Dennis Scholl has been affiliated with Roth & Scholl for almost two decades. He is presently of counsel to the firm. He is currently the Vice President / Arts and Miami Program Director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. With assets in excess of US$ 2 billion, Knight Foundation is among the larger, private foundations in the United States. He is responsible for the foundation's national arts program and South Florida based initiatives, including the Knight Arts Challenge.
He has had a long involvement in philanthropy in the visual arts. Over the last dozen years, he was the founding chair of the Guggenheim Photography Committee, the Tate American Acquisitions Committee and the Miami Art Museum Collectors Council. Each group raised funds and acquired contemporary art for these museums. He has also been a board member of the Aspen Art Museum, the North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art and the chair of Locust Projects, an alternative art space.
A three-time regional Emmy nominee, he wrote and co-produced a short film "Sunday's Best" that recently won the Emmy Award, and was accepted by the Aspen Shortfest and the Miami International Film Festival. For his philanthropic service in the Miami art community, he was awarded a Shining Star by the Arts & Business Council, Big Heart in the Arts by the American Heart Association and Mover & Shaker award by Miami Today.
He has been a contemporary art collector for over 30 years. He is a founder of Betts & Scholl, which makes award-winning wine in France, Italy, Australia and Napa Valley. He is also the Emmy-nominated cultural correspondent for Plum TV, a resort-based television network with eight stations across the U.S. Previously he was a practicing attorney, a C.P.A. and an early leader in the redevelopment of the South Beach Art Deco District and the Wynwood Arts District.
Mr. Scholl graduated from Florida International University with a B.B.A. and University of Miami with a J.D. He and his wife Debra live in Miami Beach, Florida.