Phil Jaurigue one of seven new board members elected to the Kimmel Center

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, a non-profit, Board-led institution, announces seven new members and one new chair-elect to its Board of Directors. The elected members are all regional business and civic leaders, chosen to work alongside an already impressive list of Philadelphia community influencers to guide the Kimmel Center forward towards continued success.

New board members include: Madeline Apollo, Vice President of Finance and Administration & CFO for the Chemical Heritage Foundation; Jim Dever, Bank of America Market President in Philadelphia; Carolina Cabrera DiGiorgio, Esq., President & CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.; Philip Jaurigue, Founder and CEO of Sabre Systems, Inc.; Jeffrey P. McFadden, CCM CCE, General Manager of The Union League of Philadelphia; Mark Samuels, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of SEI; and Matthew A. Taylor, Vice Chairman of the Firm and Chairman of Duane Morris’ Trial Practice Group.

“The extraordinary dedication these passionate leaders bring to their new roles as Kimmel Center Board Members will greatly serve the Kimmel Center’s mission and our aim to be the preeminent place to convene and enjoy exceptional experiences,” said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Our new members reflect the tapestry of interests and backgrounds of our diverse city, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

Existing Board Member and Vice Chair, Teresa Bryce Bazemore, will assume the role of Board Chair on July 1, 2018, when current Chair, Dave Holveck’s term draws to a close. Ms. Bazemore will be the first African American woman to serve as Chairman of the Board for the Kimmel Center.

“The initiatives of the Kimmel Center Board continue to be shaped by and for the entire community,” said current board member and Chair-Elect Teresa Bryce Bazemore. “I am thrilled to continue serving this non-profit organization, ensuring the Center is a hub for not only diverse programming, but social conversations and relevance.”

“These individuals will bring an infusion of new ideas and energy to the board as we continue to grow and prosper as the region’s most impactful performing arts center,” said David P. Holveck, current Kimmel Center Board of Directors Chair. “Their presence will be essential to the Center as we navigate the phases of our comprehensive campaign. I look forward to continued work with Ms. Bazemore throughout the next year to achieve a seamless transition.”

David P. Holveck has served as the Kimmel Center’s Chairman of the Board for four years. Holveck orchestrated the successful purchase of the Merriam Theater from University of the Arts and launched a Strategic Planning process that resulted in unifying three venues into a Kimmel Center Cultural Campus. He has encouraged strong financial stability for the Kimmel Center reflected in balanced budgets for each of his four years. Holveck further ensured that the Board, vendors, and staff represent the region’s diverse community. During his tenure, the Kimmel Center Presents programs and audiences have doubled and the Kimmel Center has expanded its reach through partnerships and with popular programming targeted to young families, Millennial, African American, and Hispanic audiences.

The Kimmel Center Board of Directors is currently led by Chair David P. Holveck, Chair-Elect Teresa Bryce Bazemore, Vice Chair Robert Corrato, Vice Chair Thomas A. Decker, Treasurer Michael D. Zisman, Secretary Jami Wintz McKeon, and President & CEO Anne Ewers.

Full bios of the Kimmel Center Board of Directors’ additions are below:

The Kimmel Center’s full bio for Phil:

“Mr. Philip Jaurigue began his career in private industry supporting Navy shipbuilding and aircraft programs. In 1989 he founded Sabre Systems, Inc. and has served as CEO since its inception. Mr. Jaurigue provides strategic business leadership to drive the direction, stability and growth of Sabre. Under his guidance and leadership, Sabre has grown into a highly successful technology and engineering services company.

In addition to his role on the Board of Directors at the Kimmel Center, Mr. Jaurigue is also a board member for several organizations including: The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), The Free Library of Philadelphia, Liguori Academy, The Kaitlin Murphy Foundation, and previously the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia. He is also the current chair of the Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow (SMART) organization, which supports research and development as well as technology-based opportunities in the Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania region. And additionally, serves on the Dean’s Council of the Fox School of Business of Temple University. He previously served as president of the Entrepreneurs Forum of Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia 100 Alumni Association. Mr. Jaurigue is a frequently scheduled speaker at Philadelphia area universities, and is also a regular co-host on the Executive Leaders Radio program in both Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. 

Under Mr. Jaurigue’s leadership, Sabre was recognized for its longstanding history of growth and was inducted into the Philadelphia 100 Hall of Fame as its inaugural member. His commitment to exhibiting the entrepreneurial spirit earned him the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for IT Solutions. In recognition of his leadership role in the Delaware Valley, the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League invited Mr. Jaurigue to its ownership group.

Mr. Jaurigue is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Temple University in Computer Information Sciences.”