Ben Marcus Award: Paul J. Rogers
This year, The Geneva Convention honors one of its closest and dearest by honoring Paul J. Rogers with the Ben Marcus Award. Paul is Chairman of the Board of Rogers Cinema Inc., a Marshfield, Wisconsin based company. He continues to serve as President and National Director of the National Association of Theatre Owners of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan and has done so for the last 15 years.
Starting in 1964 as an usher for the Adler Theatre Company, he has always worked and been involved with motion pictures his entire life except for the three years he spent in the service in the American Embassy in Rangoon, Burma, for which he was awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal.
In 1970 he became general manager for the Adler Theatres. In 1972 he purchased the company's Marshfield operations, a single indoor and drive in theatre. He was 24 years old and always thought it as a "great accomplishment" to borrow a Quarter Million Dollars from the bank with his limited resources! He was elected to the NATO of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan board in 1973 to start the Youth Movement.
Today, Rogers Cinemas are located in eight cities with 53 screens throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
Widowed in 2003 and no children, Paul resides in Marshfield, Wisconsin but he spends a great deal of time at his Tomahawk, Wisconsin lake home or his Florida homes in the Fort Meyers area. Mr. Rogers spends a great deal of time and effort on civic and philanthropic work.
Larry D. Hanson Award: Tim Warner
Mr. Warner was born and raised in Butte, Montana and began his exhibition career there in 1956 at Fox-Intermountain Theatres. Following a two year stint as theatre manager and city manager for National General, Warner in 1969 joined Theatre Operators, Inc. of which he was part owner. He progressed to President of the organization. In 1973, he started a second company, Warner Marketing Film Buying which bought film for independently owned theatres. Theatre Operators, Inc. was acquired in 1988 by Chicago-based Excellence Theatres, which employed Warner as a senior executive until he left for Los Angeles to become CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners of California and General Chairman of NATO/ShoWest. Warner's 1989-1995 reign saw NATO/ShoWest evolve from a regional confab to a convention routinely converged upon by motion picture professionals from all over the world.
Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. is the second largest motion picture exhibitor in the world in terms of both attendance and the number of screens in operation. Mr. Warner currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Cinemark Holdings, Inc. Prior to his current position, he was President of Cinemark International for over 10 years where he was responsible for leading Cinemark's international growth efforts, primarily in Mexico, Central & South America, where it currently operates 1,069 screens in 131 theatres.
Mr. Warner resides in Dallas, Texas and is married to Windy. He has two children, Kristina and Tim Jr. and three grandchildren.
Congratulations Tim Warner on receiving the Larry D. Hanson Award for 2010.