The Flint Institute of Music (FIM) named Rodney Lontine as new president and chief executive officer, effective August 1. Lontine succeeds former FIM President and CEO Paul Torre, who retired in May after 21 years of service.
“What struck me upon my first visit to the Flint Institute of Music and the Flint Cultural Center Campus was the depth and breadth of the arts and the world-class facilities and offerings,” Lontine says. “I am proud to be part of this organization and the Flint community as we build on our successes and develop our programs to be an integral part of a vitalized and growing city.”
A Colorado native, Lontine brings an exceptional record of executive leadership, arts programming, fundraising, performance and marketing success to his new role. Prior to joining the FIM, Lontine served as executive director and chief operating office for the Museum of Outdoor Arts in Englewood, Colorado. The Museum of Outdoor Arts is a multi-million dollar arts, education and entertainment institution that includes Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, an 18,000-capacity facility that has hosted a veritable “who’s who” of performers. Before working with the MOA, Lontine co-founded one of the largest advertising agencies in Colorado, Garrison•Lontine Advertising. The agency grew from a startup to $18 million in billing within five years and included numerous high-profile clients including the Coca-Cola Company, Nestle, Little Caesars Enterprises and the G. Heileman Brewing Company.
“In the brief time I have been here, the people of this city have made me feel welcome and I look forward to being part of the efforts to show the world all that Flint truly is and has to offer.”
— Rodney Lontine
Lontine graduated from Western State Colorado University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in fine arts. He has translated his skill set to the nonprofit world, and looks forward to showcasing the power of the arts in everyday life.
A lifetime supporter of the arts, Lontine has served on many nonprofit boards, including the board of directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, board of trustees for the Englewood Cultural Arts Center Association, board of trustees for the City of Englewood Arts as well as the Englewood Cultural Arts Center Association; and is a founding member of the board of the Music Appreciation Society.
As Lontine takes leadership, the FIM and Flint School of Performing Arts celebrate one hundred years of history as part of the Flint community. The Flint Symphony Orchestra also enters their 100th concert season. Flint Youth Theatre celebrates their 60th year, and Flint Youth Ballet celebrates their 35th year.
“In the brief time I have been here, the people of this city have made me feel welcome and I look forward to being part of the efforts to show the world all that Flint truly is and has to offer,” Lontine says. He is thrilled to be leading an organization with a long history of great programming, and he plans to showcase the diverse offerings of the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Flint School of the Performing Arts and the Flint Youth Theatre while building the audience, changing perceptions about the arts, and increasing community outreach.