The board of trustees of the Saratoga Automobile Museum appointed Jim Letts, CEO of the Saratoga Regional YMCA for the past 12 years, as the museum’s new executive director,.
“While serving as the CEO, Jim has had amazing success, growing the Y’s membership from 6,900 to 26,900, while raising many millions of dollars through capital campaigns to support and expand the Y’s facilities and activities,” said Anthony Ianniello, board chairman. “We think he is a perfect fit for our extremely active, rapidly growing museum and are thrilled to have him on board”
One of the factors in Letts coming to the museum was his interest in its nationally recognized distracted driving program, museum officials said.
“One of the attractions of leading the auto museum was the opportunity to be involved in its mission of combating distracted driving,” said Letts. “Distracted driving is something that affects us all as we carry out our everyday activities. The danger is something we all need to be aware of.”
The Saratoga Automobile Museum has new, state-of-the-art driving simulators that are mobile, so the distracted driving program can be brought to other locations. Recent hands-on programs at local high schools and colleges have been very well received, with many more in the offering.
“The staff, museum members, volunteers and the board of trustees have a lot of passion for the organization,” said Letts. “One of my goals is to raise the prominence of the Saratoga Automobile Museum, not only in Saratoga, but in the surrounding communities.”
The first event under Letts’ management will be the annual Spring Auto Show and Family Fun Day, set for May 14.