NYA - New York Auto Museum World Motorsport Hall of Fame is set to become one of the world's leading Museum attractions.
Our proposed 200,000+ square-foot Manhattan location is set to impress as a modern circa 2022-2023 facility. With a massive rooftop patio and partial glassed floors; NYA visitors get to see above and beneath many of the vehicles on display. An original exclusive world 1st allows you to sit in any one of up to 100 vehicles at anytime.
The New York Auto Museum is designed to change the way you think about an Automotive Museum.
NYA is working to forge partnerships that include OEMs; Media Conglomerates, Automotive
Aficionados, Race Car Drivers, Race Car Team Owners, Fortune 500 companies, Automotive
Journalists, The Public, VIPs, the State of New York & NYC & Co., NYS, NYGrants, NY Dealer
Associations and the NY AutoShow.
NYA is lead by its Board of Advisors, Directors and its Management. Financial partners
include Banks, OEMs, Pension Funds, Ad Agencies, Publicity Firms, Trust Funds, Private
Equity Firms, Heavy Industry and the Private sector
The Board of Advisors
Otto Ferdinand Wachs
Chairman of Board of Advisers & Chief Curator
Otto F. Wachs C-level experience started at VW in 1990, during his career, he reported to 5 different global CEO's at Volkswagen AG in Germany. First as Head of Communications for the Chairmans Office and later as Chief Communication Officer for Volkswagen.... Otto develop and created Autostadt, a leading communication platform for the Volkswagen Group.
As the CEO of the Autostadt, Otto built, led and transformed the multi-brand park starting in 1999. Autostadt is the world largest automotive super destination museum with over 2+ million visitors a year.
His high office profile corporate business experience in all aspects of communications and marketing; makes him to a top expert in creation of super destination Automotive Museums.
Otto retired in 2018 as CEO to start his career as an independent automotive consultant and connoisseur. Before joining the New York Auto Museum in 2020 as Chairman of the Board of Advisors.
Women in Motorsports
Cindy is a renowned business, sales, and marketing executive who has enjoyed a distinguished career that encompasses the world of Fortune 500
companies, professional sports, nonprofits, entrepreneurship, global ...events, and successful public-private partnerships.
In addition to her role as SVP of Business Development with WorldwideXR, Cindy is the CEO of GSEvents. An agency whose mission is to
support women throughout the automotive industry by getting women in the Left Seat. Cindy launched GSEvents in 2020, bringing decades of
marketing, operational, experiential, and branding expertise to life. Her passion is for all things centered around the premium automotive
and performance lifestyle through her client network and engaged membership, actively producing strategic alliances and business
development for brands seeking a discerning audience.
GSEvents hosts a series of
monthly virtuals, and
weekly podcasts called Women Shifting Gears driven by Hemmings with host Amanda Busick. Cindy
is an advisor to the newly designed Circuit of the Northwest, Women in Motorsports North America, and a member of SEMA.
Before GSEvents, Cindy consulted with companies as their Super Connector leveraging her vast array of contacts to connect high-level
decision-makers with a primary focus on the automotive/motorsports industry. She served as the Partnership Director for the Petersen
Automotive Museum, managing sponsorships, and securing the backing of The Vault presented by Hagerty, a seven-figure ten-year program,
and was responsible for the start-up of the Trump National Charlotte and Las Vegas Concours d' Elegance.
In 2017 she was appointed by congress to serve as a board member to the National Foundation on Fitness Sports and Nutrition, a congressionally
chartered foundation. In this role, she led a multi-million-dollar fundraising campaign supporting the President's Council on Fitness,
Sports and Nutrition's relaunch of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.
Before her board position with the National Foundation on Fitness Sports and Nutrition, she served as president of HOPSports, global health
and wellness network dedicated to fighting childhood obesity, a program First Lady Michelle Obama referenced as a curative solution to
childhood obesity. She raised millions of dollars through Federal grants and traveled extensively throughout Asia and Western Europe,
Cindy's sports and marketing expertise is based on many years with leading sports properties, brands, and agencies under her agency,
Agency Won, a full-service sports marketing company that served various sports, including the USPS Pro Cycling team, managing all
aspects of the Tour de France and Roush Racing in NASCAR. During her tenure at Agency Won, she raised more than $60 million in sponsorship
resources for various NASCAR drivers, tracks, and race teams. She is responsible for creating the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America,
which has raised millions of dollars for children’s charities since its inception in 1994 and continues today.
