Audience Rewards is the product of an unprecedented alliance between Broadway’s leading theatre owners and presenters across America. It marks the first-ever marketing alliance between the Nederlander Organization, Shubert Organization and Jujamcyn Theaters, as well as the Independent Presenters Network and Broadway Across America.
Board of Directors and Management
James L. Nederlander
President, Nederlander Producing Company of America Show/Hide
James L. Nederlander is the President of the Nederlander Organization and the son of James M. Nederlander (Chairman). He is the third generation of a family known for owning and operating theatres around the world, and for producing theatre, cultural presentations and popular music attractions. Mr. Nederlander’s most recent producing credits include Grease, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out, Fiddler on the Roof
starring Harvey Fierstein and Rosie O’Donnell, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Legally Blonde
and Cyrano de Bergerac
. He has also produced Billy Joel, U2, and Pink Floyd at Yankee Stadium.
Mr. Nederlander serves on the Board of Directors of many organizations including the ASPCA, The Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum, NYC & Co., the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Broadway League and The Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York.
Executive Vice President, Nederlander Organization Show/Hide
Nick Scandalios is the Executive Vice President of the Nederlander Organization, one of the largest owners of legitimate theatres in the world, as well as one of the largest theatrical producing organizations in North America. He serves on the Executive Committee of The Broadway League and on the Board of Trustees for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year marks his 21st anniversary with the Nederlander Organization.
The Nederlander family owns or operates theatres in New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; San Diego, CA; Tucson, AZ; North Charleston, SC; Durham, NC and London, England. The Nederlander Organization is currently represented on Broadway by the following productions: The Addams Family, WICKED, Disney’s The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and Million Dollar Quartet.
Co-CEO, President, Shubert Organization Show/Hide
Robert E. Wankel is President of The Shubert Organization, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer of The Shubert Foundation, Inc. Mr. Wankel’s responsibilities include overseeing Shubert’s financial operations, commercial real estate, Facilities Department, Shubert Ticketing Services and Telecharge.com®.
Mr. Wankel is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of The Broadway League. He is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the Times Square Alliance. In addition, he is Chairman Emeritus and Trustee of the Board of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as an Officer and Director of The Actors Studio.
Mr. Wankel received his BBA from St. John’s University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and spent several years with a national accounting firm before joining The Shubert Organization in 1975.
CEO, Broadway Across America Show/Hide
Miles Wilkin began his executive career as President, CEO and Founder of Pace Theatrical Group, Inc., where from 1982 - 1992 he created the network that has become Broadway Across America, known today as the single most significant component of North American touring theatre. He served as the President and CEO of Pace Entertainment Company (parent company) from 1992 - 1996. Pace Theatrical Group was acquired and became SFX Theatrical Group where he served as Chairman and CEO from 1996 - 2000. Clear Channel Entertainment acquired this company in 2000 and Mr. Wilkin crossed the Atlantic to become CEO of Clear Channel Entertainment Europe from 2000 - 2003. He returned to New York to serve as Executive Vice President of Clear Channel Entertainment from October 2003 - September 2004 and COO from September 2004 - September 2005. Mr. Wilkin received a Lifetime Acheivement Award from the League of American Theatres and Producers/The Broadway League and has won six Tony Awards as a producer.
Senior Vice President of Shubert Ticketing, Shubert Organization Show/Hide
David Andrews is the Senior Vice President of Shubert Ticketing, the division of the Shubert Organization responsible for the sale of the majority of Broadway tickets each year. His responsibilities include strategic and technological planning; consumer ticket sales through phone, Internet, box office, and remote outlets; group sales and wholesale travel partnerships; software development; revenue management; new client acquisition; and corporate partnerships and sponsorships.
Susan E. Lee
Chief Marketing Officer, Nederlander Producing Company of America Show/Hide
Susan E. Lee oversees new business partnerships and marketing for the Nederlander Producing Company of America as Chief Marketing Officer. Previously she managed the marketing services division for Serino Coyne, where she developed Visa’s sponsorship of Movin’ Out
on Broadway, on tour and in Japan, as well as launched Season of Savings and Tuesdays at 7. She is the founder of Camp Broadway®, a national theatre arts program and ShowTrans®, an audio service providing multilingual commentary for non-English speaking audiences attending Broadway shows.
Susan helped introduce sponsorship marketing to Broadway during her tenure as Director of Marketing at The League of American Theatres and Producers (now The Broadway League), where she launched Broadway on Broadway, The Broadway Line and the National Touring Theatre Council. Prior to joining The League, Susan was the national press representative for Yul Brynner’s Farewell Tour of The King and I, Arsenic and Old Lace starring Jean Stapleton and Macbeth starring Glenda Jackson and Christopher Plummer. She is a member of The Association of Press Agents and Managers.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Advertising Week and the Broadway Industry Marketing Committee.
