Date: March 2005
Tammi Bryant has been named director of marketing for Global Spectrum at the Everett (Wash.) Events Center. She replaces Eric Blankenship who has been transferred to Global Spectrum-managed Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. She will oversee marketing for the Everett Events Center, the Comcast Community Ice Rink and Everett Conference Center. Bryant previously served as director of marketing for House of Blues Concerts in Denver. She was marketing director for the 2003 grand opening and 2004 seasons for the Amphitheater at Clark County in Vancouver, Wash., and worked as marketing director for Perryscope Concert Productions in Vancouver, B.C., and Pace Concerts Inc. in Houston.
Eric J. Cuthbertson was promoted to general manager of the Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, N.J., for Global Spectrum. Cuthbertson replaces Michael Scanlon, who was named to a management position at another Global Spectrum facility, the Rose Garden, Portland, Ore. Additionally, Fran Rodowicz moves to the Sovereign Bank Arena from the Global Spectrum-managed Wachovia Complex in Philadelphia, as the new assistant general manager. Cuthbertson joined Global Spectrum in 2002 from Feld Entertainment, where he was the assistant director of North American tours for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and Disney on Ice. He joined Feld Inc. in l995 as a promoter. Rodowicz joined Global Spectrum in l998 as a sports coordinator in the group sales department of Wachovia Center. He became senior events manager in April 2000.
Michael Garl, president of James Thomas Engineering Inc. and current chair of the Rigging Working Group, is assuming the chair of the Technical Standards Committee of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) and leaving the leadership of the Rigging Working group in the hands of Bill Sapsis, the current co-chair and president of Sapsis Rigging. The Technical Standards Committee will appoint a new co-chair to serve with Sapsis on the Rigging Working Group. Garl's first meeting as TSC Chair will be the meeting at the USITT Conference in Toronto on March 16.
Jim Greer has been named the assistant general manager of the Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville. Greer has worked at the Gaylord Entertainment Center for over five years. Previous to his newly appointed position, Greer was senior director of facility and, prior to that, engineering manager. Before moving to Nashville Greer worked at the North Charleston (S.C.) Coliseum, Convention Center and Performing Art Center.
Steven Greil, president and CEO of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, has announced his resignation after 11 years at the helm, effective May 1. Kathleen O'Brien, chief operating officer, will be interim manager. (VT Feb. 9 e-newsletter)
Emily Griffin has been named executive and marketing assistant at Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville. Griffin graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in December earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication, with an emphasis in public relations and the recording industry, and minors in English and office management. During two semesters, she interned with Powers Management at the Gaylord Entertainment Center assisting the Marketing Department and Group Sales Department.
Janie Guest is the new marketing manager of the American Royal Complex, Kansas City, Mo., for Global Spectrum. She had previously held a similar position at the Global Spectrum-managed Overland Park Convention Center. Additionally, Bob Kehm has joined Global Spectrum as marketing coordinator at the American Royal Complex. Guest is a 2003 graduate from the University of Kansas with a dual Bachelor's degree – Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication from the School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Kehm graduated from Saint Louis University Magna Cum Laude in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.
Kay Hadley has been promoted to marketing manager for SMG at the Atlantic City (N.J.) Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall. She previously served as an executive assistant to Boardwalk Hall's Assistant General Manager Greg Tesone. Hadley, a 2003 graduate of Thomas Edison State College, earned a Bachelor of Science in General Management with a concentration in International, Marketing and Operations Management. Morris Taylor has been named operations manager of the convention center. Taylor previously worked for the Civic Center in Philadelphia for 12 years. Most recently, he was employed with the City of Philadelphia as a special events productions coordinator. Michael Chait has been named corporate advertising and sponsorship manager at Boardwalk Hall and the Convention Center. A graduate of Marietta College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Communication, Michael most recently worked as commercial sales representative for a leading fitness equipment provider in Northern New Jersey.
Andrew Hewitt has reached an agreement with Clear Channel Entertainment to help secure national tours for TNA International and to work with the company to produce arena shows in Las Vegas. He will continue operating his own company as well. (VT Feb. 9 e-news).
R. Steven Hicks and Dell Furano have been appointed to the Board of Directors of SLS International Inc. Hicks is currently chairman of Capstar Partners LLC, while Furano is CEO of Signatures Network. SLS International is a 30-year-old manufacturer and developer of new patent-pending ultra-high fidelity Ribbon Driver loudspeakers, Evenstar Digital Amplifiers and sound systems for the commercial, home entertainment, professional and music markets.
Jay James has joined Freeman, Dallas, as director of sales, corporate accounts. James has more than 20 years sales and management experience. His most recent position was director of sales for Exhibitgroup/Giltspur in Dallas. James holds a Bachelor of Arts. in Communications from the University of North Texas.
Greg Janese, an agent specializing in the corporate and private engagement/event marketplace, has joined Monterey Peninsula Artists. He had been president of TBA Entertainment Corporation.
Jay Marciano has been named president, Radio City Entertainment, effective March 7 (VT Feb. 9 e-newsletter). Marciano will oversee all aspects of Bookings and Productions at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York. Marciano formerly worked for Universal Concerts for 18 years, ultimately as president and CEO of the company. Most recently, he served as chief strategy officer at AEG Live.
