America’s Automotive Trust has appointed longtime car culture advocate and former Hagerty executive Tabetha Hammer to serve as its CEO and president.

Hammer has spent the last 11 years with Hagerty, the automotive lifestyle company and provider of specialty insurance for enthusiast vehicles. She previously oversaw the company’s youth, education, and heritage efforts and was most recently director of the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance based in Greenwich, Conn. She will relocate to Tacoma to begin her new role as CEO of America’s Automotive Trust in March.

Hammer, who is a 2009 graduate of McPherson College’s Automotive Restoration program, has been active in the collector vehicle community most of her life. Her passion for collector vehicles and restoration started with antique tractors when, in high school, she participated in the Chevron Delo Tractor Restoration Competition. She won the National Grand Championship in 2003 — the first woman to win — and then won it again the following year.

In addition, she has served a three-year Board of Directors term with the Antique Automobile Club of America, competed in several Hemming’s Great Race time-speed-distance rallies, and has worked closely with the Historic Vehicle Association. She also has judged at numerous Concours d’Elegance events. In her spare time, she enjoys her 1973 Mini and all-original 1964 Suzuki K-11 motorcycle.

Member organizations of the Trust include LeMay – America’s Car Museum, RPM Foundation, America On Wheels Museum, Concours Club, and Club Auto Powered by Hagerty with offices in Tacoma, Chicago, Detroit, and Allentown, Pa.