Coliseum Authority members hold varied pasts

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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."

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/21/08 - 04:45 am
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Whooo, boy! This Adrian

Whooo, boy! This Adrian Arnold dude sounds like he'll fit right in with this new crop of clowns! Right from the get-go he "refused" to be interviewed and wouldn't share his occupation, his political or public service background, nor his education background. Well, we all know that this info will come out sooner or later, so that's not the point. The point is that he's already coming off like someone who is uncompromising and difficult to work with. He obviously doesn't realize what a public relations problem the Coliseum Authority already has, and now he's standing ready to be their new poster-child! Okay...I've got my popcorn and candy! Let the new Coliseum-Authority comedy/drama show begin!

JimCox
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JimCox 04/21/08 - 06:43 am
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Not one member with

Not one member with entertainment experience, facility management experience, radio programming experience, no wonder the authority is so dysfunctional.

usncporet
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usncporet 04/21/08 - 07:35 am
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I don't know if I can drive

I don't know if I can drive to work I'm laughing so hard. Every dang one of 'em (that consented to interviews) saying their "lesson learned" was to listen to the opinions and ideas of others and to "work together." That's good, that's just hilarious, that is......

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 04/21/08 - 07:51 am
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Psychologically these people

Psychologically these people should never even have met each other. They are all very similar in demeanor and problem solving is not their forte'. A failure of the system of checks and balances. However, if they could avert the attention of the media for even one meeting, they would possibly discover an effective posture. Let them do their job without the worry of public scrutiny and second guessing and leadership may emerge.

thisreallysucks
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thisreallysucks 04/21/08 - 08:28 am
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Adrian Arnold: No comment to

Adrian Arnold: No comment to a set of simple questions about oneself. Any one wonder what response would be made to complex questions about Board activities? Hardie Davis should direct this person to resign immediately. If these folks can fire attorneys and accountants with a whim, Davis should take the opportunity to do so NOW.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/21/08 - 08:57 am
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Maybe he felt it was not you

Maybe he felt it was not you all business. Why do you need to know his educational or occupational background?

sjgraci
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sjgraci 04/21/08 - 10:26 am
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Not one of these people work

Not one of these people work for Corporate America where problem solving, diversity, and team building is continuasly instilled. One would think the appointers would look for these job skills along with entertainment/management experience when appointing the appointees.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 04/21/08 - 10:41 am
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Small town folk...small town

Small town folk...small town mentality..And the adrian clown needs to go ahead and step down now. sjgraci the appointees are no better than the ones they have chosen.........Clowns all of them...................

TrulyBlessed
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TrulyBlessed 04/21/08 - 11:37 am
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Too bad Just My Opinion and

Too bad Just My Opinion and thisreallysucks are not better informed. Adrian Arnold is a thoughtful young lady who has already served on the Authority for over a year. She votes her conscience and not with one faction or the other. She has sense enough to know that when the members speak to the press, it usually results in disharmony on the Authority. Sylvia Cooper could have found out plenty about her from other sources with a little effort. Adrian has done fine work for the Authority, and Rep. Davis is to be commended for her appointment.

yikes
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yikes 04/21/08 - 11:41 am
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"Why do you need to know his

"Why do you need to know his educational or occupational background?"
What does Arnold have to hide? Or is he just an antagonistic, secretive elitist who does not have to give the public his credentials for occupying a public position?

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/21/08 - 12:30 pm
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s h e

s h e

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OPINIONATED 7 04/21/08 - 01:50 pm
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Well, even if she (Adrian

Well, even if she (Adrian Arnold) has been with the authority a year, she has a left a bad taste in the public's mouth. This is one of the problem's the community has with the authority. Those on the authority are not achieving what the community expects or wants. Yes, we need a group with diversity. But, we also need those who'll be able to deal with the media as well. If you can't deal with the local media, how will those on the authority deal with national media to get quality acts into the Augusta area?

junebug
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junebug 04/21/08 - 02:57 pm
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The problem is this is a

The problem is this is a collection of amateurs. The authority needs to be abolished and a professional entertainment, facility management team hired in its place. The less wanabees the better.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/21/08 - 03:14 pm
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TrulyBlessed...well, that's

TrulyBlessed...well, that's marvelous that Adrian Arnold is a thoughtful young lady. I guess she's impressed Hardie Davis enough to put her back on the board. But, that has nothing to do with what my question was about her refusing to be interviewed and answer these very simple, basic questions. Can't you understand that the Authority has a very long history of disharmony, and that members on this Authority should be working toward cultivating a better relationship with the media and how they are seen by the public? Her refusals add absolutely NOTHING to that goal....nothing! Good grief!

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 04/21/08 - 03:44 pm
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It's not that hard to book

It's not that hard to book national acts. All you need to do is locate thier manager or promoter and deal with thier requests for a booking. It's not that big of a deal. The problem is the local guys have to understand that your not going to make money on the first few gigs. Your going to loose money untill you get the public use to going to the civic center on a regular basis. It's just like someone opening a new night club, you promote, and dont expect to make money in the short term. It's the money you make after you get all the gears lubed and running smooth that will pay the bills in the long run. Have deals where they pay admission and get a free drink or hotdog. Give tickets away to local clubs to give as prizes for contests at their bar. Get a myspace page and you will have a loads of free advertising. All these things can be done to get the word out free of charge. The billboards and the advertising deals with the papers just dont cut it and are way to expensive.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 04/21/08 - 04:42 pm
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Most of these people are old.

Most of these people are old. I said it. We need younger people who accept the differences between now and the 1970s. People who want to move forward.

insider
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insider 04/22/08 - 12:48 am
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Sylvia, why is there not any

Sylvia, why is there not any information on the present chairman- Harry Moore? Is it because he only made it through Middle School and rode the short yellow bus? This seems like a deliberate oversight on your behalf - what is he hiding - his GED?

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