On The Move
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which is comprised of the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park, recently announced the selection of individuals to fill Government Relations and Communications positions for the Authority.
"Following an extensive search and review of many outstanding candidates, the GWCCA proudly announces the selection of Stephanie Carter as Director of Government Relations and Jennifer LeMaster as Director of Communications," said Frank Poe, executive director of the GWCCA, who appointed the two individuals.
Carter joins the GWCCA after working for the Georgia Department of Transportation as Senior Policy Advisor for the past three years where she worked primarily with elected officials on the local, state and national level. In addition to developing the Department's legislative agenda and policy initiatives, she served as the Department's liaison at the Georgia General Assembly during the legislative session.
"Stephanie has extensive experience working in governmental relations," said GWCCA Executive Director Frank Poe, "with her background and outstanding reputation working with state and local officials she will prove to be an excellent asset to the Authority."
LeMaster, who currently works for the GWCCA, joined the Georgia Dome team in 2007 as the Executive Services Manager, where she has administered all aspects of the Executive Suite and Club Seat leasing program and was responsible for all contractual obligations in coordination with the Atlanta Falcons as the premium seating sales broker. LeMaster also oversees all aspects of the Executive Levels, Public Relations and all external communication efforts for the facility.
Previously, LeMaster served as the Director of Marketing and Special Events for the University of Kentucky Athletics Department. In that position, LeMaster created and produced a number of annual high-profile and nationally televised events. Her duties within the Wildcats athletics department included working closely with 22 varsity sports in the areas of marketing, corporate sales and service, communications, public relations, external relations and video production. LeMaster graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in Communications and Political Science. She is a native of Ashland, Ky.
"Jennifer has contributed considerably to the external affairs of the Georgia Dome," said GWCCA Executive Director Frank Poe. "With her knowledge of the Authority and incredible insight of our customers, she will greatly enhance our community outreach efforts."
TicketForce has hired seasoned ticketing and live event professional Shelby Burdick as a Sales Executive. At TicketForce, Shelby will focus on developing sales and new accounts nationwide within multiple markets — including music venues, theatres of all sizes, and arenas. She will also coordinate TicketForce's response to requests for proposals.
Burdick formerly spent six years as the Director of Premium Seat Sales in the Phoenix market for Live Nation. In that position, she implemented the VIP Experience programs and amenities for Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion and Comerica Theatre, where customer service and client management were her priorities.
Prior to that, she was a VIP sales coordinator for Live Nation and was also sales assistant to the Integrated Marketing Manager at Clear Channel Radio.
"Shelby is an incredible asset to our growing team," said Lynne King Smith, CEO of TicketForce. "Her hands-on experience in the ticketing field and her expertise with live events will help TicketForce expand its presence in the market. Her ability to create solutions and offers will be a valuable asset both to our new and existing clients."
The San Diego Convention Center Corporation announced that DeeAnne Snyder, Donald Bottger and Debbie Dyer, have been selected to head-up three key divisions central to the overall success of the San Diego Convention Center's operations and hosting of events.
"We are very fortunate to have three individuals with such outstanding industry credentials on board," said the SDCCC's President and CEO, Carol Wallace. "All of them have a proven track record of success and leadership that will contribute greatly to the overall success our building."
Effective in March, DeeAnne Snyder was named director of event services replacing Ron King, who accepted a position as the new director of the Dallas Convention Center. Snyder is now responsible for planning, directing and managing the event services department staff and resources, as well as contracted services relevant to client use and event activity.
Also effective in March, Donald Bottger accepted the position of director of facility services. He is responsible for directing, supervising and coordinating duties related to cleaning and building services, grounds keeping, storeroom and warehouse services and the Convention Center's wardrobe services. This position is a new position as a result of organizational restructuring which took place in February.
In April, Debbie Dyer was named director of convention services, the position formerly held by DeeAnne Snyder. Dyer is responsible for overseeing the convention services team and directing the day-to-day operations of convention services, convention staffing and housing services.