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MACC announces promotions

By Staff | Sep 30, 2010

Sitting in the Castle Theater, Art Vento is the new president and CEO of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

KAHULUI — The Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) announced a new management structure that will move Art Vento into the position of president and CEO beginning Oct. 1.

Current Executive Vice President, External Affairs Teri Freitas Gorman will leave the MACC at the end of this month.

Gorman and Vento have been co-managing the MACC on an interim basis since last July.

Gorman will join forces with Honolulu management consultant Ramsay Taum to provide an array of communications and Hawaiian cultural advisory services to companies doing business in Hawaii. She will remain on Maui but work statewide.

At the same time, the MACC announced the promotions of Candace Croteau to vice president, operations; Amro Nassar to vice president, finance; and Colleen Furukawa to vice president, programming.

The new senior management team will oversee execution of the MACC’s daily operations.

“Teri and Art have done a great job navigating an economy that’s been especially challenging for non-profits,” said James Haynes, the MACC’s chairman of the board.

“The board joins me in thanking Teri for her service this past year, and we wish her much success as she moves on to the next chapter in her career. Art has been with us from the very beginning, and we have tremendous confidence in him and our newly announced senior management team. We know they will be supported by our dedicated staff and hardworking volunteers.”

A registered architect, Vento originally came to the MACC as its construction project manager in 1992. After the MACC opened in 1994, he was asked to serve as director of operations. He was later named general manager and then executive vice president in 2004, a position he has held since. Vento is a Florida native and graduate of Notre Dame University.

Croteau joined the MACC in 1997, serving as director of events. In her newly expanded role, she will oversee venue rentals, facilities and operations. Prior to joining the MACC, she held a similar position at the historic Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles under the management of Bill Graham Presents for ten years. Her career experience includes working in the film industry with producer Norman Jewison on five films from script inception to marketing the finished product. Three films went on to win Academy Awards.

Furukawa joined the MACC as grants manager in 2001. She was later promoted to director of program and grants administration and assumed the role of programming director in July 2009. A Honolulu native, she has lived and worked in Washington, D.C., and Rochester, New York. Her career experience includes hospitality management, international trade and visual arts. She has served as a grant review panelist for the National Endowment on Culture and the Arts and for the Western States Arts Federation. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she later undertook Graduate Studies toward an MBA.

Nassar came to the MACC in 2006 as director of finance. Born in Sacramento, California, and raised in Europe, Africa, the Mainland U.S.A. and Hawaii, he earned his degree in Business Administration from the University of Cairo in Egypt. He has worked in the hospitality industry, real estate, banking and most recently in the nonprofit sector directing accounting divisions.

“I know I speak for all of us when I say Teri will be missed,” said Vento. “But I have full faith in the board, our new senior management team, the entire dedicated MACC staff and our amazing volunteers who will all continue to move the MACC forward. With construction of the Yokouchi Family Pavilion nearly complete, an economy on the mend and the loyal support of our community, we can look forward to some exciting times ahead.”