Upcoming Conferences

2020 NAAM Annual Conference / World Forum

Hosted by the Revs Institute

Friends and colleagues, the joint conference of the National Association of Automobile Museums (NAAM) and World Forum for Motor Museums (WFMM) is at the Revs Institute in beautiful Naples, Florida from November 11-14, 2020. The theme of the conference is The Future of the Past is Collaboration.

Call for Papers:

You are invited to submit program proposals to the NAAM Conference Committee. Papers can be individual, group, or panel presentations. The joint conference is looking for papers that deal with collaboration broadly defined, and each should provide specific ideas, principles, or take-aways that other museums can implement. All proposals should be submitted to the NAAM Conference Committee by emailing Christine Bobco by no later than December 31, 2019. A monthly reminder will be sent by email to NAAM members. The NAAM Conference Committee will review proposals and submit recommendations to a joint NAAM/WFMM/Revs committee which will finalize a list of accepted papers by February 1, 2020.

About the Conference:

The conference schedule will be very full on all days. A pre-conference reception and registration will be on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020.

Keynote speakers include leadership from the American Alliance of Museums, the international OCLC consortium, Miles Collier, and award-winning journalists John Davis, Ken Gross, and David Lillywhite. Attendees will take tours through Revs and its world-class shop, parts department, galleries, library, and digitization room.  Sessions already scheduled include:

  • Accreditations standards for auto museums
  • Copyright
  • Financial benchmarking for auto museums
  • How to speak to the media
  • Museums from the media’s perspective
  • Obsolete materials in vehicle restoration
  • Provenance research
Conference Hotel:
  • The registration for both conference hotels begins on OCTOBER 15, 2019. You need a credit card to guarantee your reservation.
  • IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that attendees plan on booking their hotel room by NO LATER than December 31, 2019. Naples is a very seasonal city, and hotel rooms become almost impossible to find and prices spike beginning in January. You will receive additional reminders about booking your rooms, but please arrange with your administration to book your rooms in the October-December 2019 time frame. Shuttles will run from both hotels to Revs. If you want to vacation longer in sunny Florida both hotels will make special arrangements for attendees who wish to come early or stay later.
  • The first hotel is the beautiful waterfront Hyatt House that will have 100 rooms at an amazing rate of only $150 for single king and double queen rooms (taxes not included). The Hyatt House is a perfect location in easy walking distance of lots of exciting fun and restaurants. Book online and use the discount code “G-Revs”. If you prefer, call Hyatt reservations at 888-233-1234.
  • The second hotel is the Ramada Inn which will have twenty rooms at only $80 for a single king bed or a room with two full-sized double beds (taxes not included). There are no online reservations for the Ramada. Call 800-325-1135 and be sure to mention the name of the room block is under “Revs Institute” before making your reservation so that you will receive the special group rate. You can also email the manager at robert@naplesramada.com.
Conference Website: The conference website will go live in late November 2019.Registration: Look for early bird registration to begin on the event website in January 2020. Please note the exceptional early bird registration fee below, which is lower than the 2014 Joint Conference with the World Forum!

Registration Fee: January through April (Early Bird Member) $350. May through September (Member) $450. October (Late Member) $600.

Special Events:

  • All attendees will sail on a sunset river dinner cruise on the Naples Princess and also visit the Edison-Ford Winter Estates.
  • Pre-conference reception.
  • Want cars? Attendees will see cars running from the Revs Institute, Revs volunteers, and the best of the Jaguar Club of Southwest Florida.
  • Looking for fun? Trolley rides will be available to all the Naples landmarks, including 5th Avenue, the pier, beach, shopping, spas, and much more.
  • Racing!
  • An opera performance about cars (yes, you read that right!).
Sponsors: Please visit our sponsors and support them whenever possible. They help keep the conference costs low for attendees.

More Information:

Please email Mark Vargas at the Revs Institute for additional information.  Mark will send out monthly reminders to WFMM members about the call for papers, registration, updates to special events, and hotel reservations.  The entire Revs team is very excited to welcome friends and colleagues from the World Forum, and we look forward to seeing you in November 2020 in warm, sunny Florida.


About the Revs Institute:

The Revs Institute values the importance of preserving automobiles in their original, untouched and patinaed state. With few deliberately considered exceptions, the more than 100 automobiles in the Collier Collection, which is divided into four thematic galleries: Automobility, Vitesse, Revs and Porsche are fully operational and displayed free of protective barriers allowing visitors the most intimate access.

The Revs Institute is housed in a three story, 80,000 square foot building in sunny Naples, Florida. As stewards of some of the rarest automobiles and sports cars in the world, The Institute has taken extraordinary steps to ensure its collection remains viable for generations to come. Not only is the building pressurized but the air is twice filtered to minimize dust and other possibly harmful contaminants.




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