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Sean Luther Announces Resignation from Downtown Roanoke, Inc.

September 11,2012



For Immediate Release – September 11, 2012


Contact:        Matthew Klepeisz

Phone:          (540) 342-2028, extension 11

Facsimile:    (540) 344-1452

E-mail:           matthewk@downtownroanoke.org


Sean Luther Announces Resignation from Downtown Roanoke, Inc.
Resignation to take effect Oct. 12; DRI begins search for next President & CEO


Roanoke, Va.– The Board of Directors for Downtown Roanoke, Inc. (DRI) announces the resignation of President & CEO Sean Luther effective Oct. 12.  Luther leaves to pursue a new opportunity leading a project in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa.  A search is currently underway to fill his position.

“Sean’s leadership and contributions have left a lasting mark on Downtown Roanoke,” says Curtis E. Mills, Jr. Chair of the Board of Directors. “Roanoke’s loss is truly Pittsburgh’s gain.  Because of Sean’s efforts, we look forward to an exciting future.  While we are sorry to see him go, we are confident that he is leaving us with the tools and enthusiasm we need to continue moving downtown forward.  We wish him the best in his new position.”

DRI’s Board of Directors will name an interim President prior to Luther’s departure and will continue to operate business as usual, Curtis adds.

Luther joined DRI in 2009 as President & CEO, overseeing the organization and its finances and seeking to provide a strong return on investment to downtown property owners. Under his leadership, he and DRI staff have significantly refocused the organization’s commitment to economic development in Downtown Roanoke, providing support for residential development, strengthening relationships for downtown office brokers and property owners, and developing a robust recruitment strategy.  Most recently, he has been instrumental in working with Roanoke City Administration and Roanoke City Council to expand the Downtown Service District to the Roanoke River. 

For more information about DRI, visit downtownroanoke.org.


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Downtown Roanoke, Inc. is a tax-exempt member organization first chartered in 1960 to provide services and support to downtown property owners, businesses and residents.  DRI provides services throughout the Downtown Service District under a contract with the City of Roanoke and also manages the Historic Roanoke City Market, which is the oldest continuously-operating open air market in Virginia.  The Historic Roanoke City Market was recently voted one of the Top 20 Farmers Markets in the country by the American Farmland Trust.  DRI also presents a number of showcase events in downtown Roanoke including the Harvest Festival, and the SunTrust Dickens of a Christmas - a major holiday season street festival taking place each year on the first three Fridays of December.

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