Dick Messer's Profile
Dick Messer joins ERN as automotive expert and contributor to The Drive with Alan Taylor. As newly retired Executive Director at the Petersen Automotive Museum, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious automotive museums, in Los Angeles, Messer brings a wealth of history to the co-host chair. Messer, a life-long car collector well connected in the collector car community, was the first to hold the Museum Director post until early 1997 and then again from 2000-2010. As the Petersen’s Executive Director, he was not only responsible for running the Museum’s day-to-day business operations, but was instrumental in selecting and obtaining the best vehicles to enhance the Museum’s displays and special exhibits.
A native of Los Angeles, Messer began collecting and restoring cars more than 50 years ago and today owns an eclectic assortment that includes everything from antique and vintage models to show and racing vehicles. Messer’s business career began more than 30 years ago in the hotel and restaurant business at the Westin Bonaventure, Beverly Hillcrest Hotel and the Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center. From 1992-1994, Messer was the Dean of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the American College of Business in North Hollywood before accepting his inaugural appointment as Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum.