Paul Beard

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Paul Beard is a seasoned theater manager with more than 30 years of experience in the performing arts industry. As Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, he oversaw the construction of the $470 million project and spearheaded its organizational operations including developing policies, objectives and initiatives.


Prior to joining The Smith Center, Beard served as the manager director of Pearl Brewery in San Antonio, Texas. Beard played a pivotal role in its transformation from historic brewery to an iconic culinary and cultural destination.


Beard, a consummate arts professional, is perhaps best known for opening and operating Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. In his 15 years at the helm of the Bass Hall, Beard played a significant role in the design, construction and operational success of the arts facility. Today, Bass Hall is recognized as the crown jewel of its region which boasts the nation’s third largest cultural district. It’s also an important symbol of one of the most successful downtown revitalization efforts in the country.


As a man of many accomplishments, Beard opened and operated the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida from 1985 to 1993.


Over the years, he has served on a variety of local, regional and national boards and committees including the Board of Directors for the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM) and the Southwest Performing Arts Presenters (SWPAP).


Beard is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.