. Interchanging Idioms: Colorado Symphony Board Appoints Gene Sobczak President and CEO

Friday, December 9, 2011

Colorado Symphony Board Appoints Gene Sobczak President and CEO

Six New Members elected to Board of Trustees


The Colorado Symphony Board of Trustees announced today that it has appointed Gene Sobczak as its new President & CEO. In addition, six new trustees have been elected to the board.

Gene Sobczak currently serves as Executive Director of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and has held the position since 2007. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President for the Colorado Symphony from 2002-2007. While at the Arvada Center, Sobczak has increased market recognition, centralized business operations, and developed successful programming, sales and marketing strategies. At the Colorado Symphony, he was instrumental in building and growing online ticket sales, plus generated an overall 47% increase in ticket sales. Sobczak serves on the Arts for Colorado Board of Trustees and the Colorado Task Force for Arts Education in Workforce Development, among other board positions.

“I am honored to have been asked by the musicians and board of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to serve as their next President and CEO,” stated Sobczak. “With my roots to the CSO dating back to 2002, I'm excited to be working again with this extraordinary organization and in continuing my service to the region's arts and cultural community in this new capacity.”

Sobczak is expected to begin his tenure January 17, while Interim President & CEO Jim Copenhaver will stay on during the transition on a project basis.

“We’re excited to have Gene join our team,” says board co-chair, Jerome Kern. “He has proven success working for the CSO in the past. He brings extensive experience and knowledge in the orchestra field, and also in the performing arts community of Denver and Colorado.”

Six new board members have also recently been elected to the board of trustees.

Sueann Ambron – Dean, Business School, University of Colorado Denver
Terry Biddinger, RN, BSN - Director, External affairs, College of Nursing, University of Colorado Denver
Walter DeHaven – VP and GM, Channel 4 KCNC
Michael G. Gundzik, Ph.D, CLU, Ch.F.C – Founder of Gundzik & Associates, Inc.
Chad McKeehan - Director of the Denver, Colorado Tiffany & Co. retail store, Cherry Creek Mall
Julie Rubsam – Community Volunteer
For more information about the Colorado Symphony, visit www.coloradosymphony.org.

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