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New Board Chairman and President Elected at Florida Grand Opera
June 30, 2009, 3:27 pm
Filed under: Florida Grand Opera

Now entering its 69th season, Florida Grand Opera has announced a new slate of leaders for its Board of Directors. Victor H. Mendelson was elected president of the Board, succeeding Jane A. Robinson, who was elected chairman of the Board of Directors following her five years as president.

Victor H. Mendelson represents his family’s fourth generation of Florida Grand Opera supporters, which began with his great-grandmother Lillian Brown, and continued with his grandmother Muriel Hattenbach, and his mother Arlene H. Mendelson. Mr. Mendelson is the president and chief executive officer of HEICO Electronic Technologies Corp., a subsidiary of NYSE-traded HEICO Corporation. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia College in New York City, a trustee of St. Thomas University, and held the FGO Board of Directors office of treasurer from 2007 until May of 2009.

Copy of BOD-MendelsonVictor 2005

Robert M. Heuer, FGO’s general director and CEO, stated, “All of us at the Opera are extremely grateful for Victor’s leadership at this crucial time for Florida Grand Opera and the entire arts community. He brings a wealth of business experience, common sense, and analytical skills that will be invaluable in helping the Opera go forward during the coming seasons. We are also grateful to Jane A. Robinson for her years of commitment to the company during a critical period that included our move from Miami-Dade County Auditorium to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.”

Florence Hecht and Leonard Robbins were elected directors emeriti in recognition of their many years of service and support of the Opera, and James M. Herron was re-elected as the Opera’s representative to the Arsht Center Trust Board. Newly elected to the Florida Grand Opera Board of Directors are Leatrice Taylor Damus, Morton J. Robinson, M.D., Gale Goldstein Tucker, Esq., and Ana Moran Varela.

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