Mike Negra, a resident of Potter Township, Centre County, was nominated to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board by Governor Tom Corbett on Sept. 10, 2014, and was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate on Oct. 16, 2014.
Negra is a partner in Negra-Graham Theatrical Advisors, which was formed in 2010 to help emerging theaters handle historic renovation projects. Previously, Negra served as the board president, construction manager, and executive director of the non-profit, community performing arts center State Theatre in State College. In 1984, he founded Mike’s Video, a video rental/music software/TV and appliance sales and service chain. Negra also has extensive experience in the entertainment industry, acting as road manager or production manager for various artists.
Negra is a partner in MWA Land Management, a real estate holding company. In addition, he helps manage South View Farm, a working farm in Centre Hall.
A radio, TV and film graduate of the University of Maryland, Negra served on the executive board of the Centre County Chamber of Business and Industry and has been active in numerous charity organizations in that county. For more than 20 years, he has collected, cellared and sampled wines, studied the wine industry and has visited numerous wineries in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, he has consulted with a number of local restaurants on their wine lists.
He served as regional vice president of an appliance and electronics volume buyers group and has negotiated product placement and pricing with national and international vendors. Negra was the chief retail spokesman for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) during its fight against copyright infringement, and he testified before the U.S. Senate on the issue.
Negra lives in Centre Hall with his wife, Wanda White.