Thursday, September 12, 2013

New on ABM team: Christopher T. Lytle as Senior Advancement Officer & Rebecca L. Hopfinger as Director of Advancement.

CLAYTON, New York (September 12, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today the addition of Christopher T. Lytle as Senior Advancement Officer and Rebecca L. Hopfinger as Director of Advancement.

Lytle brings more than 35 years of experience as a senior staff member or consultant to premier not-for-profit organizations, including Rotary International and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. His expertise in campaign planning and design, program management, major gifts, institutional grants, as well as sponsorship and cause marketing, will be instrumental to the Museum. In addition to leading overall fundraising efforts, Lytle will focus on developing key partnerships and relationships with philanthropists, foundations, and corporations that support the ABM’s growth strategies.

A graduate of Mercyhurst College, with post-graduation certifications from Adelphia University and New York University, Lytle resides with his wife, Laurie, in Seneca Falls, NY, where he serves as a Board member of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum.

Hopfinger was recently asked to return to the Museum following a five-year hiatus during which she was Executive Director of the Thousand Islands Arts Center (TIAC), also based in Clayton. Her professional career began with the ABM as curator in 1996, following graduation from Syracuse University with a Master’s in Museum Studies. In 2004, she was promoted to Director of Development & Curator of Special Exhibits before departing in 2008 to later join TIAC.

In her new role at the ABM, Hopfinger will oversee the Museum’s successful Friends of the Museum program, its general membership, and further fundraising activities.

Hopfinger, who is currently pursuing a certificate in fundraising management from the Indiana University/Purdue University Institute for Fundraising, resides in Clayton and serves as a Board member of the Clayton Local Development Corporation and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Rebecca back to the ABM and to have Chris join our organization. As our new advancement and fundraising team, they will lead our efforts to build awareness and support for the ABM as we develop new audiences and markets,” said Frederick H. “Fritz” Hager, Executive Director.

Lytle and Hopfinger join Christine S. Brown, Advancement Associate, to form the ABM’s new Office of Advancement.

Located on the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands, the Antique Boat Museum features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. In August 2014, the Museum will host the 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running show in North America. For more information please visit the Museum’s website at