NATO Restructures and Elects New Officers

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Wed, 09/23/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The National Association of Theatre Owners has announced the election of new officers – the first chosen by the executive board of directors under a recently enacted board restructuring at the association’s annual meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach California. Elected to two-year terms were – Tony Kerasotes chairman and CEO Kerasotes Showplace Theatres as chairman; Aubrey Stone president Georgia Theatre Company as vice-chairman; Amy Miles CEO of Regal Entertainment Group as treasurer; and re-elected as secretary Mark O’Meara president University Mall Theatres.   The association’s two-day meeting came at the end of a record-breaking summer at the box office amidst a troubled economic climate in which box office and attendance continue to exceed the previous year.  There were 118 NATO members at the event to celebrate the robust state of the movie theatre industry and discuss issues of common importance to theater owners such as camcorder theft digital cinema and 3D projection. Universal Pictures chairman Marc Shmuger keynoted a private dinner for exhibitors. NATO’s outgoing board of directors recently enacted sweeping changes to the association’s governing structure creating a streamlined 17-member executive board intended to be more efficient more representative of the makeup of NATO’s membership and more directly responsible for the association’s governance. The board of directors now becomes a 97-member advisory board charged with consideration of the broader issues facing theatrical exhibition. NATO