Business Council

The Lincoln Center Business Council, established in 1995 to promote the interest and support of the middle market, has quickly grown into an active circle of donors. The Business Council’s lively meetings and social events present effective opportunities for executives to network with other middle-market companies from a cross-section of geographic areas and industries. The council includes representatives from this diverse group and from larger companies that are interested in this middle market for business purposes.

Council Chairs


John P. Cole

Wells Fargo

Vice Chair

Charles G. Ludmer

CohnReznick LLP

Chair Emeritus

Michael S. Mullman

Blank Rome LLP

Chair Emeritus

Kenneth L. Wyse

Kenneth L. Wyse & Associates

Council Members

  • Eric Blair-Joannou*
    WMR Studio
  • Jonathan J. Cohen
    Elias B. Cohen & Associates
  • Lynn Flynn
    PVH Corp.
  • Ron Garfunkel
  • Ted Knauss
    PNC Bank
  • Ellen Marshall
  • W. Patrick McMullan III
    The McMullan Family Fund/ Barclays
  • David J. Milberg
    Milberg Factors, Inc.
  • Wayne S. Miller
    G-III Apparel Group, Ltd.
  • Allison Muth*
    Alston & Bird LLP
  • Kenneth A. Rosen, Esq.
    Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Bradford J. Sandler
    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
  • John C. Simons
    Corporate Fuel Advisors, LLC
  • Debra Flink Sonkin
    Search Advisory Group
  • Tina Tang*
  • Jonathan B. Taylor
    Spielman, Koenigsberg & Parker, LLP
  • Raymond L. Vandenburg
    Tatiana Piankova Foundation

  • *Junior Member

Membership Testimonials

My involvement with the Lincoln Center Business Council has been even more rewarding and fulfilling than I had expected when I became an active member seven years ago. The opportunity to work closely with a dedicated group of middle-market professionals from the New York business community – supporting and raising funds for the Center and its 10 resident arts organizations – is simultaneously humbling and empowering. I believe the importance of the arts to society, to human history, cannot be overstated; thus, helping to make these cultural treasures more accessible enriches both the community at large and the lives of all who take part in the effort. As Winston Churchill once put it: 'We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.'

Alan Ackbarali


My connection to Lincoln Center started when I was just a child and my parents took me to see “The Nutcracker” ballet at Christmastime. It continued in my teen years and into adulthood as I started to go to Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater. Part of what makes New York such a vibrant city is its rich cultural life. And at the heart of those cultural experiences is Lincoln Center. Being on the Lincoln Center Business Council has provided me with the opportunity to give back to arts organizations that have given me so much as an audience member. Through the Business Council, I can do my part to support those great performing arts organization in residence at Lincoln Center and to help ensure that they will be there for future audiences to enjoy and be inspired by.

David Milberg

Milberg Factors, Inc.

Membership Expectations


There is a minimum annual contribution of $7,500 (with a recommendation to dedicate $2,500 to the annual Business Leadership Award Breakfast). This can be obtained through a member’s company/firm, a personal contribution, or event sponsorship.


Members are asked to personally solicit new corporate prospects. Solicitation lists and letters are prepared for each member.


Raise unrestricted funds for 10 world-class performing arts organizations at Lincoln Center.


Meetings of the Business Council are held four times throughout the year. Members are asked to attend a minimum of two meetings.


Members are asked to attend one Council event in addition to the annual Business Leadership Award Breakfast.


Members are expected to provide incremental support to Corporate Fund events.

Membership Benefits


Recognition in the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Annual Report.


Visibility on our website and in a number of printed materials, such as business publications, advertisements, and Lincoln Center Playbills, seen by over 5 million patrons annually.

Special Invitations

Invitations to donor events throughout the year.

Concierge Services

Access to Concierge Services, a members-only ticketing service that connects you with the best seats at all performances across campus—before they’re on sale to the general public.

Many More Benefits

Other benefits commensurate with gift level, as detailed in Member Benefits.

Annual Events

Spring Networking Event: A Little Light Music and More

This annual event featuring music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres is hosted by the Lincoln Center Business Council, designed to create a corporate networking opportunity in support of Lincoln Center. Hundreds of professionals attend this event to mix, mingle, talk business, and highlight the extraordinary partnership between the business community and Lincoln Center’s exceptional performing arts institutions. For additional information, please contact Michelle Nguyen at 212.671.4683 or [email protected]

Lincoln Center Corporate Fund’s Annual Golf and Tennis Tournament

Join the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund for a day of golf and tennis at one of the area’s most prestigious private clubs. The day will feature a buffet brunch and luncheon, gift bag, team photos, entry to contests, and on-course refreshments. It will be capped off with a cocktail reception, award ceremony, and silent auction. Special guests will join the players to make for a truly memorable experience. To secure your spot, or for more information, please contact Barbara Bell Cook at 212.875.5316 or [email protected]

Lincoln Center Jazz Evening at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

The Lincoln Center Business Council hosts this annual evening of jazz at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, an intimate venue designed to ideally frame the superb live music of Jazz at Lincoln Center. A menu of soulful, down-home flavor with New York flair, seasonal cocktails, and the best in live jazz performed several stories above the expansive vista of Central Park make it a terrific opportunity for client entertainment or a night out for employee appreciation. For additional information, please contact Michelle Nguyen at 212.671.4683 or [email protected]

Real Estate & Construction Council Gala

Each year, Lincoln Center’s Real Estate and Construction Council hosts the RECC Gala, with proceeds benefitting eight of the constituent organizations and the two world-class schools at Lincoln Center. Following a lively (but not lengthy) reception and dinner, guests select priority seating from a roster of performances being offered at Lincoln Center: theater, ballet, orchestra, or jazz. The RECC Gala is an exceptional opportunity to entertain important clients and business associates while supporting the arts at Lincoln Center. For additional information, please contact Kelly McLaughlin at 212-875-5723 or [email protected]

Women’s Leadership Council Fashion Luncheon

Hosted by the Corporate Fund’s Women’s Leadership Council, the annual What’s In/What’s Out Luncheon is regularly sold-out event showcasing the latest fashion and beauty trends for the coming season. The afternoon features seasonal style displays, a presentation by Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey on the must-have fashion trends and beauty secrets, and a raffle featuring prizes from our sponsors (which have included such prestigious names as LALIQUE). To secure your table, or for ticket information, please contact Jane Kolb at 212.875.5384 or [email protected]

Alternative Investment Industry Gala

Each Spring, the Corporate Fund hosts its annual Alternative Investment Industry Gala at the Rainbow Room. It was established to engage the alternative capital industry to rally in support of the 10 arts organizations on the Lincoln Center campus. Over 300 guests representing our City’s top investment firms and financial services organizations attend this festive event. Attendees enjoy an evening of amazing food, fun entertainment, dancing, and spectacular views from one of New York City’s most iconic and glamorous landmarks. For additional information, please contact Anissa Graham at 212.875.5432 or [email protected]

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