Diane Fitzgerald Named National Director of the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum
Fitzgerald brings fundraising and strategic planning expertise to the program that supports collector vehicle education
TACOMA, Wash. – Diane Fitzgerald has been named national director of the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum (ACM), which awards scholarships and grants to prepare young adults for careers in automotive preservation and restoration.
Fitzgerald brings more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, education, fundraising and marketing to her new position. Most recently, she served as national Club Auto director at ACM, where she was responsible for implementing new programs and events to increase membership. In 2006, Fitzgerald helped conceptualize Club Auto, which now consists of 140 members, as well as collector car clubhouses in Tacoma and Kirkland, Washington and Lakewood, Colorado.
“Diane’s dedication to preserving America’s automotive history through her work with Club Auto aligns perfectly with the Hagerty Education Program,” said David Madeira, president and CEO of Tacoma-based ACM, the largest automobile museum in North America. “Diane’s extensive background and innate industry knowledge will serve as a valuable resource for the Hagerty Education Program and its mission to provide hands-on learning in the preservation and restoration of collector vehicles.”
The Hagerty Education Program at ACM furthers the mission and legacy of the Collectors Foundation, which was established in 2005 by Hagerty to support collector vehicle education. In January 2014, the project was renamed after partnering with ACM, the four-level, 165,000 sq. ft. attraction in the Pacific Northwest. Hagerty, an insurance provider for classic vehicles, has since committed $1.75 million to the program.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the good work of the Collectors Foundation through the Hagerty Education Program to promote America’s automotive heritage,” said Fitzgerald. “Educating and training the next generation of car collector enthusiasts is vital to protecting the hobby and keeping vintage cars on the road for years to come.”
About LeMay – America’s Car Museum (www.lemaymuseum.org)
LeMay – America’s Car Museum, which opened June 2, 2012 in downtown Tacoma, Washington, explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To get information on Museum hours, becoming an ACM member, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum.org.
Based in Traverse City, Michigan, Hagerty is the world’s leading insurance provider for classic vehicles and host to the largest network of classic car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial and club liability coverage, provides online Valuation Tools, and publishes the Hagerty Price Guide, the premier price and value guide for post-war collectible automobiles. For more information, call (800) 922-4050 or visitwww.hagerty.com or www.hagerty.com/valuationtools.