Welcome to The Rotary Club of Akron, Ohio

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The Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs
4460 Rex Lake Drive
Akron, OH



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Our Speaker August 23, 2022

Executive Director

Executive Director Paul Jarrett started with the Akron Symphony in 2012. Prior to joining GAMA, Paul has worked throughout Northeast Ohio in both arts management and performance.  Paul’s time with the Akron Symphony has focused on a culture of engagement in meaningful collaborations with dozens of local organizations, schools and artists.  Paul is a member of Leadership Akron Class 31, and a member of Akron Rotary.
From 2010-2012, he served as Managing Director at Apollo’s Fire - The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. During his tenure, AF completed two international tours (including its debut European tour), and five domestic tours. As AF’s international stature grew, Paul secured feature articles about the ensemble in Gramophone and BBC Music magazines, and the ensemble saw four of its CD releases hit the Billboard Magazine Top 10 charts in classical music. Paul was also responsible for securing new funding for the organization, doubling the amount of foundation and corporate support during his time at AF.
From 2005-2010, Paul served as Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Cleveland Opera & Opera Cleveland. Due to an unprecedented merger between two opera companies, Paul led a major rebranding effort in 2006.  As the new company emerged, Paul was able to grow new audiences through a variety of creative marketing strategies including unique special events (Opera Sampler Night), pub crawls and colorful social media experiences. (Please visit “operachicken.blogspot.com” for a sample.) His unique take on arts marketing led to presentations at Opera America conferences, as well as local seminars at the Cleveland Foundation Center.
Paul spent 2001-2005 as an Advertising Executive at Stern Advertising in Pepper Pike, Ohio, where he worked with clients such as McDonald’s, Pearle Vision, The Ohio Lottery, The Plain Dealer, and Things Remembered. Paul spent the majority of his time creating and producing television and radio spots for Sterling Jewelers, including Kay Jewelers, JB Robinson, and Jared.  Paul was fortunate to work with executives from Stern’s parent company, Chiat/Day, who were working on the campaign of the first Apple iPod.
Paul grew up on the west side of Cleveland in Fairview Park. He attended Bowling Green State University, where he graduated with a degree in Music Education

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Celebrating Over a Century of Service in the Akron Community!

The History of The Rotary Club of Akron
Honoring the Past.  Driving the Future.
April 5, 2014 Centennial Celebration