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Opening Nights at FSU announces new chair

Ron Sachs, Miami native and founder/chairman emeritus of Tallahassee-based Sachs Media, will be a proponent of the opening nights.

Opening Nights at Florida State University's Development Council has elected Ron Sachs as its chair for the 2024-2025 season.

In this role, Sachs, a Miami native and founder/chairman emeritus of Tallahassee-based Sachs Media, will be an advocate for Opening Nights by strengthening the relationship between the performing arts program and the community.

“For many years, our family and our work family have been strong supporters and sponsors of Opening Nights because of their wonderful track record of bringing some of the world's greatest new and legendary talent to our Tallahassee community,” Sachs said. “By creating and sustaining them Through a positive array of performing arts, FSU has also helped consistently unite our community, region and state on the common ground of enjoying world-class entertainment.”

Sachs founded Sachs Media in 1996 after serving as communications director for the late Gov. Lawton Chiles for three years. The 28-year-old company is nationally respected and recognized for its meaningful work on behalf of clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Sachs is an Emmy Award-winning newspaper, magazine and television journalist. He worked on projects that brought local, statewide, national and global attention to issues such as bias and discrimination, hurricane safety, financial literacy, veterans' welfare, safe driving, bipartisan political dialogue and rock and roll.

Sachs has been a sponsor of the Opening Nights since 2011. Over the years, Sachs Media and the Sachs family have sponsored acts including Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, the Righteous Brothers, the Temptations & Four Tops and most recently the Sold-out “Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.”

“We are excited to have Ron assume the chairmanship of the Opening Nights Development Council as the overall program continues to evolve for both Florida State University and the Leon County community,” said Michael Blachly, interim director of Opening Nights.

In his 34 years in Tallahassee, Sachs served as chairman of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and the board and annual fundraiser of United Way of the Big Bend. Sachs twice donated his firm's services to the passage of the half-penny sales tax initiative, which benefited Leon County Public Schools by raising tens of millions of dollars. Sachs also designed Tallahassee's Best & Brightest Scholarship Program, which recognizes and rewards high school seniors for their academic achievements and selfless service. The program has awarded nearly $1 million to more than 2,500 students in 19 years.

Sachs earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida and hopes to one day earn an FSU degree. He is married to Gay Webster-Sachs and is the father of daughters Samantha Jane Sachs, Julie Sachs Hunter and the late Aimee Nicole Sachs.

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