CAPA mourns the loss of President and CEO William B. Conner Jr. | 1952-2016

CAPA is mourning the passing of our President and CEO, William B. Conner Jr. After a two-year battle with cancer, Conner died last week at the age of 64, surrounded by loved ones.

He was named president and CEO of CAPA in July 2002. In his more than 14 years in that role, he pioneered the implementation of a shared service business model at CAPA, an innovative concept in the arts industry that garnered nationwide attention. As such, CAPA provides personalized back office services to local arts organizations in areas such as marketing, publicity, ticketing, finance, human resources, IT, management, operations, and development per each organization’s needs.

Current organizations utilizing CAPA’s shared services include the Columbus Symphony, CATCO, Drexel Theatre, Franklin Park Conservatory, McCoy Center for the Arts, Lincoln Theatre Association, and Opera Columbus. He also expanded CAPA’s agreement with Broadway Across America in 2009, making CAPA a partner in all Broadway in Columbus presentations.

Under Conner’s tenure, CAPA also helmed the $13.9 million renovation of the Lincoln Theatre (reopened in 2009) and $2.5 million renovation of the Drexel Theatre (reopened in 2016). After being approached by the City of Columbus in 2009, Conner also took on production of Festival Latino.

CAPA grieves the loss of not only a great leader, but a great friend. We join in the family’s heartache at his loss, but also celebrate his generous spirit, exuberant character, and kind heart. We are a better organization, and better people, for having known him.

Bill Conner

To read more about Bill Conner, here is an article from The Columbus Dispatch.

 

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