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Chief Executive Officer, Revs Institute, Inc.

Revs Institute, Inc.
Florida, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 3, 2024

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Full Time

Job Overview:

Revs Institute, located in Naples, Florida, is an internationally recognized and respected thought leader and resource for research and innovation in the field of collecting, restoring, experiencing, and appreciating historical automobiles. The institute seeks an entrepreneurial and visionary chief executive to lead its development as the globe’s most useful resource for developing enhanced praxis (innovations in care and use protocols); supporting connoisseurship (the focus on originality, genuineness, and historical, social, aesthetic and technological value); preserving legacy (expanding the appreciation of the automobile as historical artifact and change agent for both good and ill); and informing society (educatingthe public, through media, events, and programs).

The chief executive will develop and oversee the institute’s strategic direction and implement its operating plan under the oversight of a visionary founder and an experienced board, expert staff, and a committed volunteer cadre. The chief executive will create partnerships with academic institutions and with business and industry focusing on leveraging Revs Institute’s resource base, intellectual property, and assets to further its ongoing mission. These initiatives will consist of both pain point relieving and ambition advancing programs that will benefit such stakeholders as the world’s top 200 collectors, automobile restorers or the transactional community of buyers and sellers and more.

Revs Institute’s chief executive will establish and maintain sound fiscal management through balanced budgets , asset and revenue growth, effective fund raising, and fee-based programs. The Chief Executive will create, lead, and direct the creation of an “A player” institutional advancement and development capability through a working partnership with the Vice-president of Development.


  • Strategic mind set and vision.
  • Ability to develop and nurture teams, and to attract, hire, and retain A players.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication. Able to “sell” the institute and its mission.
  • Action oriented, mission driven, and results motivated.
  • Excellent listener.
  • Accomplished at synthesis and analysis of complex issues.
  • A minimum of 10 years senior executive experience.
  • Successful experience collaborating with major donors.
  • Competence with IT and digital program creation and management.
  • Excellent financial manager and planner.


  • Honesty, integrity, and openness.
  • Team player with an under control ego.
  • High standards, detail oriented. Dissatisfied with the status quo.
  • High energy with strong work ethic.
  • Socially adept, enjoys people.
  • High IQ and EQ.
  • Adaptable and flexible, comfortable with change.
  • Fun to be around, enthusiastic.

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About Revs Institute


Revs Institute advocates for the meaningful and historical automobile as a lasting human legacy by connecting the past to the present through objects, events, and practices. Supported by creative research that aspires to presenting authentic and faithful narratives, the institution will be a global resource for reconstructing, reactivating, contextualizing, and respecting the historical automobile as active matter.

Vision Statement

Revs Institute will be the most useful resource worldwide for the historical and meaningful car community. Through research-based programs, both virtual and actual, Revs Institute will address pain points and aspirational goals of the historical and meaningful car community through innovative contributions to practices, care, and use; to authenticity, originality, and intellectual/aesthetic contexts; history and effects of the automobile, and, finally, through advocating to the public for the importance of the automobile as important cultural legacy.

Revs Institute is more than a car museum – it is a place to view the evolution of modernity through a different lens. Located in an 80,000 square foot facility, Revs is a working research and educational institution dedicated to the preservation, care, activation, and understanding 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 volunteers. Revs houses one of the world’s great automobile collections consisting of more than 130 automobiles curated for historic, aesthetic, technological, and societal significance. All cars are operational or capable of operation. Revs Institute presents them to the public in its galleries at home, as well as on loan to other institutions. Revs Institute’s mission keeps its collection alive in the world through shows, operation, and even motor racing competition at national and international venues.

How to Apply

Applications should include the following documents in PDF format:

1. A detailed cover letter discussing the candidate’s interest in and qualifications

for the position;

2. A current curriculum vitae (CV); and,

3. A list of five professional references with contact information and the length and nature

of relationship to the applicant.

Please note: References will not be contacted without the permission of the candidate. The position is open until filled but only applications received by June 15, 2024, can be assured of full consideration.

Kezar Consulting Group has been retained for this search. Nominations and applications should be sent to Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential discussion about this opportunity by emailing the above address.

For more information about Revs Institute, please visit

Revs Institute is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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