Xavier Neira has been selected to lead the 2013 deadCenter Film Festival Board of Directors. Neira is the director of development at Manhattan Construction Company, Oklahoma's first corporate construction company, established in 1896.
“Xavier is an exceptional community leader in business, education, arts and tourism,” said Lance McDaniel, deadCENTER executive director. “He understands the importance of a thriving independent film industry in attracting businesses, employees and tourists to the state. We expect an ever larger and more successful film festival this summer under his leadership.”
Neira is a commissioner on the Oklahoma Tourism Board and has served as chairman of the state Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, president of the Latino Community Development Agency and National Treasurer for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. He also serves on the board of directors for the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, Teach for America, Oklahoma City Educare, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Leadership Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Heritage Association and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
Neira will be joined on the executive committee by vice chair Whitney Moss, treasurer David Portman, secretary Chris Hargrove and past chair Karen Delaney. Also serving on the 2013 deadCenter Board of Directors are Sherry Blanton, Melanie Burns, Denise Castelli, Art Cotton, Susan Dunham, Judy Federa, Shannon Fudge, Jay Hannah, Ciane Hogan, Brent Johnson, Carol Johnson, Ryan Johnston, Lenice Keim, Anthony McDermid, Sara See and Jeff Trachtenberg.