2015 Entrepreneur of the Year: Arts & Culture
Kathy Ramsberger led the effort of one of the most ambitious, iconic and transformative projects in the region, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This project, one of the nation’s newest performing arts centers of the 21st century, a $500 million project in the heart of downtown Orlando includes the performing arts center itself and has space dedicated to the development of restaurants, shops and other retail.
Ramsberger was at the helm of the project beginning in 2002, starting with its original feasibility study. She then developed the organizational structure and corporate strategic plan for the non-profit entity responsible for designing, constructing and operating the center, before helping to raise the initial start-up monies while lobbying and negotiating with the City of Orlando and the Orange County governments for over $250 million in public funding. If that wasn’t enough, she also managed the national search for the project architect, helped secure development partners and led the capital campaign which raised over $94 million in private donations during one of the most challenging economic periods in our nation’s history.
“The most compelling aspect of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is the alignment and collaboration behind our purpose, our business. In our part of the world, can we unite as a community and create a place where all people share a meaningful experience of wonder, courage, beauty, sadness, and laughter?” Kathy said. “Expression, learning and wellness are universal for everyone and our courageous vision will shape all communities, our global presence and