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Marc Gustafson / Executive Director
Marc received a AB in Education from UNC, where he was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. He received his law degree from Indiana University.
Marc has been and continues to be an active member of the Charlotte cultural community. He served as a board member for the McColl Center for Visual Art and was the founder of its young affiliate group, the Contemporaries. He has been an Arts & Science Council Operating Grant Panelist, a member of the Annual Fund Drive Cabinet, a commissioner on the Public Art Commission, a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, chairperson of the Young Donor Society and is a 2008 graduate of the Cultural Leadership Training Program. His passion for the arts led him to create Gallery Pantone 278, a contemporary pop-up art gallery in South End.
In 2009, Marc was elected to the University Of North Carolina Board Of Visitors, following a successful stint as the chairperson of the UNC-Chapel Hill Young Alumni Council. Marc was named the 2009 Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist by the Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He has been very active with, and individually raised over $30,000 of dollars for, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program and 24 Hours of Booty. In 2012 Marc was elected Partner at the law firm of Essex Richards, PA.
John Schacht / Editor in Chief
John Schacht earned his Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley after graduating cum laude with a B.A. in English & American Literature from UC San Diego. He made his living as a newspaper reporter and editor for 10 years, working everything from an NBA beat to the International desk, before turning to freelance writing and teaching. His stories have run in publications ranging from the Charlotte Business Journal to California Monthly. In recent years he’s focused on music writing, contributing to national magazines like Paste, Harp and Blurt, as well on-line sites like Allmusic.com, Popmatters.com and The-Thread.org. One-time music editor for Creative Loafing, Schacht co-founded Shuffle magazine, a quarterly dedicated to the music scene in the Carolinas, and served as its editor in chief from 2007-2012. He also teaches Pop Culture & the American Music Scene, Making Magazines in the Digital Age, Writing About Arts & Culture, and The Rise & Fall of Traditional News Media at UNC Charlotte, as well as Introduction to Journalism and Freelance Writing at CPCC. He occasionally runs writing seminars through YourStoriesYourVoice.com.
Mark Peres / Founder
Mark Peres is founder and past president of Charlotte Viewpoint. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Arts & Sciences at Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte Campus, teaching courses on leadership and business ethics. He is a graduate of Rollins College and The Florida State University College of Law. Mark finds joy in the liberal arts, the creativity of friends, and being involved in a great city.