The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) Executive Board of Directors has elected B&B Theatres President & CEO Bob Bagby as the new NATO Chair and Harkins Theaters President & CEO Mike Bowers as the new NATO Vice-Chair during NATO’s 2023 General Membership & Board Meetings last week at the Beverly Hilton.
The new NATO Executive Board Chair, Bob Bagby, oversees the largest family owned and operated theater chain in the country. Headquartered in Kansas City (Liberty), Missouri, B&B Theatres will celebrate its 100 th anniversary next year. The new NATO Vice Chair, Mike Bowers, oversees the Scottsdale-based Harkins Theatres circuit and its related businesses. Mike’s 40-year career in business includes 35 years in the motion picture industry beginning his exhibition career with Los Angeles-based Mann Theatres. Joining Harkins Theatres in 1993, Mike is responsible for every aspect of the organization.
Also, at the NATO 2023 General Membership & Board Meeting, Santikos Entertainment CEO Tim Handren was elected Chair of The Cinema Foundation, while Salt Lake Film Society’s Tori A. Baker was re-elected Vice Chair.