Ruth Eckerd Hall CEO Retires

Zev Buffman led Clearwater, Fla., theater in recent expansion efforts

  • by Brad Weissberg
  • Published: October 10, 2018

Zev_Buffman_200x145.jpgZev Buffman.

Zev Buffman has retired as president and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fla.

Buffman held the position for seven years. His contributions to the Florida venue included the major expansion now underway, new opportunities at Coachman Park and the reopening of the Capitol Theatre.

In 2012, Buffman was instrumental in launching The Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project, a tuition-free, annual four-week program that offers 20 to 30 talented youths from across the Tampa Bay region the chance to engage in musical workshops, songwriting courses and mentoring sessions and to record original material that they’ve written. More than 100 students have participated in the program over the past six years.

During Buffman’s tenure, Ruth Eckerd Hall experienced record-breaking ticket sales. The venue was ranked #6 among theaters in the world by Pollstar this year.

Susan Crockett, the facility's chief operating officer, has taken over as interim president. She will work with oversight by the board of directors, led by Chair Jana Jones. The board is forming a search committee to identify a replacement for Buffman.

 

  • by Brad Weissberg
  • Published: October 10, 2018