WASHINGTON D.C. (December 16, 2015) – The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) will honor David Passman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carmike Cinemas, with the 2016 NATO Marquee Award during this year’s CinemaCon, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of NATO, will be held April 11–14, 2016 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Passman is being singled out by NATO for his unequalled dedication, commitment and service to the motion picture theatre industry. He will receive his industry tribute as part of CinemaCon’s “State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future” presentation on Tuesday morning, April 12.
“Everyone associated with NATO is thrilled to recognize David Passman with our most significant award,” noted John Fithian, President & CEO of NATO. “David completely revitalized a major theatrical circuit while simultaneously serving as Chairman of NATO for two terms. What more could you ask of an industry leader?”
“With genuine interest, care and concern for its success, David was deeply involved in the planning of CinemaCon during his tenure as NATO Chairman. His insight and guidance is valued by the entire CinemaCon team and it is only befitting that the industry single him out for all he has done with the 2016 NATO Marquee Award,” added Neuhauser.
Passman became director of Carmike Cinemas in June 2003 before being appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as Chair of the Board’s Executive Committee in June 2009. Carmike Cinemas is the fourth largest U.S. exhibitor with 275 theatres, 2,931 screens, 51 Premium Large Format (PLF) auditoriums and entertainment complexes across 41 states. Most recently, Carmike Cinemas acquired the highly regarded Sundance Cinema theatre circuit – five theaters and 37 screens. Passman also established Carmike University, a skills development program in partnership with Troy University. Carmike University allows Carmike Cinema employees the opportunity to earn college level credit while working full time.
Prior to Carmike Cinemas, Passman served as President and CEO of book publishing and distribution company IBS-STL, Inc. In addition, Passman was President of Harland Printed Products and Harland Checks and a former partner at public accounting firm Deloitte & Touché LLP, where he served on its global Board of Directors and as a Managing Partner of the Atlanta Office. Passman has served on the Executive Committee of NATO for six years, where he recently concluded two terms as Chairman. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of Screenvision and is also on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Will Rogers Foundation.
CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry –from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas – all on hand to celebrate the movie-going experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.
CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor The Coca–Cola Company, one of the industry’s greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies.
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 32,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 81 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.
Additional information on CinemaCon can be found at www.cinemacon.com.
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