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U.S. Marshals Museum hires CEO in advance of construction

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The U.S. Marshals Museum on Tuesday has hired Patrick Weeks as president and CEO, a move organizers said will free current president Jim Dunn from operational responsibilities and allow him to focus on raising money for the project.
Organizers plan to build the 50,000 square foot museum on the banks of the Arkansas River in Fort Smith. The city was featured in the June issue of Ozarks Living Magazine.

In May, the museum named CDI Contractors of Little Rock as the its construction consultant and likely construction manager.

Patrick Weeks

Patrick Weeks

The museum’s board hired Weeks after “a national search for a recognized museum professional who could lead the project through design, construction and opening.” Dunn will work with Weeks for 90 days starting July 1.

“We are extremely pleased to offer the job of president and CEO to Patrick Weeks,” says Judge Jim Spears, museum board chairman. “He has the vision, leadership and experience needed to build on Jim Dunn’s success and guide the museum through this important stage of development and beyond.”

Weeks is founder and principal of Strategic Experience Solutions of Dublin, Ohio, which focuses on helping museums, science centers and theme attractions through project planning; implementation and oversight; growth; annual budgets; and guest experiences. He has more than 20 years of experience in the industry.

Before SES, Weeks was vice president of Roto, also of Dublin, Ohio, a design and production firm that specializes in experiences for museums and entertainment venues. He also served as vice president of operations and guest experiences for the Arizona Science Center.
“Patrick has played an integral role in the design, construction and exhibit creation of several national entities,” said Robert Young, chairman of the museum’s foundation. “At the Arizona Science Center, he fostered relationships with corporate sponsors, individual donors and municipal government entities to complete a $24.5 million capital reinvestment project. I’m confident he and Jim Dunn will do the same for the U.S. Marshals Museum to bring this project over the finish line.”

Jim Dunn

Jim Dunn

An attorney, Dunn is past President of Fort Smith Rotary Club, Sebastian County Bar Association, United Way of Fort Smith Area, Inc., Arkansas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, W. B. Putman Inn of Court, and other community organizations.

CDI Contractors, owned by publicly traded department store chain Dillard’s Inc. of Little Rock, is now helping the museum’s architects, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock and Cambridge Seven Associates of Cambridge, Massachusetts, update the museum’s $22 million construction budget. Construction period will last about 16 months.
The museum is expected to open in 2018.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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