Before Agency Won, she served as a sports marketing manager at Gatorade. She negotiated pro-team contracts for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NASCAR,
and major golf properties to create sideline exposure and retail marketing promotions.
As the director of marketing and promotions for the LPGA, Cindy started the LPGA Tour Fitness Van that traveled to all LPGA events and
co-developed the LPGA's inaugural Solheim Cup, which has evolved into one of golf’s most captivating marquis global events.
She also served as a logistics manager for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, working with dignitaries worldwide.
A graduate from Pepperdine University with a bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine and the University of California at Los Angeles with a
master's degree in Kinesiology, she resides in Mooresville, N.C. with her son Tafton an aspiring Major League Baseball Player.
Co-Head OEM Relations
Bill Long is president and chief executive officer of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
which represents the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the US through its four divisions,
...the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), MERA - the association for sustainable manufacturing and the Original Equipment Suppliers
Long is a respected and highly recognized industry leader with more than 30 years of automotive experience in all sectors of the automotive industry. Long joined MEMA in 2012 to lead its AASA division before taking the top spot as MEMA President & CEO February 2019. Prior to joining AASA, Long served as president of Long Strategies LLC and as managing partner of BC Partners LLC, providing strategic planning, brand relevance and leadership services to the automotive industry. Long is most recognized for his 25 years at Echlin/DANA leading the company’s Engine Management Division and as Executive Vice President, North American Operations for Proliance International, a leading manufacturer of temp control and heat exchange products.
Long is also well-known in motor sports circles where he served as a corporate officer for NASCAR in Daytona Beach and as a top executive for the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Long serves on the board of the Automotive Hall of Fame, and the boards of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Advisory Board, Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation and the Automotive Aftermarket Cheritable Foundation. Board. Long is also a past chairman of the National Car Care Council.
Long was awarded the prestigious MEMA Triangle Award during his time at DANA and Northwood University’s Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award, both recognizing his work in educating federal lawmakers and serving as a technical expert on issues concerning the industry’s access to vehicle on-board diagnostics and repair information. Long was honored with the Jack Arute Sr. Excellence in Motorsports Award for his contribution and dedication to the motorsports industry.
Head OEM Relations
Eric-Mark Huitema is the Director General of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), a position he has held since October 2019. ... Prior to his ACEA appointment, Mr Huitema acted as Global Smarter Transportation Leader at IBM, where he focussed on optimized transport solutions for governments and smart cities, as well as the private sector. In this capacity, he was member of the Corporate Partnership Board of the OECD - International Transport Forum (ITF), the board of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) and the supervisory board of ERTICO (ITS Europe). Before joining IBM, Mr Huitema worked in the IT sector, including for Liberty Globals broadband internet start-up Chello Benelux (which he co-founded and led as Global Vice President), EDS International and Philips Electronics. A Dutch national, Eric-Mark Huitema studied technical chemistry at Delft University of Technology and business and sales administration at INSEAD.
Joseph Pascaretta is General Manager, Global Digital & Small Business at Dun & Bradstreet, the leading provider of business decisioning data and analytics. ... In his role, Joe is responsible for the strategy, product development, and sales efforts for the company’s digital and small business portfolio. Prior to Dun & Bradstreet, Joe has held several executive automotive and manufacturing roles at Infor, Inc., one of the largest enterprise software companies in the world. Joe started his career in automotive, having worked with local Detroit car dealerships as the foundation to his entrepreneurial journey, ultimately becoming the platform for his car passion. He holds a BA from The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, having served as the honorary commencement speaker, and an MBA from The George Washington University, School of Business. He is a successful entrepreneur, formerly based in Motown Detroit and was recognized by Ernst & Young (EY) as Entrepreneur of the Year for Product Solutions in 2008 and The White House for Technology Advancement and Innovation in 2012.
Mr. Terence Johnsson has over 25 years of C-Level automotive leadership experience with
Audi, Volkswagen and General Motors.... He has led, transformed, and started businesses in
most global markets including North and South America, China, Europe, Asia, and Africa /
Middle East. Currently, Terence leads a startup consulting and investment firm based in Berlin
where he focuses on his passion, building sustainable mobility solutions in emerging markets.
Johnsson holds a Masters in International Business Studies from the University of South
Carolina - The Moore School of Business.
Eva Cannon brings proven corporate development and investment banking experience across all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and business transformation.... During her career, Eva has demonstrated achievements in driving growth and providing directions for better business performance. She worked for Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Western Union and First Data Corporation and a middle market investment firm, the DAK Group. Eva holds an MBA in International Business from Fairleigh Dickenson University and studied Mergers and Acquisitions at Columbia Business School. She is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.
