Bechtler President and CEO John Boyer named 2017 recipient of Metrolina Business Council's Donald Haack Foundation Award for Excellence in Community Involvement
JANUARY 31, 2018
John Boyer, President and CEO of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, has been named the 2017 recipient of Metrolina Business Council’s Donald Haack Foundation Award for Excellence in Community Involvement. The award honors the late Donald Haack, Charlotte’s legendary jewelry business owner and community leader. MBC donated $1,000 to the Bechtler Museum as part of the annual award.
Under Boyer’s leadership, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has far exceeded its attendance and membership projections, launched a broad spectrum of public and educational programs, and formed significant partnerships with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Carolinas Healthcare System, the American Institute of Architects, the Metrolina Association for the Blind, and Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, among others. The Bechtler’s exhibitions have attracted significant media attention with coverage in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and a wide variety of other media outlets in this country and throughout Europe.
Metrolina Business Council is honoring Boyer and the Bechtler for the following initiatives:
- Jail Arts Initiative provides hands-on art making workshops for youthful offenders and adults in the Mecklenburg County jail system. (Reached 124 inmates during last fiscal year.)
- Low-to-No Vision program offers tactile tours and hands on art classes for individuals with low to no vision. (Helped 53 individuals in 2017.)
- Museum Memories consists of special tours and unique art classes for those with early-stage dementia and their care partners. Social activities and special tours are part of this unique program (remove). (46 individuals and their care givers were part of this program in the latest fiscal year.)
- InReach. The museum partners with this nonprofit that supports and houses adults with a range of developmental, cognitive and other disabilities. Hands-on art making classes, tours and special exhibitions of the participants’ works are all parts of this program. (183 individuals were touched with this program in fiscal 2016-17.)
- Artists-in-Schools program provides creative learning opportunities for approximately 2,500 students per year. (This program serves some 25 schools with 50% of students served attending at-risk or challenge schools.)
“John Boyer and the Bechtler Museum are reaching so many segments of our community, beyond the beautiful art displayed at the Museum and the variety of programs the they conduct on-site,” said Julie Haack, President of Donald Haack Diamonds, Metrolina Business Council (MBC) member and daughter of the award’s namesake. “Their contribution to our community is in keeping with the spirit of my father’s life and of the meaning behind this annual award.”
“The Bechtler is honored to accept this award named for such a remarkable legacy in our community,” Boyer said. “But the credit goes not only to the museum but to our many partner organizations whose insights and engagement have brought profound positive changes to lives of thousands through the Bechtler’s programs and outreach. We are exceptionally grateful for their support and commitment as well as that of our corporate and foundation sponsors.”
DONALD HAACK FOUNDATION AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Donald “Don” Haack joined MBC in the early 1990’s and subsequently made many presentations to the group. His early comments highlighted his career as an explorer, diamond miner and bush pilot. However, most of his presentations focused on his belief that business persons have a need and obligation to give back to the community from which they derive their revenues. Those later remarks formed the genesis of the “Donald Haack Foundation Award for Excellence in Community Involvement.”
Following his death, the Board of Directors of MBC decided to honor the memory of Donald Haack by creating an annual foundation and award in his name. The original award consisted of a $250 gift made to a charitable institution designated by the award winner. In addition the winner was to receive a special diamond lapel pin designed and manufactured by Donald Haack Diamonds, and a framed plaque outlining the award.
“The award was officially named ‘The Donald Haack Foundation Award for Excellence in Community Involvement’ because of Don’s long-standing belief in giving back to our community,” said Frank Wilson, MBC member who coordinates the annual award. “To that end, we have now announced eight winners of this annual award. The original gift to a charity of the winner’s choice has moved from $250 to $500 and in 2016 to $1000.”
All-time recipients of the Donald Haack Foundation Award are:
2009: Martin Conte
2010: Deborah Millhouse
2011: Julie Haack
2012: Scott Nowokunski
2013: Andy Dinkin
2014: John Cantrell
2015: John McNeary
2016: David Erdman
2017: John Boyer
ABOUT THE BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures of modernism. The museum is located at Levine Center of the Arts, 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte 28202. Operating hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. For museum details visit bechtler.org.
ABOUT METROLINA BUSINESS COUNCIL METROLINA BUSINESS COUNCIL
Metrolina Business Council is a business group which meets at Byron's Southend twice monthly for breakfast combined with an excellent program. MBC is not just a 'tips' club, but a resource group for successful people. Membership is on an individual, not company, basis and is limited to one individual from a particular business or professional classification.
John Boyer joined the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in 2008 as the institution’s first President and CEO. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the celebration and analysis of the strongest aspects of mid-20th-century modernism as reflected in the holdings of the Bechtler art collection. The museum opened to the public January 2, 2010. From April 2010 to June 2015 Boyer also served as curator for the museum, overseeing the design and installation of 20 different exhibitions including major shows on Alberto Giacometti, Niki de Saint Phalle and Mario Botta. The museum received full accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2015 – the swiftest accreditation offered by that organization since its founding in 1906.
In its eight years of operation, the Bechtler has far exceeded its attendance and membership projections, launched a broad spectrum of public and educational programs, has formed significant partnerships with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Carolinas Healthcare System, the American Institute of Architects, the Metrolina Association for the Blind, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (Jail North/Jail Central), among others. Its exhibitions have attracted significant media attention with coverage in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and a wide variety of other media outlets in this country and throughout Europe.
Prior to his move to Charlotte, Boyer served as President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, a public policy agency based in New York. A fourth generation Californian, Boyer graduated from the University of California and the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University and then taught the history of modern art and architecture at Trinity College in Connecticut, lectured at Columbia University, Brown University and others, before accepting the position of Executive Director of the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Conn.
During his 16-year tenure at the Mark Twain House (among the first 100 National Historic Landmarks), Boyer expanded the institution’s property and collections, raised more than $30 million and oversaw the construction of a new LEED certified museum center. Under Boyer’s guidance, programs at the Twain House were expanded to include national teacher institutes, major symposia and lecture series (including the participation of 14 Pulitzer Prize recipients), a city-wide festival, and award-winning exhibitions in the fine and decorative arts. During this period, he represented the museum on the CBS Sunday Morning program (twice), the Today Show, CNN, C-SPAN, and various documentaries on PBS.
In Connecticut, Boyer’s civic roles included serving as the founding president for the Greater Hartford Tourism District and the Connecticut governor’s appointee for six years as the representative for art, history and culture on the Connecticut Tourism Council. In addition, he served on the boards of the Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau. In Charlotte he has served on the board of the Chamber of Commerce.
Boyer is also the Independent Chair of the board for the Voya Mutual Funds family which currently oversees 152 open, closed, retail and variable funds with over $100 billion in assets managed by over 25 different sub-advisory firms. In 1997 he was a founding director of the IPI Funds as part of Aetna Financial Services where he served as Lead Independent Director, as well as Chair of the Contracts Committee and the Investment Review Committee. In 2004 the IPI Funds merged with the ING Funds where he served as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, the International, Balanced and Fixed Income Investment Review Committee and as founding Chair of the Compliance, Valuation and Proxy Committee. He also sat on the board’s three-person Executive Committee. After the final merger of the remaining two ING mutual fund boards and the creation of Voya, he has served as Independent Chair since January 2015. In this capacity he has spoken on national panels for the Independent Directors Council, the Investment Company Institute, Morningstar’s annual fund conference and the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, where he sits on their Council of Fund Leaders.
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