Concours Members and Affiliates

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G. MICHAEL DORVILLIER

CHAIRMAN, LA JOLLA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

The La Jolla Historical Society welcomes back Michael Dorvillier as Chairman of the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, one of the Society’s major fundraising events. A Registered Principal and Financial Advisor with Symbio Financial Partners and LPL Financial, Michael is a passionate antique car collector who is committed to the ongoing success of the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Michael moved to New Hampshire in 1979. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1989 and relocated in Southern California to start his professional career. He lives in La Jolla and is the father of two wonderful children, Madeline and Blake.

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HEATH FOX

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LA JOLLA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Heath Fox is the Executive Director of the La Jolla Historical Society. He received an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and a BS in Business Finance from Virginia Tech, and is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute and the Harvard Business School executive education programs. He previously served as the Deputy Director for Operations at The Broad Art Foundation; Assistant Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, San Diego; Director of Administration at the San Diego Museum of Art; and Associate Director of Administration at the Museum of Photographic Arts. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel.

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KEVIN LEAP

CHAIR OF SPONSOR SERVICES, LA JOLLA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

Throughout his career, Kevin Leap has utilized his skills as a revenue builder and entrepreneur to bring people, technology and media together in unique and rewarding ways. In his various publishing, advertising and marketing roles, he has taken several companies from the concept phase into successful ventures. Leap has documented experience in recruiting and directing strong management and sales teams, thereby increasing company profitability. His background has provided him with an extensive understanding of customer needs and how to meet those needs. This understanding of the end user has enabled Leap to develop and market numerous products effectively and profitably.

Leap’s industry experience spans many categories including Automotive, Email Marketing, Publishing, Advertising Agencies, Events Production, Non-Profits and Fortune 500 companies. Brand development, long and short term strategic planning, public relations, marketing, creative development oversight, strong client relationship cultivation and keeping his company ahead of the curve and in a leadership position are a few of his skills and accomplishments.

Leap’s technology-related background includes the coordination of a nationally acclaimed, award-winning website and the development of e-government solutions for the City of San Diego. He is the founding board member and past president of the Computer and Electronic Marketing Association and San Diego North Economic Development Council. Leap was also a board member of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation, Mama’s Kitchen, San Diego Workforce Partnership and San Diego North Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and Vista Chamber of Commerce, giving him a valuable perspective on business management. Leap currently serves on the Board Chairman for the San Diego Fire and Rescue Foundation and the a Founder and former President for the San Diego Film Foundation, producer of the San Diego International Film Festival.

Career History

1982 to 1992 – Associate Publisher
ComputorEdge Magazine
Computer Publishing Enterprises
California Computer Expo

1992 to 2002 – Associate Publisher, Advertising Director
North County Times
NCTimes On-line

2002 to 2005 – Publisher, Advertising Director
San Diego Magazine
SDMagazine.com

2005 – President and Publisher
Modern Luxury Magazines

2006 to Present – Executive Producer
San Diego International Auto Show
New Car Dealer Association of SD County

2010 to present – Chairman and CEO
Just My Ticket

2012 to Present – President
San Diego Film Foundation
San Diego Film Festival

2017 to Present
Chairman, San Diego Fire & Rescue Foundation

2017 to Present
Member, San Diego Union Tribune Advisory Board

Past Board Positions
– Chairman, San Diego Data Processing Corp (Mayoral Appointee)
– Member, State of California Developmental Disability Advisory Board (Gubernatorial Appointee)
– Member, Equality California
– Member, San Diego Workforce Partnership
– Ex-Offico Member, San Diego Economic Development Council
– Founder and Chairman, North County Economic Development Council
– Member, North County Convention and Visitors Bureau
– Member, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
– Member, Mama’s Kitchen

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ROBERT F. KERNER, JR.

CHAIR OF CONCOURS CAR SELECTION COMMITTEE, LA JOLLA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

Bob Kerner’s practice at Lockton as an insurance risk manager to ultra-high net worth families has span the past 17 years, covering any type of insurance need a family may have, anywhere in the world. Bob’s work includes family offices, luxury homes and estates, museum quality fine art and other collectibles, umbrella liability, yachts, private aircraft, life insurance, daily driver autos and of course collector automobiles.

