H.P. "Pete" Claussen

NMAH Board Alumnus; Chairman of Gulf & Ohio Railways, Inc.

Pete Claussen is Chairman and CEO of the Gulf & Ohio Railways, Inc., which operates four shortline railroads.  Prior to Gulf & Ohio Railways, he held leadership positions with the Tennessee Valley Authority and the 1982 World’s Fair, where he served as Vice President and Legal Counsel.  Mr. Claussen served as Chairman of the Board of the National Museum of American History from 2003-2005.  Mr. Claussen also served on the Smithsonian National Board as Cochairman of the Development Committee; he is currently serving as a Board Member to the Knoxville Zoo, the Legacy Parks Foundation, and the Tennessee Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.  Mr. Claussen lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.