Arts Consulting Group Appoints Victor Gotesman as Vice President in Portland
Career arts administrator Victor Gotesman joins ACG to lead
Facilities & Program Planning practice.
BOSTON — Arts Consulting Group (ACG), the leading provider of hands-on management consulting services to the arts and culture industry, today announced that Victor Gotesman has joined the firm as Vice President to lead the Facilities & Program Planning practice. Based in ACG’s Portland office, Mr. Gotesman brings more than 40 years of experience working in the performing arts. He has held leadership positions at an array of nonprofit cultural organizations and government agencies, as well as executive roles with theater consulting and planning firms, overseeing some of America’s most important cultural facilities projects.
Most recently, Mr. Gotesman was the Executive Director of ODC in San Francisco, where he was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s $5.7 million budget. Prior to joining ODC, he was the President and Principal-in-Charge of major feasibility studies and planning projects at Theater Projects Consultants (TPC). While at TPC, he managed the firm’s business development and acted as lead consultant on numerous projects, including facility redevelopment master plans, cultural facility studies and program plans, and new performing arts center market feasibility studies. His clients included the City of Dallas, Kodak (Dolby) Theater in Los Angeles, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Previously, Mr. Gotesman was Managing Director of Jaffe Holden Acoustics, overseeing the firm’s operation and business development. He later co-founded The Center for Creative Resources, Inc. (CCR), which provided consulting services in arts management, marketing, and fundraising to artists and arts organizations in the New York region. Serving as President, he was contracted by The New York Times to develop and implement an operating business plan for the Times Center, a 378-seat venue within its Times Square headquarters. The three-year contract included implementation of the business plan and full management of the Times Center during its first year of operation.
In making the announcement, ACG President Bruce D. Thibodeau said, “We are honored to add Victor Gotesman to the ACG team and to have a leader of his caliber oversee the firm’s Facilities & Program Planning practice. His wealth of knowledge in all aspects of performing arts and cultural facility planning – from feasibility studies to program development and implementation – will be invaluable to our clients. We are confident that his experience and skills will continue to build upon the practice area and the firm at-large.”
“I am incredibly proud to join the ACG team,” said Mr. Gotesman. After more than 40 years of working in the performing arts sector, I have gained valuable experience in all aspects of facilities development and organizational sustainability. The opportunity to impart that wisdom will be very rewarding, and it is both an honor and a privilege to join the multi-talented team at ACG.”
Prior to becoming a consultant, Mr. Gotesman was hired as the first Executive Director of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, where he opened and led the organization for its first five years of operation. He developed dynamic programming in the competitive Southern California market and created the Center’s infrastructure, policies, and organizational design. The Cerritos Center was recognized nationally by Performance Magazine as the top venue under 3,000 seats for its overall earned revenue in 1995. Mr. Gotesman previously held executive positions at performing arts centers throughout the United States, including Director of Programming for the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Program Manager Consultant at the University of Montana; and Director Marketing at the University of Nebraska.
Mr. Gotesman holds a master of fine arts in arts administration from the University of Iowa and a bachelor of arts in music from the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music.