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performink: KC Symphony’s Frank Byrne Named Nonprofit Professional of the Year

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Frank Byrne

Abigail Trabue

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Nonprofit Connect has announced Kansas City Symphony’s Executive Director Frank Byrne as Kansas City’s 2017 Nonprofit Professional of the Year.

“I am very honored to receive this recognition,” Byrne says. “I want to sincerely thank those who nominated me, and everyone who has supported me in my professional life, notably my family. This award is in reality a recognition of the success of the Kansas City Symphony, a great organization that I am proud to serve.”

In 2002, the Kansas City Symphony Board of Directors appointed Byrne as Executive Director of the Kansas City Symphony, where he is responsible for all administrative and managerial aspects of the operation. He also oversees a full-time staff of professionals who organize and execute the Symphony’s numerous performances in the community and region.

According to the announcement, Byrne’s tenure as Executive Director has been marked by strong audience growth, increased fiscal sustainability and the Symphony’s move to perform in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. He has nearly doubled the operational budget from $8 million to $15.6 million, implemented dozens of new community programs and created an environment where artistic excellence truly flourishes.

Byrne has also overseen the Symphony’s Masterpiece Campaign, a multi-year campaign focused on creating a sustainable endowment for the Symphony.

Nonprofit Connect will honor Byrne on May 10 at the 33rd annual Philanthropy Awards luncheon, which is Kansas City’s oldest and largest celebration of giving. The luncheon will take place at Muehlebach Tower at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Read the article on performink website.