- Brendan McGeehan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Business Intelligence, Comcast; Jacob Field, Sourcing Execution Analyst, Accenture
- Jacob Field, Sourcing Execution Analyst, Accenture
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center recently repurposed a historic Armory building as a theater for film and live performance in West Chester, Pennsylvania. In trying to balance construction, performance needs, and staff needs, the founders knew they needed help with technology planning. The first phase of work was with Brendan McGeehan, who helped the team understand what would be needed for WiFi for the office and theater space, as well as for overall business operations—including phone service, copy machines and computers. Brendan helped develop recommendations for internet service, equipment and hardware. He also helped make the business case to the board for investing in the necessary technology. Jacob Field led the second phase, guiding Uptown! in the sequencing of delivery and installation. As a small startup with a big mission, having professionals make these recommendations and help with implementation supported the staff, who at the same time was busy setting up the box office, fundraising and planning a grand-opening gala. As the building renovations and construction schedule changed, the volunteers remained flexible and helped the staff stay focused. With help from Technology Connectors, Uptown! opened its doors on December 31, 2016 with a sold-out celebration, and is now home to several resident companies and host to a busy schedule of performances.
May 23, 2017 marks the 32nd annual Arts + Business Council Awards Celebration, a major moment for milestones. Together with you, our “Partners in Imagination,” we’ll be honoring the exceptional leaders, innovators, partnerships and volunteers below, who work to make our region culturally vibrant and economically strong. To purchase ticket packages and individual tickets, please click here.