Vice President of Marketing, Shubert Organization Show/Hide
Charles Flateman is Vice President of Marketing at the Shubert Organization, with a particular focus on developing marketing partnerships and distribution channels for Broadway, Off-Broadway and Shubert Ticketing's clients nationwide. Before coming to Shubert, Charlie was co-founder of Broadway Inbound, which provides the connection between Broadway's primary ticketing entities and global online travel distributors. Earlier in his career, Charlie was President of Gray Line New York for 15 years.
Executive Vice President and Producing Director, Jujamcyn Theaters Show/Hide
Paul Libin, who joined Jujamcyn Theaters as Producing Director in 1990, began his professional career in the theatre as an actor. Since then, he has worked as a director, lighting designer, technical director, stage manager, managing director, general manager and company manager. He produced his first play in New York in 1958 and to date has produced more than 250 shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and on tour.
The recipient of many awards, including seven Tony® Awards, Mr. Libin also serves as the newly elected Vice Chair of The Broadway League, a member of the Tony Award Management Committee, and President of the Circle in the Square Theatre School. He was the Producing Director of Circle in the Square Theatre for twenty-seven years and served as President of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres for thirty years. He is currently President of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; a trustee of The Actors' Fund, Actors' Equity Pension Fund, and Treasurers' Pension Fund; an Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts at Columbia University; and Vice President, Producing Director, and part owner of Jujamcyn Theaters. In 2003 he was awarded the Eugene O'Neill Medallion and in 2004 he received the Eugene O'Neill Foundation Tao House Award.
President, North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (IPN) Show/Hide
Tom has been President of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center since 2003. The Center is one of the leading presenters of performing arts in the southeast, typically ranking in the top 15 performing arts centers in North America. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Independent Presenters Network (IPN). He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Broadway League, serves on the League’s Finance, Marketing and Industry Committees and co-chairs two of the annual Road conferences. He has been a co-producer/investor of productions on Broadway, national tours and London's West End, including Monty Python’s Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Color Purple, Dirty Dancing, Little Women, The Full Monty, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands and The Car Man, Bombay Dreams, Flower Drum Song, Man of La Mancha, Gone with the Wind, A Catered Affair, and 9 to 5, plus Off-Broadway’s Basic Training. Tom was the founding Managing Director of Pepperdine University’s Center for the Arts in Malibu, Assistant to the Director at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts in Arizona, and Executive Director of both the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Denver and the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay.
Managing Partner, OLSONdenalî Show/Hide
Mark has over 20 years experience in marketing and management specializing in loyalty marketing. Most recently, Mark was co-founder and CEO of MilePoint Worldwide, an online loyalty application service provider located in Minneapolis. In 2004, MilePoint was sold to Toronto-based Points International. Prior to MilePoint, Mark was co-founder and CEO of The Lacek Group, a global loyalty marketing agency with offices in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, and Sydney, Australia. In 2000, The Lacek Group became a subsidiary of Ogilvy One. His work at The Lacek Group earned him honors as Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Midwest Region in 1998. Prior to his time at The Lacek Group, Mark was the Director of Marketing for Northwest Airlines where he was responsible for the WorldPerks Program, Northwest's frequent flyer program. Currently, Mark is co-founder and Chairman of Faith’s Lodge, which recently opened a $2.5M and 12,000-square-foot facility in Northern Wisconsin as a sanctuary for families with children experiencing serious pediatric illnesses or families who have lost a child. Mark and his wife Susan lost their first child, Faith Ann, at birth in 2000. Faith’s Lodge was built in her memory.
Chief Executive Officer and President, Audience Rewards Show/Hide
Josh Lesnick is the CEO and President of Audience Rewards responsible for the day to day operations and strategic planning of the company. He is a recognized loyalty marketing executive with 20 years of hospitality experience. Prior to Audience Rewards, Josh held several executive leadership positions at Starwood Hotels and Resorts including Vice President of Hotel Marketing and Vice President of Worldwide Loyalty Marketing. While at Starwood, Josh led the development and roll-out of the award-winning Starwood Preferred Guest program which received numerous industry honors including being named the #1 Hotel Loyalty Program for six consecutive years. Prior to Starwood, Josh worked for ITT Sheraton and was responsible for the marketing and operations of the company’s loyalty and partner marketing efforts. Earlier in his career, he also held several key marketing positions at Hyatt Hotels Corporation and designed the first desk lamp with a built-in power plug to prevent travelers from crawling under beds and desks. Josh is a graduate of Cornell University.
- Josh Lesnick, President & CEO
- Josh Salez, Vice President of Operations
- Katie Dalton, Vice President of Marketing
- Dianne Tack, Director of Customer Support
- Nell Wright, Manager of Co-branded Cards and Member Benefit Programs
- Jillian Harding, Marketing Coordinator
- Laura Schoenfelder, Marketing Operations Coordinator
- Jon Blumberg, Accounting and Billing
- OLSONdenalî, Agency of Record