BRUNCH AND TALK
When: Saturday, February 25, 2:00 pm
Washington, D.C., based automotive historian and storyteller Mark Gessler is founder of the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA), the world’s largest historic vehicle owners group with over 400,000 members. He focuses his work on sharing America’s automotive heritage with the American people.
Gessler developed a passion for automobiles at a very young age and has unearthed, documented and preserved multiple important historic cars. His areas of interest stretch from the dawn of the automobile industry to leading-edge designs of the future. Over the past several years, he has led the HVA documentation efforts of many of America’s most historic automobiles, including the first car to win the Indianapolis 500; President Reagan’s Willys Jeep; the earliest White House limousine; the first fiberglass dune buggy; and the first Camaro ever built.
Gessler’s leadership has been pivotal in the establishment of the National Historic Vehicle Register program with the U.S. Department of the Interior and Library of Congress (in 2014); National Mall exhibitions (in 2014 and 2016); and UNESCO patronage of the FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year (in 2016).
Prior to his career in automotive heritage, Gessler spent more than two decades as an entrepreneur in the field of genetics. He led one of the world’s largest human genome efforts in the late 1990s and early 2000s, pioneering innovations that are widely used in medical practice and research today. Gessler has also taught business at the Jones School at Rice University.