FRIDAY AFTER 5 WELCOMES A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AHEAD OF 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
For Immediate Release: September 15th, 2020 – Owensboro, KY
The Friday After 5 Board of Directors is happy to announce that they have selected a candidate to serve as the new Executive Director for the signature riverfront music Festival.
“After a very thorough search and the hard work of our search committee, the Board of Directors is delighted to welcome Francine Marseille to lead Friday After 5 into the future,” said Jay Velotta, President of Friday After 5. “Francine comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and an extensive background in entertainment and event management.” Velotta continues “We are pleased that our search efforts helped us select such a skilled candidate.”
Given the growth of Friday After 5 over the years and preparing for the 25th Anniversary next year, the board began searching for a strong team leader in July to take the reins and continue the growth and success of the event. Working together with their newly established Search Committee, they received several qualified applicant hopefuls for the position.
“The decision was challenging. Our newly established Search Committee received 20 qualified applicant hopefuls, from those applicants we had a several very qualified finalists.” stated Kirk Kirkpatrick, Friday After 5 Founder and Historian. “We are thrilled to work with Francine to forge a brilliant future for Friday After 5. We know Owensboro will discover some of the great attributes we realized in during the interview process.”
Jay Velotta states “Francine has hit the ground running and is acquainting herself with long-time Friday After 5 sponsors and the CVB. In fact she will be at an O. Z. Tyler event at 10:30 this morning and at the CVB Board meeting at 3:30this afternoon”.
Marseille returned home to Owensboro last year, after being away for more than 30 years.
She had begun her career at WVJS-TV-2 before heading west to complete her education, receiving a master’s degree in Communications – TV/Radio/Film emphasis, along with achieving her career goals in the Entertainment and Music Industry.
Her desire to return home to Owensboro and give back to a community that provided her start, was essential to her. She
quickly became involved in her hometown and volunteered with Friday After 5 at first opportunity. Francine will begin her tenure at Friday After 5 immediately.
“I would like to start by saying that it is an honor to have been chosen as the new Executive Director of Friday After 5.” remarked Marseille.
“In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to working with our Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and our extraordinary
volunteers to make the upcoming 25th Anniversary season and beyond a resounding success.