M. John Richard has served as president and chief executive officer of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County since December 2008. In his first year in Miami, he achieved a number of accomplishments, cementing the Adrienne Arsht Center’s missions of being a presenter of world-class performances, an openly-accessible community resource, and a catalyst for economic growth in its neighborhood. At the same time, he has helped ensure the Center’s institutional and financial strength; 2009 saw the organization balance its budget for the second-straight year and pay off its last remaining bank debt seven years ahead of schedule. In addition, a new $5 million gift was secured for the Center’s Endowment under his leadership.
Where were you born ?
The Garden State, New Jersey
How long in Miami:
14 months in my wonderful new home
Brickell Avenue, a mere eight minutes from the Adrienne Arsht Center
President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center of Miami-Dade County
Michael’s Genuine, if granted my last and final wish
Sushi Siam, a chain that has its act together; For a mom and pop sleeper in Coral Gables, Su-Shin Izakaya
Best Ethnic Food:
Red Light, if the New Orleans owner/chef falls into the ethnic category. The barbeque shrimp is a taste bud meltdown.
Caffé Abbracci makes for another good reason to visit downtown Coral Gables for my favorite cuisine.
Best place for late night dining:
Soyka delivers comfort food in a festive atmosphere when you need it most. To kick back, I love to eat at The River Oyster Bar.
Barton G. on the beach has a ridiculous selection of bountiful choices. This is not the place for a Biggest Loser competition.
Best place for a romantic date:
A round-trip to the Keys with many beach stops along the way.
Best Sunday brunch:
At home with the New York Times; Lynne (my wife) makes the very best frittatas.
I am usually in bed by the time the fun starts, but Nobu on Miami Beach will pop your eyeballs.
Best place for a power business meeting:
It’s not a restaurant, it’s the conference room of the Miami Downtown Development Authority. The view will kill you and Miami’s future is left to ponder.
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
I love to attend ‘Canes games at Alex Rodriguez Stadium.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
By land, the Four Seasons, Brickell has a trustworthy brand that makes life on the road comfortable, and on the beach, try The Betsy because the new owners have overseen a beautiful renovation.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Fresh Market in Coconut Grove owns my checkbook.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
just replaced my Timex so you tell me…
The Standard, Miami Beach for spiritual meditation; the Red Door Lifestyle Spa in Weston speaks of modern tranquility just off the golf course.
Favorite Charity Event:
We just did a cruise on the Odyssey, which is Seabourn’s newest ship, and it was fabulous fundraiser for the four leading cultural institutions in Miami: Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, New World Symphony, and the Arsht Center.
Favorite Cultural Event:
Whenever Miami City Ballet performs Balanchine’s Jewels
Favorite Cultural Institution:
I am going with the Adrienne Arsht Center. I love where I hang my hat day and night.
Best Aspect of Miami:
The aesthetic where humans and nature collide indoors and out.
Red The Steakhouse, when your boss is paying
Is pizza food? I usually go right for the pasta. Okay, Andiamo!
Joe’s Stone Crab where the meal matches the patron scene every single day.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
In the tower where I live. It’s all about accessibility. It’s on the second floor the last time I checked.
A Valentine’s Day couple’s massage at the Standard.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Aventura Worldwide Transportation Services keeps the gas tank full so our visiting artists report to work on time.
The Bass Museum began as a library in 1920 and then set the standard for Fine Art in Miami.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
One simply must explore the Everglades and start by going to Shark Valley, along with the gators; it is the most spectacular aviary infestation for bird watching.