Frank Huttle III, Founder of the Bergen Performing Arts Center Board of Trustees, is proud to announce that Robert Cook will serve as Board Chairman for 2021. 

Bob Cook was Vice President- Treasurer and served on the Board of Trustees since bergenPAC’s formation in 2003. Bob is President of CP International in Englewood, a leading manufacturing and international distributor in footwear. He succeeds Frank Huttle III, who will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees. They will be joined by Edmondo Schwartz, who returns after serving several years as Board Chairman.

When Huttle began building a team to reopen the theater after the John Harms Center closed in 2003, Schwartz and Cook were his co-founders. 

“I asked Bob if he could just give us one year as a board member as we get started. Here we are, more than fifteen years later and his commitment has never wavered. Bob’s dedication in keeping the arts alive and his passion in giving every child the opportunity of a quality performing arts education is unparalleled,” Huttle said. 

“The Board and our team, led by President & CEO Dominic Roncace, are working hard to have bergenPAC ready to reopen better than ever, and I just look forward to when we can welcome everyone back to the theater,” Cook said.

“These are challenging times for our industry, so having Edmondo and Frank continue their service on the Board of Trustees provides important consistency and valuable experience as we start this next chapter for bergenPAC,” Roncace said.

The COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted performing arts centers across the country, but the Board of Trustees are excited to reveal big plans for bergenPAC’s future during its livestream gala on March 13. The evening will be free to watch and feature exclusive performances from a star-studded lineup, including John Fogerty, Jack Antonoff, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Anka, Dionne Warwick, and other headliners happy to help bergenPAC try to save its theater and performing arts school.

Residents can register to get the free link by visiting