Archive for July 23, 2012

Garfield Traub Development DPAC Rated #1 Top-Selling Theater in U.S.

DPAC also rated #2 top-selling theater in the world

DPAC

Durham Performing Arts Center - Durham, NC

The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), developed by Garfield Traub in partnership with Chapel Hill architect Szostak Design in Durham, North Carolina, has proven itself yet again against the best of the best and is now rated #1 by trade publication Pollstar as the top-selling theater in the U.S. for the first half of 2012.

If that were not impressive enough, DPAC scored the #2 position in the top 100 selling theaters in the world, second only to Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional.  And since the rationale for the development of the DPAC was doubted by many prior to its opening in 2008, this is a very special achievement for all those involved in the DPAC from development to delivery.

“It all starts with great shows, and for us to have two big multi-week blockbusters in the same season really tipped the attendance scales”, said Bob Klaus, DPAC’s General Manager in the Durham News Service. “It’s a credit to Nederlander and PFM and the great shows they bring us, this will truly be a season to remember.”

Today the attendance statistics have been released for DPAC’s 2011-2012 season, which includes 200 performances bringing in a total of 417,180 guests and 67 total sellouts. The highest attended shows were Radio City Christmas Spectacular with 38 performances and Wicked with 32 performances.

“We at Garfield Traub are extremely proud of what the DPAC has accomplished,” said Garfield Traub Principal Greg Garfield. “It is an honor to be able to say we participated in the development of the project, and we could not be happier for all those involved.”

Since the opening of the DPAC in 2008, the theater has consistently ranked on the top of Pollstar’s top-selling theater rankings, but has also won other awards such as:

  • Numerous local Reader’s Choice Awards
  • The Independent Weekly’s “Best of” winner for Best Theater Venue – 4th Consecutive Year
  • The Herald Sun’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Live Entertainment – 4th Consecutive Year
  • Raleigh’s Metro Magazine’s Standing Ovation for Best Theater – 3rd Consecutive Year
  • Durham Magazine – Best Place for Live Music and Best Place for Live Theater – 2nd Consecutive Year
  • And #3 in gross ticket sales among venues with a capacity of 5,000 or under in the soon to be published July 28th mid-year charts for Billboard Magazine.

Since the DPAC’s opening in 2008, 520 ticketed events have been presented drawing in more than one million attendees.  For more information about the DPAC and how it was successfully developed, visit the Garfield Traub website.

In Memory of Jerry Robert Thoele

4th June 1943 – 14th July 2012

Jerry Robert Theole

Jerry Robert Theole

This memorial article was created in the memory of Jerry Robert Thoele, a former member of Garfield Traub Development, who passed away at 69 years of age.

On Saturday, July 14, at 11:51 a.m., Jerry Thoele, a loved and respected former member of the Garfield Traub Development family, passed away at Baylor Medical Center. We send our condolences and deepest sympathies to his family, business associates and friends, and acknowledge what a special individual he was, and leader and mentor to so many of us in the real estate and hospitality industry.

In the time Jerry spent as President of Garfield Traub Development’s Hospitality Division, he built bridges to the most important hotel corporations in America and forged alliances that were so important to him and to our firm. Notably, Jerry introduced Garfield Traub to the Interlink Group in Puerto Rico, where he and the leadership of Interlink developed the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, which serves as the headquarters hotel for the Commonwealth’s convention center in San Juan.

The Garfield Traub team remembers him to be one of the most knowledgeable, caring, honest and decent persons we’ve had the honor to know and to be associated with.

Jerry was born in Seymour, Texas. He graduated from Midwestern State University, and earned his MBA from the University of North Texas. Jerry served proudly as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Jerry began his business career in 1968, as a CPA for Arthur Andersen LLP. After leaving public accounting, he began a career in the hospitality industry with the Registry Hotel Corporation where he led developments in Scottsdale, Arizona, Naples, Florida, and Dallas including the hotel now known as the InterContinental on the Dallas North Tollway. In the past decade, Jerry served as President of the Hospitality division for Garfield Traub Development, Managing Director for Hotels & Resorts with the Interlink Group in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was responsible for developing many prominent hotel establishments including the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, and San Juan Marriott. During his distinguished career, Jerry was President of several luxury hospitality organizations. He was an active industry leader and prominent speaker at numerous hospitality conferences in the US, including a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Jerry will truly be missed, not only by his family, but by so many of us that he mentored and influenced in our careers. His family has requested that memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes & Research Foundation. This Memorial Donation offers you a thoughtful, caring way to remember a loved one while contributing to an important cause of finding a cure for diabetes. Once completed, you will receive an acknowledgement letter, and the person of your choosing will also receive a letter notifying them that you have made a gift in the honoree’s name (Juvenile Diabetes & Research Foundation does not disclose the amount of the gift).

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