Spectra began managing Dallas’ Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center at the beginning of April. (Courtesy Spectra)

John Page adds oversight of convention centers, sponsorship sales

Facility management services firm Spectra has restructured its business, which extends to the departure of John Wentzell, its former president.

Wentzell, whose final day at Spectra was March 29, had run the firm’s facility management and food service groups since October 2016. His position has been eliminated, Spectra officials said.

John Page is now president of Spectra Venue Management, overseeing arena, stadium and convention centers, plus the sponsorship sales division. Convention centers previously fell under Wentzell’s jurisdiction.

Page most recently served as Spectra’s president of content for arenas and stadiums. He has been with the company for about 30 years.

“Convention centers and corporate partnerships are the two big pieces that really change my day-to-day responsibilities,” Page said. “I’m working a little bit closer with food as well.”

The restructuring falls in line with Spectra’s growing convention center business and streamlines the flow chart, returning to a business model similar to the one that existed before facility manager Global Spectrum and Ovations Food Services were rebranded as Spectra in 2015, said Dave Scott, chairman and CEO of Comcast Spectacor. Comcast Spectacor has a minority ownership stake in Spectra, which Scott also heads.

Facility management, food service and sponsorship sales are Spectra’s three core businesses. Spectra got out of the ticketing business in June 2017 when it sold Paciolan to Learfield. (Learfield has since merged with IMG College.)

“It’s a little bit like it was with Global Spectrum a few years ago,” Scott said. “We have a full suite of services with arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts centers. John Page has that complete division now.”

“We want to go deeper in the convention center space,” he said. “We added Dallas and started there April 1, along with Santa Clara (in March). It was important to put the whole facility management group under one leader.”

Page and Richard Schneider, Spectra’s chief operating officer and senior vice president of food services and hospitality, both report directly to Scott. Bryan Furey, senior vice president of partnerships, reports to Page, as do Michael Ahearn, senior vice president of operations; Bob Schwartz, chief marketing officer; Dave Anderson, senior vice president of convention centers; Todd Glickman, executive vice president of business development and client relations; and Jacque Holowaty, vice president of client experience and ticketing.

On the food side, Schneider has helped grow business since he was hired last summer from Delaware North, Scott said. In 2017 Spectra acquired Brulee Catering, which is now the food provider for The Met Philly, a renovated 4,000-seat concert venue run by Live Nation.

“It’s been a great addition to the portfolio and it’s opening some doors with the high quality of food they bring to the table,” Scott said.

From top, Dave Scott, John Page and Richard Schneider.

Spectra’s restructuring comes almost one year after Atairos, a private equity firm backed by former Comcast Chief Financial Officer Michael Angelakis, acquired majority ownership of Spectra. (Atairos also made a deal in October 2016 to acquire Learfield.)

Spectra’s two biggest competitors, SMG and AEG Facilities, announced a merger in February, but Scott doesn’t see the consolidation changing a whole lot for his firm. “We compete every day of our lives,” he said.

“We’ve become a true stand-alone company in the past year with Atairos,” Scott said. “I’m in my sixth year here now. We like our management team and want to keep growing. We’re not looking from an M&A perspective to get out. We have about 200 accounts now and would love to get bigger if the opportunity presented itself.”

Said Page: “There are a lot of RFPs out there. There are still more publicly owned venues out there than privately owned. It’s our job to continue to tell the story of why it makes sense for us to help them drive revenue and reduce expenses.”

Editor’s note: This story has been revised since it was originally posted with additional names and titles.