Hyundai x Annie Leibovitz Journeys.
Celebrating people and their journeys that inspire us.
A Hyundai portrait series in partnership with Annie Leibovitz.
Everyone is on their own journey. Ours is to build cars that make those journeys possible. To celebrate the journeys of our owners, and the many Hyundai employees who inspire us every day, we partnered with world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz in a portrait and video series to capture a glimpse of life as only Annie can.
These are those stories of the journeys we build for, the journeys we fight for, and the ones who make Hyundai the place we’re proud to call home.
The Imhoff family’s story of hope despite the tragic loss of their son, Reese, is a reminder of the journeys we fight for. That’s why we continue the battle against childhood cancer with Hyundai Hope On Wheels, so that someday, a child like Reese can get the cure they need.
Sometimes the journeys that are cut short are the most precious of all. Paul’s journey of hope began when his younger son, Reese Imhoff was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare pediatric bone cancer. With the support of the community, friends, and family, Paul, his wife Christy and son Max continue their fight against pediatric cancer, searching for a cure that unfortunately did not happen in time to save Reese. But it is stories like Reese’s that drive Hyundai Hope On Wheels to relentlessly pursue novel research, innovative therapies and funding effective treatments with one goal in mind, that no child will ever suffer from pediatric cancer.
Owner and President of Alexandria Hyundai, Kevin’s energy is boundless, extending into the community and Hope On Wheels’ mission to end childhood cancer. With his wife Mary and four children, he is always on the go as they journey through life together.
Kevin Reilly’s Hyundai journey spans generations. His father, Donald, one of the first 50 Hyundai dealers, helped found Hope On Wheels to help fight pediatric cancer. His children witness his care of customers, co-workers and community every day. Active in numerous civic and charitable organizations, Kevin is committed to Hope On Wheels’ mission to end childhood cancer. Today every new Hyundai sold generates a donation to this worthy cause.
Studying race relations in Seoul, working in journalism in Hong Kong, speaking as a press secretary on Capitol Hill – all before turning her efforts toward the auto industry with a three-year stint in Paris. It’s easy to say Dana’s diversity of life and work experience has been a journey that positioned her for the role as the Chief Communications Officer at Hyundai Motor America.
Teaching during a pandemic left many students isolated and struggling to connect. Mike rose to the challenge with a cross-country history tour they’ll never forget.
During COVID lockdown, this Oak Forest, Illinois high school teacher and basketball coach drove his TUCSON 3,000+ miles in just 10 days to historical sites and streamed on location to bring 40 history lessons to life for his students. For Mike Brown, going the extra mile has made everyone’s journey extra special.
Atlanta-based 10x Iron Man finisher, triathlon trainer and SANTA FE owner Brent Pease co-founded the Kyle Pease Foundation with his brother Kyle, who was born with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. Their mission is to help people living with disability find courage, resilience and normalcy through athletic achievement. From training and support to building awareness for inclusivity, his journey is a triumph for the disabled community. “Kyle uses my legs,” Brent says, “and I use his spirit.”
Born in Taiwan, Ricky’s family moved to America when he was three-years old. Growing up in Southern California, he developed a keen interest in automobiles. After graduating from UCLA, he went on to earn his MBA at the University of Michigan. Joining Hyundai in 2010, Ricky quickly rose through the ranks to his current position as Director of Product Planning for both Hyundai and Genesis where his journey continues.
By day, an engineer. By night, CEO of All We Are, a nonprofit providing sustainable energy solutions to Uganda. His 200k-mile Hyundai ACCENT has been there for the journey to this point, having moved him across country, between jobs, and now transports him as he strives to power every school and health center in Uganda by 2025.
She may wear steel-toe boots to work every day, but her fashion sense shines in her everchanging eyeglass collection. With a Chemical Engineering degree and an eye for detail, Athena is perfectly outfitted for her role in Quality Control overseeing exterior parts and paint for all vehicles in Hyundai Motor America’s Montgomery, Alabama plant. But her journey extends beyond her job at Hyundai. With her passion and enthusiasm for life, this dedicated wife and mother brings joy to all who know her.
Katherine Morin Mitchell
Everyone can feel a little homesick at times, but when Katherine’s journey moved her to Maine, she missed the taste of her hometown Los Angeles. So she launched Luchador Tacos, bringing her street-style tacos on her journey from East L.A. to the East coast. The success of this Palisade owner's original taqueria led to the opening of a string of them, and hundreds of satisfied eaters craving for more.
Tracy’s journey has always centered around his family and his home state. Tracy grew up in rural Alabama where he learned his way around an engine by helping his uncles fix tractors and farm equipment to live off the land. Today he’s a proud father of four girls and continues to use his mechanical skills in Engine Machining at the Hyundai Motor America factory in Montgomery, Alabama.
Danielle Woodhouse Johnson
Interior designer, mom of two, and founder of the non-profit Oasis Alliance, Danielle marries what matters most to her: design and helping others.
Danielle Woodhouse Johnson
From her days in the Peace Corps to now helping local women earn income and overcome depression, Danielle’s journey has led her to use her talent to provide home makeovers for families surviving trauma. As founder of the non-profit Oasis Alliance, her dedication and commitment to those less fortunate make her a light and resource for those who need it most.
Paralyzed from the chest down at the age of 12 in a motorcycle race, Michael has overcome all obstacles to make a name for himself in the sport car racing world. As co-driver of the #54 Universal Coating Hyundai VELOSTER N TCR, his journey and his spirit to win on the racetrack, and in life, are a true inspiration.
Nicole Marie Isbell
Originally a Bay Area artist, this Austin-based illustrator, textile tie dye artist and painter creates “emotional landscapes.” Throughout her journey, Nicole has found inspiration in the world around her, bliss in swaths of color, confidence in imperfect figures, and comfort in the presence of nature and its many creatures.
Openness, inclusion, and making a difference – that’s what Erik is all about. Whether it’s in his community, or on a national stage as the Senior Group Manager of Experiential and Multicultural Marketing at Hyundai Motor America, Erik welcomes and engages people from every walk of life to help them on their own journeys, making a positive impact one person at a time.
Entrepreneur, engineer and FAA graphic designer, Taylor finished writing her first novel Endless in August, while stranded in Peru during the COVID lockdown. Driving cross-country in her SONATA, she documents her journey with Oliver, her cat, and one day hopes to see the world from a hot air balloon.
Overcoming the odds and changing the workplace culture best describes Mary Le’s path to success. The daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, Mary was the first female engineer at Hyundai Motor America, and for a while the only one. Her pioneering spirit and journey have led her to the position of Senior Group Manager, Model Line and Accessory Engineer.
Brandon, a “car guy” from an early age, followed his passion into the automotive world by pushing innovation during his 13-year journey in Product Planning at Hyundai Motor America. Never one to stay idle, he continues to innovate his role as Senior Group Manager, Product Communications, as well as the chair of Hyundai’s Hispanic Employee Resource Group, Amigos Unidos, and dedicates his spare time and passion into raising his three children.