Aeg facilities took over the Los Angeles Convention Center after the city of Los Angeles, which had managed it for 42 years, put the venue up for RFP in 2012. The facility had been running on an average a $3.5 million annual deficit.
General Manager Brad Gessner took charge with a mandate: Turn it around. Gessner zoned in on staffing, parking, food and beverage, adding concerts, sustainability measures, improving security and forging relationships.
The result?
“We now run an aver...

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