The Belcourt Theatre Board of Directors has promoted managing director Stephanie Silverman to executive director, according to an announcement made today. In addition, the Board elected new officers for its 2012-2013 term.
Donna Drehmann, president of customer experience consulting firm Listen, Learn, Live, will serve as board chairman; Van Pond, Jr., architect and principal of Van Pond Architect, will serve as vice-chairman; and Bo Spessard, chief operating officer of Emma, will serve as treasurer. F. Clark Williams, an administrator in the Dean of Students office at Vanderbilt University, will continue to serve as secretary.
Silverman has worked for the past five years as managing director. “Stephanie’s leadership is exceptional,” says Drehmann, “and we wanted to ensure that her title reflects the full scope of her responsibilities and roles.”
Under Silverman’s management, the Belcourt Theatre has experienced strong growth as a nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, world, repertoire and classic cinema. Silverman is nationally recognized among the film community as a leader in theatre management and is frequently a guest speaker and panel member for national conferences, including the Sundance Institute’s Art House Convergence, Film Forward and the League of Historic American Theatres, among others.
As Belcourt Theatre board chairman Drehmann will oversee the theatre’s long-term goals and strategic planning. She joined the board in 2011. Drehmann recently launched her own customer experience consulting firm called Listen, Learn, Live, which specializes in obtaining customer feedback through proper survey design to increase customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Prior to her consulting firm, Drehmann was employed as director of customer experience at Asurion Insurance Services and has more than 15 years of experience of customer experience design work for a variety of industries. “Donna’s enthusiasm for the Belcourt’s mission and her passion for understanding how best to serve different audiences will help us continue to build and expand the theatre’s reach and impact,” says Silverman.
Pond, Jr. is a native of Sumner County and a longtime Nashville resident. The proprietor of his own architectural firm, Pond’s professional experience bridges a broad spectrum of the architectural field: residential, commercial, restoration, graphics, and master planning.
Combining his passion for design with a strong commitment to community involvement, Pond has taken volunteer leadership roles with non-profits over many years—using skill sets from his work to assist in a variety of situations and locations to further the goal-setting and execution of strategies for institutions that seek to make Nashville a better place. Pond and his partner David Glasgow are longtime residents of the Belmont-Hillsboro neighborhood.
Spessard joined the Belcourt Theatre board in 2011. Prior to joining Emma as chief operating officer, Spessard was an associate at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, where he specialized in intellectual property and software licenses for Fortune 500 clients. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and received his juris doctor from Franklin Pierce Law Center.
Williams chairs the board committee on education and engagement, and developed the FLiCX program with faculty from the Film Studies Program at Vanderbilt University. He is a past president of the board, and formerly chaired the membership, film and audience development committees.