Board of Directors
President & Treasurer
Since 2010, Chris Shade of Hastings, NE, has operated a dealership which has a focus on preservation, restoration and sales of Chevrolet Corvairs. With hundreds of Corvairs delivered in the US and abroad, he has witnessed the rising popularity of this unique and different line of air-cooled vehicles.
Almost an exclusively online business, Chris gets multiple calls and drop in visits every week from people locally and from across the country wanting to see the Corvairs in his collection and on the showroom floor. The Corvair Museum of America is a natural extension of the almost daily comments from visitors, “This is a museum!”
Chris and Stephanie have eight children and have been residents of Hastings since 1998. Chris is former music teacher, active in his church serving on the Elder board, and community serving on the school board and other homeschool entities. Chris is also a lifelong Corvair enthusiast, having owned his own Corvair at age 14.
An entrepreneur and former owner of a home building and property management company, Rob and his wife also formed and operated a fine-dining Mexican restaurant for ten years. Rob served for thirty years in the airline industry as a Director, Chief Pilot and Check Airman.
He currently enjoys serving his church in video production and with an international disaster relief organization. Rob’s hobbies include Corvair restoration, amateur radio, wine making and wood fired pizza.
Rob and his wife currently reside in Ocklawaha, FL.
Media and Merchandise
With fifteen years experience custom sewing garments and costumes, Teresa took those skills into a career with hotels, resorts and casinos in 1995. Overseeing the purchasing and distribution of uniforms and hiring and training staff, she became the corporate uniform director for Ameristar Casinos in 1997, in charge of departments in 4 locations. Highlights include opening new properties in Iowa and Henderson NV. After a ten year career, she became a consultant working at or opening properties including Gaylord National Washington DC, Hyatt Clearwater Beach, Rosewood Sandhill, Menlo Park CA and Trump SOHO, NYC.
While son and daughter were growing up, hobbies included gardening, hiking, photography, and being an Iowa 4H leader. Retirement finds Teresa a busy partner with husband John at JTvairs.com, a hobby dedicated to Corvair rescue. Together they enjoy camping in their 1969 Corvair powered Ultra Van.
They currently reside in Ash Grove, MO.
After earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Eric embarked on a career in 3D animation. In 1994, he pivoted to web design, and has been designing and managing projects ranging from web sites to e-commerce sites to iOS applications ever since.
He purchased his first Corvair in 1987, and has since owned Porsches and Corvettes. His hobbies include board games, sim racing, and writing and playing music.
Eric currently splits his time between New York and Nebraska.