Piston Foundation Names New Manager of Development

Piston Foundation Names New Manager of Development | THE SHOPSperry Hutchinson has been named the manager of development for The Piston Foundation, the organization announced.

The Piston Foundation is dedicated to bringing more young people into the collector car industry and spread the importance of skilled trade careers.

“The Manager of Development role is meant to coincide with this need, leading the day-to-day effort in major gift fundraising as the Foundation continues to grow,” said Robert Minnick, founder and CEO of The Piston Foundation.

Hutchinson, based in Arizona, has spent much of his time on automotive pursuits such as building concept cars, performing restorations, and working on print and video ad campaigns, he said. Additionally, Hutchinson has founded several car rallies, serving as Chairman of the Copperstate 1000 and the world’s first vintage, off-road luxury rally, the Copperstate Overland.

“I’m tremendously proud to be involved with this group,” said Hutchinson. “This role represents a real unification of my passions for the automotive world and in helping others achieve their personal and professional dreams within that space. It’s thrilling!”

“The future of our work is about inspiration and growth,” he continued. “The more we can inspire others to join us in helping young people find their own paths within the world of automotive restoration and preservation, then we’ll have fostered a future where there is more certainty about that perennial question – what will ultimately happen to these cars, these pieces of art, these pieces of history – that we care so much about?

Sperry brings several decades of experience in non-profit leadership, along with an expertise in fundraising, community outreach and automobiles, the organization said.

A.J. Hecht

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