2200 Front Street Sacramento, CA 95818

Hours: 10am to 5pm | Last Admission at 4pm | Closed On Tuesdays

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Board of Directors

The California Automobile Museum's Board of Directors is a collection of car enthusiast dedicated to our mission of preserving, exhibiting and teaching the community about the impact of the Automobile. 

Monthly Board Meetings: 

Every Last Thursday

Jeff Swain

Jeff has been an automotive enthusiast since childhood, and pursued his passion through earning a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and working for over 15 years in the design and manufacture of Heavy and Medium duty trucks.  Jeff is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California.  He has been involved in various forms of motorsport as both a consultant and participant.  A career change to the tech industry brought Jeff and his family back to California, where he has stayed involved with cars via involvement with marque clubs, EuroSunday, and the museum.

President

Susan Oliver

Susan Oliver is a native of Sacramento and has also been a small business owner in Sacramento since 1996. She has watched the city and museum transform over the years. For almost 20 years, her business assisted residential communities and developments with management. Susan now provides management consulting services for businesses and non-profits.

Susan has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit organizations.  She founded a nonprofit in her late husband’s name to award scholarships to youth entering the Law Enforcement field. 

Susan is an avid car enthusiast stemming from her experiences with family and friends, and their love for the automobile. She has helped restore, modify, and collect cars – new and old. She brings her skills learned from business and her love of cars to the Museum to help build a strong and vibrant organization. 

Vice President

Joe Hensler

Treasurer

Mike Ritenour

Mike is a Certified Arborist and Licensed Contractor, and has worked on 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 currently develops multi year Tree Care Management Plans using GPS for commercial properties and Homeowner Association's throughout Northern California. 

 

Mike enjoys “anything that has an engine” including cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and airplanes. He uses his passion and skills to coordinate charitable events such as the annual Rally4Kids toy drive and the EuroSunday display at the Sacramento International Auto Show that benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children. Mike is currently the Chair for the annual CruiseFest on Fulton that benefits the auto museum. 

 

Current Member: EuroSunday, Porsche Club of America, International Society of Arboriculture, and TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association)

Former Member: SCCA, NASA (National Auto Sport Association), ASRA (Arizona Sports Racing Association)

Secretary

Mary Davis

Mary has been active in the automotive industry for almost 30 years.  She is currently employed as a Regional Sales Manager for NGK Spark Plugs, since 1991.

 

Mary started out as a nurse in Michigan after attending University of Michigan. She worked for an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon for over 7 years.   She then added Marketing to her degree’s and joined Clark Equipment Company for 18 years working with Dealers in the field. Mary ended up in Sacramento working for the Western/Southern Regional Office.

 

Since joining NGK I have had the pleasure to work various events for Motorsports and be involved with the planning and execution of consumer events.

 

Mary has had a passion for racing since the 1970’s.  She was a member of the Porsche Club of America, (PCA) in Michigan where she resided. Racing her 912/911 at Mosport in Canada, Mid-Ohio, Michigan Int’l Speedway, Watkins Glen and more. When she moved to California she joined the CSRG Vintage Racing Club out of Sonoma Raceway where she raced Vintage cars.

 

Current club memberships include :  

* Croatian American Woman’s Club, President

*Croatian American Cultural Center, Board of Trustee.

*2008 – First Woman elected to California Automotive 

Wholesalers Association as Board of Directors. 4 years.

*CAWA -Served on Manufacturers Advisory Council, 6 yrs.

 

I look forward to working with the California Automotive Museum’s Board and help to grow their presence in the community along with bringing new ideas to hopefully increase revenues.

Bruce Brincka

A Sacramento native, Bruce worked at UPS for over 30 years.  During that time, he also helped at his family’s body shop, Brincka’s Auto Body. Bruce is married with two children and now two grandchildren.

 

Bruce has been a car fanatic since childhood spending many hours cruising J Street in his sister’s boyfriend’s ‘55 Chevy in the 70s.  Bruce got his first car, a VW Thing, for his 15th birthday. By age 17, car number two came along:  a big block Mustang.  And that was just the beginning!  With over 75 cars to his credit, including many home-built show-winning vehicles, there is still a big wish list to tackle.

