Keeper of the Vision – Culture in Las Vegas
Dr. Katrina Burrus, MCC interviews Myron G. Martin, President and CEO of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, NV. Katrina asks Myron what was his biggest change on his journey to success?
- What do you attribute your success in making the Smith Center what it is today?
- What would you say is your biggest professional challenge today?
- What is your biggest personal challenge as a leader today?
- How do you see the Smith Center evolving in the next 5 to 10 years?
- If Europeans come to Las Vegas, they often think of Las Vegas as the gambling center, what would you say to them about performing arts in Las Vegas?
Myron G. Martin, President and CEO, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Las Vegas, NV brings the world’s most revered and celebrated entertainers to Las Vegas. Martin has a rich history in the performing arts business. He has produced and presented a variety of well-regarded shows including first-run touring attractions and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance.
Part of the team that first imagined how a world-class performing arts center could change the community, Martin was chosen to oversee design, construction, fundraising and operations of The Smith Center. As president and CEO, he has been called the “keeper of the vision” for The Smith Center, which has been heralded as the Heart of the Arts® in Southern Nevada.
In addition to his responsibilities at The Smith Center, Martin pursues other creative endeavors. Currently, Martin serves as the chairman of The National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York as well as a Governor-appointed commissioner for Nevada’s Sesquicentennial Commission. He is an Emmy Award-nominee for producing the Vegas PBS special “Frank Wildhorn & Friends.” Martin holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of North Texas, and an MBA from Golden Gate University.
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