Jessica Wilson Beckmann and Cody Thomas (Courtesy Spectra)

Owensboro Sportscenter, Convention Center slots filled

Jessica Wilson Beckmann has been promoted to assistant general manager of the Owensboro Sportscenter, one of several promotions and hires that venue manager Spectra made at the Kentucky arena and the Owensboro Convention Center.

Beckmann joined the team in Owensboro as director of the Sportscenter in October 2018. During the previous 10 years, she worked in the St. Louis area managing events at venues including a casino, convention center, ballpark and arena. She is an Owensboro native and graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Cody Thomas was promoted to senior event manager and interim director of events. Thomas has been with Spectra since November 2016 and has bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University.  He will have general oversight of all events in the convention center.

Brandi Stevens is a sales manager with a background of over 10 years of sales experience and oversees booking consumer and trade shows. She is the event producer for the Kraftucky Arts & Crafts Expo, set for Nov. 13-15.

Mary Midkiff joined as an event manager. She began in the events industry while getting her bachelor’s degree at Murray State University in Murray, Ky., while earning a bachelor’s degree.  She has worked at both the CFSB Center and Lovett Auditorium in Murray and for ASM Global at Old National Events Plaza in Evansville, Ind.

Brett Shaw joined the Spectra team as an event manager.  He was with PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., and graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Emma Fitzgerald, a new event coordinator, is a recent graduate from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.