December 2020 Second Thursday Talk Video – Online Only
Henry Leland: Founder of Cadillac and Lincoln
Inventor, Machinist, Engineer and Automotive Entrepreneur
Henry Martyn Leland was an American machinist, inventor, engineer and automotive entrepreneur. He founded the two premier American luxury automotive marques, Cadillac and Lincoln.
Presenter: Rod Smith heads the docent program at the National Automobile Museum and is retired from Chevron after 34 years in refinery and pipeline management. He served as Operations and Maintenance Manager of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium and lived in Russia from 1998 until retirement in 2001, building an oil pipeline from Kazakhstan to the Black Sea. Other positions with Chevron included engineer in the Richmond Refinery, Chief Engineer of the Hawaiian Refinery, Division Manager of Chevron Pipeline’s Salt Lake Division, President of the Utah Petroleum Association, and Business Unit Manager of Chevron Pipeline’s California operations.
Smith was recently appointed by the Governor to the State Petroleum Fund Review Board. He has served in various capacities with the National Automobile Museum since joining in 2002, including President of the Volunteer Organization, and has been involved with the Reno Rodeo for 10 years. Smith holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and served two years as a Lieutenant, US Army in Fairbanks, Alaska. He has a small collection of collectible automobiles and participates in various auto-related events.