Executive Director named CEO of the year by Utah Business magazine

SALT LAKE CITY – March 7, 2016 – Scott Altman, Executive Director of Ballet West, has been selected by Utah Business magazine as CEO of the Year, a prestigious award that identifies and honors executives in Utah.  

“The CEO of the Year Awards honor executives who exude innovation, show sound business judgment, and have seen proven financial success. Whether in the private, public, government, or nonprofit sectors, these individuals have proven to be successful leaders within their companies and their communities,” said Utah Business magazine in a press release.

Altman joined Ballet West as Executive Director in 2013, and the Company has experienced phenomenal expansion under his leadership. Ballet West has witnessed a 21 percent growth in ticket sales, a vastly expanded touring schedule, robust growth in donor development, and a renewed and energized Board of Directors. Last month, Altman announced Ballet West Academy would open a fourth campus in Park City; and attendance at the prestigious school has grown 75 percent in the past three years under his leadership. Most recently, Altman facilitated a watershed campaign, a 12-month long “Million Dollar Challenge,” which completely eliminated $2.2 million in operational debt, the first time the Company had achieved this impressive standing in 33 years. 

“Scott’s strategic vision and skilled leadership has guided Ballet West to a sustainable and financially vibrant position. With steady and positive growth across every metric, Ballet West’s future is indeed very bright,” said Brian Powell, President of Ballet West’s Board of Directors. Adam Sklute, Artistic Director said, “Since day one, I knew Scott would be the perfect business partner. He and I share the same vision for Ballet West—to build the Company into one of America’s leading ballet companies with a clear and sustainable model that will see it thrive and grow. Through Scott’s strong business acumen and keen insight he has guided the administration, finances and overall business of our great Company into a powerful future.”

“I’m honored to accept this award on behalf of my entire team in recognition of their collective dedication to our organization’s endeavors,” said Altman. “Additionally, our community continues to show their unending support for Ballet West, a crowned jewel that calls Utah its home.  At 53 years young, the Company is experiencing a true renaissance, which continues to bring even more national and international attention to our state and the vibrant arts community that thrives there.  I am grateful to work with such an incredible organization and such wonderful people.”