The Louisiana Superdome in 1978, soon after Skinner arrived to run it. (Getty Images) Friends and associates remember the man who helped create private facility management Denzil Skinner is remembered as a pioneer in facility management. Skinner, who died April 4 at age 91, was instrumental in launching Facility Management Group, which introduced a new business model for privately operating arenas, stadiums and convention centers. The model stands strong today. Skinner’s influence can be seen through facility management firms SMG, AEG Facilities, Spectra, VenuWorks and OVG Facilities, plus all the major league teams that run venues through their respective sports and entertainment subsidiaries.  Two years ago, SMG sold for $1 billion to a private equity firm. Most recently, SMG merged with AEG Facilities, pending regulatory approval. Together, they manage 300 public assembly venues. Much of it dates to FMG. “When you think about all the companies that have taken off […]
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