Pop Artist & Racing Historian
Bernd Luz, based in Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany and Schaffhausen, Switzerland, became one of the most internationally known Pop-Art artists in less than the last 10 years. ...His works of art can be found in national museums, museums and galleries around the world. He looks back on more than 100 successful solo exhibitions worldwide during the last 6 years. He has designed numerous art calendars and is currently writing his third art book, Anecdotes from Motorsport.
The color poet with gasoline in his blood dedicates himself with particular passion to scenes from motorsport, which he brings to life with a lot of heart and soul on the canvas. The works of art are related to historical events and events in automotive racing. A tribute to important vehicles and events that have retained their glamor and fascination to this day and still cast a spell over people today.
Bernd Luz did his first breath in 1966 in Rottweil/Germany. Already from a young age he was working in oils and acrylics, comics and cartoons. In his youth he made films and won many film awards, including first place at the Swiss Youth Film Festival in 1986.
After graduation from High-School he studied photo design in Ravensburg and completed an apprenticeship as a surgical mechanic. Thereafter he studied design at the Constanze University of Applied Sciences, graduating as a designer. For more than 25 years now he runs his own design agency. He designed over 600 logos and won a variety of design awards and looks back on many publications in international best design books. He also gave lectures at various educational institutions also in the US. And so Bernd Luz is completely in the tradition of the great Pop icons. Many of them such as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg or Jasper Johns originally came from the advertising industry. Indeed he developed his very own style, passionate, emotional and intelligent, he puts his art work in an exceptional media mix technology: He transfers the emblems of our culture that have been photographed and processed on the computer onto the canvas, which is painted with acrylic paint, using contemporary solvent printing, and in a further step he accentuates them again with painted interventions. This creates the special effect: A reflection of the past - with the expression, eyes and technology of our time.
Bernd Luz is a creative spirit, versatile and active, he remains true to himself and his innermost concerns: he is about communication, because it connects people - and is not that Art the most beautiful form of communication?
Digital Innovation Consultant
James is a Brand, Design, Digital, and Experience Innovation consultant in New York, where... he helps large organizations strategize and execute on their digital visions. His work spans the
gamut from small start-ups seeking growth acceleration, to larger established companies looking to rethink their approach to stay ahead in today's digital economy. Over his career, James has
worked in Product Design, Environment Design, Communications, Healthcare and Business Enterprise Technology and advised the likes of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Museum in Washington DC, and the National Center of Popular Music in his native England.
James' passion for story-telling and experience is what has driven him to work on brands such as Ferrari, Aston
Martin, and BMW. An expert "Design-thinker" and seasoned problem-solver, he tackles any issue/opportunity from
all perspectives to deliver actionable roadmaps: digital-experiences, loyalty programs, digital business models,
service design, and brand-culture.
After leaving England over 20 years ago, he moved to New York where he resides with his wife and 10 year-old
daughter. On weekends they can be found exploring the "ever-changing culture" of New York or exploring various
museums across the city.
John Jörn Stech
International Automotive Consultant
John is an international automotive expert who has worked for three
major automotive manufacturers in several countries over a 28 year
Currently he operates Shiftgate Consulting LLC, an international
automotive consulting practice with projects on multiple continents.
Shiftgate Consulting’s business lines include management and
strategy consulting (primarily in the EV space), vehicle product placement in film and TV, and an on-line automotive knowledge-
base, launching in early 2022.
In late 2021 he launched Left Lane Pepper Company LLC with a partner. This automotive-themed
hot sauce brand is positioned at the intersection of car enthusiasts and hot sauce lovers.
In his most recent corporate role as VP, Strategy & Sustainability at Volvo Car USA he led the
launch team in preparing the company, dealers, and customers for dramatic EV sales expansion.
He previously led 20 countries in Volvo Cars’ Americas Region with end-to-end management of
sales, marketing, customer service, dealer network, and P&L. This followed three separate
assignments as Managing Director, leading country operations in Russia and Egypt through both
crisis as well as subsequent high-growth periods.
John has worked for three global carmakers in executive positions: Mercedes-Benz, FCA (now
Stellantis), and Volvo Cars. He values creative solutions, diverse teams, top-notch product, and
exquisite customer experience enveloped in strong organization culture. He holds an MBA from
the University of New Hampshire as well as a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from Bucknell
University. He emigrated to the United States and still enjoys close ties to his country of birth,
Germany. He resides in Manhattan.
has a professional automotive career since 1984, specializing in
VW-Porsche-Audi retail sales and management. ...Attained U.S National sales champion for Audi
1995, 1996, 1997. He has also been a creative Nat'l advertising contributor for Audi ,and annual
Zone sales leader for Porsche. Dean's interests include all automotive and transportation
technology and the future of transportation.
