Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival welcomes new members
December 19, 2003
Vail, CO – Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival welcomes new members to the Board of Trustees, individuals who will assist in making the Festival’s 17th season another spectacular summer. The Bravo! Festival has named Tim Dalton, Led Gardner and Susan Sturm to its Board of Trustees. “Bravo! is honored to welcome these outstanding new board members, who all bring fresh and innovative expertise to the Festival,” said Executive Director John Giovando. “These new additions, along with the leadership of the new Chairperson, Kathleen Eck, complete a remarkable team,” he continued. Karin Weber’s term as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees ended September 30, 2003. During her term as Chairperson, Weber brought great leadership and enthusiasm to the board, and successfully led the Festival to financial stability through tough economic times. As the new Chairperson of the Board, Kathleen Eck brings immeasurable business expertise and leadership. “With strength, vision, and tenacity, former Chairperson Karin Webernavigated the Festival to financial stability in tremendously challenging econmic times,” said Kathleen Eck. “I look forward to building upon this success and strengthening even more the incredible Bravo organization.”Tim Dalton has been Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Dalton, Greiner, Harman, Maher & Co., smaller cap specialists, since 1990. From April 1990 to December 2000 he was Chief Executive Officer. From November 1982 to April 1990, he was President and CEO of Dillon, Read Capital Inc. From 1976 until October 1982, he was Senior Vice President of Oppenheimer Capital Corp, and a partner of its parent, Oppenheimer & Co. At Oppenheimer Capital, Dalton personally managed substantial pension account assets andalso served as Director of Research and Co-Chairman of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Director of The Robinson Humphrey Company and as Managing Partner of Franklin Capital Investors. Dalton graduated from Northwestern University in 1970, and received an M.A. degree in Economics from Princeton University in 1962. Mr. Dalton is a former Director of the New York Society of Security Analysts. He and his wife, Julie, are full time residents of Beaver Creek, where Dalton serves as a Director of the Beaver Creek Property Owners Association.Led Gardner is a Partner at Sonnenalp Real Estate in Vail. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and worked for Xerox Corporation and Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate in Nashville prior to moving to Colorado in 1989. Led served for two years as a Director of the Vail Board of Realtors. He lives in Vail with his wife, Connie, and son, Chase.Susan Sturm and her husband, Donald, moved to Denver in October of 1991. Their current business interests span a number of sectors including banking, telecommunications, real estate, and medicine. As the daughter of a Foreign Service officer, Susan’s childhood took her to many places in the U.S. and overseas. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Economics, then accepted an appointment at the U.S. Senate as a Congressional Fellow and later studied economics at Oxford University. Her career has seen her employed by: the Central Intelligence Agency; Booz,Allen & Hamilton, Inc., an international management consulting firm; and acting as an independent consultant to a major U.S. construction firm. Currently, Sue is Vice-Chair of the Sturm Financial Group, chairs its Senior Management Committee and manages the bank’s security portfolios.Don and Sue share a belief in the importance of giving back to thecommunity, and are each involved in several volunteer organizations. Their interests are wide-ranging, but those issues high on their list ofpriorities include the University of Denver; educational opportunities for low income children; affordable housing, particularly with regard tohomeownership for low income households; and Jewish life activities that emphasize outreach and access with the Jewish Community. Sue is a member of the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting System, The Fund for Colorado’s Future, the ADL’s Mountain States Regional Board and the Arapahoe Library Friends Foundation. Together they direct the Philanthropy of the Sturm Family Foundation.Kathleen Eck is an attorney specializing in corporate and transactional matters, as well as a real estate broker. Having spent close to twenty years with Martin Marietta Corporation, now Lockheed Martin, in various legal positions, including Corporate Secretary and Associate General Counsel, she recently moved back to the Vail Valley. Eck is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, the Board of Directors of Millennium Bank, and following her service on the Board of Trustees for the State Colleges in Colorado, she now serves on the Board of Trustees of Adams State College. A fourth generation Coloradoan, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. She recently stepped down following six years of service on the Alumni Council of the University of Denver College of Law. Kathleen is also a trained mediator and was a 2001 participant in the negotiation workshop at Harvard Law School. Kathleen Eck has been a full time or second home resident of the Vail Valley since the 1960’s, and currently lives with her husband, Dr. Jack Eck, in Lake Creek.These new additions to the Bravo! Board of Trustees complete a brilliant team. The Bravo! Festival is looking forward to another season of record-breaking attendance in the summer of 2004. In the 17th year, Bravo! brings to the Vail Valley over 40 acclaimed soloists, ensembles and three resident orchestras – the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and America’s flagship orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, June 27 through August 4, 2004!