Interview with Diane Fitzgerald - RPM Foundation

Jun. 15, 2016

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Listen to Diane Fitzgerald, National Director, RPM Foundation at the America’s Car Museum, Tacoma, Washington



Diane Fitzgerald, National Director

RPM Foundation

LeMay America’s Car Museum

2702 East D. Street

Tacoma, WA 98421


Phone: 1-855-537-4579



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About the RPM Foundation

The RPM Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that critical skills necessary to preserve and restore collector vehicles are not lost by providing scholarships and educational grants to students and organizations committed to hands-on training of the trades.

They promote interest in collectible vehicles by developing the next generation of enthusiasts and restorers in the following ways:

  • Support the post-secondary education and training of youth in the manual arts.
  • Work to ensure no skill is lost, no master craftsman is without an apprentice and no student is without an opportunity.
  • Fund individual career-focused training in the skills and trades especially important to the future of the collector vehicle community through educational scholarships, internships and apprenticeships.
  • Provide grants to educational institutions and organizations engaged in training and developing skills related to promoting, protecting and preserving collectible vehicles.


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    Diane Fitzgerald is the National Director of the RPM Foundation, an entity of America’s Automotive Trust. Formerly the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum, the RPM Foundation is a services-providing, resource sharing, grant-giving organization that accelerates the growth of the next generation of automotive Restoration and Preservation craftsmen through formal training and Mentorship.
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    Founded through the vision and support of Hagerty, the RPM Foundation serves as the educational arm of America’s Automotive Trust. Together, these organizations work to secure and preserve America’s automotive heritage.
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    The RPM Board of Directors made a site visit to the Gig Harbor BoatShop, spending time with key shop staff and meeting intern Megan Winther, a Gig Harbor resident who will be attending the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock this fall. The first project of the Boat Shop’s Maritime Mentorship Program will provide an intensive one-on-one mentor/intern environment where local boat restoration expert Bruce Bronson will share detailed hands-on skills, techniques and mahogany runabout restoration knowledge with one or two interns at a time. Interns will participate in one of five intensive restoration phases of a vintage 1964 Chris Craft Super Sport runabout. This first MMP project will run for 16 months, one day per week, with the re-launch of the restored SuperSport scheduled for summer of 2016. The MMP Chris Craft SuperSport restoration project will be accessible for the public to visit 10AM to 4PM on Thursdays and Saturdays. Visit the Gig Harbor BoatShop website