He knew everything anyone wanted
to know about THE ELLIE.
he was always there to tell the story. A principal with Semple
Brown Design in charge of communications and business development
for the architectural firm, CHRIS WINEMAN became the public
face for the opera house as the Auditorium renovation project
progressed from dream to reality.
He met with Denver's arts groups to
help move the project up the city's priority list, presented
the project to numerous community and political groups to get
it on the ballot and eventually passed by the citizens.
During the construction phase, Chris
led at least 60 hard-hat tours of the facility that included
various donor groups, members of the press, and other interested
parties. These, together with his effective presentations, built
a groundswell of interest and support that helped the opera
and ballet companies to raise needed funds and enabled the City
of Denver to attract additional private funding for the historic
exterior renovation and the completion of such functional interior
spaces as the Chambers-Grant Salon.
Chris Wineman was a superb spokesman
for The Ellie. He delivered - with good humor, elegant
precision, cheerful enthusiasm and a naturally understated style
that invited confidence and commitment, as he helped the public
better understand the role of the arts in the community and
the positive impact a new state-of-the-art opera house would
have on Denver's ranking as a world-class cultural destination.
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