Building Automobile Pininfarina into the first sustainable luxury car brand - with a 100% Zero
emission at tailpipe. ...Michael is an international business leader with strong Sales-, Strategy-,
Auto & Luxury Goods background with a strong affinity to Asia / EMEA & Germany and strong &
brand building experience. Having worked on all levels of the automotive value chain, from
global HQ of the largest European car group to European HQ of a Japanese brand and retail
as well as consultant and Business Development Director with Forrester Research. Having
made Audi the No. 1 luxury brand in India (only market in Asia except China) within 3 years from
a distant No. 3 position, by building a strong and motivated team.
David Senater is the Executive Director & Chief Archivist of the New York Auto Museum. He comes from a
background in luxury goods and has advised fortune 100 Luxury Goods... firms on product
development and design. He sits as the Chairman of the proposed Watch & Jewelry Hall of
Fame (www.JHFNY.com) in New York City. He has furthermore advised the United Nations on the creation of the United Nations Innovation HUB planned for Toronto's waterfront at Ontario Place and is the Chairman of the Toronto Auto Museum www.TorontoAutoMuseum.com.
Director Formula 1 Club
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Ginet is the Creator and Owner of
Driving Ambition LTD and Auto Sport Collection, a division of Driving
Ambition S.A. Private Automobile. ... He is also an advisor for the F1 Grand
Prix Driver's Club for the Formula One Grand Prix Drivers Club.
He has also had more than 30-years of experience selling classic and sport
cars in the world's most challenging markets: U.S., Europe, and Australia.
Demonstrated leadership in re-engineering operations to optimize
distribution channels; Specialty Developments, manages, and guides sales
activities for the organization. Designs and applies the sales strategy and
sales plan. Expert in Classic and sports cars
Thevenon University France International Business & Management, 1986-1988
Medical University Grenoble France Sport medicine, 1982-1984
Oxford Brookes University UK 1979
Motor racing, Classic and sport cars, distribution and importation sport and
Flippo Pignatti Morano, family from Modena the town that created the super car, as Ferrari,
Lamborghini, Maserati and Pagani. ... Founder and manager of the classic car fund, pioneer in this
asset class. He has a passion and contact to the top end of the classic and modern super car
Shawn Cuffie is an acclaimed producer, choreographer and entertainment visionary who has staged hundreds of successful events across North America for over the last 26 years. ... As Director Of Event Production and Development has created large-scale corporate and charitable events for Pepsi, TD Bank, Rogers Communication, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Air Canada, the Mandala Legacy, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and many more.
Thanks to his bold vision, Shawn has choreographed for many of Canada’s most spectacular festivals and concerts. A few of his credits include: The Black Diamond Ball, The Toronto Raptors, The Miss Canada World Pageant, the Festival of South Asia, the Irie Festival, Pride Festivals, exciting live concerts for Kiss 92.5 and many live fashion shows.
A passionate supporter of the creative arts, Shawn gives back to the arts community through Artxperiential Projects, an innovative non-profit he founded and helms as Creative Director. Artxperiential Projects goal is to increase awareness of the types of bullying that youth face in technology, media, and within the community while spreading a message of anti-bullying and anti-violence by showcasing diversity and culture through the arts.
Sean Toussi has a master's degree in art and architecture and completed his study at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada....
He is currently principal at Memar Architects Inc, a licensed architectural firm and also CEO of WebReed Inc a technology startup. Through his startup, sean is helping museums adopt the latest mobile technology to establish visitor interaction platforms, allowing museums to educate and entertain their visitors while providing a communication platform through their mobile devices.
Dr David Langguth PhD IIDA
Award winning designer/ educator and historic preservationist. PhD in Fine arts/design. Master's historic preservation.....
Over 6000 student graduates from various colleges and universities in multi-state locations. Award winning designer for celebrities, sports figures, government officials. Lead historical preservationist on multiple projects throughout the mid-atlantic region. Director of Design at Thomasville and Colony House furniture. Former Naval aviator now owner of Secure Flight VIP flights, servicing VIP's, celebrities, International government officials and our own at the highest levels. Former officer in a large Pennsylvania based Antique Auto Club. Looking forward to enhancing the efforts of The New York Auto Museum and World Motorsports Hall of fame.
