Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum names William W. Rowley new Board Chairman and announces new members of Board of Trustees

CLEVELAND (October 12, 2010) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce that William W. Rowley has been named Chairman of the Board. In addition to Rowley, 11 new members have been appointed to the Board of Trustees:  Ronald Berkman, Anne Doris, Rona Elliot, Gordon Gee, Rochelle Gross, Jon J. Pinney, Neil Sethi, Michael D. Siegal, Jaime Siegel, John Sinnenberg, and Bryan Wiedmeier.

Rowley and the Cleveland Rock and Roll, Inc. Board will guide the Rock Hall through a number of key initiatives. The Museum is undergoing a major redesign of its interior and exhibit space, and opening a Library and Archives to the public in conjunction with Cuyahoga Community College, all made possible by funds from a $35 million Capital Campaign. Additionally, the Museum will host the 2012 Inductions in Cleveland. These advances will allow the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to continue its mission of preserving the rock and roll art form and serving as an economic engine for Northeast Ohio. Relating to the latter aspect, the Rock Hall has an annual economic impact of $107 million in Northeast Ohio, with hundreds of thousands of visitors coming from all 50 states and 100 countries to experience the Museum.

 "The Rock Hall is experiencing an exciting wave of momentum, one we’ll leverage to its greatest advantage with these stellar additions to our Board,” said Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. "We have recruited some of the country's most strategic and talented executives and I am looking forward to working with this exceptional group of people."

*William W. Rowley is President and Owner of Mercury Plastics, Inc., Middlefield, Ohio.  Mercury Plastics is a leader in custom thermoplastic extrusions, fabrication and assembly. Rowley graduated from Miami University and while at Mercury graduated from Harvard Business School’s Owner President Management (OPM) program. Bill serves on many boards (both businesses and non-profits), and is the Chairman and Founder of Healthnetwork Foundation (HNW).  HNW is a non-profit, confidential networking resource that gets members access to the world’s top medical facilities. Healthnetwork provides significant support to medical research. Rowley led the committee that brought the Induction Ceremony to Cleveland in 2009, and will serve in the same capacity when the 2012 Induction Ceremony returns to Cleveland.

*Ronald Berkman
has been the President of Cleveland State University (CSU) since 2009 and prior to CSU spent 12 years at Florida International University. Berkman received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has taught at some of the top educational institutions in the country. As a commentator on urban and public affairs, he has frequently appeared on CNN and other major television and radio networks. Berkman has authored, co-authored or co-edited five books and numerous articles on municipal government, public policy, economic development, community development, and crime and corrections policy.

*Anne Doris is a 22-year veteran of the cable television and broadband industry. She is currently the Vice President and General Manager for Cox Communications in Cleveland, Ohio and previously held a similar position at Cox Communications, Inc. in Southern Arizona.  In 2004, 2005, and 2006, Doris was named one of the most influential minorities in the cable industry by CableWorld.  She is actively involved in the community in Cleveland and served on a number of boards in Arizona.  Doris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from City College of New York and an M.B.A. from Long Island University.

*Rona Elliot
is an influential rock journalist/editor who has covered events like the original Woodstock, the first Live Aid concert and Billy Joel in the USSR. As VH1’s first news anchor and more than a decade on air as the Today Show’s music correspondent, Elliot has been an eyewitness to and an active participant in rock and roll history over and over. She is also active in music education, wrote for USA Today about American Idol, and conducts interviews for the Grammy Living Legends Foundation.

*Gordon Gee
is among the most highly experienced and respected university presidents in the country.  He is currently President of The Ohio State University and has held multiple positions in academia including Chancellor of Vanderbilt University and President of Brown University. Gee graduated with honors from the University of Utah and earned J.D. and Ed.D. degrees from Columbia University.  He is active in a variety of national professional and service organizations and is the author and co-author of numerous publications on law and education.

*Rochelle Gross is currently serving on the Parent Council at Miami University and the Community Planning Committee at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Gross is on the Board of Trustees at Bellefaire and is a life trustee at Agnon School. Gross received her Bachelor of Science in Education from The Ohio State University and her Masters in Counseling and Guidance from John Carroll University.

*Jon J. Pinney is a corporate lawyer and business litigator. As a Partner at Kohrman Jackson and Krantz PLL he represents corporations, government entities, foundations, franchises and non-profit entities.  Super Lawyers Magazine, which ranks the top attorneys in Ohio, has consistently named him as a “Rising Star.”  Pinney earned his Bachelor of Science from John Carroll University  and his J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law.  

*Neil Sethi has a diverse background in business development across multiple industries and currently serves as the President of Transtar Distribution Group at Transtar Industries, Inc, the leading global distributor of transmission parts for the automotive aftermarket repair industry.  Sethi is very involved with numerous community and philanthropic commitments.  He also enjoys music and has composed over 100 original pieces across multiple genres including rock, jazz, electronic, and fusion.

*Michael D. Siegal is Chairman and CEO of Olympic Steel and is consistently recognized as a national expert in the steel industry. He has received several business awards including Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Inside Business’ Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame. Siegal is a frequent industry and university lecturer speaking on business topics including industry trends in steel distribution, transforming and transitioning family businesses, initial public offerings and. He received his Bachelor of Science from Miami University.

*Jaime Siegel is the Senior Intellectual Property Counsel for Sony Corporation of America. He has extensive experience with commercializing intellectual property and licensing technology and has negotiated significant numbers of licensing arrangements. Prior to joining Sony 12 years ago, Siegel was an IP litigation associate and holds a J.D. and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. Siegel is regularly invited to speak at and chair legal and licensing professional meetings on the subjects of international strategic alliances, licensing practices, and patent pools.

*John Sinnenberg
is the CEO of Key Principal Partners, and co-founded Key Mezzanine Capital Fund I, L.P., the predecessor group to Key Principal Partners. Prior thereto, Sinnenberg founded Regis Capital Partners, L.P. and worked at Barclays Group where he co-founded BZW’s Mezzanine Capital Group. Sinnenberg earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.  

* Bryan Wiedmeier is Executive Vice President, Business Operations for the Cleveland Browns.  Wiedmeier is a veteran of 29 NFL seasons, including a pair of Super Bowl appearances, until now all with Miami. He served in myriad roles during his tenure with the Dolphins, including President and COO from 2006-08, and his experience includes business operations, football administration and labor.Wiedmeier earned his J.D. from the University of Miami and his Bachelor of Arts from Carroll College in Montana. 
 
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

 The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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