2017 CVF Board of Directors
Former Vice President of Strategic Communications
Western States Petroleum Association (2006-2016)
After 20 years as a reporter for major daily newspapers in Texas and California, Tupper made the transition to communications in 1995 when he joined the San Francisco-based public affairs firm, The PBN Company. When PBN decided to shutter its California offices and move its headquarters to Washington, D.C., he brought the entire office into what was then the Kahl-Pownall lobbying firm where he continued to provide communications consulting services to a number of associations, businesses and campaigns.
In 2006 Tupper joined WSPA as Vice President for Strategic Communications where I brought my newspaper and writing skills, my work in the natural resources and energy fields, and my experience in politics, public relations and trade associations to the petroleum industry.
In addition to the California Automobile Museum, Tupper volunteers with an organization called Wonder Inc. that mentors children and young adults in the foster care system. When not doing that, he enjoys watching and participating in motorsports activities.
Vice President, Newmark Cornish & Carey, 2005-Present
Chris has been working as a Commercial Real Estate Agent for over 12 years, consistently recognized as a Top Producer. One of the most active brokers in South Placer County, Chris was named Young Professional of the Year by the Roseville Chamber of Commerce in 2014. He is a member of the Association of Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) and the Sutter Club. He is also a past active member of the Active 20-30 Sacramento No. 1 Club and a proud alumni of Jesuit High School.
Chris has always had a passion (more of an obsession) for automobiles since his youth. When he’s not spending his free time with his wife and daughter, he enjoys driving and restoring classic cars.
Senior Project Manager, Business Development Manager, Certified Arborist, and Licensed Contractor for projects throughout the western United States and Baja Mexico including public and private golf courses, master planned communities, transportation, sustainable energy, levee and riverbank restoration, phytoremediation, mature specimen tree transplanting, erosion control, habitat restoration and mitigation. Mike is currently the Certified Arborist for Arborwell.
Mike uses his skills to coordinate car and motorcycle based charitable events such as the annual Rally4Kids to benefit the Shriners Hospital for children, the EuroSunday Display at the Sacramento International Auto Show that benefitted the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the EuroSunday Hampton Inn Folsom event benefitting a Make-A-Wish recipient going to the Ferrari Factory in Italy. He now wants to use his skills to help the museum grow into a leading auto museum destination and education facility.
Current Member: EuroSunday as Director of Events, Porsche Club of America, International Society of Arboriculture. Former Member: SCCA, NASA (National Auto Sport Association), ASRA (Arizona Sports Racing Association)
Shell retired from government finance in 2012 after 26 years, first in Ventura County, where she grew up, and then in the cities of Folsom and Elk Grove. She has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting, and a Masters of Science in Business Administration, both from the University of LaVerne in Southern California. In late 2012 she found the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, where she currently serves as Finance Director, and discovered the joys and challenges of working in the non-profit world.
Shell’s car love began in 1970 with a 1958 Volkswagen bug and a 1962 Mercury Comet…Dad was a mechanic who kept the family fleet running “with spit and Band-Aids!”
In her spare time Shell enjoys puttering around the house and working in the yard. Her most notable achievement was the 8 tons of flagstone she laid in the yard the summer of 2012, her first retirement feat. She enjoys most anything that requires the use of small power tools.
UC Riverside, BS in Poltical Science, 1977
McGeorge School of Law, 1981
Russell, Jarvis, Estabrook & Dashiell, Associate Counsel, 1982-2000
Private Law Practice (personal and small business bankruptcy) 2000-2012
Kiwanis Club of Carmichael, 1984-present (club president, 1989-1990)
Current board member, Capital Stage
Steve Koonce (CAM docent class of 2014) reckons that he must have always had a subconscious interest in cars from the many hours spent in the back of one, traveling cross country with his family. His father’s aerospace career took him to a number of cities across the United States, as well as to England and Australia. But it was in Road & Track Magazine that his fascination with cars came into sharper focus.
In the ‘70s and 80’s Steve and his wife owned a series of clapped out old sports cars which they drove, worked on, and sold to buy the next project car. Currently they maintain a small collection of mostly late model high performance cars, their kinetic art.
Besides buying and selling cars, Steve’s main interests are local philanthropy, music (he play electric bass guitar), and traveling with his dogs.
