The Collectors Foundation, a public charitable organization designed to serve the long-term interests of collector vehicle and classic boat hobbyists, announced the appointment of Corky Coker, president and CEO of Coker Tires and Claudio Ballard, president and CEO of Iconic Motors, LLC to its Board of Directors.
An accomplished businessman and industry leader, Corky Coker is an enthusiastic leader and supporter of aftermarket automotive businesses. Coker is one of the founders of the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), helped establish the Specialty Equipment Market Association's (SEMA) Political Action Committee, served several terms on SEMA's Board of Directors and was chairman of the SEMA Board in 2003. In 2008 Coker was honored for his service to the industry by being named to SEMA's Hall of Fame.
"We are thrilled to have Mr. Coker join us in serving youth and the long-term interests of the collector vehicle hobby," stated Bob Knechel, executive director of the Collectors Foundation. "Mr. Coker has long been an outspoken advocate for young people in the industry."
Claudio Ballard, a true entrepreneur with great success in the technology industry, now directs most of his energy and technical knowledge as president and CEO of Iconic Motors, LLC. The Iconic GTR Roadster is Ballard's answer to building a modern super car that evokes the Ferrari 166 MM Barchettas, A.C. Aces and Bristols, and Cobras of the 1950s and 60s.Ballard has an interest in inspiring young people and to revitalize American skills and trades in all his projects.
"Mr. Ballard's inventiveness and creativity put him at the leading edge for manufacturing and new designs," said Knechel. "His entrepreneurial spirit and inquisitive mind will be an important contribution to the Board of Directors."