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The Founders

KEN YUSZKUS/Staff photo. From left, Paul Van Ness,Thaddeus Siemasko, William Howard, Richard Marino, and Henry Bertolon are the people responsible for the new Cabot in Beverly 11/12/14

Brought together in an effort initiated by restaurateur Rich Marino and City Counselor Scott Houseman, a small group of North Shore residents founded the Cabot Performing Arts Center in 2014. Their vision was to save The Cabot and transform it into a vibrant and vital venue for the arts. With the community’s support and a small staff of committed employees, the venue reopened as The Cabot on November 14, 2014.

The Founders

Henry Bertolon, businessperson, philanthropist and founder of NECX, an electronic components trading exchange employing more than 500 people, which he sold in 2001.

Bill Howard, former Chairman and President of Beverly Bank, and a founder of Beverly Main Streets and serves on the board of Endicott College.

Richard Marino, owner of Chianti Tuscan Restaurant for over 25 years, the downtown Beverly bistro and jazz room which not only launched the city’s restaurant boom but was also named Massachusetts 2011 Restaurant of the Year.

Thaddeus S. Siemasko, AIA, founder of SV Design, a leading architecture and interior design firm on the North Shore, and a frequent volunteer in organizations seeking to improve life in the City of Beverly, including as a Board member of Beverly Main Streets.

Paul Van Ness, principal and owner of Van Ness Creative, one of the founders of the Salem Film Fest, and former owner of CinemaSalem, perennial winner of the Best North Shore Movie Theater.

We need the help of the whole community to revitalize and restore The Cabot. If you’re inspired by the vision for this wonderful theater, please join us to create an outstanding, 21st Century performing arts center. There are many ways you can help. Click here to learn more.