Charles E. Miller
Charles Miller is Vice President of Communications, New Media at The Madison Square Garden Company,...
with responsibility for guiding earned online social influencer metrics, social insights and news gathering for the New York Knicks, New York Rangers and the company's entertainment productions and iconic venue properties. Prior to joining The Madison Square Garden Company, he was on the launch team for AT&T?s DIRECTV Now streaming video service while holding various operations and marketing roles in his time there and with DIRECTV. He is most noted for leading DIRECTV's social media initiatives, where he established industry recognized benchmarks in social media listening, best-in-class online service and awarded a patent for new media interface design. In the automotive realm, he worked for Automotive Fleet, Auto Rental News and Fleet Financials trade publications and has owned a classic 1966 Ford Thunderbird and 1966 Falcon, an after-market bio-fuel converted vehicle as well as a first year 2000 Honda Insight Hybrid.
Brian C. Baker
Leading the development of Education opportunities and virtual experiences at the Detroit area Automotive Hall of Fame is the newest role for Brian....
Nearly 4 decades inside the global automobile community as a: Designer, Educator, Historian, Speaker, Patent Expert & Author. Brian is an executive design consultant to the automotive community. His knowledge of the future of mobility & the history of the Automobile meet in his conference presentations around the world. He is the President of the Society of Automotive Historians chapter based in Detroit. Brian spent (25) years as a General Motors designer of concept & production vehicles in Europe & the USA. He rose to VP of Design for ASC before founding AutoArcheology; An International Design Consultation. He is a US patent holder. Developer of Discovery Channels TV Series Future Car. He has decades as an educator for designers at Detroits College for Creative Studies, Wayne State University, Lawrence Tech University, & Clevelands Institute of Art.
Prof. Mike Grandinetti, MBA
Mike's been immersed in the fields of innovation & traditional & social entrepreneurship for 20+ years....
He's spent his career working in the world's leading tech clusters in the US, Canada, Europe & Israel. He's an 8X VC- backed serial tech CxO ( 2 NASDAQ IPOs, multiple trade sales), award winning professor (MIT, Rutgers, Tech University of Denmark with multiple Financial Times Global Professor of the Week, Professor of the Year designations, Global Teaching Excellence), Innovation consultant (McKinsey), board member (Rutgers Engineering, Babson eTower, PBS-WGBH), hackathon leader(for Hult Prize, Capital One, IBM, MIT, Nestle, OpenIDEO, Olin College of Engineering, Babson), public speaker(TEDx), pitch competition judge (MIT $100K, $1M Open Data Science, $1M Hult Prize, Babson ePitch & RocketPitch, Mass Challenge), startup accelerator MD (StartupNext), startup mentor(Techstars, YC) & podcaster. He earned his MBA degree with distinction at Yale & was appointed to the National Engineering Honor Society. He was awarded a Career Medal of Excellence from Rutgers, where he was named Alumni of the Year. He was presented with the annual Rosoff Award for promoting diversity & inclusion in tech. Hes written numerous columns for Forbes, co-authored an article on innovation in HBR & has been widely quoted in major business publications including the WSJ, Fast Company, Inc, & the FT. His popular weekly podcast on Disruptive Innovation streams on Apple, Spotify, GooglePlay, SoundCloud and other major platforms.
Russel A. Brown
Russ Brown was recently the President of Consumer Products, Promotions and Ad Sales at Valiant Entertainment since 2012, the year Valiant was relaunched.
Superhero merchandising is his claim-to-fame, having helped resurrecting the Marvel characters in merchandising (leading to the acquisition by Disney), and did the same for Valiant, the third largest universe of superheroes with over 2000 characters.
Post the acquisition of Valiant by DMG Entertainment he also oversaw the licensing relationships held by DMG in the US and China including their relationships with Hasbro, Studio Canal and Playmobil to name a few.
Russ lives the practice of integrating the three disciplines in his title and has done so for other brands and brand owners, including but not limited to ABG, Martha Stewart, Iconix Brand Group, AT&T and MasterCard. Additionally, he co-founded a marketing and licensing company 36ep.
In addition to an extensive licensing background, Russ ran major promotional and advertising accounts in the US, and overseas, for Interpublic and Young & Rubicam for the brands including Heineken, AT&T, MasterCard, AOL and the Guggenheim Museum, and was the CMO for several packaged goods and beverage companies.
Russ has held adjunct professorships at Fordham University, New York University and Adelphi University.
In the off hours you can find Russ gardening and sailing Long Island Sound.