20 Questions PPAC Refuses to Answer

Monday, March 31, 2014

PPAC’s filings with the IRS raise a number of key questions about the nonprofit’s finances. But officials at PPAC refused to answer most of GoLocalProv’s 25 questions.

Below is the full list of the questions GoLocalProv submitted to PPAC that went unanswered by their spokesperson. The questions have been edited for readability, with background or redundant information removed.

 

 

 

Questions PPAC won’t answer

Question 1: The total compensation of James Singleton was nearly $800,000 in 2011. What is your response to people who consider this salary excessive?

Question 2: Form 990 states that James Singleton worked 60 hours. According to a tax attorney who once ran the tax-exempt division for the IRS, those hours can only correspond to work for PPAC, not the related businesses. That raises the question of how James Singleton can work 60 hours for PPAC earning approximately $200,000 and still have time to work for the other businesses earning $500,000. If that extra payment is just a bonus, that underscores the first question.

Question 3: We have requested a copy of the contract(s) between PPAC and the other three businesses. If this cannot be provided we'd like to know why PPAC is not being transparent about this matter.

Question 4: One attorney, Colby Cameron, is listed as the registered agent for the three businesses and PPAC. Is this a conflict of interest?

Question 5: Was a salary comparison done in setting James Singleton's salary?

Question 6: If so, could we receive a copy of that report?

Question 7: Who sets James Singleton’s salary?

Question 8: James Singleton and Finance Director Norbert Mongeon are listed as managers and officers for at least two of the other businesses. Is this a conflict of interest?

Question 9: Did James Singleton and Norbert Mongeon have to fill out conflict of interest forms for the IRS? If so, could we please have a copy of those?

Question 10: Does PPAC have a policy on conflicts of interest or a code of ethics? If so, could we please see a copy?

Question 11: I understand that an accounting firm has advised the board of directors that there was no conflict of interest. Please provide a document—such as a memo, report, or meeting minutes, etc.—that substantiates this.

Question 12: Do Singleton and Mongeon have an ownership stake in any of the other three businesses? If so, which ones?

Question 13: Do any of the PPAC board members have an ownership stake in the three related businesses?

Question 14: If they do, please explain why you do not consider this a conflict of interest.

Question 15: Who are the other owners (if any) of the three businesses?

Question 16: How is risk shared among PPAC and the three businesses? (I.e., if a show at PPAC tanks, whose balance sheets does the loss show up on, PPAC’s or one of the other three businesses?)

Question 17: We’d like to know if PPAC receives any public funds—city, state, federal, etc.—in its current fiscal year or last calendar year (whichever is available), and how much that was?

Question 18: If possible, we'd like any information on any major government grants received in previous years.

Question 19: Does PPAC currently employ a state or federal lobbyist? If so, who is that?

Question 20: Please provide the meeting minutes for all board meetings for the past three years (specifically, for the full board meetings). Please include all committee meeting notices.

Questions PPAC did answer

Out of 25 questions, PPAC answered just the following five:

1. Form 990 does not specify which of the other three businesses is paying James Singleton’s salary. Could you please specify which of the three other businesses are paying the rest of his salary?

2. Please confirm that Professional Facilities Management, Inc., PFM, LLC, and Professional Facilities Operations, LLC are all for-profit.

3. Why has PPAC engaged this relationship with three other businesses? How does PPAC benefit from this?

4. It’s unclear from the state filings with the Secretary of State whether James Singleton or Norbert Mongeon have a role in the third business, Professional Facilities Management, Inc. Do they and, if so, what is it? (GLP note: answer incomplete.)

5. Form 990 states that PPAC is a “controlling entity” of Professional Facilities Management, Inc., which in turn is identified as an owner of PFM, LLC and Professional Facilities Operations, LLC. Does PPAC, in fact, own Professional Facilities Management?

PPAC’s response

Below is the full text of the response PPAC’s spokesperson sent to GoLocalProv:

“The relationship between the not-for-profit Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) and its wholly owned for-profit subsidiary Professional Facilities Management (PFM), showcases the benefit of a board thinking in an entrepreneurial and innovative way to catapult the reputation of a local theater into one that is respected on a national stage,” said Arianne Corrente Lynch, spokesperson for PPAC/PFM. “Mr. Singleton serves as President to both PPAC and PFM. In 2012 he earned a salary of $207,000 from the not-for-profit PPAC as president. The remainder of his compensation is derived from the for-profit corporation PFM. PFM manages, programs, consults, and acts as owner-representatives for nine performing arts facilities across eight states. Mr. Singleton’s overall compensation has been determined by Abruzzo Associates, a firm that conducts compensation studies for arts organizations throughout the country, to be ‘fair and reasonable’ and commensurate with industry standards.”
 

  • James "Lynn" Singleton

    Position: President

    2012 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $240,261

    Compensation from Related Organization: $555,548

    Total Compensation: $795,809

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • James "Lynn" Singleton

    Position: President

    2011 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $241,866

    Compensation from Related Organization: $540,054

    Total Compensation: $781,920

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • James "Lynn" Singleton

    Position: President

    2010 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $218,814

    Compensation from Related Organization: $408,500

    Total Compensation: $627,314

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Norbert Mongeon Jr.

    Position: Director of Finance and Programming

    2012 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $124,269

    Compensation from Related Organization: $246,338

    Total Compensation: $370,607

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Norbert Mongeon Jr.

    Position: Director of Finance and Programming

    2011 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $117,611

    Compensation from Related Organization: $241,715

    Total Compensation: $359,326

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Norbert Mongeon Jr.

    Position: Director of Finance and Programming

    2010 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $119,456

    Compensation from Related Organization: $240,979

    Total Compensation: $360,435

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Alan J. Chile

    Position: General Manager

    2012 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $102,700

    Compensation from Related Organization: $146,312

    Total Compensation: $249,012

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Alan J. Chile

    Position: General Manager

    2011 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $109,993

    Compensation from Related Organization: $143,528

    Total Compensation: $253,521

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Alan J. Chile

    Position: General Manager

    2010 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $109,725

    Compensation from Related Organization: $142,154

    Total Compensation: $251,870

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Kelly Milukas

    Position: Director of Concerts

    2012 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $115,617

    Compensation from Related Organization: $82,656

    Total Compensation: $198,273

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Kelly Milukas

    Position: Director of Concerts

    2011 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $112,177

    Compensation from Related Organization: $81,081

    Total Compensation: $193,258

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Kelly Milukas

    Position: Director of Concerts

    2010 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $113,943

    Compensation from Related Organization: $80,350

    Total Compensation: $194,293

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Donna Santos

    Position: Director of Ticketing

    2012 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $92,609

    Compensation from Related Organization: $110,689

    Total Compensation: $203,298

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Donna Santos

    Position: Director of Ticketing

    2011 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $90,248

    Compensation from Related Organization: $108,574

    Total Compensation: $198,822

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Donna Santos

    Position: Director of Ticketing

    2010 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $90,944

    Compensation from Related Organization: $107,676

    Total Compensation: $198,620

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Paula Prokop

    Position: Director of Marketing

    2012 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $103,052

    Compensation from Related Organization: $71,400

    Total Compensation: $174,452

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Paula Prokop

    Position: Director of Marketing

    2011 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $99,328

    Compensation from Related Organization: $70,000

    Total Compensation: $169,328

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990

     
  • Paula Prokop

    Position: Director of Marketing

    2010 Compensation

    Hours Worked Per Week for PPAC: 60

    PPAC Compensation: $91,719

    Compensation from Related Organization: $70,000

    Total Compensation: $161,719

    Source: Annual IRS Form 990