CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (September 5, 2003) - Herman Stone,
President and CEO of Consolidated Theatres, was honored with the
"Statesman of the Year" Award at the 2003 ShowSouth Conference held in
Calloway Gardens, Georgia.
The prestigious award, sponsored by
the Southern chapter of the National Association of Theater Owners
(NATO), recognizes the beneficial and lasting impact of members in the
motion picture exhibitor industry. Stone, a mainstay in the industry,
was a popular choice for the award. "The word 'STATESMAN' is often
overused, but I cannot think of anyone in our industry that deserves it
better than Herman Stone," said Senior Vice President of Buena Vista
Pictures Distribution, Rod Rodriguez. "Rising from a theatre manager in
Charlotte, North Carolina to CEO of Consolidated Theatres is a huge
achievement. It tells me he is not only a statesman, but a very savvy
and hard working businessman."
Stone, who created Consolidated
Theatres Management, LLC 13 years ago, accepted the award August 19,
2003 in a ceremony attended by representatives from the entire film
industry. With nearly 40 years in the Motion Picture Exhibitors
Industry, Stone is widely recognized for his continued influence on and
dedicated passion for the silver screen. "It is an honor to be
recognized by an industry that has given so much to me and the world of
entertainment," said Stone. "I hope to continue to play a part in the
growth of this wonderful industry for many years to come."
Theatres, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, presently
operates 16 theatres with 222 screens in Virginia, North Carolina and
South Carolina. The company has an additional site under construction
in Silver Spring, Maryland with plans for continued growth throughout
the eastern United States. Consolidated Theatres is committed to
continuing its reputation as the premier theater operating company in
the United States.