TACOMA, Wash. (February 1, 2012) – LeMay - America’s Car Museum (ACM) has appointed two Washington natives to posts with the new cultural and educational facility, naming Paul E. Miller as chief operating officer and LeAna Reising as sales manager for the museum that opens in June.
Miller, a lifelong resident of Tacoma, has been serving as ACM’s owner’s representative, overseeing the construction of the four-story, 165,000 square-ft. building adjacent to the Tacoma Dome. The former Tacoma city councilmember and deputy mayor is also a longstanding member of the museum’s board of directors and is the current secretary of the board.
Miller has been a board member for many civic organizations, including the Sound Transit Board and the Pierce Transit Board, serving as chair for both organizations. He was also on the board of the Puget Sound Regional Council and is donor advisor to the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. He was chair of the Tacoma Symphony Board, served on the Organizing Committee for the Chihuly Center for Glass, served as district chairman for the Boys Scouts of America, and is the former executive director of the Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma.
Miller has been managing general partner of Miller Investment Partnership since 1979, an asset holding and management firm. He is also a licensed commercial broker and owner of Paul E. Miller Brokerage, with a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation.
“Paul is the perfect person to serve as COO, a position that is critical to our success,” said David Madeira, President and CEO of ACM. “He literally knows the landscape better than anyone, and knows the players without needing a scorecard. He understands the impact this museum will have - not only from his perspective as a board member, but also as a lifelong member of this community.”
Reising, of Enumclaw, has worked in the local catering and events industry for nearly two decades, serving most recently as outside sales director for Pacific Grill Events and Catering, where she delivered a 40 percent increase in sales during her first year. At ACM, she will serve as the primary contact for individuals and organizations seeking to have a unique event experience.
“LeAna brings a wealth of event experience to ACM, and her innate knowledge of local groups and organizations will serve the museum well,” said Madeira. “She will play an important part in helping us achieve our goal of making America’s Car Museum a vibrant gathering spot for the community and groups from around the country.”
ACM has more than a dozen individually configured, ADA-compliant event spaces designed for gatherings large and small, including the museum’s Grand Gallery, with a 500-guest capacity and outstanding acoustics for concerts, speeches or assemblies. The ACM Banquet Room is geared to host business events such as board meetings, professional seminars and conferences, while the museum’s café venue provides an alternative for smaller events and get-togethers. Outdoors, the museum’s expansive show field is capable of hosting concerts, festivals and civic events.
ABOUT LeMAY – AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM
LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The nine-acre campus contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum.org <http://www.lemaymuseum.org> .
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PHOTO CAPTION: LeAna Reising, sales manager (left) and Paul Miller, chief operating officer, with a 1927 LaSalle 303 Roadster at LeMay - America's Car Museum. The pair were recently named to their posts with the museum which will open in June in Tacoma, Wash. (Photo courtesy of LeMay - America's Car Museum).