People: Phil MacDougall new executive director at National Automobile Museum

Phil MacDougall

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The National Automobile Museum’s Board of Trustees announced recently that Phil MacDougall has been named the Reno-based museum’s new executive director.

“The Board believes that as we recover from the pandemic and the uncertainties of 2020, MacDougall will lead the Museum forward to a much stronger position in the coming years with his excellent background in marketing, membership, fundraising and museum management,” according to a Feb. 15 press release.

MacDougall has extensive experience in all of these areas, having worked previously in similar roles for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and the Arco Arena Entertainment Facility, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, MacDougall Productions, California Museum of History. Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Ebara Technologies.

“I am very excited to join the team at the National Auto Museum to help develop new and exciting programs that showcase our venue and all of its unique offerings,” MacDougall said in a statement. “The Museum has something for everyone. I will be working to highlight all of those attributes, both locally and around the world, on a regular basis.”

Most recently, MacDougall worked as executive director at Reno-based business networking organization Western Industrial Nevada (WIN), where he was hired in September 2019. There, his duties included running day-to-day operations and working with the board on event planning, financial management, corporate sponsorships, marketing and member retention/recruitment.

MacDougall, who’s lived in Sparks the past three years, completed his studies at Richmond University in London, England, and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass.

According to the press release, Buddy Frank, who has been serving as the interim executive director of the museum since November 2019, will join the Board of Trustees and temporarily serve as Chief Operating Officer.


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