Move of the Month

Venue Solutions Group hired Richard Andersen as chief illuminations officer. In his new role, Andersen will be responsible for the VSG Advantage Training, a portfolio of customizable training programs. Andersen, who was CEO and president of Seafair in Seattle, is a former chairman of the International Association of Venue Managers board of directors, and was president and CEO of Northlands in Edmonton, Alberta; executive vice president of the San Diego Padres and general manager of Petco Park; and founder of Lighthouse Consulting Group.


Baltimore Convention Center’s senior sales manager, Elizabeth Berry, was named Convention Sales Professionals International’s association board president, a one-year position.

The Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau named Andy Conklin executive vice president of sales and marketing, Jenell Walton vice president of communications and strategic development and Jason Dunn group vice president for diversity sales and inclusion. 

Seattle summer festival Seafair promoted Michael McMorrow to director of creative and programming.

Andy Edwards was promoted to Nitro Circus chief executive officer. Edwards was president of the sports and entertainment brand.

Memphis Management Group hired Dean Dennis as general manager of the Memphis Convention Center. Dennis comes from the Atlantic City (N.J.) Convention Center, where he was senior vice president and general manager. 

Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society Inc. added David Gordon to the Maryland State Fair team as assistant general manager. 

Oak View Group Facilities hired Matt Herpich as general manager at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. Herpich comes from SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill. 

Stockholm-based Tracklib named Spotify veterans Petra Hansson and Niklas Ivarsson to its advisory board. 

Robert Kelley was named director of operations at Eastern States Exposition. Kelley has been at ESE since 1975.

Ron Pateras joined Neste Live!, which was recently acquired by Live Nation, as a talent buyer. Pateras spent 23 years programming and booking for Jam Productions.

Andy Price was appointed head of commercial at NEC Group Arenas. Price worked as client services director at creative communications agency Alive. 

David Pugh was promoted to executive chef at the Brisbane (Australia) Convention and Exhibition Centre. He replaces Martin Latter, who will work with AEG Ogden across its portfolio of venues.

Oak View Group Facilities and the Lexington Center Corp. installed Brian Sipe as director of booking at Rupp Arena. Sipe was general manager of Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 

Ryan Scherer was named operations supervisor at Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena. Scherer was operations manager for the Wichita Sports Forum. Kat Lyon joined the venue’s arena sales team as sponsorship manager, a newly created position.

The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority chose Rocsean Spencer as its first small business program director. Spencer was with the New Orleans Office of Supplier Diversity.

Jennifer Turner was named president and CEO at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, starting in May, after the retirement of Kathleen O’Brien last July. Turner is executive vice president and managing director at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, Calif.

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau named Kavin Schieferdecker senior vice president for the convention division. Schieferdecker was director of sales and marketing at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

The San Diego Convention Center Corp. hired Todd Temple as director of public safety and guest services. Temple is a 22-year FBI veteran. 


Neil Papiano, a lawyer best known for representing high-profile clients in entertainment and sports, died of complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease Feb. 14 in Arcadia, Calif. Papiano’s clients included Jimmy Nederlander Sr. and the Nederlander Organization.