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March 24, 2002

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Doug Blonsky is Chief Operating Office of the Central Park Conservancy, the public-private partnership that runs AmericaÕs most famous urban park Ð Central Park in the middle of Manhattan.Ê His staff of 200 is responsible for the parkÕs upkeep and maintenance, educating visitors, organizing recreation programs, restoring the parkÕs treasures, maintaining relationships with government and raising money to support the work of the Conservancy.

The restoration of the Great Lawn, Harlem Meer, MerchantsÕ Gate, Mall, and Conservatory Water have all been completed under DougÕs leadership.

Doug Blonsky is a registered landscape architect in the state of New York.

Ron Terry is the chairman of the citizen board appointed by Shelby County government to run Shelby Farms.Ê But his dream for the park is to use the Central Park Conservancy model to put it into the hands of a public-private partnership.

This is not his first major civic change effort.Ê He chaired the Memphis Jobs Conference in 1980 and Õ81 that led to the cityÕs economic development focus on distribution and tourism, along with the expansion of The Orpheum Theatre, the building of the convention center hotel and, ironically, the construction of the Agricenter.

He is the retired chairman of First Tennessee Bank.

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