Filed under: Awards and Recognition
The Adrienne Arsht Center is proud to announce that its very own J. Ricky Arriola was named a 2009 “Power Player” by South Florida Business Leader Magazine. Each year, the publication selects key business leaders who are making a difference in the South Florida community. Taking a leap into the heart of the Adrienne Arsht Center scene in September of 2007, Arriola progressed from serving as a member of the Performing Arts Trust Board of Directors to the Board’s Chair, hoping to further apply his talents to help the Center reach the potential he never doubted it had. Part of the Adrienne Arsht Center family since 2004, the young businessman offered hope and direction to the budding Center and has been an instrumental force in its dramatic turnaround. Under his leadership, the Center has raised millions in private donations, increased average attendance by 25%, and reversed a $2.5 million annual deficit into an operating surplus of $800,000.
Arriola is President and CEO of Inktel Direct Corp., a national multi-million dollar direct marketing services firm. Whether this Harvard graduate is leading one of South Florida’s top businesses, leading the board of a performing arts centers, volunteering his time at various local charitable organizations or running marathons, Arriola approaches each challenge he takes on with a rare level of focus and intensity.
Q: What interested you in becoming such an active member at the Adrienne Arsht Center in 2004?
RA: What drew me to become an active member was my passion for the performing arts and Miami. I was excited about the potential the Adrienne Arsht Center could have on the community while providing quality performances.
Q: What has inspired you to stay so dedicated to the center despite challenges?
RA: I really don’t see them as challenges – it’s part of the process. That being said, I’m inspired by my belief in the mission of the Adrienne Arsht Center. If that weren’t enough, the dedicated and wonderful staff of the Center inspires me.
Q: In what instrumental ways does the Board of Directors act as an agent for success at the center?
RA: The Board of Directors provides governance and a sounding board to the executive team at the Center. They also act as ambassadors for the work of the organization. We should be a resource to catapult the Adrienne Arsht Center to become one of the leading performing arts centers in the world.
Q: In your opinion, what is the key to maintaining and cultivating a strong Board of Directors?
RA: The key is bringing on talented people who are committed to the mission of the Center.
Q: What do you believe are the most crucial goals for the Adrienne Arsht Center as a major contributor to the community?
• Presenting the highest quality performances possible
• Having a significant educational component to our mission
• Presenting programming reflective of the diversity of our community
• Remaining fiscally responsible
• Providing a great customer experience in everything we do
Q: As a Henry Crown Fellow recognized for extraordinary professionalism, what advice would you give to aspiring leaders?
RA: I would say set the bar high for yourself and work relentlessly in pursuit of your goals. Be sure to surround yourself with the highest caliber of people you can find. Have an unquenchable thirst for learning. Above all, you must have integrity and passion!
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