Automotive Hall of Fame Names New President

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Automotive Hall of Fame

    DEARBORN, Mich., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Automotive Hall of Fame has
 appointed Jeffrey K. Leestma as its new President.  He joins the Automotive
 Hall of Fame from DaimlerChrysler Corporation, where he served as a
 communications executive.  He succeeds Gene McKinney, who is retiring after
 serving eight years as President.
     "We are extremely pleased to have Jeff Leestma lead the next phase of
 growth for the Automotive Hall of Fame," said Jim Olson, Chairman of the Hall
 of Fame and Senior Vice President, Toyota Motor North America.  "He brings to
 the position a depth of experience and an impressive range of industry
 contacts that will serve the Hall of Fame well as it continues to honor the
 individuals who put the world on wheels."
     Leestma was most recently responsible for e-business communications at
 DaimlerChrysler, ending an eight-year tenure that included a variety of
 domestic and international assignments.  Prior to joining Chrysler in 1993,
 Leestma served eight years managing the Detroit office of American Honda Co.
     McKinney joined the Hall of Fame in 1993 from the Motor Vehicle
 Manufacturers Association and was instrumental in relocating the Hall of Fame
 to Dearborn from its previous location in Midland, Michigan.
     The Automotive Hall of Fame, adjacent to Henry Ford Museum, is a visitor
 attraction and educational resource.  Through interactive exhibits and
 one-on-one demonstrations, it celebrates the accomplishments of the worldwide
 motor vehicle industry for the purpose of encouraging others, especially young
 people, to higher levels of achievement in their own lives.
 
 

SOURCE Automotive Hall of Fame
    DEARBORN, Mich., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Automotive Hall of Fame has
 appointed Jeffrey K. Leestma as its new President.  He joins the Automotive
 Hall of Fame from DaimlerChrysler Corporation, where he served as a
 communications executive.  He succeeds Gene McKinney, who is retiring after
 serving eight years as President.
     "We are extremely pleased to have Jeff Leestma lead the next phase of
 growth for the Automotive Hall of Fame," said Jim Olson, Chairman of the Hall
 of Fame and Senior Vice President, Toyota Motor North America.  "He brings to
 the position a depth of experience and an impressive range of industry
 contacts that will serve the Hall of Fame well as it continues to honor the
 individuals who put the world on wheels."
     Leestma was most recently responsible for e-business communications at
 DaimlerChrysler, ending an eight-year tenure that included a variety of
 domestic and international assignments.  Prior to joining Chrysler in 1993,
 Leestma served eight years managing the Detroit office of American Honda Co.
     McKinney joined the Hall of Fame in 1993 from the Motor Vehicle
 Manufacturers Association and was instrumental in relocating the Hall of Fame
 to Dearborn from its previous location in Midland, Michigan.
     The Automotive Hall of Fame, adjacent to Henry Ford Museum, is a visitor
 attraction and educational resource.  Through interactive exhibits and
 one-on-one demonstrations, it celebrates the accomplishments of the worldwide
 motor vehicle industry for the purpose of encouraging others, especially young
 people, to higher levels of achievement in their own lives.
 
 SOURCE  Automotive Hall of Fame