 

Bruce has also been involved in many car clubs, starting out with the beginnings of River City Volkswagens in the early 1980’s.  Then he became an officer with Central Valley Street Machine Association, formed Sacramento Mini Street Machines, formed Dream Rods, organizer for Mustang Pit Stop and EuroSunday, co-creator of Cars and Coffee Folsom, and helper of many, many car shows, car events and swap meets, including 10 years with the NSRA. 

Greg Goodsell

Greg is a retired social studies/history teacher with 32 years of teaching experience in Solano County. A lifelong “car guy”, Greg has owned a few interesting project cars, a couple of which actually were successes.

 

Greg has been an active docent at the California Automobile Museum since 2007. Named 2009 Volunteer of the Year and 2016 Docent of the Year, Greg has been the primary researcher and writer for vehicle placards for the last 11 years. He has also been involved with researching and writing content for almost every major exhibit the Museum has presented over the last 11 years.  While he still enjoys giving tours of the Museum to our guests, it is finding and sharing the many stories of automotive history with fellow docents that he finds most satisfying.

 

Greg currently serves as a member of the Exhibits Committee and is Chairman of the Docent Council.

Steve Koonce

Steve 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 1970s and 80s, 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.

 

Steve graduated from UC Riverside and McGeorge School of Law and worked as Counsel for a local firm before starting his own practice. IN addition to the Museum’s board, Steve is also a board member for Capital Stage in Sacramento and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael.

 

Besides buying and selling cars, Steve’s main interests are local philanthropy, music (he play electric bass guitar), and traveling with his dogs. Steve has been a docent at the Museum since 2014.

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, trustees, committees and purchasers of assets.   Marc is a graduate of UCLA and the UC Davis School of Law.  

 

Marc is currently the Chair of the Board 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, Marc has had a lifelong interest in cars.  He 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.  Marc 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.  

Christian Simon

John G. Tennyson

John has been a docent with the Museum for 8 years.  He serves on the Docent Training Staff, Exhibits Committee, Road Crew, and assists with Museum school tours and the monthly Car Club Cavalcade.  He has been a board member since 2016. 

 

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 in the U.S Army in Vietnam, and was formerly 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 housing for low-income seniors in manufactured housing communities.  

 

With a life-long love of cars, he belongs to the California Capital Metropolitan Club, the Chrysler 300 Club, is secretary of the California Chapter of the DeSoto Club, and past president of the Imperial Owners Club of Northern California.  

Tom Tyer

Tom took a rather circuitous route to his career as an industrial real estate broker. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a major in business administration with emphasis in marketing and a minor in economics. Growing up in his parent’s sheet metal shop, Tom graduated from a 4-year program at the Sheet Metal Workers School with his journeyman’s card. He served six years in the Air Force Reserve as an Aircraft Structural Repair Specialist while spending 12 years as the owner and operator of a sailboat dealership in Rancho Cordova. While selling sailboats, Tom recognized that several of his best customers were commercial real estate brokers, all of whom were very willing to help open doors when Tom decided to make a career change, that was 32 years ago.

 

Tom has been with Colliers International, an international full-service commercial real estate company, since departing the sailboat business. Specializing in industrial facilities, Tom gets very involved with companies, their principles and operations to understand what makes them tick and assist them in maximizing productivity from their brick and mortar presence. While being known as “painfully honest”, his crowning achievement  was receiving the Association of Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) Broker’s Choice Award in 2015. This award is considered special as it is 100% determined by submissions from fellow commercial real estate brokers, most of which would normally be considered competitors. 

 

While Tom’s dad was not a car fanatic, he certainly leaned that way and that rubbed-off on Tom. As a kid, Tom remembers his dad getting up at the crack of dawn to listen to the Indy 500 on the radio and helping with the Pinewood Derby and Space Derby. With his dad’s help, Tom competed in the 1964 and 1965 Soap Box Derby held at Aerojet General, winning the “Most Creative Engineering Features” trophy in 1964. As guests of Bryant Heating and Cooling, Tom and his dad attended the 1971 running of the Indianapolis 500; in 2015 Tom and his son Cameron attended the 99thrunning of the Indy 500.  Tom is a 28-year member of the Porsche Club of America and a long-time member of the Sacramento Area Miata Owners Association (SAMOA).

 

Tom brings his varied experience to the California Automobile Museum board and leverages his extensive business contacts to assist the museum in different ways; most recently Tom arranged for Hi-Def Electric to upgrade the exterior lighting at the museum to modern LED fixtures at no cost to the museum.

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