Leslie Kendall was born in San Diego, California and has had an unquenchable interest in automobiles and automotive history since early childhood. After earning an MBA from Cal Poly State University -- San Luis Obispo in 1985, he entered mortgage banking only to leave the lending profession after seven years to volunteer full-time at the San Diego Automotive Museum where he was hired to be the curator after just eight months. He was invited to join the team responsible for creating the Petersen Automotive Museum in April 1993 and in October 1995 was named curator, ultimately creating from scratch more than 100 special exhibits relating to automotive history, industry and artistry. He is a regular contributor to automotive media outlets (both print and broadcast); a professional automotive museum exhibits and collections consultant; a concours d’elegance judge at events around the country (Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, California Classic, Palos Verdes, etc.); and a member of the Society of Automotive Historians (former board member), the National Association of Automotive Museums (current board member), the Classic Car Club of America, the Horseless Carriage Club of America, the American Alliance of Museums, and other organizations.