Friends of the Goss hire Executive Director

Watertown businesswoman Missy Sinner is the new Executive Director of The Friends of the Goss Opera House non-profit foundation.

Sinner, a Watertown native has operated ML Portraits in downtown Watertown, just one block west of the Goss Opera House for the past 15 years.

No stranger to renovating historic buildings, she and husband Dustin own Structure Properties and completed the renovation of 7 S. Maple Street, bringing high-end apartments to downtown Watertown. The couple also own and manage Dustin Sinner Fine Art.

Sinner recently sold ML Portraits to Allison Stadheim and is excited to begin her next chapter as Executive Director of the Friends of the Goss Opera House.

“There is so much potential just waiting to be revealed at the Goss,” Sinner said. “I am excited to work with the community of Watertown and lead the Friends of the Goss Opera House as we create a premier art and entertainment venue for all to enjoy.”

Sinner also served on the Boys & Girls Club Capital Campaign; and has co-chaired the Festival of Trees and the United Way campaign. Sinner also is a member of the Watertown Development Company’s downtown revitalization committee.

The Friends of the Goss Opera House began its search for an Executive Director in early February and received applications from nearly 30 candidates from eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota.

“Our interview team was impressed by the depth of the candidate pool. We had an immense amount of talent to consider,” said foundation board member Kristen Henderson who led the search for the new Executive Director. “Missy’s combination of business experience, notable customer service, and proven creativity made her a standout.”

With an Executive Director now in place, the board will focus on identifying a qualified restaurant to lease space on the main floor of the theater building and to provide food service in the building.

The board soon will kick-off its capital campaign.

“We are excited to have Missy join our efforts and lead us through these very critical next steps,” said foundation board President Milt Carter. “Her proven experience and passion for Watertown will no doubt be valuable in the restoration and revitalization of this unique Watertown landmark.”