Ricky Li, Intern

Ricky Li is an intern with AMS Planning & Research, based in the Southport, Connecticut office. At AMS, Ricky assists clients across the country in operations assessment, industry research, facilities and business planning working in tandem with the analyst and consultant team.

Ricky is currently pursuing the Master of Arts degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University with professional experience in both the arts and management consulting industry. Ricky began her career in the field of arts at Sotheby’s Beijing, where she conducted auction market research and organized presale auction exhibitions. She also worked with the art advisory team at Schiff Fine Art, where she assisted in artwork research and managed the digitalization of the art collection.

Besides her experience in the arts, Ricky worked for marketing research and management consulting companies before joining AMS. During her experience working with the technology, media and telecom (TMT) team at Nielson, she performed customer insight research and analysis covering government policy, competitor, business model and pain points analysis. When working with the strategy consulting team at EY-Parthenon, she coordinated the commercial due diligence projects, compiling research reports, formulating marketing metrics, competitor market share and burgeoning income. She continued to enhance her working capacity in management consulting with Accenture, where she handled strategy projects with retail and urban planning clients.

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Jonathan Spangler, Analyst

Jonathan Spangler is an analyst with AMS Planning & Research based in Sacramento, California. He is responsible for industry and market research, survey design, data analysis, and reporting findings to project members. He has an extensive performing arts background as a musician and actor, as well as administrative work with performing arts organizations throughout the United States and Europe.

Prior to joining the team at AMS, he worked with Chamber Music of Pittsburgh on marketing strategies, including social media marketing plans and targeted marketing solutions. Most recently he completed a creative place-keeping feasibility study for The Mulberry Project in Wilkinsburg, PA which sought to restore and convert an abandoned church into a community arts center.

Jonathan worked in fundraising and administrative roles at Pittsburgh Symphony, California Symphony, the Andy Warhol Museum. He also served as an Operations Manager and Defense Travel Accounting Manager for the United States Army Band in Europe. Jonathan holds a Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Music from The University of Southern Mississippi, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Columbus State University. He is an active duty Air Force Spouse and has two pugs Mac and Kevin.

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Kristian Otten, Senior Analyst

Kristian Otten

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Kristian Otten is a Senior Analyst with AMS Planning & Research, based in the Southport, Connecticut office. His current work includes a market assessment and business plan for the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport, RI; strategic planning for the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, CA; consulting support for planning, operator procurement, and implementation of a new downtown performance space for the City of New Rochelle, NY; a feasibility study for venues at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA; and a utilization forecast for The Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco, CA.

Kristian is currently pursuing a particular interest in the inner workings of the commercial music industry and its relationship with not-for-profit and municipal entities, manifest through recent work on an operating model study for the Starlight Bowl Amphitheater, owned by the City of Burbank, CA. Other notable recent work has included a performing arts center market impact study for the City of Rochester, NY; research and analysis of the impact of the Mellon Foundation’s New York Theater Program on the local, regional, and national nonprofit theater landscape; a facility feasibility study for a nonprofit performing arts center and opera house in Alameda, CA; and a facility use business plan for a theater company in Hartford, CT. He has also provided support for a diversity of other AMS projects including a transition, implementation, and strategic planning for Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL and an executive search for the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts.

Kristian holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. He also holds a B.M. in Music Performance (bassoon) from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (IL).

Prior to joining AMS, Kristian worked for the off-Broadway general management firm Daryl Roth Theatrical Management in New York City. He also worked as Assistant Company Manager for the off-Broadway production iLuminate. Kristian is an active musician, and in tandem with his work at AMS, he serves as Director of Music and Worship Arts for the Covenant Church of Easton, Connecticut.

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Andrew Lane, Accounting Manager

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Andrew joined AMS Planning & Research in 2019 as the in-house accountant. Prior to coming to AMS, Andrew worked in public accounting at Price Waterhouse followed by several positions within a private Information/Publishing Multi-national. He also has experience with smaller business start-ups and has worked in the non-profit and franchise lending sectors. Andrew also supports his family’s dance, fitness, and performing arts studio.

Andrew graduated with a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and holds a CPA certification. Outside of AMS, Andrew is a yoga instructor, guitarist, singer songwriter, and certified contemporary voice teacher.

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