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e are pleased to announce the convention center executives who received the Facilities & Destinations 2017 ELITE Award, an accolade that recognizes professionals making a difference in the meetings and events industry. Nominated by readers via a ballot appearing in F&D issues and on Facilitiesonline.com, these leaders have made their facilities into strong economic engines for their communities. They keep their buildings ahead of the curve, while maintaining fruitful relationships with local DMOs, hoteliers, civic organizations and businesses. They have a long track record of career successes, stay active in industry associations and, most importantly to F&D readers, ensure their staffs excel in customer service. We encourage our readers, who themselves are respected in the meetings industry, to continue select professionals deserving of this recognition. Nominations for next year’s ELITE Awards can be made via the ballot in this issue (page 54). Following are the 12 convention center executives who received the most nominations last year. We look forward to recognizing more ELITE professionals in this category and others in future issues. Ric Booth

General Manager, Duke Energy Convention Center

Gregg Caren

Mark Leahy

General Manager, Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

Teri Orton

Executive Vice President Convention Centers & Business Development, SMG

General Manager, Hawai’i Convention Center

John Chan

Deputy Director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

Director, Phoenix Convention Center & Venues

Chris Connolly

General Manager, Iowa Events Center

Dean Dennis

General Manager, Atlantic City Convention Center

Matt Hollander

General Manager, Miami Beach Convention Center

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Fred Peterson Matt Pizzuti

Interim Executive Director, Oregon Convention Center

Mark Tester

Director, Austin Convention Center

Luther Villagomez

Chief Operating Officer, George R. Brown Convention Center

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