Chicago Cultural Mile introduces board members John McCarter, Jr. & Frank Novel

  Chicago Cultural Mile introduces board members John McCarter, Jr. & Frank

Sharene Shariatzadeh named as organization's Executive Director

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Jan. 22, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Chicago Cultural Mile Association
announced the reappointment of John W. McCarter, Jr. and the appointment of
Frank P. Novel to its Board of Directors. "The Chicago Cultural Mile is
fortunate to have two board members who will bring a wealth of experience and
expertise to the organization. Like the association's famous founder,
Lawrence M. Pucci, these men have a passion for the area's many offerings,"
according to J.R. Davis, President of the Chicago Cultural Mile.

John W. McCarter, Jr. is President Emeritus of the Field Museum of Natural
History in Chicago where, until his retirement in 2012, he served as the
museum's President and Chief Executive Officer for 16 years. A native
Chicagoan, McCarter previously was Senior Vice President of Booz Allen &
Hamilton, Inc., where he consulted with several leading companies active in
agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and nutrition. Earlier, he served as President
of DeKalb Corporation and DeKalb-Pfizer Genetics and as Budget Director of the
State of Illinois under Governor Richard B. Ogilvie. McCarter was a White
House Fellow during the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. He is an
Emeritus Trustee of the University of Chicago and a former Trustee of
Princeton University as well as an Emeritus Trustee and former Chairman of
WTTW, Chicago's public television station. He is a Fellow of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently serves as a Trustee for the
National Recreation Foundation, Regent for the Smithsonian Institution, and is
on the Board of the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Frank P. Novel is the President, Trust Officer and a Director of the
Metropolitan Capital Bank & Trust. He is also President and Principal of
Metropolitan Capital Investment Banc, Inc. Prior to joining Metropolitan
Capital, Novel served as President of three other Chicago area banks, having
begun his forty-five year banking career with the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation. He is a past director of the Lombard and Naperville Chambers of
Commerce as well as a past member of their Rotary Clubs. Novel recently
completed his duties as Treasurer of the Village of Winfield. He is currently
a member of the Union League Club of Chicago, serving on its Membership

Additionally, the Chicago Cultural Mile recently hired Sharene Shariatzadeh as
its new Executive Director. "Sharene brings an artistic passion and a proven
track record in business development to her work at the Chicago Cultural
Mile," Davis said.

Prior to serving in her current position, Shariatzadeh served as Director of
Business Development for the Chicago News Cooperative, a start-up
not-for-profit news agency best known for producing the twice-weekly Chicago
Report for The New York Times. She also served as Director of Business
Development & Strategy for Real Green Media where she developed and managed
funding partners and executed programs that teach students about the
environment. Shariatzadeh was also President and Director of Business
Development for The Chicago Conservation Center and held key positions at the
Steppenwolf Theatre Company,, The Joffrey Ballet, and Leslie Hindman

The Chicago Cultural Mile Association is an independent not-for-profit
organization dedicated to raising awareness of the unique strengths and
diverse offerings available to visitors frequenting the strategic Michigan
Avenue location from the Chicago River south to Roosevelt Road. The
association's goal is to affect streetscape improvements, market and brand the
Chicago Cultural Mile as a destination avenue, create networking opportunities
for businesses and institutions along the Mile and build a premier
merchant-based advocacy group for citizens and stakeholders of our district.

For more information please visit

John Pastuovic
312-925-9092 (cell)

SOURCE Chicago Cultural Mile

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