|Sharon Brawner is the President & CEO of the National Corvette Museum. Brawner is responsible for the overall leadership of the National Corvette Museum and serves on the boards of the NCM Motorsports Park and the NCM Insurance Agency. Brawner joined the National Corvette Museum in 2021 after an extensive career in museum leadership and hospitality. Brawner spent just shy of two decades at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, serving most recently as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, supporting the museum’s mission of preserving and interpreting the history of country music. Brawner initially joined the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2001 as director of new business development. Prior to joining the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum staff, Brawner was vice president of sales, marketing and communications for the Nashville Sounds AAA Baseball team and, before that, served as the vice president of administration for the Nashville Kats Arena Football team. Early on in her career, Brawner served 10 years in the hotel and hospitality fields within the areas of sales, marketing and corporate partnerships with the likes of Opryland Hotel, Loews Anatole Hotel, Galt House Hotel and others. Brawner is a graduate of the 2019 class of Leadership Nashville and served for 11 years as a board member of the Tennessee Tourism Committee. Brawner attended Western Kentucky University. Currently, Brawner serves on the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s Legislative Committee and Nominating Committee.
Sharon A. Brawner
|Brian Baker is the Director of Collections and Education for the National Corvette Museum as Director of Collections and Education. Baker joined the National Corvette Museum team in 2022 from the Automotive Hall of Fame where he served as Vice President of Education and Principal Historian. Baker’s automotive career spans decades as a General Motors Senior Creative Design Manager and as Vice President of Design and Marketing at American Specialty Cars. With a passion for education, Baker has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Automotive History College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan for over two decades. In addition to his work in corporate automotive design and education, Baker founded AUTOARCHEOLOGY, LLC, an international Design Consulting Firm, in 2009. Through this company’s work, Baker has represented four major automakers as an expert witness in design patent issues. In recent years, Baker has served as an assistant producer and on-camera expert for the Discovery Channel and has worked as an automotive historian and analyst for ESPN. He also regularly serves as a writer, editor, and book developer, and he has worked on projects all over the globe including Europe, India, Japan, and South Korea. Baker holds a degree in Transportation Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
|Bryce Burklow is the Director of Events and Building Services of the National Corvette Museum. In this role, Bryce provides daily oversight to the facilities maintenance, building services, and events departments. Burklow provides oversight for our onsite Corvette events, Museum in Motions program, and private rental business. Burklow’s responsibilities cover maintenance and upkeep of the entire National Corvette Museum campus including work orders, special projects, general maintenance, janitorial, housekeeping, groundskeeping, and building readiness services. Burklow’s initial tenure at the National Corvette Museum was 2006-2010 as part of the admissions staff. He departed briefly to pursue his education and returned to the NCM in 2013 to work in our events department. Burklow has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Western Kentucky University and holds an MBA from Webster University.
|Leah Craig is the Interim Director of Collections for the National Corvette Museum and oversees the care and management of the archival, three-dimensional, and vehicle Collections. Craig started at the National Corvette Museum as Registrar and Manager of Collections. She has a decade of museum experience, serving previously as Executive Director at Historic Paris-Bourbon County/Hopewell Museum in Paris, Kentucky, and as Curator of Education at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. She has held internships or part-time positions at the Kentucky Historical Society, Fort Boonesborough State Park, Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance, and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. She also has experience as an AmeriCorps Member with the Lee County, AL Chapter of the American Red Cross. Craig is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a BA in history and religious studies and an MA in history with a certificate in public history from Auburn University. She currently serves on the board of the Bowling Green Landmark Association, a local non-profit that advocates for historic preservation.
|Ryan Eichler is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the National Corvette Museum, with oversight of brand management and marketing for the organization. Eichler joined the National Corvette Museum in May 2023 after two decades of in-house and agency marketing experience, planning and executing integrated communications programs across a variety of consumer products and services. Forever curious about the intersection of the brand objective, consumer truth, creative idea and earned media reality, Ryan has orchestrated programs, piloted teams and found creative inspiration everywhere from a mountain summit to below deck of a cruise ship. Previously, Ryan spent more than a decade at global public relations firm Weber Shandwick, where he directed earned media and integrated marketing communications efforts for the confectionary, QSR, consumer technology and automotive categories. Often literally moving at 150 miles per hour, Ryan oversaw Weber Shandwick’s Motorsports Practice, building and managing a team focused on NASCAR, IndyCar and F1 activation, leveraging sanctioning body and team sponsorships for Unilever, Mobil 1, FedEx and Mars Chocolate/M&M’S. This included launching NASCAR’s first “Glampground” experience at Kentucky Motor Speedway for M&M’S Racing. Ryan started his career at agencies MSL and Cramer-Krasselt, along with supporting Harley-Davidson’s product communication team.
|Brian Hunley is the Director of Accounting for the National Corvette Museum. Hunley joined the National Corvette Museum in January 2023 as Accounting Manager and brings more than fifteen years of accounting experience. Brian is responsible for the organization’s establishment and implementation of accounting policies and procedures, accounting operations and systems, analysis and report preparation, and leading the accounting staff. Prior to joining the National Corvette Museum, Hunley served as North American Controller and CFO for Virtus Precision Tube in Franklin, Kentucky. During his career, Hunley has also worked in roles of the financial departments of some of the areas most-successful companies including Constellium, Pan-Oston, Logan Aluminum, and Cumberland Scrap Processors. Hunley began his career with Fruit of the Loom in Bowling Green, starting as a staff accountant upon graduation. Hunley holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Western Kentucky University.
|Stephanie Morrill serves as Director of Sales and Guest Operations for the National Corvette Museum. Morrill is responsible for leading both earned and contributed revenue teams for the museum. With more than 25 years of experience working with the National Corvette Museum, Morrill began membership program efforts and has helped develop and grow several important revenue-driven initiatives. Prior to her joining the National Corvette Museum, Morrill managed membership recruitment for a national Corvette organization and was involved with all aspects of the family dirt oval track businesses. Morrill holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Education with an emphasis in administration from Western Kentucky University and is an active member of the American Alliance of Museums, Kentucky Tourism Industry Association, American Society of Association Executives, and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador.
|Mandi Thomas serves as Director of Human Resources & Business Operations for the National Corvette Museum. Thomas is responsible for leading the human resources, safety and security, and IT departments for the overarching organization which provides shared services to National Corvette Museum, the NCM Motorsports Park, and the National Corvette Museum Insurance Agency. Thomas maintains HR across the organization, informing all decisions and policies regarding company structure, compensation and benefits, talent management, and regulatory compliance. Before joining the National Corvette Museum, Thomas served for over a decade as the Human Resources Manager for Connected Nation, a national non-profit technology organization with multiple subsidiaries throughout the U.S. in both the non-profit and for-profit sector. Additionally, Thomas has served in finance and human resources roles at Camping World Holdings, Inc. Thomas holds both a Bachelor’s degree and MBA in Human Resources Management from Western Kentucky University and an HR certification through the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).