Before his brief sojourn in Maine, Ayres was also a popular DJ at WRUV, spinning primarily roots and Americana music.
The animals may be sad to see their pet-loving CEO go, but Ayres sounds pretty happy to make the move.
"I am delighted to reconnect with Vermont's vibrant and ever-evolving arts community," he said in a press release issued today. "I look forward to leading our organization into its next evolution."
Ayres replaces former director Jennifer Crowell, who relocated to western Massachusetts.
First Night Burlington, a substance-free celebration of the arts and New Year's Eve, will turn 31 on December 31, 2013, with music and other performances at venues throughout the city.