Faces + Places
The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena have tapped award-winning and critically acclaimed chef, author and TV personality G. Garvin as chief culinary officer to oversee the food experience throughout the venue. Teaming with Levy, Garvin will bring his more than 25 years of experience working with luxury brands throughout the country. At 16, he became the youngest line cook in the gourmet dining room of downtown Atlanta’s Ritz-Carlton..
Will Beekman was named vice president, theater operations and content development for ASM Global. In addition to continuing his role as regional booking director for ASM Global’s Northeast arenas, Beekman will also oversee the day-to-day operations of ASM Global’s theater division with a focus on the overall branding, booking and event development for the company’s theaters and performing arts centers.
Will Berryman, meanwhile has been named general manager of the new $50 million ASM Global-managed Henrico Sports & Events Center, scheduled to open soon at Virginia Center Commons just outside Richmond. Berryman was previously the assistant general manager for the Virginia Beach Sports Center.
Minneapolis-based Sightline Commercial Solutions, a fabricator and supplier of architectural railing, metal, glazing and portable platform solutions, has appointed Michael Mendoza as its new director of business development. Mendoza will focus on increasing brand and product awareness for Sightline in key market segments, including live entertainment venues.
Delaware North has appointed Glen Thornborough as president of TD Garden and chief operating officer of the Boston Bruins. Thornborough, who most recently served as chief revenue officer of TD Garden and Boston Bruins, will succeed Amy Latimer, who was recently promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of Delaware North..
Hip-hop mega-festival and culture brand Rolling Loud has made a deal with Overtime Elite basketball league that will see a Los Angeles basketball team now known as “Rolling Loud.” Along with the announcement of the team, Rolling Loud and Overtime Elite will launch new merch, with jerseys, logos and other designs inspired by the team’s fresh new look. Overtime Elite is an eight-team professional basketball league featuring 16- to 19-year-old domestic and international players. Most games are played at OTE Arena in Atlanta, a 100,000-square foot facility that seats 1,300 people. The league’s inaugural season took place in 2021. Rolling Loud is based in Miami, Florida.
Keller Taylor, formerly general manager of the Blue Arena in Loveland, Colorado, has been named general manager of BOK Center and Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Taylor, an employee of OVG360 and its predecessor Spectra, assumed the position in October, when the company’s management contract took effect.
Oak View Group has hired Kristina Heney in the new position of executive vice president of Marketing, Media & Conferences. Heney, who is based in New York, will become the head of OVG marketing and communications, as well as taking on leadership of the company’s media and conferences division, which includes Pollstar and sister publication VenuesNow. She reports to Francesca Bodie, president, business development, and Chris Granger, president, OVG360.