EXCLUSIVE: Davenport’s Putnam Museum & Science Center Hires Two New VPs

EXCLUSIVE: The Putnam Museum and Science Center has expanded its management crew to incorporate a Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Leslie Klipsch, and Vice President of Museum Experiences, Ben Johnson.

Leslie Klipsch is the Putrnam’s new vp of selling and gross sales.

“The Putnam is rising from the pandemic stronger than ever. Not solely has the power been re-imagined, however we’ve been capable of rebuild our workers,” Putnam President/CEO Rachael Mullins mentioned Thursday. “We’re happy to welcome two new leaders to the Putnam who each convey an unimaginable experience that may additional our development and relevance to our Quad-City neighborhood.”

Leslie Klipsch is a communicator, connector, creator, and entrepreneur. She is a founder and co-owner of COWORKQC, a coworking area in downtown Davenport, and, till lately, was the Director of Communications for Empower Tanzania, a non-governmental group working to sustainably enhance high quality of life in rural Tanzania.

Over the final decade, she helped launch a fair-trade model, wrote and printed a whole lot of articles, and co-led a crew of ladies that raised practically a half million {dollars} for clear water options throughout the globe—an

EXCLUSIVE: Davenport’s Putnam Museum & Science Center Hires Two New VPs

Ben Johnson is the Putnam’s new vp of museum experiences.

expertise she chronicled in her guide, “Mama Bear’s Manifesto: A Moms’ Group Guide to Changing the World,” printed in 2017.

Klipsch has a bachelor’s in English from the University of Iowa and a grasp’s in writing from DePaul University. She loves life in Davenport along with her husband and their three youngsters.

On July 12, Klipsch posted on Facebook:

“After 15 years working for myself and patching collectively an attractive bundle of participating gigs, I’ve determined to spend my vitality and concentrate on a single position a bit nearer to residence. Just a few weeks in the past I began because the VP of Marketing & Sales on the Putnam Museum and Science Center and I’m LOVING it! The folks, the place, the potential…it’s all so thrilling and I really feel actually grateful for the chance to hitch an unimaginable crew. I like museums, I like our neighborhood, and I like connecting folks to goodness, development, and alternative! I’m just a few weeks in however I really feel like that is going to be an actually, actually great journey!”

Ben Johnson joins the Putnam crew after spending the previous 5 years as Executive Director of the Glenn Curtiss Museum in upstate New York, which focuses on aviation.

A local of jap Nebraska, Johnson earned his bachelor’s in historical past and faith from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and a grasp of arts

EXCLUSIVE: Davenport’s Putnam Museum & Science Center Hires Two New VPs

The Putnam Museum and Science Center is at 1717 W. twelfth St., Davenport.

in U.S. Military, Diplomatic, and Foreign Relations historical past from the University of Nebraska. He started his museum profession as a university intern and has held all kinds of positions over his practically 20 years of museum expertise.

Along together with his spouse Adrienne and their canine Buddy, Ben tremendously appreciates his return to the Midwest and appears ahead to exploring the culinary delights of the Quad-Cities, based on the Putnam launch.

“From the power and reveals, to the programming and workers, the Putnam seems very totally different than it did in January 2020,” Mullins mentioned. “I’m excited to see what these phenomenal profession professionals will convey to the Putnam crew for our subsequent steps into the longer term.”

The Putnam Museum (1717 W. 12th St., Davenport) brings to life a way of place, time and objective to ignite human potential and encourage our various neighborhood to find out about and look after our world and all its folks. For greater than 150 years, visitors have skilled the Putnam’s everlasting reveals like Unearthing Ancient Egypt in addition to an array of applications and internationally acknowledged touring reveals. The Putnam is devoted to serving to visitors uncover and discover in a pleasant and fascinating environment.

For extra details about occasions and reveals, go to putnam.org.

EXCLUSIVE: Davenport’s Putnam Museum & Science Center Hires Two New VPs

Jonathan Turner has been overlaying the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, after which as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan can also be an completed actor and musician who has been seen often on native theater phases, together with the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.

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