CHEEKWOOD ADDS TWO NEW MEMBERS TO LEADERSHIP TEAMS
NASHVILLE, TN. – Cheekwood officially welcomed two new staff members to its team in October, both in leadership roles. Beth Murdock joined the organization as its new Chief Operating Officer on October 14, and Scott Glasgow assumed the role of Director of Events and Food Service on October 22. Both bring decades of valuable experience and perspective to the Cheekwood team.
About Beth Murdock
In her vital executive role, Ms. Murdock oversees the organization’s Finance, Technology, Security, Human Resources, Volunteer and Visitor Services Departments. She is also ultimately responsible for all of the organization’s sales functions, including retail, restaurant, catering and rentals.
Beth comes to Cheekwood from the Nashville Zoo, another beloved Nashville institution. As the popular park’s Administrative Director for nearly a decade, her broad experience ranges from overseeing marketing and public relations to development, education, membership, human resources and guest services.
“We’re so excited to announce Beth’s arrival at Cheekwood,” said Jane O. MacLeod, President and CEO. “Her experience will prove to be invaluable at this pivotal time in our history. With our five-year FAST FORWARD strategic plan in place, our expectations for Cheekwood are high, and a strong executive team is vital to our success. Beth is not only our newest hire; she’s a part of our vision for achieving national preeminence.”
Prior to her time at the zoo, Beth served for 9 years as the Senior Director of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, one of the world’s premier natural history museums. While there, she managed all visitor-related functions for 4 million visitors annually, from ticketing and admissions to gallery operations and VIP services. During her tenure at the museum, Beth developed and implemented the largest capital expansion in the institution’s 140-year history: The Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Beth began her career in the Human Resources Department at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital after earning her Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Tennessee. Beth also has extensive experience as a consultant for an international consulting firm specializing in management, operating and marketing services to the leisure-time and recreation industry.
“Accepting this position at Cheekwood is an exciting new chapter for me,” said Murdock. “I’ve worked with wonderful teams at truly world-class institutions in my career, and I’m proud to now count Cheekwood among them. The organization is in such an exciting place right now, with so much momentum—I’m ready to be a part of the extraordinary growth ahead.”
About Scott Glasgow
As Director of Events and Food Service, Mr.Glasgow is responsible for the planning and execution of Cheekwood’s special events, from weddings and corporate gatherings to Cheekwood’s in-house events and more. He also oversees rentals, catering, and the Pineapple Room Restaurant, working closely with new COO Beth Murdock on budgets, operations and staffing.
Scott brings 20 years of special events experience to the organization, with a focus on catering and marketing. He comes to Cheekwood from Incredible Dave’s, a dining and entertainment venue, where he served as the Director of Corporate Events. Before moving to Nashville in 2011, he served as the Catering Coordinator for Thomas Preti Caterers in New York City, where he managed events for Oprah, the Clintons, Pepsi, NBC, the United Nations and other high-profile clients. During that time, he also worked to concept and plan events for MTV, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cartier, and Nike.
“I believe Scott will be a perfect fit at Cheekwood,” said MacLeod. “His experience and capabilities with national and international clients brings a fresh perspective to the events and catering side of our organization. The quality, caliber and creativity of our special events will be essential as we grow Cheekwood’s reputation nationally. We’re excited to have Scott on our team.”
Scott is very active in Nashville’s business community as a member of 6 area Chambers of Commerce. He also provides advisory services to other professional organizations, including the American Advertising Federation and the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce. Locally, he has created successful events for various Nashville clients at the Farmers Market, OZ and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. “It’s an amazing time to be in Nashville, and such an exciting time for Cheekwood,” said Glasgow. We have the nation’s attention, and what we do with that focus will determine our destiny both as a city and as one of the most beloved institutions in the country. I am truly honored to join this dynamic team.”
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Our mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Current hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. New 2014 Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday nights May – October, open until 10 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, seniors $10 and children 3-17 are $5. Parking is $3 per car. Admission during Bruce Munro Nights is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children 3-17, and $5 for Cheekwood members. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit www.cheekwood.org.
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