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Rothschild, Sullivan earn spots on wall

Oct 05, 2017

The Ledger continues with its series featuring the 10 inductees to the Parsons College Wall of Honor.

The induction ceremony is at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Today we salute Arnold H. Rothschild and John “Jack” Sullivan.


Arnold H. Rothschild,

Class of 1969

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – Arnie is a man who wears many hats. He is President and CEO of Normal Communications, LLC, in Rochester, New York, dealing in advertising, sales, marketing and messaging strategies. He is acting CEO of Rochester Theatre League, Inc, which offers theater education programs to students locally.

He is president of Growth Marketing Group of New York, LLC, specializing in advertising articulations, while providing print services to hundreds of businesses.

Rothschild’s career has also included serving as vice president of sales and marketing at Lincoln Group Properties, and General and Sales Manager positions for several other businesses after starting his career at Empire State FM (radio) Network as an account executive in 1969.

Arnold is a career marketing communicator, an organization builder and community advocate with extensive experience in political strategy, public information outreach and community affairs. He is regarded as an expert in public policy, political strategy, media strategy and public relations.

He has also served on the board of the Rochester Broadway Theatre League since 1989 and has been a member of the Cultural District Commission. Arnold’s consulting services have been requested frequently by the State University of New York as well as other local universities. He designed and fielded the largest educational research study ever conducted in New York state with more than 6,000 respondents.

At St. Bonaventure University, Rothschild served on their crisis management consulting team, designing and developing their regional media campaign. And he has assisted Findley University on strategic and tactical marketing around positioning, key messaging and delivery. Arnold earned his B.A. Degree in Sociology at Parsons where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Delta fraternity.

“As was the case with many of us at Parsons, I had to learn how to learn,” he said. “Early on, I struggled to retain information and was very concerned about my ability to succeed. Dr. Cornell Clarke and Dr. Eastman both had a major impact on my turn around, and I became a Dean’s List student. I still wear my Parsons T-shirt every morning when I work out. No matter what happens to me, I never forget where I have come from, or how wonderful that place [Parsons] was for so many of us.”

Rothschild resides in Rochester, New York, and will be presented by Larry Litwin.


John “Jack” Sullivan,

Class of 1972

NAPLES, FLORIDA – Jack is an expert in his field of hospitality management. He has spent over 40 years (and counting) in club management.

His unique background, managing both member-owned and private developer golf, country, and yacht clubs as a consultant to the club industry has earned him recognition as one of the country’s leading experts in private clubs.

Sullivan’s early experiences took him to Nakoma Golf Club in Madison, Wisconsin. Next, Jack moved onto Gross Point Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.

At the GPYC, where he was employed for 15 years, the club received major awards. Under Jack’s watch, Grosse Pointe was three times selected “The No. 1 Yacht Club in the Country” by Sibbald & Associates.

Another of his celebrated stops was in Naples, Florida, with Collier Enterprises, where he served as Vice President of Club Operations. In that capacity, Jack held the positions of vice president and general manager of the Old Colony Golf Club and the Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club.

Just prior to that, Sullivan was the general manager of the Bay Colony Golf Club, also in Naples. In 1992, his reputation went national.

Sullivan was selected to serve as national president of the Club Managers Association of America. Eight years later, his career reached a pinnacle when he received two most distinguished awards. First, he received the “Club Manager of the Year” honor by Club Management Magazine.

That honor was followed by Jack being presented the “Excellence in Club Management Award” by the McMahon Group. Over 25 years ago, he established a workshop program for all yacht club managers at the annual CMAA World Conference, which he continues to chair. He has been a frequent lecturer for hospitality programs at Florida Gulf Coast University and Purdue University.

He is on the advisory board for the Resort and Hospitality program at Florida Gulf Coast. Jack is being presented by his wife, Darcy Mellen-Sullivan.

The ceremony is in the Sondheim theater.

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