Coliseum Authority members hold varied pasts

Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members are gearing up for a fresh start after a winter of discontent and a threat of losing their seats through legislative restructuring.

Authority members meet Tuesday to elect new officers for the year. A chairman will be elected to replace Harry Moore, who served that role for two years. Authority members also will elect a vice chairman, treasurer and secretary from the membership, which is listed here.


NAME: ADRIAN ARNOLD (Refused to be interviewed)

AGE: 38

OCCUPATION: (Would not discuss)

TERM ENDS: March 31, 2010

APPOINTED BY: State Rep. Hardie Davis

POLITICAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE BACKGROUND: (Would not discuss)

EDUCATION: (Would not discuss)

NAME: KEITH BROWN

AGE: 47

OCCUPATION: Self-employed businessman, the owner of First Impressions

TERM ENDS: March 31, 2009

APPOINTED BY: Former Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams

POLITICAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE BACKGROUND: District 4 seat on the Augusta Commission, March 2006 to October 2006; chairman of the board of the city's Local Small Business Opportunity Program

EDUCATION: Degree from Howard University

LESSON LEARNED ON COLISEUM AUTHORITY: "The complexity of what is involved in the promotion and presentation of shows at our facility, especially the back side of the house. Also, working with people who have different perspectives than I."

NAME: WILLIAM FENNOY

AGE: 60

OCCUPATION: Health Educator with Richmond County Health Department; teaches inmates about AIDS and STDS

TERM ENDS: March 31, 2010

APPOINTED BY: State Rep. Wayne Howard

POLITICAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE BACKGROUND: None

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from Paine College

LESSON LEARNED ON COLISEUM AUTHORITY: "Be careful what you say to the news media."

NAME: RICHARD ISDELL

AGE: 45

OCCUPATION: Small-business owner; A&R Exterminating Co. Inc.

TERM ENDS: March 31, 2010

APPOINTED BY: Augusta Commissioner Jerry Brigham

POLITICAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE BACKGROUND: Member and former chairman of General Aviation Commission, 1995-2006; president of the Augusta-Richmond County Committee for Good Government, elected to seventh term this month

EDUCATION: T.W. Josey High School; attended Truett McConnell College

LESSON LEARNED ON COLISEUM AUTHORITY: "In today's entertainment market, only a large management company can produce the big-name quality acts and the quantity of acts we're looking for. To bring in quantity, you need somebody nationwide."

NAME: JANICE JENKINS

AGE: (Would not share)

OCCUPATION: Registered nurse

TERM ENDS: March 31, 2010

APPOINTED BY: Augusta Commissioner Calvin Holland

POLITICAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE BACKGROUND: Chairman of neighborhood association for three years; served on boards of several nonprofit organizations

EDUCATION: University of South Carolina, 1985

LESSON LEARNED ON COLISEUM AUTHORITY: "What I've learned overall is to work a little bit better with people and learned to adjust to different personalities. Cultural diversity."

NAME: WILLIE W. LAW

AGE: 40

OCCUPATION: Counselor

TERM ENDS: March 31, 2009

APPOINTED BY: Augusta Commissioner Bernard Harper

POLITICAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE BACKGROUND: Ran for the District 2 commission seat in 1995, 1999 and 2007 and for Super District 9 seat on the Richmond County Board of Education in 2000

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in organizational management from Voorhees College, with a minor in accounting

LESSON LEARNED ON COLISEUM AUTHORITY: Could not be interviewed

NAME: JOHN MANUEL

AGE: 43

OCCUPATION: Owner of Bargain Town on Georgia Highway 56

TERM ENDS: March 31, 2010

APPOINTED BY: Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek; reappointed by Commissioner Joe Jackson

POLITICAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE BACKGROUND: Historic Preservation Commission; Augusta Transportation Commission

EDUCATION: High school

LESSON LEARNED ON COLISEUM AUTHORITY: "Try to work to move forward, because if you don't work together, it's never going to work."

NAME: MILDRED MCDANIEL

AGE: 68

OCCUPATION: Retired educator; taught public school for 34 years

TERM ENDS: March 31, 2010

APPOINTED BY: Augusta Commissioner Lee Beard; reappointed by Mayor Pro Tem Betty Beard

POLITICAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE BACKGROUND: Ran for the Super District 9 seat on the Richmond County School Board

EDUCATION: Master's degree from the University of South Carolina

LESSON LEARNED ON COLISEUM AUTHORITY: "That it is important for boards to allow management to operate the facility."

NAME: BOOKER T. ROBERSON

AGE: 63

OCCUPATION: Retired U.S. Postal Service; now employed by Mays Mortuary

TERM ENDS: March 31, 2009

APPOINTED BY: Sen. J.B. Powell and legislative delegation

POLITICAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE BACKGROUND: None

EDUCATION: Lucy C. Laney High School; attended Augusta Technical College

LESSON LEARNED ON COLISEUM AUTHORITY: "The best thing is to try to work with people. Everybody seems to have their own personal agenda. If we could all work together, we could accomplish a lot."

NAME: FREDDIE SANDERS

AGE: 59

OCCUPATION: Attorney

TERM ENDS: March 31, 2009

APPOINTED BY: Augusta Commissioner Jimmy Smith

POLITICAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE BACKGROUND: Richmond County chief of police, 1983-85

EDUCATION: Augusta College; received a juris doctorate from Augusta Law School

LESSON LEARNED ON COLISEUM AUTHORITY: "That you've got to be flexible, that you've got to listen."

NAME: JACK USRY

AGE: 58

OCCUPATION: Retired

TERM ENDS: March 31, 2009

APPOINTED BY: Rep. Henry Howard

POLITICAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE BACKGROUND: Served four previous years on Coliseum Authority; works behind the scenes for candidates, both Democrat and Republican

EDUCATION: Attended Augusta Technical College; associate degree in computer science from DeKalb College

LESSON LEARNED ON COLISEUM AUTHORITY: "I learned the only way you can ever move forward is through compromise. You have to learn to work with both factions, those for and against and come up with something that's for the good of the center and the public. And Murphy's Law is very true. When you think something's going forward, something will throw it off track every time."