Oak View Group has acquired Spectra in a deal that combines the companies into the second-biggest facility management company and thrusts OVG into the food service business.Read More
Xtream Arena powered by Mediacom is gearing up for a Sept. 17 ribbon cutting ceremony, taking its place as the jewel of the Iowa River Landing mixed-use development. “This is a really amazing development that the city of Coralville has been working on for 20 years,” architect Lonnie Laffen said.
The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., welcomed the Together Again Expo on July 24. (Courtesy OCCC) Smaller events are the rule as buildings emerge from shutdown Some convention centers are showing signs of life as events return amid the coronavirus pandemic, although most are small-scale gatherings. The Fort Worth (Texas) Convention Center, which for 93 days through mid-June had served as an overflow center for homeless individuals at a rate of about 300 a night, was preparing this week to host 3,000-4,000 guests Aug. 3-8 for Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ 40th annual Southwest Believers’ Convention, its first event since reopening in late June. Mike Crum, director of the city’s public events department, which also includes the multivenue Will Rogers Memorial Center, said he is hearing from colleagues that convention centers in his region have begun hosting smaller, often locally focused events in the past month. John Page, president of […]
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 […]
Subaru Park in Chester, Pa., shown during the Premier Lacrosse League championship game in September, is among the venues operated by Philadelphia-based Spectra. (Getty Images) At least four VPs let go amid COVID-19 industry shutdown Spectra, a provider of facility management services, has laid off about 40 employees, sources said. The action comes after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down sports and entertainment venues across North America and follows moves by other companies in the same areas of business. The cuts affect all divisions in which Spectra operates: building operations, food service, ticketing, marketing and business development. All told, they account for one-third of Spectra’s corporate structure, including Philadelphia headquarters and regional offices, sources said. At least four layoffs were vice presidents: Scott Swiger (culinary excellence), Jacque Holowaty (client experience and ticketing) and Dave Leibowitz (business development finance and strategy), plus regional VP Tim Murphy, who served as Spectra’s general manager […]
Delaware North knows of at least 13,000 pounds of goods donated to food pantries and food banks. (Courtesy Delaware North) ‘We were stocked up. … We had the ability to respond quickly.’ Over 3 tons of vegetables, fruits and dairy products went from the Delaware North Sportservice kitchens of Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena into the donation stream of the local community. Just a little less than that left Portland’s Moda Center, while more than 3 tons was spread across Los Angeles from Levy kitchens at Staples Center and a whopping 6 tons from State Farm Arena in Atlanta. As venues shuttered in response to changes forced by COVID-19, many chefs and concessions companies were left with stockpiles of food brought in to handle planned events. “We were stocked up and ready for the spring opener for baseball to hockey, basketball and other events,” said Deb Friedel, director of sustainability for […]
MAN OF THE MOMENT: Dave Ayres signs autographs at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., at a Carolina Hurricanes game Tuesday. (Getty Images) Spectra arena ops manager Ayres is a ‘rink rat’ turned hero goalie Dave Ayres’ position as manager of operations at Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto took a back seat to his side job last weekend. Filling the role of NHL emergency goalie on Saturday night, Ayres skated into the spotlight at Scotiabank Arena. Working the net for the visiting Carolina Hurricanes after their two goalies were hurt, Ayres stopped seven shots in the third period as the Canes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3. The news of Ayres’ heroics lit up the sporting world and some of the nonsporting world, too. He made multiple national television appearances with stories posted on many websites. Along the way, though, some misinformation around his experience working at hockey facilities got into […]