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Michael J. Terry

 522 Sugar Maple Lane, Temperance, Michigan, (231) 823-4337, Michael.Terry2011@gmail.com 


Ten years plus experience bringing audiences and artists together for meaningful and memorable experiences in multi-use facilities. Balanced scorecard strategic approach aligning activities to deliver vision driven value for patrons and community stakeholders.


·         Passion for all genres of performing and visual arts. Success writing grants supporting performances, workshops and community outreach.

·         Extensive experience in facility scheduling and rental, artist booking, contract negotiation, marketing, public relations, ticketing and technical production.

·         Activity based accounting approach; extensive experience preparing and administering event and operational budgets.

·         Computer skills: Microsoft Works (Word, Excel, Access), Quickbooks,  Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver), Agile and                   Tessitura Ticketing, Salesforce and Razor Edge CRM,  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. 


     Executive Director, The Ramsdell Theatre, September 2013 to December 2016

·         Directed day to day operations of 43,000 sq. ft. historic theatre, art gallery and ballroom. Events included community theatre, art exhibits, weddings, dance recitals,                       graduations, meetings and festivals. Supervised one part time caretaker, volunteers and contracted labor.

·         Booked and presented roots and blues music, tribute bands and MET Opera Live in HD.  Increased ticket sales by 300% to $60K in first year.

·         Revived fundraising efforts, updated donor list and initiated annual campaign raising over $10K. Received grants from Arts Midwest and the Michigan Humanities Council.

·         Helped transition management of facility from City of Manistee to the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit volunteer based organization.

    Director, The Whiting, Flint Cultural Corporation, February 2009 - October 2010

·         Managed $2.8 million dollar budget, six fulltime employees, contracted services, stagehand union, and 100+ volunteer corps in operating a 2043 seat auditorium.

·         Programmed twenty event Whiting Presents Series; increased sales by 58% to $1.3 million, reduced operating deficit by 72%. Series featured Touring Broadway, Celebrities,         Jazz, Blues and World Music.

·         Outreach and education initiatives resulted in 11 performances and 14 workshops serving 4100 students and 605 aging adults.

·         Reorganized ticketing operations to improve financial integrity and safeguard customer information.

     Williams Auditorium Manager, Ferris State University, 1999 - 2009

·         Scheduled and managed 1700 seat auditorium; responsible for ticketing, front of house, and technical services for 80 events per academic year.

·         Initiated and programmed Live! At Williams Performing Arts Series; included community outreach program; funded by grants, ticket sales and concession income.

·         Doubled use of Auditorium while reducing cost per attendee from $2.10 to 28 cents.

·         Proposed and oversaw upgrade of lighting and sound system.

     Owner, Pro One Video Productions, 1992 - 1999

Provided video production services for events, employee training and marketing. Clients included Hickory Farms, LCI Telecommunications, France Stone Company, American National Can, R-Med Inc., Conceptus and HNTB.


Masters of Business Administration - Quality Management, Ferris State University
            Master of Arts - Speech and Drama, University of WisconsinSuperior

Bachelor of Arts - Communication and the Arts, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Principles and Techniques of Fundraising – Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs Grant Reviewer (2014, 2016)

Past President – Arts and Cultural Alliance of Manistee County

Jim Crow Museum Facilitator (Ferris State University)

Arts & Lectures Committee (Ferris State University)

Past Board Member of Michigan Non-Profit Arts Presenters

Past Board Member of Mecosta Council for the Arts