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Tom Botelho Appointed Executive Director of the Denver Film Society
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The Board of
Directors of the Denver Film Society (DFS) announced that Tom Botelho has been
appointed executive director of the Society effective immediately. Botelho returns to the position he held on an
interim basis for six months in 2008. He
also served as a member of the board of directors of DFS for 12 years,
including one term as board chairman in 2003.
absolutely thrilled that Tom has returned to the Denver Film Society to lead
our organization in the coming years,” said David Charmatz, chairman of the DFS
Board of Directors. “He served us with
great skill and accomplishment as our interim director and brings a wealth of
experience, energy and vision to his new position as the permanent executive
30-year veteran of the advertising industry, began his career in Los Angeles at BBDO
International. With additional industry
experience gained in Chicago, he came to Denver in 1984 to join
local advertising leader, Tracy-Locke/BBDO where he served as vice president of
account service on the $26 million Mountain Bell account. In 1988, he teamed with four other partners
at Thomas & Perkins to build the agency to $45 million in annual billings.
Post hired Botelho in 1996 to lead the newspaper’s marketing efforts during the
intense battle for market dominance with the Rocky Mountain News. Six years later, Botelho became the Denver
Newspaper Agency’s senior vice president of Brand Marketing.
record of innovation in both business and philanthropy is exactly what our
organization needs as we confront a challenging economy,” said Charmatz.
worked with some of the largest companies in Los Angeles,
Chicago and Denver developing advertising and marketing
campaigns and has considerable experience in repositioning companies and
organizations for future growth. At the Denver Newspaper Agency, Botelho also
led the sports sponsorship division that generated more than $8 million in
revenues through partnerships with all of Denver’s
professional sports teams.
“Coming back to the Denver Film
Society is a tremendous honor and opportunity for me,” said Botelho. “This organization has a 32-year track record
for producing industry-renowned film festivals, exceptional programming at the
Starz FilmCenter and innovative educational offerings. And, looking ahead to the 32nd Starz Denver Film Festival, we’re preparing to deliver one of the strongest
programming lineups in years, including a focus on Mexican cinema
featuring emerging fimmakers.
“In today’s economic climate, the
challenge is to keep moving forward and expand programming while also
generating incremental revenue associated with these new initiatives,” said
Botelho was appointed a Commissioner for the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs
where he chaired the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts committee for
two years. He is also a member of the
board of directors of Concerts for Kids and has previously served on the boards
of the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau and United Way.
graduate of the University of Southern California, Botelho acquired a master’s
degree in Journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern
University in 1981. He is married with three children.