Bob speaks on several panels relative to topics of insuring high net worth families and has spoken most recently at The Lido Consulting Family Office Investment Symposium and Deutsche Bank’s Conference on Best Practices for the high net worth. Bob is Lockton’s expert on collector car insurance and it’s his passion for the collector car hobby that began his involvement as a Board Member for the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance.

Bob’s work on the Board includes chairing the car sourcing team that engages automobile collectors to exhibit their superb automotive examples, at the La Jolla Concours D’Elegance. Bob has attended the Pebble Beach Car Week for the past 20 years. Recently, he was recruited to work as a Docent at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Over the years, he has attended a great number of other car shows and auctions such as the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the Quail, The McCall Motorworks Revival, the Colorado Grand, the COPPERSTATE 1000 vintage car rally, the Copper State Roadrunner car show, numerous auctions such as RM Auctions, Bonham’s, Barrett Jackson, Gooding & Company and Mecum.

Bob received his degree from the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno. Bob is an avid sports fan and accomplished in his own right. He was inducted into his high school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 for his accomplishments in Basketball. He and his wife Laura have three children and a Labrador retriever. They both enjoy spending time at the beach and delighting in the company of great friends, barbecuing and drinking fabulous California wine.

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Nigel Matthews

CHIEF JUDGE

Originally from Oxfordshire, England. Nigel has enjoyed the past 44 years living in Vancouver, British Columbia where he worked as a red seal designation licensed automotive technician and member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen repairing and restoring Rolls- Royce and Ferrari automobiles.

The past 24 years of his lifelong automotive career has been in the classic and exotic car insurance industry as a specialty vehicle damage appraiser, underwriter and ten years as the Administrator of the British Columbia provincial government collector and vintage vehicle licensing and insurance programs.

He is currently the Global Director of Private Client Services and brand ambassador for Hagerty Insurance, the Historic Vehicle Association Manager for Canada and a F.I.V.A Scrutineer, having joined the company in 2010.

He has judged at most of the major Concours throughout North America and other parts of the World since 2005. Has written a weekly newspaper column in the Canadian press since 2003 and also articles for a number of magazines worldwide.

Nigel is honored to be a charter member and on the board of directors of ICJAG (The International Chief Judge Advisory Group) which supports serious class judging and focuses on originality and authenticity.

Some of the other notable events he has been involved with more recently include

Class Judge at Pebble Beach since 2005

Class Judge at the Cartier Concours in New Delhi India, 2015

The Master Pieces and Style Concours in Germany 2015-2018

Concorso d’Elegance Florence 2016

Chief Judge Sydney Concours 2017 to Present

The Zoute Grand Prix Concours, Belgium 2018

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HARRY CLARK

FIELD MARSHAL, LA JOLLA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

Harry was honored to be elected and serve for two terms on the National Board of Directors of the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA). As a National Board member, Harry was frequently selected to judge the Preservation Class automobiles. He was also active in the development of the processes for judging Preservation Classes. Harry is a Master Judge with the CCCA. As a CCCA Master Judge, he has participated as the Chief Class Judge at concours events throughout North America. For ten years Harry was responsible for the Pebble Beach Concours awards ceremony as the “Ramp Guy”. He was also responsible for the development of the children’s judging program for Packard’s International which is still actively used today.

For over twenty years he has participated at the top levels of the Classic Car hobby. He has a special affinity to CCCA Full Classics and has collected and enjoyed marques such as Packard, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Pierce Arrow and Cadillac. His classics have been shown at the Pebble Beach Concours, at the Amelia Island Concours, and about over a dozen other concours events throughout North America.

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TIFFANY BROMFIELD

Ms. Bromfield is the Director of Community and Government Strategy for Charter Communications. She is a veteran of Community and Economic development roles, serving as the Executive Director for local nonprofits for over 11 years and prior to joining Charter was the Government and Community Affairs Advisor for Sempra Renewables a division of Sempra Energy.

