The Preservation Society of Newport County is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Heath and Move Marketing as its Senior Corporate Underwriting Representative. She will be responsible for creating underwriting alliances and activating sponsor programs for the Preservation Society and its many seasonal events, including the Newport Symposium, exhibitions in the Rosecliff galleries, lectures, the Newport Flower Show and the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, in addition to other year-round underwriting opportunities.  Heath begins work December 1.

“We’re happy to welcome Mary back to the Preservation Society family,” said CEO and Executive Director Trudy Coxe. “She produced the Newport Flower Show for us in its early years before branching out.  Mary understands the mission of the Preservation Society, and the benefits that corporate underwriters can realize by supporting historic preservation.”

Mary Heath brings more than 30 years of experience to the new role, having previously held positions as Chief Marketing Officer at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, a Vice President of IMG and an ATP World Tour and WTA Tournament Director. For more than a decade, she was the co-owner of Rhode Island-based Perennial Events and produced the Newport Flower Show.

A native of Michigan, Heath is a graduate of Denison University. She and her husband reside in Jamestown, RI, where she is President of the Jamestown Historical Society.  She also serves as a Co-Chair of the Membership, Development, Public Relations & Marketing committee of the New England Museum Association (NEMA).

The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, is a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes, decorative arts and social history.  Its 11 historic properties–seven of them National Historic Landmarks–span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

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Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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