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Welcome to Sperry Hutchinson II: Piston’s Manager of Development

The Piston Foundation is pleased to introduce Sperry Hutchinson II as its new Manager of Development. Sperry is an excellent fit for the role, bringing several decade’s worth of experience in non-profit leadership. His expertise in fundraising, community outreach, and of course, classic automobiles, makes him just the kind of car enthusiast Piston is looking for.

By Christopher Perkowski

November 16, 2022

A Role to Promote the Foundation’s Growth

“We’re excited to welcome Sperry Hutchinson to The Piston Foundation,” says Robert Minnick, CEO. “He will play a critical role as the manager of our development and fundraising.” Sperry arrives at a time when the Foundation is looking to bolster its fundraising outreach and continue spreading the importance of skilled trade careers. The Manager of Development role is meant to coincide with this need, leading the day-to-day effort in major gift fundraising as the Foundation continues to grow. “Our mission to bring more young people into the collector car industry is a big, hairy goal that needs a community of support behind it. Sperry’s success as a non-profit leader, board member, and event director impressed us. He proved he has the talent and skills to build relationships that will help our scholarship and apprenticeship programs grow and thrive.”

A Bit About Sperry Hutchinson

Sperry has lived most of his life in Arizona, where he was born and raised. His love for automobiles followed him throughout his days at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and beyond. Much of his time has been spent on automotive pursuits such as building concept cars, performing restorations, and working on print and video ad campaigns. This has led to more than a decade of experience centered around his passion and in that time, he has gone on to create several car rallies, serving as Chairman of the Copperstate 1000 and the world’s first vintage, off-road luxury rally, the Copperstate Overland.

When Sperry isn’t off at the races, he can be found at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. There, he lives with his family along with a few cars, trucks, and anything else that sports an ignition.

Paving a Path Forward

Along with Sperry Hutchinson’s arrival, comes new plans for the future. With the holiday season right around the corner, there’s plenty for the Foundation and its new Manager of Development to set out and achieve. As Jeff Mason, President and COO, puts it, “We’re already working together on exciting new things for Founders Club, Car Show Classroom, and Pistons & Pizza events. While we introduce Sperry to the beauties of East Coast racing and rallies, he’ll be teaching us the finer points of desert off-roading. That’s the great thing about car culture; it’s a passion we all can share.”

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