Melissa S. McGee has joined Buchholz & Sassin P.L.L.C. as associate attorney in its Dallas office. McGee's area of concentration will be business litigation and transactional law focused on the Sports and Entertainment industry. McGee previously served as business analyst for Leisure Management International (LMI), which merged with SMG. In addition, McGee served as director of Corporate Events for Two Design Group, an event planning/production, dÃ©cor and design firm. McGee is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Section.
Jeff Miller joined the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission, Portland, Ore., Feb. 7 as the organization's new general manager. Miller, a retail executive with 20 years of experience, will help oversee the Oregon Convention Center, Portland Expo Center and Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Miller joins MERC after serving 11 years as general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue in Portland.
Michael Munter has been named assistant general manager of the Rose Garden, Portland, Ore., for Global Spectrum. Munter joins Global Spectrum after serving as general manager of the Bowie (Md.) Baysox Baseball Club, an entity of Comcast Spectacor, Global Spectrum's parent company. Munter had been with the Class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles for 11 seasons.
After 18 years with Milliken Carpet, Steve Pelham has joined a start-up firm, Reveal Imaging, as national sales manager-Aviation and Assembly. (VT Feb. 9 e-news).
Bryan Perez has joined Clear Channel Entertainment as the executive vice president of Strategy & Business Development. Prior to joining CCE, Perez served as executive vice president for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League. Perez also served as executive vice president of Business Development for Southwest Sports Group, where he was responsible for business development, broadcasting and new media for all of its entities, which include the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers, and was a key member of the start-up team for MLB Advanced Media. Perez also served as the director of Business Development for Madison Square Garden and as a business development associate for MTV Networks.
Michael M. Richardson has been appointed president and chief operating officer, and Raymond Garcia has been promoted to chief technology officer (CTO), SMART System Technologies Inc. (SST), a provider of contactless payment and loyalty solutions. Formerly the CTO, Richardson brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role. He is a former director of Hewlett Packard/ VeriFone division's Payment Systems Product Development Center in Rocklin, Calif., and a former vice president of Enterprise Technology for InterWorld Corp. Garcia, a co-founder of the company, had served as senior vice president, Engineering. Co-founder Mark Johnson, formerly the president and CEO, will continue to serve as an advisor to SST.
Team San Jose announced that Michael Ross has been named CEO of the organization. Ross, most recently general manager of the Sacramento (Calif.) Convention Center, will oversee operations of the San JosÃ© McEnery Convention Center and its associated cultural facilities: The Civic Auditorium, the Montgomery Theater, Parkside Hall, the Center for Performing Arts and the newly renovated California Theatre. Prior to Sacramento, Ross held positions with Harborside Convention Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.; the Gateway Center in Collinsville, Ill.; and the Greater Lansing (Mich.) Convention/Exhibition Authority.
Frank Supovitz, formerly group vice president of events and entertainment for the National Hockey League, will succeed Jim Steeg at the National Football League. Supovitz will be in charge of future special events for the NFL, most notably the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl.
SFX Sports Group announced the promotion of Arn Tellem to CEO. Tellem, who will continue reporting to Jeff Lewis, chairman, Clear Channel Entertainment Sports, will also retain the titles president, SFX Basketball and president, SFX Baseball. Tellem's duties expand to oversee continued development and management of SFX Sports Group brand practice groups. Tellem began working with SFX in 1999. Under his leadership, SFX Basketball represents over 18 percent of National Basketball Association players and SFX Baseball, over 16 percent of Major League Baseball players.
Michael K. Walker, Kurt Willms and Matthew Cohen have joined Silva Companies to help in the acquisition of new business and management current new projects. Aya Taguchi was promoted to manager. Walker will head Business and Legal Affairs for all three corporate entities – Silva Touring Inc. d/b/a Bill Silva Presents, Bill Silva Management, and Silva's interest in the Hollywood Bowl via Andy & Bill Concerts LLC. He had been senior director of business and legal affairs at Activision, and, before that, a partner at GraphicCorp. For the past two years, he has consulted for a variety of entertainment companies in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Willms and Cohen are managing partners of the Nashville-based management/promotions company Green Room Productions, and will be closing Green Room to join Silva's group in Los Angeles. Taguchi will handle day-to-day management duties for Jason Mraz. She had worked for a year as executive assistant to Silva and six years prior with booking agent Marsha Vlasic's MVO Ltd.
DICK BORN – Longtime arena manager and member of the International Association of Assembly Managers, Dec. 19, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Born was a venue manager from the 1960s to the 1980s. He started his career at the Cherry Hill (N.J.) Arena and then moved to the Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Convention Center, which was under construction at the time. He also opened the Centroplex in Baton Rouge, La. He is survived by his wife Gladys, two daughters and two sons.
MERLE KILGORE – 70, singer, songwriter and manager, Feb. 6, of congestive heart failure in Mexico while undergoing experimental treatment. Kilgore managed the career of Hank Williams Jr., co-wrote “Ring of Fire” with June Carter Cash and “Wolverton Mountain” and “More and More.” He was a performer and actor. He was named manager of the year by the Country Music Association and was a member of the Louisiana and Oklahoma Halls of Fame. Kilgore is survived by his wife, Judy; sons Steve and Duane; daughters Pam Compton, Kim Pomeroy and Shane McBee; eight grandchildren and a great granddaughter.