Petersen Automotive Museum Appoints Terry L. Karges as New Executive Director

Aug 7, 2012

The Petersen Automotive Museum has announced that Terry L. Karges will succeed Buddy Pepp as the museum’s executive director.

Karges will take over duties for Pepp, who’s retiring following two years in the position, starting Aug. 15.

“Terry is a very well qualified businessman with a strong management background,” Steven E. Young, museum chairman, said in a recent press release. “The board of directors feels [he] will do a terrific job as the Petersen Automotive Museum executive director. Buddy committed his heart and soul to the well being of the museum and we can’t thank him enough for his work and achievements on behalf of the institution that we all love so much.”

Karges has 40 years of management experience under his belt, with a career that encompasses the automotive, entertainment and motorsports industries.

“In addition to being a Southern California native familiar with our unique car culture, Terry also has valuable experience leading sales and marketing operations for major California theme parks, which makes him the best candidate to lead the museum in unique and exciting ways,” Young said in the press release.

Karges is currently serving as the vice president of sales and marketing for Venchurs Inc., an OEM supplier company.

He formerly held the position of vice president of sales and marketing for Roush Performance.

He’s also the owner of Karges Sport, where he ran his own team and was involved in motorsports marketing.

“As a lifelong automotive design enthusiast and someone who spent his formative years at tracks like Riverside and Laguna Seca, the opportunity to take the reins at The Petersen … is a humbling and thrilling prospect,” Karges said in the museum press release. “I look forward to … [coming] up with innovative and interactive ways to share Robert E. Petersen’s legacy and the world’s love affair with the automobile.”

The executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum plays an integral part in the presentation of the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award each year at the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show’s Grand Opening Breakfast.

Karges will also take over presentation duties for Pepp, who represented the museum at the HRR Trade Show for the last two years.

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