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Transportation museum announces new director of operations

Jun 01, 2021

Owls Head — The Owls Head Transportation Museum announced that starting June 1, John Bottero will take the position as the museum’s new Director of Operations.

Owls Head Executive Director Kevin Bedford made the announcement last week.

“John has been involved with the museum for years, from working as a volunteer as a teenager, to taking on the roll as a trustee. He will bring an important perspective to the museums operations, events and The New England Auto AuctionTM which he has served as auctioneer for the past several years.”

Bottero will leave his current position as Vice President of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, where he served for nearly three decades, appraising and offering at auctions in fine art, antiques and real estate.

Owner Kaja Veilleux said, "I am excited for John as he takes on this new venture. He has a special connection with the museum and a passion for the preservation of the Maine culture and the items from past generations.”

Bottero is a Navy veteran with a background in manufacturing engineering, and as auctioneer at Thomaston Place, has helped thousands of midcoast families evaluate and place valuable items in the hands of the next generation to ensure their survival.

Over the years, Bottero donated time to countless state non-profit organizations acting as auctioneer, raising thousands of dollars and has no plans to stop giving back.

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