FACES & PLACES
Motorsports industry veteran Matt Greci has been promoted to senior vice president and general manager at Nashville Superspeedway, replacing Erik Moses, who left Dec. 2 to become executive director of the Fiesta Bowl. It’s a pivotal time for the Tennessee track with the return of NASCAR racing in 2021 after a 37-year Cup dry spell in the market. Greci relocated to Nashville shortly after Speedway Motorsports acquired the 1.33-mile track as part of its purchase of Dover Motorsports in 2021. Prior to that, Greci spent nearly 16 years at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he began his career as a sales department intern, then joined full-time as the track rental and suite coordinator for corporate sales. Greci moved to the events department in 2008, working his way from events manager to vice president of events.
ASM Global has named 30-year facilities industry veteran Kelvin Moore as regional vice president and general manager of McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Moore moves from the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, where he was regional vice president and general manager for the ASM-run facility, North America’s largest convention center. Prior to Philadelphia, Moore had been in Chicago as regional general manager for the Festival Hall Complex at Navy Pier. The move comes as ASM makes a push to expand its footprint in the convention center sector.
Country music artist Eric Church and longtime manager John Peets have partnered to create Solid Entertainment, a new company to bring the country superstar’s business — including his SiriusXM channel and Nashville bar and restaurant — in-house. Solid Entertainment centralizes all things Church, including his new SiriusXM Channel Outsiders Radio and Lower Broadway venue, bar and restaurant, Chief’s, along with his own in-house merchandise operation and his fan club, the Church Choir. Marshall Alexander becomes president of Solid Entertainment and will also serve as Church’s representative for Chief’s. Brandon Schneeberger will oversee day-to-day management for Church.
Industry vets Shane Allen and Kimsey Kerr have been tapped to launch and run Outsiders Radio, which officially launched Nov. 4. Peets will continue his management role at Nashville-based Q Prime South where, in addition to Church, he manages artists including Ashley McBryde, Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, and Marty Stuart.
AEG Presents hasappointed Jacqui Harris, Lucky Thompson, Connie Shao, Leonie Wakeman and Stuart Dorn to new roles. Harris has been appointed to the role of vice president and general manager for AEG Presents UK, responsible for all operational functions for the events, touring, marketing and ticketing teams, reporting through to Steve Homer, CEO, AEG Presents UK. Thompson becomes senior director, events and operations, where she assumes overall leadership responsibility for the company’s cornerstone events division, which includes Summer Series, C2C, Eden Sessions and Just for Laughs, as well as the delivery and success of all AEG Presents UK hosted events. Shao becomes appointed vice president and general manager for international touring, responsible for managing the international touring division and operations of its tours and events, reporting through to Simon Jones, Senior Vice President for AEG Presents UK International Touring.
Alex Alexandrov was named new chief executive officer of venue and event management software firm Ungerboeck. Alexandrov replaced former CEO Manish Chandak, who resigned in August. Alexandrov has spent his career at the forefront of innovation as an established senior executive with an extensive background in high growth global technology markets.joins Ungerboeck from SoftwareONE where he served as a member of the executive board, chief operating officer and president of the Latin American region.