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Convention Center Executives




Mark Leahy

Teri Orton

Fred Peterson

General Manager Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland Cleveland, OH

General Manager Hawai’i Convention Center Honolulu, HI

Deputy Director Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Boston, MA

Mark J. Leahy is in his fourth year as General Manager of the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and the Global Center for Health Innovation. The Cleveland facility, which achieved a LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council, recently served as the media center for the 2016 Republican National Convention. In November 2013, Leahy came to Cleveland with more than three decades of experience in the hospitality industry. In Pittsburgh, he opened the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in 2002 and served as its General Manager until coming to Cleveland. Previously, Leahy served as General Manager of the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, joining the project during development in 1998, opening the new facility in 2000, and implementing a successful cross-river ferry system to service the island-bound facility. Leahy also spent 10 years as Manager of the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston. The success of the Hynes Convention Center led to the demand for larger spaces, and Leahy assisted in getting legislation passed for the development of the Boston Convention and Exposition Center and the surrounding Seaport area of Boston.


Teri Orton is responsible for the overall management of the Hawai’i Convention Center, including sales and marketing, operations, finance, food and beverage, and customer service, while implementing the strategic positioning and marketing plans for the facility in conjunction with the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, Hawai’i Visitors & Convention Bureau, and the Meet Hawai’i team. Prior to joining AEG Facilities and the Hawai’i Convention Center in 2014, Orton was Vice President of Condominium Resort Marketing for Outrigger Enterprises Group, which consists of 16 properties across the Hawaiian Islands. She has nearly 20 years of hospitality experience, including posts as hotel general manager, director of sales and marketing and other management roles with Embassy Suites, The Ilikai, W Diamond Head, Sheraton Princess Kai’ulani and the Huntington Beach Hilton Resort. Orton majored in communications at the University of Hawai’i and advanced her training in hospitality management through various certifications with Starwood and Hilton. She is a board member for the Hawai’i Visitors & Convention Bureau Board and Aloha United Way.

As Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), Fred Peterson provides strategic leadership and guidance while working to manage and coordinate the goals and polices of the organization. Additionally, he manages facility operations across the MCCA’s venue portfolio — Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hynes Convention Center, Lawn on D, Boston Common Garage and the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Throughout his 18-year career at the MCCA, Peterson has held a number of roles including Community Liaison, Director of Business Government & Community Relations, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Facilities Operations. Peterson is active within many industry associations including IAEE, PCMA and AIPC. He has also served on the Board of Directors and a variety of committees within IAVM and the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association. Locally, he serves as Chair of the Seaport Transportation Management Association and is a board member of A Better City, Back Bay Association, Greater Springfield Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Western MA Sports Commission, South Boston Neighborhood House and the Friends of Fort Point Channel.

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