The Board and staff of the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute are proud to announce that Executive Director Jack N. McKinney has received the Jack Nokes Outstanding Service award. The ceremony took place on Thursday, April 6th at the Texas Association of Museums Annual Meeting in Abilene, Texas. Mr. McKinney has been a member of the Texas Association of Museums for over 30 years. He has served three times as a member of the TAM Council and twice as an officer. Fast Facts: Where: Texas Association of Museums (TAM) Annual Meeting in Abilene, Texas When: Thursday, April 6, 2017 Event: Keynote Lunch Event Details: Jack N. McKinney, Executive Director of the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute, received the Jack Nokes Outstanding Service Award at the 2017 TAM annual meeting for his 30 years of service to the museum community. About Jack N. McKinney Mr. McKinney has been an administrator and museum professional for over 39 years and has an additional ten years of experience working with youth and civic organizations in Texas. He is a native of Dallas, Texas where he attended Bryan Adams High School and has a BA degree in history from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. McKinney has a 57-year background in scouting as both a volunteer and a professional. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1964. Since 2003, he has served on the advisory committee of the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. He is currently working as a member of the Museum’s collections task force. He entered the museum profession with the Dallas Health and Science Museum in 1978. Mr. McKinney was part of the management team responsible for the $11.5 million renovation and expansion of the museum into The Science Place in 1985. In 1987, he became the Executive Director of the Don Harrington Discovery Center in Amarillo, Texas. During his tenure, the Discovery Center completed a $1.6 million, 20,000 square foot addition containing 100 new permanent exhibits. Mr. McKinney served as Executive Director and CEO of the Explora Science Center & Children’s Museum of Albuquerque from 1998 to 2000. Mr. McKinney relocated the Museum to a temporary facility, and coordinated the final design of its new 55,000 square foot building. He raised $2.5 million for exhibit construction and moved Explora to a position of prominence among Albuquerque’s cultural institutions. The Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute selected Mr. McKinney to serve as its second Executive Director in August 2000. Under his leadership, the Dr Pepper Museum has raised over $6,000,000 and increased the museum’s capacity with the addition of 36,000 square feet of additional exhibits, offices, classrooms and storage. He negotiated the acquisition of the Dr Pepper Snapple Collection containing over 100,000 soft drink objects and extensive archives. Mr. McKinney has twice served as President of the Museum Association of Waco and as Chairman of the Waco CVB Advisory Board. He is member of the Rotary Club of Waco. About the Jack Nokes Outstanding Service Award TAM's Jack Nokes Outstanding Service Award was established to recognize significant contributions to the museum field, service to TAM, and truly remarkable individuals. Presented each year at the Annual Meeting of the Texas Association of Museums, this award is named in honor Jack Nokes, TAM Executive Director (1995 -2008) About the Texas Association of Museums The Texas Association of Museums is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization established for educational purposes, to provide a network among museums, to improve the level of professionalism within the museum community, to encourage the use and enjoyment of museums by all Texans, to serve as an information clearinghouse for and about museums, and to serve as a liaison between museums and museums-related agencies and organizations. About the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute The Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute is located at 300 South 5th Street in downtown Waco. Currently the Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM until 5:30 PM. The last ticket to the galleries is sold at 4 PM. The Museum opens at 12 pm on Sundays. Visitors can stop by the soda fountain and gift shop until 5:30 PM; no admission required. For more information about the Museum, visit us at drpeppermuseum.com.