In just one week the residents of Warren will have the opportunity to bring new, experienced and proven leadership to Watchung Hills Regional High School Board (WHRHS) of Education. This is what I intend to do with your support and your vote on November 5th.
In order for the citizens to make an informed decision regarding which candidate to support I have committed to posting a new position statement each week leading up to the election.
My priorities include:
· High Quality, Well Rounded Education for EVERY Student
· Open Communication and Transparency
· Fiscal Responsibility, Accountability and Integrity
This week I will share my professional background and accomplishments to support my track record of proven leadership in business and education as well as my deep board experience.
My twenty-five years as a senior executive, including twenty years as the CEO level provides a window into my success as a leader.
I currently serve as the CEO of Quadrant Research, a Warren based nationally recognized research and business intelligence company I started in 2009. Quadrant Research works with businesses in the culture, commerce and education sectors. Our clients include major corporations (Yamaha, Crayola), State Departments of Education (New Jersey, Ohio, Arizona, New Hampshire, Michigan, Minnesota), Cultural Agencies (New Jersey, Wisconsin, District of Columbia), and non-profits (Newark Trust for Education).
For the past seven years I served as Chairman of the Board for MakeMusic, Inc., the global leader in music notation and music software. MakeMusic is best known for their Finale and SmartMusic software. The company was publicly traded until we led a successful effort to sell the company and take it private in a $24 million transaction.
From 1998 through 2003, I was a senior executive at Viacom working at the VH1 cable network as the Vice President of Public Affairs and an executive in charge or producer of programs like: VH1 Divas Live Series, The Concert of the Century and The Concert for New York City.
Earlier in my career I was a senior executive for Pearl Corporation, helping to build the company into the global leader in drum sets and percussion and then served as the Director of Market Development for the global music products industry (NAMM) and was the CEO of the American Music Conference (AMC), the music industries public relations non-profit.
I have a long track record of starting or building a few of the most significant non-profits serving music education.
In 1996, I worked with Michael Kamen and Richard Dreyfuss to create a foundation to support a film they were working on. The new foundation was The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. Seventeen years later this foundation continues to serve the needs of at risk youth.
In 1997, I worked with VH1 (the cable network in the MTV Networks family) President John Sykes on a new project called VH1 Save the Music. In 1998, I was recruited to join VH1 and formalize VH1 Save the Music as a stand alone non-profit, serve as the CEO and build the organization from $100,000 in revenue to $5.5 million in revenue while restoring music programs in more than 1000 schools in 80 cities directly benefiting more than 500,000 students.
In 2003, after building non-profits for others, my family and I started the Music for All Foundation in our family room here in Warren. We grew Music for All for three years and then merged with another non-profit in late 2006 moving our corporate headquarters in downtown Indianapolis. Today, Music for All serves more than 100,000 students annually with programs, has event attendance of 300,000 people with an annual operating budget of more than $7 million. I remain on the Board of Directors as Founder and Chairman Emeritus.
Board Leadership and Industry Associations.
I have served on the board of directors for several organizations, colleges and non-profits. The partial list includes: The Berklee College of Music, The National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Cable Television Association for Marketing (CTAM) the Music Industry Council, Little Kids Rock, MakeMusic Inc, and the American Music Conference. With many of these organizations I have served on various board committees including audit, governance, compensation, strategy, strategic planning and two presidential search committees. Board Governance is a key responsibility for any Board of Education. My experience in this area will serve our community well.
Success Recognized by Others
During the course of my career my work and service has received many national awards, honors and recognition. The highlights include:
American Red Cross Motherland Award
The highest honor awarded by the American Red Cross in gratitude “for your proactive and immediate response following the September 11th tragedies, creating and generously disseminating public service announcements (PSAs) featuring celebrities to national and local media outlets nationwide had a direct impact on our ability to serve those in need.”
Honorary Doctorate of Humanities Degree (State University of New York)
Honored for lifetime commitment to advancing education.
Primetime Emmy Award - "Governors Award" (Academy of Television Arts and Sciences)
The Governors Award honors the achievements of an individual, company or organization whose works stand out with the immediacy of current achievement. It is the highest award presented by the Television Academy.
The Peabody Award
The George Foster Peabody Awards (Peabody Awards) recognize distinguished and meritorious public service by radio and television stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals. Reflecting excellence in quality rather than popularity or commercial success, the Peabody is the industry’s most competitive honor.
Summit Award (American Society of Association Executives)
The Summit Award recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary contributions associations make to society.
A Track Record of Success for Watchung Hills
One way to measure success of any individual is to see how organizations succeed once the individual leaves and any peer recognition received. In every case, I left each organization better, stronger, and more financially secure than when I arrived. In every instance these organizations continue to thrive as the industry leaders in each of their fields today. In most instances my peers have recognized my service and industry contributions.
This is the background of proven leadership, board experience, business accomplishment and peer recognition I would bring to the Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education.
To do so, I will need your vote.
Please Vote Bob Morrison on November 5th!
For more information go to http://www.votebobmorrison.com
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