Date: June 2005

Central Illinois Arena Management named Jim Appio director of operations for the new multi-purpose U.S. Cellular Coliseum located in downtown Bloomington, Ill. The Coliseum is scheduled to open in the spring of 2006. Appio is leaving a similar position at Ford Arena in Beaumont, Texas, with SMG. Appio has over 14 years of building operations experience, including stints at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. (1990-1995) and the Peoria (Ill.) Civic Center (1995-2002).

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