Artpark reviews 2012 season, welcomes new chairman and directorsby jmaloni
The Artpark & Company annual meeting was held Wednesday at the Niagara Falls Country Club to confirm the re-election of officers, new directors and to appoint a chairman of the board.
Artpark President George Osborne presented a look back on an eventful year for Artpark, which included the Outdoor Amphitheater renovation, a new ticketed format for the popular "Tuesday in the Park" concert series, a large-scale Broadway musical production, free family programs, several visual arts exhibitions, and expansion of children's camps.
Artpark & Company welcomed John Camp of HSBC Bank USA as the new chairman of the board. Outgoing Chairman Christopher Brown of Brown & Company LLC was recognized for his five years of outstanding service and as a driving force behind the completion of the outdoor renovations.
The board welcomed Brian Geary of Courier Capital Corp. and re-elected Michael Giaquinto of Emblem Health as vice chairs of Artpark & Company. Artpark board Secretary Vincent Agnello, Esq., of Niagara University, will retain his duties, and Brown takes over as board treasurer.
Directors re-elected for three-year terms include Dena Armstrong, Glen Bobeck, Camp, Michael J. Dowd, Mary Jo Farrell, Erin Harris, Skip Mazenauer, Jane Mogavero, Jim Morabito, Sophia Smith and Ray Walter.
Advisory council members elected to one-year terms include Thomas E. Brydges, Esq., Thomas B. Burrows, Daniel E. Cantara III, John Ceretto, Village of Lewiston Mayor Terry Collesano, Thomas Fatta, Pamela Jacobs-Vogt, Seymour Knox IV, George Maziarz, Joseph Pillittere, Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steve Reiter, Niagara County Legislator William Ross and Richard Soluri.
Nominating Committee Chairman J. Michael Kelleher also announced the appointment of four new directors for 2012-13. Newly elected to the Artpark & Company board of directors are Thomas Bontempo of First Niagara Bank, Joseph Certo of Certo Brothers Distributing Company, Robert E. Rich III of ROAR Logistics Inc., and Rajat Shah of Delaware North Companies.
The meeting concluded with the announcement that Artpark will host a gala celebrating its 40th anniversary on June 1, 2013, in the Outdoor Amphitheater.