Meet the Brooklyn Arts Center team
Jay & Tara Tatum / Owners
Jay Tatum is a true-blue hometown boy, born and reared in our very own Port City. Tara is local too, by way of Fayetteville. They have been married for 18 years and have two boys, Noah and Ethan. Tara is a CPA and works as the practice manager of Wilmington Plastic Surgery. Jay started his DJ company, Active Entertainment, in 2001. Jay and his DJs have provided the music for nearly 300 weddings and events at the BAC. After spending so much time working in Brooklyn, it seemed only natural that Jay should one day buy the place. And so in September 2018, that’s what he and Tara did. With their wealth of business and entertainment experience and their commitment to family and community, Jay and Tara will put their full focus on maintaining and strengthening the Brooklyn Arts Center’s standing as the premier, multi-use event venue in the Southeast.
Rich Leder / Executive Director
Rich arrived on the corner of N 4th and Campbell streets in 2010 and created the Brooklyn Arts Center with Dave Nathans. He has been the BAC executive director since that first day. In these most excellent ensuing years, he has managed more than 600 weddings, 150 concerts, 75 fundraisers, 50 community marketplace events, 40 corporate events, a dozen ping pong tournaments, a half dozen fashion shows, and a whole host of Christmas parties, company parties, sorority parties, and plenty of other happenings and occasions on top of that. He has been married to the very awesome Lulu for 34 years. They have three children—two in Charlotte, one in Raleigh. Their son, David, was happily married in The Annex in August 2019. Having participated in a perfect BAC wedding as the Father of the Groom, Rich can honestly say he has been underselling the Brooklyn Arts Center for the past decade.
Jen Ray / Director of Events & Marketing
Jen is a longtime friend of the BAC family. She is married to local photographer extraordinaire Matt Ray. Together, they are parents to an amazing daughter and a fur baby. Jen is a big-time lover of music and true supporter of the artistic community vibe that is heart of Wilmington. She has two degrees in journalism (she was once the editor of a local publication) and a passion for writing and editing...and keeping things perfect. She is, in the very best sense, admittedly, a perfectionist. With that in mind, she looks forward to obsessing over the many wondrous details that create unforgettable weddings and events at the Brooklyn Arts Center.
Eric Flore / Facilities Manager
Eric has lived in Wilmington for 31 years. But make no mistake, the man is from Pittsburgh. And no matter what, you can’t take the Steelers out of a Pittsburgh native son. He is a retired public school teacher and is the father of three—one son in the Navy, one son in the Marines, one daughter in college. As if teaching for 31 years and raising three outstanding kids isn’t enough, Eric has written two novels and lots of short stories. He’s also an ordained minister and has been active in the Wilmington church community for decades. If you can believe there is a side left over, he painted on the side for the past three decades. The point here is that Eric takes all that experience and energy and power and love and puts it in play at the BAC, to keep the venue gorgeous and on solid ground.