AMES, IA – Sharon Cummins announced her plans to retire as the Executive Director of the U.S. Cellular Center, Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids Ice Arena and McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids, IA later this year. Cummins’ decision to retire will close a remarkable career of 30 years in public assembly management.
“On July 7, 2017 I will celebrate my 30th year in the public assembly management industry,” said Cummins. “Never would I have thought 30 years ago when I answered an ad for the City of Cedar Rapids looking for an Administrative Assistant at the Five Seasons Center what an exciting career I would have in this business. I have met incredible people, had the pleasure of working with great mentors and feel that I have made a positive contribution to the varied tasks that I have undertaken. I am now ready for the next adventure in my life. Ron and I plan to travel the country, spend time with family and friends and just see what lies ahead.”
In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the U.S. Cellular Center, Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids Ice Arena and McGrath Amphitheatre during two time frames, Cummins also spent seven years working as the National Director of Planning and Development at VenuWorks’ corporate office.
“Sharon Cummins has been a strong leader for our company. I am grateful for her innumerable contributions to the Cedar Rapids managed-venues and her distinguished tenure with VenuWorks,” said Steve Peters, President of VenuWorks.
Associate Executive Director Mike Silva will succeed Cummins at the helm effective July 1, 2017.
“It is truly an honor to succeed Sharon as the next Executive Director in Cedar Rapids,” said Silva. “It has been a pleasure to work directly with Sharon. She has guided us with her leadership, integrity, and commitment to our community. I look forward to leading the team with this legacy of excellence.”
“Mike has garnered a vast understanding of the Cedar Rapids market while working as Associate Executive Director. I am confident he is the right leader and look forward to our continued success in Cedar Rapids,” said Peters.