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NEW ENGLAND AUTO MUSEUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael E. Scheidelms
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Michael E. Scheidel is the Founder, President and CEO of the New England Auto Museum. He is a mechanical engineering graduate of Hartford State Technical College, and owner of Scheidel Enterprises, an internet marketing company. His love and passion for antique automobiles inspired him to create this organization to share his passion with others. Mike’s prior activities included being the 8-year President of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Central CT Chambers of Commerce, co-chairman of the Make A Mark Region 10 Enrichment Fund, and advisory board member for the business school of Lincoln College. Mike remains as advisory board member of the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra. Some of his many dream cars include 1929-1934 Packards, 1940 Fords and 1949-51 Mercury customs.

 

 

Christine Scheidel

Christine Scheidel is a founding partner and Vice President of the New England Auto Museum.  She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and has earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Baypath College.  Although she did not grow up around antique cars, she immediately offered to help in building the business when her husband, Mike, admitted to having the lifelong dream to start this auto museum.  Chris works full-time at Pratt & Whitney, and enjoys hosting friends, kayaking and reading at her cottage.  Her favorite car is one that is reliable and dependable, and is a convertible in the summer, and has heated seats in the winter!

 

 

Arthur “Bud” Funk Jr.

Arthur “Bud” Funk Jr. is the President and Treasurer of Fourslide Spring and Metal Stamping Company in Bristol, CT, and holds a mechanical engineering degree from Tri-State College (now Trine University). He serves on the board of directors of the Make A Mark Region 10 Enrichment Fund, the Spring Manufacturers Institute, the Bristol Hospital Development Foundation, and the Main Street Community Foundation. For several years, he has also been an active member of the Tunxis Community College Foundation and Advisory Board, and serves as the Chair of the Donor Engagement Committee. Art also serves as a member of the Economic Development Commission for the Town of Burlington, and is a board member and Past President of the New England Spring and Metal Stamping Association.

 

 

Nicholas Ord
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Nicholas Ord joined the New England Auto Museum board in 2013 following 18 months as a volunteer working in a marketing consulting capacity for the organization. Nick is a Principal in Intermark LLC in Darien CT providing management services to the beverage industry. His career included extensive experience in advertising, promotion and international product development with major companies such as Pepsi-Cola and General Foods. He is a graduate of Brown University and has served as past president and director of the Brown Alumni Association in Fairfield County. Nick is a lifelong car enthusiast and worked as co-organizer for the annual Darien Collector Car Show, the predecessor to the NEAM Fathers’ Day Car Show. His automotive interests lean toward Post-WWII British cars having grown up in Montreal surrounded by Austin-Healey’s and MG’s, and his dream would be to own an XK-E or DB-5.

 

 

Dean Millerdean-miller-photo

Our most recent appointment to the Board, Dean is a retired financial executive who spent most of his career at GE Capital after earning his CPA in public accounting. He graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University.
He is on the board of the Ridgefield Library, where he has been Vice Chair and Chair as of July 1st , and he is President of Meals on Wheels of Ridgefield, where he has been active in various roles including Chair of Ways and Means and Driver Coordinator. He and his wife Theresa have lived in Ridgefield since 2001. In his spare time, Dean enjoys traveling, fine wine, music, reading, playing softball, walking/hiking, and driving his car on the racetrack with the Porsche Club.

 

 

Brooke Valenti

Principal in Harbor Light Consulting, Weston CT, an agency specializing in digital marketing and media. Brooke is Events Director for NEAM including the overall direction and management of the Father’s Day Car Show. Brooke is a lifelong car collector and restorer.