The Old Town Commercial Association Board of Directors is made up of Old Town business and property owners and area residents who love Old Town. Members are elected to three-year terms during the OTCA’s annual meeting in February. Board members strive to benefit the community in a number of ways, from fundraising to sitting on numerous committees to volunteering at Old Town’s many events. You may have seen us around town gardening, serving beer at a festival or emceeing an event. The board meets at 7:15 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.
Here’s a closer look at the OTCA Board of Directors.
President, Ben Dowd–Ben is the controller for The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan. He chairs the Old Town Promotion Committee and sits on the Oktoberfest and Lumberjack festival committees. “Since moving to Lansing 3.5 years ago, Old Town has been the place I grew to love and recently moved into. I love working to continue making Old Town a wonderful community.”
Vice President, Rick Preuss–Rick owns Preuss Pets in Old Town. He sits on the Old Town Promotion committee. “When you are here you feel like you belong. It takes owning a business to a new level because you feel like you are part of a community.”
Treasurer, Ben Rathbun–Ben is with Rathbun Insurance Agency. He sits on the Old Town Promotion committee and the Oktoberfest festival committee “I love the sense of community that Old Town brings. From thriving businesses, unique festivals and events and great people, Old Town is on the forefront of helping shape Lansing’s future.”
Secretary, Ariana Gibbs–Ariana works in the construction business. She sits on the Old Town Design committee and the Oktoberfest festival committee. “I love the architecture of Old Town and the many different people who make up the Old Town community”
Sarah Arredondo–Sarah owns Katalyst Gallery in Old Town. She sits on the Old Town Design and Promotion committees. “When I opened my art gallery in 2010, I knew that I needed to be in Lansing’s Art District! I love Old Town for so many reasons but my favorite reason is that I have the opportunity to make a difference in the community that I live, work and play in!”
Mike Bass–Mike is VP of marketing at Friedland Industries, a musician and founder of Iron Bento. He sits on the Scrapfest festival Committee. “What I love about Old Town is that it’s a great example of people creating the change they want to see.”
Shannon Murphy–Shannon is statewide and political editor for MLive Media Group. She chairs the Old Town Organization committee and sits on the Oktoberfest festival committee. “I love the variety of shops, restaurants and bars in Old Town – and I love to bring out-of-town guests in the enjoy the area.”
Neal Mossing–Neal is a QA Manager at Jackson National. He sits on the Old Town Organization committee. “I love the fun events put on for the community and businesses, how great the people involved with Old town are and the cool shops/businesses and delicious restaurants.”
Lynn Ross–Lynn owns Mother & Earth Baby Boutique in Old Town. She sits on the Old Town Design committee. “I love Old Town because of the sense of inclusion you feel, the warmth of the historic neighborhood, the vibrant personality it exudes, and the amazing people it attracts.”
Mark Washburn–Mark works at Gorman’s Food Market. He sits on the Old Town Organization and Promotion committee, Oktoberfest and Lumberjack festival committee. “I love the community and the atmosphere and being part of what is going on.”
By Shannon Murphy, OTCA board member