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ED GILBERTSON

CHIEF HONORARY JUDGE

Ed Gilbertson is Chairman of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group (ICJAG) overseeing the judging for more than fifty shows across the world.  He is President of the Jury for the Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance and is Chief Judge Emeritus for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, and the Ferrari Club of America.  He continues to serve Pebble Beach as an honorary judge and senior member of the selection committee.

He is founder and Chairman Emeritus of the International Advisory Council for Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile (IAC/PFA) and is a senior advisor and committee member for the Federation Internationale Vehicules Anciens (FIVA) technical commission and the North American Historic Vehicle Association (HVA).  He is also a member of the SAE Historic Vehicle Technical Standards Committee.

Mr. Gilbertson was Chief Judge for the famed FF40 concours in Brussels and Honorary Chief Judge for both the 60th Anniversary and 70thAnniversary of Ferrari in Maranello, Italy.  He also judged at the Louis Vuitton shows in London and Paris and was Chief Judge for the International Legend of the Motorcycle Concours, as well as judging at many other national and international shows.

In addition to their concours activities, he and his wife Sherry have helped organize international reunion tours for the Ferrari 166MM, Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, Ferrari 250 GTO, and Alfa Romeo 8C.  They have also organized ten multi-marque driving tours. Ed is a former Regional Director for the Ferrari Club of America and past President of the Ferrari Owners Club.

He is a contributing editor for Cavallino magazine and co-authored a book on the Ferrari 250GT Spyder California.  He was also a contributing author for The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles awarded the International Historic Motoring Award for best automobile publication in 2013.

Ed has three degrees and is a retired engineer and professional money manager.  He is also a retired USAF reserve officer.  He and Sherry married 48 years have owned many significant sports cars, hot rods and motorcycles.  When not assisting with events, they can often be found enjoying their vehicles on the backroads of California.

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DR. CY CONRAD

CHIEF JUDGE EMERITUS

We are honored that Dr. Cy Conrad was invited to judge at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Dr. Cy Conrad has been judging concours for approximately 46 years, the last 36 years as Chief Judge, at many different shows. Initially, Dr. Conrad served as the Chief Judge for the Deer Park Concours. His reputation led to being invited to serve as the Chief Judge for Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, San Diego Auto Museum, Le Cercle (Los Angeles/ Beverly Hills), Rancho Santa Fe, visiting guest Chief Judge for the Bentley Drivers Club Concours in London, England, Del Mar, and the La Jolla Motor Car Classic, (now the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance). Further, he was a guest seminar presenter and Chief Judge for the Reno (Nevada) Hot August Nights for several years.

Dr. Conrad has authored articles on Concours and Judging for several magazines including a column entitled “Conrad’s Comments” for Collector Car New; articles for Auto Afficiado, the Bentley Drivers Club Newsletter; The Rolls-Royce Owners Club and Silver Coast News. In addition, he has created & presented Judging Seminars and Pre-Judging Seminars on Concours judging. Dr. Conrad has written a Concours judging handbook that has been fully embraced by Concours judges everywhere, including Ed Gilbertson of the Pebble Beach Concours.

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SCOTT JACOBS

POSTER ARTIST

The Harley-Davidson or classic collectible car stands proud with the sun reflecting in its polished chrome. Every detail is perfection, right down to the reflections. Admirers are often surprised to discover that the image before them is not a photograph, but a Scott Jacobs painting. In 1993, Scott became the first officially licensed Harley-Davidson artist and still proudly holds that honor. Added to that list are: Chevrolet, Ford, Mattel, Marilyn Monroe Estates and Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Scott began his career in art, not with his painting, but by buying a failing gallery at 19 with money he had saved from working odd jobs. At 21, Scott had the cash and customer base to open Reflections On Canvas Gallery in Westfield, N.J., a gallery that met with much success. Scott’s images can be seen on a variety of objects from limited editions graphics to Franklin Mint Collector plates, coffee mugs, beach towels, clocks and many others. 2010 saw the release of his second book, The Art of Scott Jacobs – The Complete Works.