Auburn Cord Duesenburg Museum News

Chief Operating Officer Named

Larry Jewett - May 24, 2013 10:12 AM


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Laura Brinkman, executive director of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has announced the promotion of Kendra Klink to serve as the museum’s chief operating officer.  The promotion and change of title was officially enacted earlier this month at a meeting of the full Board of Trustees.  Klink joined the museum staff in 2007 and had most recently served as the museum’s operations director, overseeing its revenue generating departments, prior to expanding her responsibilities to include all aspects of museum operations.
“Obviously, Kendra is enormously qualified,” Brinkman said.  “Her background includes not-for-profit work, plus she is highly educated, thoughtful and has a keen sense of business.  She has proven efficiency in operating several divisions of the museum including first-hand experience in some.”
Brinkman continues as executive director and chief executive officer. Under the new organizational structure, she will devote more of her time to fundraising activities to fund museum programs and operations and its capital campaign, The Road Ahead.  The museum has a major economic impact on city, county and state levels; however, museum staff and trustees face fundraising goals approximating a half million dollars each and every year as a segment of the museum’s nearly one million dollar operating budget that pays for overhead for the historic structure, its world renowned collection and its award-winning programs.  Additionally, current fundraising goals include over $1.7 million to be raised yet for The Road Ahead capital campaign.
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum offers over 120 classic, antique, vintage and special interest cars with automotive related exhibits on three floors. The museum is located in the original 1930s national headquarters of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company and is a National Historic Landmark. The museum is open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit