Leslie Kendall was born in San Diego, California and has had an insatiable, life-long interest in automobiles and automotive history from an early age. After earning an MBA from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo in 1985, he entered mortgage banking upon his graduation. He left the lending profession after just seven years to volunteer full-time at the San Diego Automotive Museum where he was hired to be the curator after only 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. He is a regular contributor to automotive media outlets (both print and broadcast), a concours d’elegance judge at events around the country, and frequently consults on automotive history related, public- and private-sector projects.