Marc A. Levinson
Marc is a Senior Counsel resident in the Sacramento office of the 1,000+ lawyer international firm, Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP. He has practiced bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring law since 1975, representing debtors, including two California cities, creditors, committees and purchasers of assets. Marc is a graduate of UCLA and the UC Davis School of Law. He is currently the President of the American College of Bankruptcy, an invitation-only professional organization of approximately 800 lawyers, judges, professors and financial advisors. The College is the nation’s largest funder of pro bono consumer bankruptcy providers, having awarded over $1.25 million to organizations across the country during the past three years.
Marc previously served as a director of the Crocker Art Museum, having chaired the Collections and Acquisitions Committee and served on the Budget Committee. Raised in car-crazy Burbank, California, he has had a lifelong interest in cars. Marc has owned all manner of vehicles, the first when he was a junior in high school – a 1950 Plymouth coupe with a flathead six and three on the tree. He honed his driving skills during three summers while a UCLA student, serving as an automotive placement engineer (parking lot attendant) in office buildings in Century City. It was there that he first drove a Ferrari, a Porsche and other vehicles more interesting than his Plymouth and its successor, a 1960 Ford.
Owner and president of Eres Rice Communications for more than 20 years, specializing in marketing consultation, media relations, public relations and event coordination. Partnered with Sacramento photographer Tia Gemmel at eight Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegances, and coordinated the marketing and media relations for several Shriners Concours d’Elegance events. Co-creator and coordinator of the annual Race for the Arts, a fund-raiser benefiting all California arts and schools. It is now in its 17th year.
Achievements and affiliations include: Past president for The Sacramento Ballet Guild and past board member of The Sacramento Ballet , and a current board member of Camerata California. A finalist for the Sacramento Arts & Business Council Leadership Award, Certificate of Recognition from Sacramento City Council.
Christian has participated in auto racing and has owned, by his estimation, a dozen classic cars. Most of these have been domestic muscle cars, but he also has a strong interest in British cars as well. Though he has a strong affinity for classic cars, Christian is also fascinated by the ever-evolving world of automotive technology and the design and engineering of cars being manufactured today.
Christian currently serves at the general manager at Lexus of Sacramento; he has been in that position since 2001, and has worked at the dealership since 1999. He holds a degree in Marketing and Productions Operations Management from Chico State.
Senior Project Analyst
Intel Corporation, 1999-present
Jeff has been an automotive enthusiast since childhood, and pursued his passion through an engineering degree from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and 15 years working for Peterbilt Corporation in Texas, designing and manufacturing medium and heavy duty trucks. A career change to the tech industry brought Jeff back to California, where he has maintained involvement in the car world through affiliations with several car clubs (Including BMW and Porsche Club of America), as well as the Museum.
John G. Tennyson
John has been a CAM docent for 7 years, serves on the Docent Training Staff, Exhibits committee, and the Car Club Cavalcade. He is new to the board as of 2016. With a life-long love of cars, he belongs to the WPC Club, the Chrysler 300 Club, is secretary of the CA Chapter of the DeSoto Club and president of the Imperial Owners Club of Northern CA. Before retirement, John was a legislative consultant at the State Legislature for 28 years, analyzing and writing local government and housing legislation.
A graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and McGeorge School of Law, John served the U.S Army in Vietnam, and has also been a freelance writer and photographer. He has been involved in community theatre, a scoutmaster and counselor in Boy Scouts, and a church Sunday School teacher and volunteer. Residing in Sacramento with his wife, Nancy, John is also a board member of Resident Owned Parks, Inc., which helps preserve lower income housing in mobilehome parks for seniors.
Brian P. Whitmore
Brian P. Whitmore, AIA – LEED AP is a licensed architect and President of BCA Architects in Sacramento. Brian is a lifelong car enthusiast with a passion for performance and design. His interest in automobiles began as a young boy, where his father, a California Highway Patrol officer, taught him how to build, modify and enjoy antique and modern cars. Brian’s interest in hands on projects, coupled with his natural artistic skill lead him to a career in architecture. Brian attended the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, was named one of Sacramento’s Top 40 Under 40 and serves on various local boards as well as the Rocklin Planning Commission. Brian was the architect of the Benvenuti Performing Arts Center, Sacred Heart School, and multiple other award winning commercial projects in the Sacramento Region. Brian can often be found in Placer County, were he resides, spending time with his wife and three young children, or behind the wheel of any of his growing collection of cars.