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people responsible for the new Cabot

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

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

  • Former Chairman and President of Beverly Bank, and a founder of Beverly Main Streets and serves on the board of Endicott College.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.