Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater has announced the retirement of Christopher Guerin, vice president of corporate communications, effective May 29. He joined Sweetwater after serving as president of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Guerin resigned in 2005, after 20 years in that position. He started at Sweetwater as a consultant in July of 2005, and in April of 2006 was named director of program development. His title was later changed to VP of corporate communications.
Guerin’s duties include public relations, corporate public involvement, mentoring, and community engagement, including serving on numerous nonprofit boards. He has worked in several departments in various capacities, including service, the Sweetwater Studios, and marketing. Guerin was responsible for executing the company’s first social media program and creating and managing its video department.
His accomplishments at the Philharmonic included creating the Holiday Pops program, quadrupling the budget and the endowment, more than doubling the number of full-time musicians, establishing collaborative relationships with the IPFW Theatre Department, Fort Wayne Ballet and others, creating new concert series such as “Philharmonic Unplugged,” and expanding the orchestra’s reach throughout northeast Indiana.
He has served on the boards of the League of American Orchestras, Boys and Girls Club, the Grand Wayne Center, Audiences Unlimited, Arts United, Parkview Field Advisory Committee, Headwaters Park Commission, and the Community Harvest Food Bank, where he lead a successful $5 million capital campaign. He was a member of the Invent Tomorrow, Downtown Blueprint, and Blueprint Plus planning efforts.
Guerin currently serves on the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission, where he’s been president since 2005, and on the boards of the Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation, the Embassy Theater, Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation, and on the steering committee of Fort Wayne United.