Oct 23 , 2019

VWAPAF Announces The Retirement of Box Office Director Jerry Beard

The Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation announces the retirement of revered Box Office Director, Jerry Beard. Jerry has been with the organization since its inception and was the first official Volunteer at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Jerry has been a vital part of the dynamic growth of the performing arts in Van Wert through his exceptional quality of customer care. VWAPAF Board Chairman, Gary Taylor shares, "Jerry has not only been an accomplished professional as Box Office Manager, but he has also been an inspiring friend. He always has a smile on his face and leaves people better than he found them. Jerry will be missed by the Board and all of our patrons."

Jerry's leadership in the NPAC Box Office has paved the way for engaging an audience base that is 35% from Van Wert County and 65% from the Northwest Ohio region and beyond. Jerry has developed quality patron relationships throughout the course of his career with the NPAC. "So many of our patrons interact with Jerry for ticket purchases and seat selections. For years, Jerry has been the face of guest relations. He is one of the best reasons that the Niswonger is so often lauded for customer care," adds VWAPAF Co-Chairman Kevin Laing.

Jerry plans to retire at the end of the year on December 31 and looks forward to spending quality time with his family and friends. Tafi Stober, VWAPAF Director shares, "Jerry Beard is the essence of the NPAC brand. He is often the first voice that patrons hear and the first face that they see. His dedication to ensuring individualized customer care is truly the hallmark of his success. Everyone knows Jerry for all the right reasons. He takes the time to care about people. Jerry Beard will be greatly missed as he is dearly respected by our customers and the VWAPAF Board and Staff. We applaud his years of service to the arts and his contributions that helped make the vision of the performing arts in Van Wert a reality."

An open reception of recognition for Jerry Beard will be held in the Van Wert Federal Grand Lobby of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 15 from 4:30 - 6:30 P, prior to the Midtown Men Christmas concert. This will be a grand night of musical celebration that pays honor to a Box Office Director who has made great impact.

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