Jeff Kossow, the executive director of the Sanford Center in Bemidji, MN, has resigned to take another job in Washington state.
According to a press release from VenuWorks, the Ames, Iowa-based management company running the facility, Kossow is leaving for an executive leadership position at a law firm and will be relocating to Kennewick, Wash. Kossow’s last day leading the Sanford Center is June 30.
“I am very thankful for Jeff’s leadership at VenuWorks. He will be greatly missed,” VenuWorks President Steve Peters, CVE, said. “However, I understand and support his decision to make this transition.”
The city of Bemidji, which owns the Sanford Center, contracts with VenuWorks to manage the facility. In the press release, Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht said Kossow made “significant contributions to the Sanford Center.”
“He has been a tremendous asset and we are grateful for everything he has accomplished,” Albrecht said. “I wish him and his family the very best.”
Kossow took on the role of executive director in September 2016, succeeding Mike Cronin, who held the role from April-August 2016. Cronin had replaced Curtis Webb, who helmed the event center from late 2012 through April 2016, before leaving to take a similar position at another VenuWorks facility in Bloomington, Ill.
The winners of TheTicketingBusiness Awards 2019 were announced on the evening of April 9 during a private ceremony at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.
Now in their fourth year, TheTicketingBusiness Awards (previously Ticketing Technology Awards) are the only awards to recognize a whole spectrum of achievements from across the global entertainment ticketing industry.
The awards ceremony took place during TheTicketingBusiness Forum, in front of an audience of senior industry figures.
“Congratulations to everyone who reached the podium,” said Ian Nuttall, founder of TheTicketingBusiness. “Winners included our industry’s leaders, achievers, and stand-out innovators, who should all be very proud of their achievements.”
Kim Bedier, CVE, director of Tacoma (WA) Venues & Events, happily shared the news that Michael Moravick, box officer manager, Ticketmaster for Tacoma Venues & Events, was the category winner for the Unsung Hero Award.
Single-use disposable plastic drinking cups will be eliminated from Sydney Showground venue run outlets and bars from this month.
Sydney Showground has entered into a multi-year agreement with WISE – It’s In Your Hands, for the supply of re-usable cups to events conducted at the venue.
WISE – It’s In Your Hands is a wholly-owned Australian company that supplies re-usable cups to stadium, events, and festivals.
RAS CEO Brock Gilmour said the WISE re-usable cup is a sensible and practical answer to eliminate single-use cups going to landfill.
“Additionally, re-usable cups will significantly reduce daily post-event cleaning costs and assist with improved waste management,” Gilmour said.
WISE CEO and co-founder Craig Lovett said the company’s market research and trials over the past two years have proven the Australian venue and event industry and their customers are looking for an alternative to disposable single-use plastics.
“Over five million disposable plastic cups are going to landfill in Australia each month. They are contaminating our land and are ending up in waterways, rivers, and beaches,” Lovett said. “The WISE solution empowers patrons and venue management to actively participate in the War-On-Waste and make a significant environmental change. This is why we say the solution is ‘In Your Hands.’”
Lovett said market research conducted in Sydney and Melbourne last year revealed respondents were overwhelmingly supportive of replacing single-use plastic cups at stadiums and events.
“Almost 96 per cent of respondents wanted to see single-use cups being eliminated, and they were strongly in favour of donating their $1 returnable deposit to charity,” he said.
WISE cups were used at the HSBC Sydney 7s tournament at Sydney Showground last month.
“We received tremendous feedback from rugby fans and from the Australian Rugby Union and we anticipate Showground attendees will fully embrace our re-usable cups,” Lovett said.
Earlier this month Hobart City Council voted in favour of a by-law designed to restrict the use of single-use plastic takeaway packaging. The by-law encompasses the packaging in which takeaway food is supplied to consumers at the point of sale, including plastic cutlery, sauce sachets, plastic takeaway hot food containers and lids, plastic straws, plastic lined noodle boxes, plastic lined coffee cups, plastic lids on takeaway cups, and plastic sandwich wedges.
The announcement followed Qantas Group’s plans to become world’s first airline to reuse, recycle, and compost three-quarters of its general waste by the end of 2021, and the ACT government’s proposal to ban single-use plastics.
