Paul Deckard is currently Managing Director of Opera Colorado in Denver. In 2017, Deckard was recruited to lead the company's business strategy and create an environment for artistic expansion. He overhauled the company's programmatic marketing efforts in his first year resulting in a 35% increase in attendance and earned revenues—the highest single increase in attendance in over a decade. And he led the relocation and construction of the company's headquarters combining the company's administrative and artistic facilities for the first time in the company's history. His leadership played a critical role in advancing the company's activities with a 25% growth in the overall size of the organization's operating budget in two years. Deckard has been widely recognized as an influential leader with a successful track record.
In 2015, he was nominated as CFO of the year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for his work with the Atlanta Opera in a major financial turnaround and artistic expansion. Deckard played a key role in planning the company's $65 million comprehensive campaign and implementing large scale growth strategies resulting in an 80% deficit reduction in two years, while increasing the operating budget by 40%. During Deckard's tenure the company doubled the number of performances per season, and doubled contributed revenues.
Deckard has extensive experience in theatrical and opera production, having worked on over seventy-six productions in the last decade. He has also served as a nonprofit management consultant focused primarily on financial systems implementation and business process automation. Deckard currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver teaching graduate courses on nonprofit leadership and finance. Deckard received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Michigan State University, and a Master of International Business from Hult International School of Business in Cambridge, Massachusetts.