Revs Institute, located in Naples, Florida, is seeking an
accomplished and visionary leader with a global perspective to
become its Chief Executive Officer. The position entails building
Revs Institute into the global thought leader and resource for the
historical automobile community. The CEO will lead an
entrepreneurial team as a trusted thought partner alongside a
visionary Founder, a skilled governing Board, expert staff, and a
committed volunteer cadre. The CEO will develop and oversee the
institution’s strategic direction and implement the operating plan
through exemplary leadership.
Revs Institute is much more than a car museum—it is a place to
view society through a different lens. Located in an 80,000
square-foot facility, Revs is a working research and educational
institution dedicated to the study, celebration, exhibition,
preservation, conservation, and restoration of historically
significant automobiles. The organization has an annual operating
budget of $6.7 million with an endowment of $80 million, and
currently employs 29 staff and has more than 120 active
Revs Institute houses one of the greatest automobile collections
in the world. The collection of more than 130 automobiles meets
rigorous standards for historic importance, as well as technical,
aesthetic, or social significance. All the cars are operational and
are presented to the public in the galleries and around the world
at events where they are driven and even raced in competition.
Revs Institute has six operating centers:
Revs Institute Museum exhibits its permanent collection
in four themed galleries: Automobility: The Car and the Road;
Vitesse: The High Technology Automobile; Revs: The Racing Car; and
Porsche: Evolution from 1948 to 1971. Revs Institute’s visitors
come from all 50 U.S. states and around the world. Most
international visitors are Canadian and Western European. The
museum enjoys a regular flow of major collectors, historical
automobile industry VIPs, writers, and historians. The collection
is interpreted for visitors by highly trained and expert docents.
Tripadvisor reports that the two-hour docent tours are “a
Revs Institute Library and Archives has the mission to
be the most useful automotive research facility in the world. To
that end, work is continuously underway, adding new materials,
improving cataloging and metadata, and facilitating access to these
Holdings consist of more than 26,000 books, including most of the
English language automobile bibliography in existence. Periodicals
represent one of the collection’s strongest holdings, with complete
runs and many publications starting before 1900. Automobilia and
related ephemera constitute another archive of 130 collections. The
library holds about 1.5 million photographs, of which 700,000 are
searchable online at the Revs Digital Library. There is also an
extensive film library of archival footage.
Revs Institute Library and Archives is planning to form
consortia with other research libraries to leverage its scope and
CH Motorcars is Revs Institute’s subsidiary established
to manage the automobiles in the holdings. CH Motorcars is
populated with expert conservators, technicians, and support
Collier AutoMedia is the Institute’s publishing
imprint. The function of this entity is to produce and disseminate
both digital and print materials to increase awareness of Revs
Institute globally, publish historical interpretive matter,
practical information, and thought leadership material to general
and specialist audiences and consumers.
RevsEd is a for-profit educational outreach program
owned by Revs Institute designed for adult recreational learners.
Students are introduced to working with their hands in the material
world through learning the fundamentals of operation and
maintenance of the “old school” automobile. Designed as a series of
fee-based programs that not only educate and entertain, but also
build community and affiliation with Revs Institute, these classes
are proving highly popular.
Revs Symposia is a biennial conference for the world’s
leading collectors. Offering insights into problems and
opportunities in collecting, curation, conservation, operation, and
appreciation of important automobiles, Revs Institute has been
offering symposia since 2000 to great acclaim. Leading collectors
from around the globe experience 3.5 days of learning, sharing
experiences, and networking, facilitated by leading historians,
professionals, and experts. The symposia are fee-based programs
that contribute materially to Revs Institute's operating
This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced nonprofit
executive. An important aspect of the CEO’s work will be to expand
the global reputation and influence of Revs Institute. To achieve
this, the CEO will have the opportunity to develop meaningful
programs and partnerships, expand the organization’s digital
footprint, and position Revs as the significant resource for the
historical automobile community.
