Executive Director

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum announces retirement of its Executive Director – Search for replacement to commence immediately.

Posted on:  August 19, 2022

Lansing, Michigan – The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum (REOTM) announces today that Executive Director Scott Mrdeza will retire from his full-time position effective October 1, 2022 but will stay on at the Museum in another role. A Search Committee comprised of current museum board members, community leaders and members of the Olds family has been established. “While we are sorry to see Scott step down, we are happy he will be able to spend more time with his family and stay involved with the REOTM”, said Gary Doty, President of the Board of Directors of the REOTM.

Mrdeza originally joined the REOTM in January 2021 as Executive Director of the Museum. “It has been my privilege to act as the Executive Director of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum and I have been honored to work with such a talented team of staff and volunteers.” says Mrdeza. “This has been a wonderful and rewarding adventure that has allowed me to add my touch to an already incredible place. I love the sense of accomplishment I get working here as I can see ideas quickly become reality. Life dictates a need for me to focus on family right now, but I look forward to helping the new Executive Director get settled in and be successful.”

“Scott made significant contributions in just about every aspect of the museum. He upgraded the facilities and displays. His engineering knowledge was of great help to the volunteers who maintain the many cars we have in the museum’s collection.” said Debbie Stephens, Board member and great granddaughter of R.E. Olds. “Scott’s impact was to bring the REOTM to be one of the best small car museums in the United States.  We are so happy to know that Scott will continue with the museum and will be available to support the incoming new director. We very much appreciate his many contributions.” added Stephens.

The Search Committee will be focused on finding an experienced leader who will be able to continue to grow the legacy of R.E. Olds and his impact upon Lansing and the United States. The new director will work closely with its many volunteers who play a key role in the daily success of its operations.

About the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum:

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum is the only museum in the world displaying a significant collection of Oldsmobile and REO automobiles, trucks, and memorabilia. Equally important, the Museum tells the story of Ransom E. Olds contributions to the transportation industry in Lansing, and across the country.  Connect with the museum at reoldsmuseum.org. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For additional information, please contact Peter Stephens, R.E. Olds Transportation Museum Board member, at pjstephens@gmail.com