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Museum’s Operations Director Honored with “40 Under 40” Award from Fort Wayne Business Weekly 



 Each year The Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly allows readers to nominate a person helping to shape the future through business and community involvement under the age of 40.  Kendra Klink, operations director of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, has been chosen as a member of the “40 Under 40” class of 2013.  She received the award at a sold-out banquet hosted by the newspaper on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at YOLO event center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Klink, a 1997 graduate of Canterbury High School, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, went on to graduate from Saint Mary’s College (South Bend, IN) in 2001 with a bachelors degree in international business and marketing, then attended Valparaiso University School of Law (Valparaiso, IN) and graduated in 2004.  She has been working at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum since 2007.  Klink began working as the events manager, and in 2008 took on the leadership role of operations director, where she manages the day-to-day operations of the museum. 

“Kendra brings enthusiasm, dedication, and creativity to her demanding position and she does it with grace.  Her work is critical to the success of the Museum on a national level.  Additionally, her love and dedication to making her community an outstanding place to live are present in everything she does on and off the job,” said Laura Brinkman, executive director of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

Stretching a 16-county area, nominations are encouraged to be written for leaders who are sure to be a part of the next generation that will make their communities an outstanding place to live and work.  “It really was unexpected and exciting to not only be nominated, but to be chosen as one of the 40 winners of this award,” said Klink.  “It was such a fun night to share with my friends and family, as well as all of the other award recipients.  I think that being able to work in a museum so beautiful and rich in history that changed the automotive world, and then add in the fact that I am able to do that work in a town that I love, is an amazing award itself.”

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – where the world’s finest cars of yesterday live today! Over 120 classic, antique, vintage and special interest cars are displayed with other automotive related exhibits on three floors. The museum is located in the original 1930s national headquarters of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company and is a National Historic Landmark. The museum is open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Last admission one hour before closing.  Visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a place where automotive history comes to life! Shop the Museum Store Online today!  automobilemuseum.org