Additionally, two new initiatives are being explored by Revs
Institute’s Board that make this an outstanding time for the
incoming CEO to offer an important contribution to Revs Institute
and take it to the next level of success:
- Relocation to a new, expanded campus, either for Revs
Institute’s exclusive use or as part of a campus-based automotive
community with facilities for restoration companies, dealers,
collector storage and activity centers, spaces for automotive
gatherings and events, hotels and hospitality.
- Pursuing accreditation through the American Alliance of
Responsibilities, and Expectations
Revs Institute seeks a CEO whose background includes proven
effectiveness as a senior executive in a nonprofit environment at
institutions such as museums, libraries, higher-education
administration, research institutions, or other similar
mission-driven organizations. The successful candidate will
demonstrate a track record of accomplishment as a strategic
thinker, social innovator, scholar, systems thinker, team builder,
fundraiser, and charismatic leader able to translate their vision
- Assume overall executive responsibility for Revs Institute, its
affiliates and subsidiaries, its programs, exhibitions, and
- Develop a trusting and effective relationship with the Founder,
the Board, and other principal stakeholders to turn vision into
- Build high-functioning executive and management teams that
display creativity, collaboration, and excellence.
- Develop meaningful partnerships with stakeholders in the
historical automobile arena.
- Create and sustain effective governance structures, strategic
planning processes, policies and practices that lead to AAM
accreditation by working with the Board to assess, recommend, and
implement policy initiatives and other steps.
- Create, expand, and nurture an exceptional team of staff
members and volunteers that aligns with the organization’s mission,
vision, and values.
- Facilitate a compelling vision and strategy; address
organizational growth, set priorities and metrics. Allocate
resources to achieve performance goals and expectations.
- Support the organization’s commitment to organizational thought
leadership, best practices leadership, conservation, restoration,
archaeology, and related essential disciplines.
- Serve as Revs Institute’s primary spokesperson, representing
the organization at events, in the media, and by cultivating key
relationships locally regionally, nationally, and globally. This
outreach includes appeals to individual, corporate, private, and
public funders and supporters across the globe.
- Provide leadership and entrepreneurial support to the planned
Revs Institute expansion of facilities; strategically plan and
execute a successful capital campaign to support the planned move
within the decade.
- Work with the Board to provide budgetary and financial
oversight, accountability, and sustainability, including endowment,
earned revenue streams, and manage external revenue sources.
- Serve as liaison with the office of the Founder to ensure
Experience, Skills, and Attributes
- A minimum of 10 years of executive leadership experience, at
least five of which were in nonprofit environments, preferably at a
museum, collection, university, or research institution.
- Success working with major donors, foundations, and sponsors,
preferably with an organizational founder.
- Strategic-planning skills, as well as pragmatic organizational
- Success in building and nurturing dynamic teams of staff and
volunteers to implement complex systems relating to assets such as
collections, exhibitions, and programs.
- Outstanding communication skills.
- Financial acumen capable of running a facility of the size and
complexity of Revs Institute. Ability to oversee the development
and management of the budget of a complex and layered group of
institutions. Has the ability to interpret financial statements and
- Meaningful experience in general oversight of effective IT
plans and programs. Preferably conversant in the use of technology
and digital media in promoting an institution, reaching online
audiences, and creating exhibitions and programs.
- Emotional intelligence and people-oriented leadership skills
that serve the institution’s internal and external
- BA required, MA or PhD in relevant field or an MBA
- A track record of successfully stewarding public/private
partnerships in a variety of organizational environments is a
- Experience with an accreditation process desired, and knowledge
of AAM standards and practices is a plus.
The salary range is $395,000 – $450,000 commensurate with
experience, plus an attractive benefits package. H-1B or O-1 U.S.
work visa eligibility will be a consideration for international
How to Apply
To apply in confidence, submit application by July 10,
2023, to: Dan Yaeger, Senior Search Consultant, Museum
Search & Reference, via SearchandRef@museum-search.com.
- A cover letter expressing interest in the position and giving
brief examples of past related experience
- A résumé
- The names and contact information for three references,
indicating their relationship with the candidate
Applicants are encouraged to apply early as candidates will be
considered on a rolling basis. Nominations are welcome. All
applications and nominations are kept confidential; we will not
contact references without your permission. For more details,