By Sue Oxarart
ASM Global-managed Toyota Arena has announced the position of general manager has been filled by Gus Le Grand, who took on the day-to-day duties on March 20. “We are pleased to welcome Gus to Ontario and look forward to his expertise in managing our entertainment venue,” said Michael Krouse, Regional Vice President of ASM Global. “His experience in the live entertainment industry as well as the food and beverage sector will benefit the guests of Toyota Arena.”
Le Grand has over twenty years of accumulated experience in the Hospitality and Entertainment industry. His passion for the business began when he moved to Maryland from Wisconsin at the age of twenty-one. Through hard work and dedication Le Grand obtained a management role and became the Assistant General Manager at Ram’s Head Live! Within this position he managed an astounding 300 employees while handling all scheduling, inventory, and day to day operations. In this capacity, his passion for the industry and customer service became glaringly evident.
Within six months Le Grand was promoted into the role of General Manager where he played an integral role in Ram’s Head Live!’s $2.8 million-dollar annual revenue. Most recently, he was at Live! Casino Hotel in Hanover, MD. His love for music and people drives him daily to help others to succeed.
Le Grand is active in mentoring others to reach their full potential. he will relocate to Southern California where learning about the region that will be his new home, the arena, and getting to know the guests of Toyota Arena will be his top priorities.
Sue Oxarart is Director of Marketing and Communications for the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau / Ontario Convention Center.
Thomas D. Minter, 87, passed away at home on January 23, 2023, in Lexington, KY, where he resided since 1975. Tom was born December 21, 1935, to Colie and Thelma Minter in Beckley, WV. Tom was a 1953 graduate of Greenbrier Military Academy, then Marshall University, before establishing his career in arena management.
His first stop was the Raleigh County Armory (now Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center), where his premiere gig was “three skinny girls” called “The Supremes” which he booked for $150. He and the family arrived in the Bluegrass in 1964 where Tom was General Manager of the Louisville Convention Center for a decade.
Tom finished out his career as the President and CEO of Lexington Center Corp., opening Rupp Arena (now Central Bank Center) and its various facilities in 1976, until his retirement in 2000.
He served on the boards of the Society of Yeager Scholars of Marshall University, Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Lexington Visitors and Convention Commission, Kentucky Horse Park, International Association of Venue Managers (where he earned his CVE in 1980) and as a founding member, continued to serve on the commission for Picnic with the Pops well into his retirement.
In retirement, Tom continued to fuel his passion for golf at Lexington Country Club, as well as annual winter stays in Vero Beach, FL. Long-time members of Southern Hills United Methodist Church, Tom is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carolyn; daughters, Bambi Hughes of Cypress, TX, and Lisa Stephenson of Farmersville, TX (husband David), and grandson, Harold Hughes of Cypress, TX. Tom is also survived by sister, Colette Meadows (Frank) of Ghent, WV and brother, Mike Minter of Pittsburgh, PA, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Bluegrass Care Navigators at www.bgcarenav.org/give or at habitat.org” target=”_new” rel=”nofollow”>www..org. A private service will be observed by family. To share a remembrance of Tom or to offer condolences to his family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
From Theater Design
After nearly 25 years working on a variety of projects Theater Design has become a sought-after firm due to our reputation in the industry, the success of our projects, and the acclaim of our clients. As we look to the future, we have decided that our website should reflect that diverse experience and expertise with a new website (expertly designed by DABBOTT Design). We wish to provide architects and performing arts organizations with a website that is easy to navigate and that describes our services, philosophy and approach to projects.
Visitors to the website will find easy access to the services we provide, past and present projects, and solutions to common and unique design issues. Our FAQ page clearly explains the value of our services and that while designing a new theater is similar to designing a show, it is vastly more complex. These issues are discussed in greater detail in Building Better Theaters, by Theater Design founder and president Michael Mell.
Our NEWS section keeps our clients up to date on the activities of the firm and staff. As well, future press releases and items of interest to the theater design industry are presented. We encourage our clients to BE IN TOUCH via the contact page where they may send an email or find our phone number to speak to us directly.
To view the new website, click here.
By Mary Tucker
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) is now offering an on-demand option for 11 of its 15 CEM Learning Program courses. Participants may engage in self-paced learning with 24/7 access to the course content including videos and knowledge checks.
“We understand that professionals want to advance their knowledge and skills but are also pressed for time given the current demands placed on our industry’s workforce,” said Senior CEM Learning Program Manager Jennifer Potter, CEM. “The on-demand solution allows those seeking to complete their certification journey the convenience and flexibility to grow their career on their terms.”
IAEE’s on-demand CEM Learning Program courses can be accessed at any time and allow participants to complete the course in as little or as much time as needed. Users may learn at the pace that best suits them while engaging in a self-guided online learning experience.
The courses that will be available include:
Event Marketing (available)
Conference and Meeting Management (available)
Floor Plan Development
Finance, Budgeting and Contracts
Security, Risk and Crisis Management
Housing and Registration Management
Selecting Service Contractors
Exhibition and Event Sales
Facilities and Site Selection
Strategic Planning and Management
IAEE’s on-demand CEM Learning Program courses are $350 USD for members and $605 USD for non-members. To register and stay up to date on courses as they become available, click here.
Mary Tucker is Sr. Content and Communications Manager at IAEE.
By Alex Hargis
The Red Mountain Theatre Arts Campus project received the top honor in this year’s Architecture Awards programs during the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) annual conference recently concluded in St. Louis. The winning design team included architectural firm, LIVE Design Group, theatre consulting firm, TheatreDNA, and acoustic firm, SoundArts. Sponsored by the USITT Architecture Commission, the competition has honored the excellence in design in theatre projects for the last twenty-five years. Past judges include industry leaders such as Norman Pfeiffer FAIA, Yasu Toyota, and Malcolm Holzman FAIA, and they evaluate submissions based upon creative image, community contribution, performance venue design, functional operations between front and back of house, as well as other criteria.
“A large part of the success of this project was the powerful vision of Keith Cromwell, Executive Director
for Red Mountain Theatre,” said Craig Krawczyk, President of LIVE Design Group. “Keith’s vision, along
with the contributions from a great team of designers and consultants, made the transformative outcome possible. This award is truly a testament to the power of collaboration.”
Located in the Parkside District of Birmingham, Alabama, the project was a community-wide effort to provide a new home for the theatre, which was known for arts education, developing new work about societal topics such as human rights and telling traditional stories from a diverse perspective. The 53,000
sq.ft. facility has been adapted from a collection of 100-year-old mechanical supply warehouses into a
vibrant performing arts campus that includes a 455-seat flexible theatre with reconfigurable cabaret
seating, a black box theatre, four rehearsal rooms, costume shop, an education wing with a recording
studio, and a donor’s lounge with reclaimed sliding fire doors. The non-profit theatre currently provides arts education to over 17,000 kids from 72 zip codes and serves as an economic driver for the area hosting 75,000 patrons across 300 events annually.
“The heart of what we do as theatre planners and designers is to create homes for artists,” said Michael Ferguson, Founding Principal of TheatreDNA. “For this project, it’s about bringing the organizational family under one roof instead having rehearsal rooms, scene shops, and performance spaces spread throughout the city. Creating a cultural hearth that is practical, affordable, and large enough to accommodate everyone allows the Red Mountain Theatre staff to better serve their community and local artists.”
Alex Hargis is Principal, Marketing & Business Development, for TheatreDNA.