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Six community leaders join Adrienne Arsht Center’s Performing Arts Center Trust Board of Directors
September 29, 2009, 8:55 pm
Filed under: About the Center

The Performing Arts Center Trust board of directors – an independent body of community and business leaders that manages the Adrienne Arsht Center – welcomed six new board members during its September 29 board meeting: Israel Alfonso, Ralph L. Gazitúa, Mitchell Kaplan, Nathan Leight, Beverly A. Parker, and Abigail Pollack.

Also announced was the panel’s 2009-2010 slate of officers: J. Ricky Arriola as Chair, Mike Eidson as Chair-Elect, Emery Sheer as Treasurer, James Herron as Secretary, and Penny Thurer as Assistant Secretary. This will be Mr. Arriola’s third consecutive year as Chair.

“It’s an honor to be invited by the Board to stay on for another year. It has been extremely gratifying to serve as Chairman of the Performing Arts Center Trust Board of Directors,” said J. Ricky Arriola. “The past year has seen the Adrienne Arsht Center reach many milestones, thanks in part to the Board’s guidance and leadership. In the past twelve months, the Center has hired a new CEO, balanced its budget, paid off its last remaining bank debt, boosted ticket sales, and built new relationships throughout the diverse South Florida community. I look forward to many more milestones in the coming year.”

The new board members are as follows:
Israel Alfonso, a Shareholder in the Miami law office of Greenberg Traurig.
Ralph L. Gazitúa, President and CEO of WTDC, a Miami-based logistics infrastructure company.
Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books, an independent bookstore and café chain with three locations throughout Miami and an international location in the Cayman Islands.
Nathan Leight, co-founder and the Senior Managing Member of Terrapin Partners LLC, and the Chief Investment Officer of Terrapin Asset Management LLC.
Beverly A. Parker, a founding principal of Washington Cable Supple, Inc., a company that provides products and services to the telecommunications, utilities, government, and construction markets.
Abigail Pollack, a legal consultant for Plural Productions, a Spanish production company working with Univision.

“The Performing Arts Center Trust Board of Directors is one of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s most valuable assets,” said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center, “Beyond their management and development leadership, our newest board members will provide an important link with the South Florida community. Their work will support our mission as a world-class performing arts center that is community-based.”

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