6B ANC Commissioner Brian Ready Named Executive Director of Barracks Row Main Street

Brian Ready, new Executive Director of Barracks Row Main Street. Photo Steve Holtzman

Winfield Sealander, Barracks Row Main Street Board Chair, welcomes attendees at last night’s BRMS annual garden party fundraiser.

CM Charles Allen took time from his tour of Ward 6 polling places on election day to speak to the assembled and thanked BRMS for “helping us reimagine what the Eastern Market Metro Plaza could be” and for supporting his vision for the plaza as place to walk-to-not-through destination. 

Some of the supporters of Barracks Row Main Street. L-R, Roger Tauss, MaryLynn Quernell, Mo Moriarty, Mary Cole, Patricia Cleves, and ANC6B Commissioner Steve Holtzman.

6B ANC Commissioner Brian Ready Named Executive Director of Barracks Row Main Street

by Larry Janezich

Last night and the annual BRMS fundraising garden party at Little Pearl, Board Chairman Win Sealander announced the selection of Brian Ready as the new Executive Director for BRMS.  The position has been vacant since the departure of Martin Smith earlier this year. 

Ask to comment on his appointment, Ready said, “I’m looking forward to working with BRMS to provide new programming for Eastern Market Metro Plaza and working with Eastern Market Main Street partners to enhance the standard holiday events for the Barracks Row and Eastern Market commercial corridors.  Ready is the former chair of the ANC6B Capitol Hill Business Interest Working Group created to increase communications with business/property owners and other stakeholders to ensure the long-term sustainability of the businesses on Capitol Hill.  He stepped down from the committee after BRMS hired him this spring to create programming for the pavilion at Eastern Market Metro Plaza.  Ready has a degree in hospitality from the University of Las Vegas and a degree in law.  He worked in hospitality at MGM resorts where he was responsible for booking all the entertainment at Primm Valley Resort’s 6000 seat arena and their 500 seat showroom and three entertainment lounges. 

He has announced he will not seek re-election to the ANC, citing the demands of his new job as Executive Director.  He said leaving the ANC is “bittersweet – I didn’t want to leave and enjoyed the job.  But being Executive Director of BRMS takes so much time.”  He was elected to the ANC in 2019 and began a two year term as chair in 2020.    

Sealander told some 75 plus attendees that the event had generated $50,000 which would be leveraged into improving the BRMS business model – especially promotions, including aggressive marketing, enhancing the web page and social media platforms. 

He pointed to the organization’s $1 million contribution to the redesign and improvements of Eastern Market Metro Park and Plaza and lauded the work of CM Charles Allen in securing $15 million for the project.  He said the first installation of the public art projects commissioned for the park and plaza is nearly ready for placement on the Northwest quadrant near the playground.  The piece entitled “Found You” by Beth Nybeck and funded by BRMS is a whimsical trio of six foot aluminum rabbits.  See here:  https://bit.ly/2Mt479K

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