By Anagelica Gonzalez
The Baltimore Convention Center has appointed Phil Costa as the new Deputy Director, where he will be working directly under the leadership of Executive Director Peggy Daidakis. Costa’s responsibilities will consist of the overall management of the day-to-day operations and providing leadership and direction to all departments, partner managers, and staff. In addition, he will oversee the Center’s community outreach, policy development, and capital improvement projects.
Serving as the Director of Operations since 2017, Costa has managed the largest department at the BCC. He has helped develop and lead Center initiatives such as the venue’s sustainability program and GBAC-Star accreditation, and aspects of the COVID-19 Field Hospital and recovery. He earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Sports Business Management from the University of Central Florida along with dual Bachelors’ degrees from the University of Florida. In 2018 Costa was honored by being named to IAVM’s “30 under 30” roster.
Costa currently serves as IAVM’s Assistant Director for Region 1 and the vice-chair for the Young Professionals Committee. He has continued to guide the Baltimore Convention Center’s internal operations department to success and will now play a key role in leading the entire venue as the premier location for events in Maryland. Outside of work, Costa enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and two children at their home in Federal Hill.
When asked what he’s looking forward to within his new role, Costa responded, “My mission is to continue advancing our day-to-day operations and move the Center forward. I’m excited about this new role and being able to work with all departments within the Convention Center. With the pandemic’s effect on the hospitality industry, I am also looking forward to seeing the new realm of events.”
Anagelica Gonzalez is Marketing & Communications Manager for the Baltimore Convention Center.