A reception was held earlier this month honoring the Performing Arts Center Trust’s Founding Chair Parker Thomson, who retired from the Board of Directors after more than 20 years of service. Former and current Board members gathered and thanked Mr. Thomson for his years of tireless dedication and unwavering perseverance. Mr. Thomson was the first Chairman of the Performing Arts Center Trust’s Board of Directors and served faithfully on the Board for over 20 years. Among the accolades bestowed upon Mr. Thomson were a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Senator Bill Nelson, a congratulatory letter from Governor Charlie Crist and a resolution by the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners declaring September 28, 2010 “Parker Thomson Day.” “Due to his leadership, the cultural landscape of Miami-Dade County has been forever transformed,” stated Valerie Riles, the Center’s Vice President of Board and Government Relations.
One of our community’s most brilliant lawyers, Mr. Thomson is a Partner at Hogan and Lovells and earlier this year he was named as one of Florida’s Super Lawyers by Law and Politics.
Filed under: Board of Trustee
As one of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s founding donors, Ron Esserman is part of a family of donors who go the extra mile to keep the performing arts strong in this community. And when it comes to leaders in this community, his name is at the top of everyone’s list. Esserman energizes people, whether they are his own friends, his staff or an entire arts community. Ron Esserman is owner of Esserman International Acura-Kia-VW, Esserman Nissan – VW, and Largo Honda. He has more than 600 employees in his four dealerships and seven franchises. He is also an avid arts supporter.
Esserman is Chairman of the Performing Arts Center Foundation of Greater Miami (PACF) and has served on the board since its inception in 1990. The PACF Board raised more than $80 million in private sector funding to help build the performing arts center. Esserman was determined to make it happen: He was singlehandedly responsible for raising well over $10 million towards the Center’s capital campaign. Because of his efforts in engaging others in the community to support the project, the Center became a reality.
Esserman’s passion and love for the arts is evident, as he attends countless performances throughout the season and continues to give to the Center. Recently, Esserman donated a 2010 Volkswagen EOS convertible to the Center as part of the Arts Odyssey Gala. This generous donation has provided the Adrienne Arsht Center and its resident companies with a unique opportunity to raise additional funds, with proceeds from the drawing to be shared equally by all four participant organizations.
The Adrienne Arsht Center recognizes Ron Esserman and his extraordinary leadership. He cares about people and cares about Miami. Through his philanthropy in South Florida, he has played a significant role in making Miami a world-class city.
* Note: The EOS convertible is on display in the Adams Foundation Lobby at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House. The drawing has been extended to Valentine’s Day. For further information on how to enter the EOS drawing and support the arts, please visit http://www.arshtcenter.org/gala09/drawing.aspx.