July 10 – Happy Birthday David Carlucci

carlucci222David Carlucci was born in Amsterdam, NY on July 10, 1949 and got important exposure to  business and music early on. He was the son of Joe and Roseanne Stelly Carlucci. His dad came home from service in World War II and started the Port Jackson Painting Company, which he would later merge with Otto Greco’s painting firm to form Amsterdam Painting and Decorating, one of the most successful businesses of it’s kind in the city’s history. Roseanne Carlucci played the banjo and used it to entertain David and his sister throughout their childhood.

When he entered Wilbur Lynch High School in the early sixties, he was introduced to another individual who would have a significant impact on his future career. I was just a little kid at the time but I do remember when Bert DeRose made Carlucci a regular presence on that elegant Lynch auditorium stage. DeRose used him as both an actor in many of his productions as well as a valuable member of his backstage crew. Those teenage moments spent both in front of and behind that curtain helped propel him toward what became a distinguished career in the entertainment industry.

After graduating from Lynch in 1967, he attended Oklahoma City University, where he earned a degree in theater arts in 1972 and went to work for a local performance theater in Oklahoma City. After marrying Amsterdam native LouAnn Cotugno in 1975, he got his big break in 1977, when he was appointed Operations Manager of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. I remember how nice it was to see this local Amsterdam guy running around the SPAC stage, all mic’d up, making sure everything was absolutely perfect for some of the greatest musical artists in the world who played that wonderful venue every summer. I also remember when budget cuts in the early nineties forced the cutback of his job to a part-time position. Though his brilliant career at SPAC was over, Dave Carlucci’s impact on this country’s music industry was just beginning.

In 1993, Carlucci began an 11-year stint at Chicago’s House of Blues Concerts, Inc. During that time he produced and managed an average of 80 major entertainment events annually while overseeing two different performance venues in the Windy City and a staff that ranged between 400 and 600 employees.

In 2004, he began a three-year tenure as President and Executive Director of The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a new performance venue that was being built alongside the field that served as the historic site of the Woodstock Music Festival.

In 2008, he headed back to Chicago to serve as VP and GM of the world renowned Chicago Theatre. His Dad would have been proud of him because in addition to overseeing 100 major entertainment events annually, Carlucci’s efforts helped increase the critical revenues derived from food and beverage sales by an average of 17% annually.

In 2011, Carlucci hung out his own shingle and became an independent consultant to the entertainment industry. That was just a nice way of phrasing the fact that Carlucci was ready to give up his full-time job to spend much more time with a family he adored.

Dave and LouAnn raised a daughter and a son and they are thoroughly enjoying their role as grandparents. In fact, the Carlucci’s relocated to the Houston, Texas area a few years ago to be closer to their daughter and grandson.

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