GULF COAST MOVE: The Tampa skyline is seen with the Tampa Convention Center, where former Orange County Convention Center GM David Ingram has been selected as executive director. (Courtesy Visit Tampa)

Tampa Convention Center Undergoing 

David Ingram, who most recently served as general manager of the Orange County Convention Center, is scheduled to start his new post Monday as executive director of the Tampa Convention Center, which is undergoing the largest capital improvement program in its 32-year history.

In a news release, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor called it “a home run hire.”

David Ingram

Ingram, who since 2003 had been at the Orange County Convention Center serving from acting executive director to assistant director, event operations division manager, event set-up supervisor and event manager, also worked for Walt Disney World and Gaylord Palms Resort.

A University of South Florida graduate, Ingram was selected following a nationwide search. He replaces former director Una Garvey, who retired in May after 40 years with the city.

The Tampa Convention Center, which has 618,000 square feet of transformable space, is currently undergoing a $38 million capital improvement plan.