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Governor Steve Beshear Makes Four Appointments to the Kentucky Center Board of Directors 

Louisville, Ky. — July 14, 2010 —

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts announced today that Governor Steve Beshear has named Ceci Conway Boden, Daniel E. Woodside, Mary R. Nixon and Marion C. Forcht to The Kentucky Center’s Board of Directors. 

Ceci Conway Boden provides strategic planning, marketing and public relations services to a number of Louisville-based clients including Chrysalis Ventures, Greater Louisville Inc., IMC Licensing and the Speed Art Museum. Prior to starting her own marketing and strategic planning consulting business, she worked for Tricon Restaurants International (now YUM! Restaurants International) for ten years, marketing KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell products around the globe, primarily in Asia. She led fully-integrated major consumer promotion initiatives like Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and kids meals initiatives with Warner Bros. A native of Louisville, she received a B.A. from Princeton University. She served on the Kentucky Center Endowment Board from 2001-2010, serving as chair 2007-2010.

Dan Woodside was appointed the first president and CEO of Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, LLC (UFPC) in March 1999, serving all corporate- and franchise-owned A&W, KFC, Long John Silver’s, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in the United States. Prior to this, Dan was president of EMCO Food Service Systems for six years, and then, following EMCO’s merger with ComSource Independent Food Distribution in 1997, he was Chief Operating Officer of the newly-formed UniPro Foodservice, Inc., located in Atlanta, Georgia. Before that, Dan served in numerous sales and marketing positions with General Foods Corporation for 21 years. Throughout his career, he has been involved in numerous foodservice organizations and has been a featured speaker at many foodservice and food industry events. Dan is a graduate of the University of Washington. He served on the Kentucky Center Endowment Board from 2002-2010.

Mary R. Nixon is Vice President, Tax and Internal Audit, for Yum! Brand, Inc. She began her career there as Controller for KFC in 1996, and then joined Yum! Brands, KFC’s holding company, as Vice President of Shared Services, USA Controller and Vice President, Internal Audit until reaching her current position.  Prior to that, she held various positions at PNC Bank, and worked for nine years with Ernst & Young’s Louisville office. Her community activities include service with Metro United Way, Louisville Ballet, Junior Achievement, Leadership Louisville, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Home of the Innocents and the Kentucky Derby Host program. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and serves on the WKU Board of Advisors and Foundation Board.

Marion Forcht is controlling co-owner of Forcht Group of Kentucky and a native of Louisville. She is a graduate of Atherton High School and the University of Louisville. In addition to her role as co-owner of Forcht Group of Kentucky and Forcht Bank, N.A., Mrs. Forcht also serves as controlling owner and president of Forcht Insurance Agency, Inc., a position she has held since 1983. As an active member of her community, she has been involved with numerous charities and organizations, including the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter, The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation at the University of Kentucky and is a board member of the Kentucky Hemophilia Association. She was appointed to the Historic Properties Commission, serves as a trustee and member of Grace on the Hill Methodist Church in Corbin and has been a member of the Republican Women’s Club since 1965. In 2008 she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of the Cumberlands.

Stephen Klein, President of The Kentucky Center, is delighted with the announcement. “The strengths of our new Board Members encompass the worlds of business, community service and the arts. They will each be an excellent addition, and together they will help The Kentucky Center continue to fulfill its statewide mission as the Commonwealth’s premiere performing arts center.”

The terms of the new Board Members expire in April 2014.




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