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Phil MacDougall Named New Executive Director of the National Automobile Museum


Phil MacDougall named

new Executive Director of

the National Automobile Museum


RENO, Nev. (February 15, 2021) — The Board of Trustees of the National Automobile Museum are pleased to announce that Phil MacDougall has been named the Museum’s new executive director. The Board believes that as we recover from the pandemic and the uncertainties of 2020, MacDougall will lead the Museum forward to a much stronger position in the coming years with his excellent background in marketing, membership, fundraising, and museum management. 

MacDougall has extensive experience in all of these areas, having worked in similar roles for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and the Arco Arena Entertainment Facility, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, MacDougall Productions, California Museum of History, Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Ebara Technologies. 

He is transitioning from WIN (Western Industrial Nevada) where he served as their Executive Director. For the last half-century, WIN has been one of the largest networking organizations in Northern Nevada and is dedicated to providing educational, inspiring, and motivational speakers to our region on a monthly basis. His duties there included running day-to-day operations and working with the board on event planning, financial management, corporate sponsorships, marketing, and member retention/recruitment.

Phil completed his studies at Richmond University in London, England; earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. He has always been active in his community, donating time and resources to the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association Board, the Northern Nevada International Center Board, the Gratis Gives Advisory Board, the American Heart Association, the Children’s Miracle Network Board, and the Rescue Union School board of trustees.

Phil said, “I am very excited to join the team at the National Auto Museum to help develop new and exciting programs that showcase our venue and all of its unique offerings. The Museum has something for everyone. I will be working to highlight all of those attributes, both locally and around the world, on a regular basis.”

Mr. MacDougall has lived in Sparks for the last three years with his wife Sheri. They have three grown children and three grandchildren that all live locally. He is originally from Boston, MA, and loves movies, football and is a big fan of Elvis music.

Buddy Frank, who has been serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Museum since November of 2019, will join the Board of Trustees and temporarily serve as Chief Operating Officer. 

For more information about the National Automobile Museum, named one of America’s Top 10 Automobile Museums, visit or call 775-333-9300. 


About The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) 

One of America’s Top 10 Automobile Museums, the National Automobile Museum showcases more than 200 remarkable automobiles. It features theatre presentations and audio tours in English and Spanish through 100,000 square-feet of galleries, exhibits and vibrant street scenes and accompanying artifacts that bring displays to life. The museum is a dynamic and popular venue for special events as intimate as 60 and as large as 1,200 guests. It also features the Nevada Space Center, home of the Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada. For more information, visit  


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Kathy Powers

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National Automobile Museum

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