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Bravo! Names New Chair

Craig J. Foley has been named Chair-Elect of the Bravo! Vail Board of Trustees. Foley will succeed Russell Molina as Board Chair on September 30th at the institution’s annual meeting of its Board of Trustees.

Foley was a founding investor in Chancellor Capital Management (now INVESCO Private Capital) and served as a member of its Board of Directors. At Chancellor, he headed the Venture Capital Group, which he established in 1982. Prior to Chancellor, he was affiliated with major New York banking and investment firms.

Foley was an early or lead investor in Starbucks, COSTCO, Staples, PetSmart, Gadzooks, Noah’s Bagels, JAMBA Juice, and The White House/Black Market (acquired by Chico’s). He has served as a Director of various private and public companies and was a fifteen-year member the Starbucks Corporation Board of Directors. Foley graduated from Kenyon College, and served as a Trustee of the Bronxville Board of Education and as a Trustee of Kenyon College. He was a founding Director of Roundup River Ranch and served as Board Chair. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Walking Mountains Science Center. He is a full time resident of Cordillera, Colorado.

“I am honored to serve Bravo! Vail at this incredibly exciting period in its storied history. I plan to continue Russell’s good work and highly strategic approach, all in the greater service of our community”, said Craig J. Foley.

“We at Bravo! Vail are excited to welcome Craig as our new Chair. He brings wisdom, practical experience at the highest level, and a keen understanding of governance, which will benefit us greatly”, said James W. Palermo, Bravo! Vail’s President & Executive Director.

During Russell Molina’s tenure, Bravo! Vail experienced a period of unprecedented artistic and institutional growth. New programs and services include Bravo! Vail After Dark, where classical music is performed in new and unusual spaces. The Vail Ale House and Crazy Mountain Brewing Company in Edwards were location partners for the series in 2014. In addition, highlights of the 2014 season included a collaboration with Walking Mountains Science Center, enhanced numbers of free community engagement performances at the Vail Interfaith Chapel, the Edwards Interfaith Chapel, two new performances in Avon’s Nottingham Park, and the institution’s first ever film with live orchestra accompaniment, Disney’s Fantasia with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Behind the scenes, 2014 was also a busy year at Bravo! Vail. The institution spent the last year formulating an exciting new Strategic Plan, updating its Bylaws, internal operating procedures and institutional procedures, and developing Committee Charters, in service of the community.

Bravo! Vail’s 2014 season was among its most successful ever. Record-breaking fundraising and ticket sales figures indicate an increasing appreciation for the beloved Colorado music festival’s programs and services.

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