The North American Concert Promoters Association has announced Joe Reinartz and Linda Moody will be joining NACPA, effective Dec. 1. Reinartz will take over the role of executive director with the retirement of longtime NACPA executives Cynthia Wallace and Ben Liss.
Both Wallace and Liss will retire in 2020 after assisting with the new transition in leadership. Moody, who has worked with Reinhartz for many years, will take over executive assistant.
“There will be an extended period of transition as there is a great deal for Joe and Linda to learn about NACPA – our systems, procedures and long history,” Liss and Wallace wrote to the NACPA members. “We will remain with NACPA ….through this summer. During the coming months, we will work closely with Joe and Linda to coordinate a smooth transition in their assumption of our responsibilities.”
Reinartz’s background is in music business journalism, having run the news department at Pollstar and has followed NACPA’s operations since the mid-’90s. He worked with NACPA on its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Oral History project, interviewing William Morris agent Dick Alen for the hall’s archives and recently reported for Celebrity Access.
“We have known Joe for many years – as have a number of NACPA members – and have found him to be honorable, sensible and now excited about the new challenges he will have leading NACPA. Joe’s skill set includes strong communication and organizational skills,” continued the memo from Liss and Wallace.
Liss and Wallace stressed that the transition will be gradual as Reinartz and Moody acclimate to their new roles. Moody has worked with Reinartz for a decade and both will be based out of Fresno, California.
“I am obviously excited about the upcoming challenges as executive director of NACPA,” Reinartz said in a statement. “However, I wish to stress that, as I acclimate to the position, my fealty is to the Board and to the members of the Association and will serve them to the best of my ability.”
Both Reinhartz and Moody have worked outside of the realm of concert promotion, which Wallace and Liss stressed was a positive because neither has a previous affiliation with a promotion company and can remain neutral in their upcoming roles.