Receiving Facilities and Destinations ELITE Awards are three general managers with Global Spectrum, a global manager of public assembly venues.
These award winners are Shura Garnett, regional vice president for Global Spectrum and general manager at the Saint Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Mo.; Ric Booth, general manager of the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Dean Dennis, general manager for the Owensboro Convention Center in Owensboro, Ky.
“Global Spectrum takes great pride in providing the ultimate experience for our guests at each and every one of the venues we manage,” said John Page, president, Global Spectrum. “Shura, Ric and Dean are incredible leaders and do an exceptional job at their venues. They also serve as role models to the up-and-coming leaders within our company. I’d like to personally congratulate them on this highest of honors.”
The award was created by Facilities and Destinations Magazine to recognize top professionals making a difference in the meetings and events industry. Each winner is also recognized for being high-achievers in the convention center industry. The award was given to 15 convention center executives from around the country and was a featured section in the March issue of Facilities and Destinations Magazine.
With over 25 years of venue management experience in the operation of convention centers, Garnett, CFE, is highly regarded by her peers in the venue profession. Among her many industry accomplishments, she opened the 154,000 square-foot St. Charles Convention Center in April 2005 after overseeing all aspects of the 18-month construction.
As an International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Member, Garnett has been active since 1988, earning her CFE in 2000. She served as board chair of IAVM from 2009-2010 and has also served on numerous volunteer committees for the Association. During her tenure as chair of the association’s board, she was instrumental in purchasing and implementing VenueNet, still considered one of IAVM’s core member communication platforms. Most recently, she was awarded the prestigious Charles A. McElravy Award for extraordinary contributions to the association and the professional venue management industry it serves.
Dennis served as vice president of the convention and visitors council for the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce from 1992 to 1997, before leaving to open the Pueblo Convention Center on behalf of Globe Facility Services — the predecessor company of Global Spectrum. He held that post until 2001 when he was promoted to vice president within the Global Spectrum family to develop new business in North America and oversee regional accounts. He returned to the Pueblo community, and the general manager position, in 2008 before transferring to Owensboro this past April to manage the convention center, which opened in January.
Booth has over 23 years of experience in the facilities management profession. His career started when worked as the assistant to the executive director of the Arizona State Fair and Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Ariz. Booth continued his career in facilities management as the assistant building manager of the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio, and as the assistant general manager of the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Prior to coming to the Duke Energy Convention Center, Booth worked as the assistant general manager of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. While in Texas, he also served as the director of operations at Reliant Park, which gave him the opportunity to work with the NFL during Super Bowl XXXVIII. Booth started at the Duke Energy Convention Center, in May 2006, where he oversaw the transition of the facility from management by the City of Cincinnati to management by Global Spectrum. He was also responsible for the grand opening of the center in 2006 after a major renovation and expansion.