Cleveland’s premier sports and entertainment venue has been renamed Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse as the venue continues its massive renovation and transformation. Quicken Loans is known for the way it reimagined the future of lending by introducing Rocket Mortgage, the first completely digital mortgage experience available to consumers. The company is the nation’s largest home mortgage lender and continues to operate a tech-driven office in the heart of downtown Cleveland.
The newly named Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is one of the busiest arenas in the world and home to the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, AHL’s Cleveland Monsters, additional signature sporting events, concerts, and family entertainment shows. The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse hosts over 200 events, attracting over two million visitors annually. In addition, the downtown Cleveland sports and entertainment facility has been named the host venue of the 2022 NBA All-Star game weekend, when the NBA will be celebrating its 75th anniversary, and will host the Women’s Final Four in 2024.
The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse announcement was made by Cavaliers Chairman and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert, Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner, Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse CEO Len Komoroski and Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman. They were joined by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.
The new name was revealed in a high-energy video presentation in front of hundreds of guests and media prior to Fan Appreciation Night at the Cavaliers final home game for the 2018-19 season.
“Since 1994, Cleveland has shared countless unforgettable moments at this arena. From hosting world-class music acts to multiple NBA Finals games, the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse has been the epicenter of entertainment in Cleveland for decades,” Gilbert said. “Today marks the beginning of the next chapter in the evolution of this incredible facility, as not just one of the world’s premier sports and entertainment venues, but a hub of technology that is leading the charge in innovation, efficiency and fan experience.”
The arena will be completing a $185 million renovation that will increase the total square footage of the venue from 95,380 sq. ft. to 152, 970 sq. ft. A new glass façade featuring 1,475 glass pieces and atrium will add 42,530 sq. ft. of new public space to create a dramatic exterior presence. Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse will have eight new public destination hospitality spaces and feature the latest in cutting-edge technology that will re-define the fan experience.
“There are many synergies between the transformation of this beautiful venue and the nation’s largest residential home lender,” Farner said. “Cleveland has been a great home to us for many years, not only because of the arena naming, but also because our highly successful 600-team member downtown office. We are thrilled to see our Rocket Mortgage brand take center stage while we join the Cavaliers in this exciting new era of Cleveland sports and entertainment history.”
“Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse will bring a new identity to a building that has been completely transformed and will remain Cleveland’s sports and entertainment epicenter for decades to come,” said Komoroski.
The 25-year-old publicly-owned facility is a joint-venture between the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, the Gateway Economic Development Corporation and the Cavaliers.
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse signage will be prominently featured on the new glass facade that spans the entire north side of the building, reflecting the downtown Cleveland skyline. The new Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse branding will be installed over the coming months and includes exterior and interior signage, LED roof signage, the Cavs and Monsters playing surfaces, and other assets throughout the arena.
Spectra, the providers of venue management and food services and hospitality to the Owensboro (KY) Convention Center, announced two promotions and welcomes a new member to the Owensboro team.
Michelle Pessia has been promoted to Sous Chef. She graduated in 2011 from the Culinary Program at OCTC, and began working as the Kitchen Supervisor with Spectra in 2017. Michelle has assisted in many sizable events, such as the Owensboro Convention Center’s signature five course Cork and Cuisine dinners, corporate holiday parties, and over two dozen local weddings. Her skills as a saucier and pastry chef help add special touches to each dish prepared. “Michelle is a team player, and her experience and dedication have proven that she is the right fit for Sous Chef,” said Mark Pruett, Director of Food and Beverage.
A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Angie Hanley has been part of the Owensboro team since the building opened in 2014. She began working part-time in guest services and moved to full-time in 2015 when the position of event manager became available. While in that role she worked with couples planning their wedding ceremonies and receptions at the Owensboro Convention Center. Angie is now the wedding sales coordinator and is excited to assist future guests in planning their perfect day.
With Angie’s transition to wedding sales coordinator, Katy Holland joined the Owensboro team in March as an event manager. A graduate from Kentucky Wesleyan College, Katy has lived in Owensboro her entire life and has served as an intern in the events department at the Louisville Country Club for two summers and has worked with two professional sports teams.