services that provide the most impact and value to our membership as the organization moves forward.

Leadership Development: Ensure that our Board is comprised of a diverse leadership representative of our membership with the skills to move the organization forward.

An important part of this process is to hear more voices from across the membership. We are still seeking volunteers for two new committees in particular. Our Communications Committee seeks volunteers who would like to contribute to content development for the organization – experience with web development is a particular need. The Conference Planning Committee is responsible for all aspects of planning our signature conference and needs individuals with fresh ideas for content. Please email or call me if you think you can help!

Finally, the 2020 joint conference with the WFMM was postponed due to Covid but we are pleased that our friends with World Forum and Revs are prepared to move forward with “The Future of the Past is Collaboration” Conference from November 9-12, 2022. There will be much more information to follow, but please consider making your hotel reservations now, space is limited in the hotel block.

For more information on the hotel block, conference schedule, and travel information please visit the conference webpage here.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, or to get more involved in NAAM.

Patrick Slebonick

President, National Association of Automobile Museums

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A Letter from President-Elect, Brandon Anderson

Dear NAAM Members:

During the Annual Meeting held at the National Corvette Museum this past November, the Board held a retreat and strategic planning session to chart a path forward to create optimal value for the membership and to secure the organization’s future as an inclusive, relevant, engaging, and successful membership entity.

To that end, a new mission, vision, and value statements were created to guide our path towards excellence. On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to share with you the results of our work together.

The National Association of Automobile Museums is a center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates, and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry and recognizes their achievements.

Advancing professional excellence within the automotive museum community.

NAAM is an organization that advances automotive museums of all sizes through collaboration by:

  1. Sharing physical, intellectual, and virtual assets;
  2. Promoting excellence and professional standards in collecting, preserving, and interpreting;
  3. Recognizing unique needs and challenges in our area of scholarship;
  4. Fostering interdisciplinary cooperation.

Utilizing the new mission, vision, and value statements, the Board has established new committees to ensure that our work aligns with our strategic plan and results in a stronger NAAM that further benefits our membership.

We look forward to sharing with you some new initiatives, membership benefits, ways to collaborate and support one another, and educational opportunities that will ultimately make NAAM an even better organization that supports you, our members!

Thank you for being a member of NAAM and supporting our future together.


Brandon J. Anderson

President-Elect, National Association of Automobile Museums
Executive Director & CEO, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum