DENVER – May 23, 2012 – The Colorado Symphony Board of Trustees has announced the election of three new members to the board: Mr. B.J. Dyer, Dr. Christopher Ott, and Ms. Ginger White. They join two other recently-elected members Ms. Sandy Elliott, community volunteer, and Mr. Richard Kylberg, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Arrow Electronics. Ms. Linda Rickard also joins the board representing the Colorado Symphony Guild.
“We are thrilled to have Mr. Dyer, Ms. White, Dr. Ott, Ms. Elliott, Ms. Rickard and Mr. Kylberg join our organization,” said Mr. Gene Sobczak, President and CEO of the Colorado Symphony. “Their diverse areas of expertise and fresh business strategies – combined with their enthusiasm and passion for the performing arts community in Denver – will help guide the Colorado Symphony’s cultural and financial success as we launch innovative collaborations and strengthen our community ties.”
“The Colorado Symphony Board of Trustees is actively involved in building and growing the organization with a clear focus on the future, and we are very pleased to welcome these talented individuals to our board,” said Jerome H. Kern, Co-Chair of the Colorado Symphony Board of Trustees and President of Kern Consulting, LLC. “Their active support and guidance will help the Colorado Symphony maintain its high artistic standards and achieve its goals.”
About B.J. Dyer
Mr. Dyer is the owner of Bouquets, an award-winning Denver floral retailer and event décor company. He is actively involved in numerous community and industry organizations and non-profits, including the American Institute of Floral Designers, Colorado Retail Florists Association, Floral Association of the Rockies, Garden Club of America, Project Angel Heart, Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, The Adoption Exchange, Salon d’Arts, Denver Botanic Gardens and The Kempe Foundation. Over the years, Mr. Dyer has received awards, honors and recognition from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Administration Hall of Fame, the Wholesale Florist and Florist Supplier Association, Society of American Florists, and the American Academy of Floriculture.
About Sandy Elliott
Ms. Elliott is a longtime community volunteer with extensive nonprofit Board experience. She is currently a Colorado Mountain Club Board Member and on the Development Committee for the Colorado Ballet Board. She spent many years as a trustee of the Denver Chamber Orchestra; worked with Metro Volunteers’ Board Bank for 12 years to place people on small nonprofit Board of Directors; and has done extensive work with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado’s project selection committee. In addition, Ms. Elliott was a Founder of the Douglass County Conservancy and Cherry Creek Trails, which resulted in rights of way for 46 miles of trails.
About Richard Kylberg
Mr. Kylberg, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Arrow Electronics, has served as a director or trustee on many local organizations and nonprofits, including the Colorado Ballet, The Children’s Hospital Foundation, Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, Opera Colorado, YPO International and Rocky Mountain Chapter, Webb-Waring Institute & Foundation, Colorado Academy, KBDI-TV, Channel 12, Samaritan Institute, ArtReach and Justice Information Center. Prior to Arrow Electronics, he was President at CCA, Inc. (Communicom Broadcasting) and Program Manager at KBDI-TV Channel 12. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in English and communications from Stanford University.
About Christopher Ott
Dr. Ott, MD, FACEP, Partner at Apex Emergency Medicine, has many years of medical and professional service including serving on the Board of Directors for the Denver Medical Society and the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, as well as a physician participant for the State of Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing Medicaid and Emergency Services Task Force. He has years of experience working in top positions at many Front Range medical institutions, including St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, St. Anthony North Hospital in Westminster, Air Ambulance Specialists in Denver, Serio Physician Management, and EM Care in Lamar. Dr. Ott has a bachelor’s degree in medieval history from Marquette University and a doctor of medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
About Linda Rickard
Ms. Rickard, President, Colorado Symphony Guild, is a Colorado native who enjoyed a 30-year career as an educator in Jefferson County and served as staff developer and site coordinator with UCD’s student teacher program. She joined the Colorado Symphony Guild in 2008 and has been treasurer, chair-elect, chair, president-elect and now current president of the symphony’s support organization. In addition to her volunteering and fundraising activities with the guild, Ms. Rickard enjoys traveling, driving her model A, sewing and, of course – listening to music.
About Ginger White
Ms. White, AICP currently serves on the boards of Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League (PHAMALY) and the Denver Theatre District. As the Deputy Director at Arts & Venues Denver, she oversees Create Denver, an economic development initiative that strengthens the overall health and vitality of the city by supporting the development of the creative sector. Previously, she managed the inaugural Doors Open Denver and served as program and marketing manager for the Cherry Creeks Arts Festival. A certified urban planner from the American Planning Association, Ms. White has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Xavier University and a master’s degree in urban policy and planning with an emphasis in economic development from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The six newly-elected trustees join Colorado Symphony Board of Trustees Co-Chairs Mr. Jerome H. Kern and Ms. Mary Rossick Kern of Kern Consulting, LLC; and Secretary Ms. Susan Bowles, Colorado Symphony Cello, among many others. For a complete list of the Colorado Symphony Board of Trustees, visit www.coloradosymphony.org.
About The Colorado Symphony
The region’s only full-time professional orchestra, the Colorado Symphony embraces a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a diverse array of symphonic performances throughout the year. Originally established in 1989 as the successor to the Denver Symphony, the Colorado Symphony thrives on a spirit of collaboration among musicians, staff, trustees and the community. The Colorado Symphony performs in Boettcher Concert Hall and On Location throughout the state and region utilizing small ensembles to the full-sized orchestra. Programs include expanded education and outreach initiatives, as well as Masterworks, Pops, Holiday, Family, Inside the Score and Symphony on the Rocks series that have attracted an ever-increasing level of concertgoers. By presenting music that is both timeless and inspiring, while taking risks with new musical collaborations and interactive concerts, the Colorado Symphony is committed to reaching global audiences with the use of state-of-the-art digital media via live streaming and concert downloads.
For more information about the Colorado Symphony, visit www.coloradosymphony.org.