June 8, 2013 |
SMG manages convention centers as large as McCormick Place, the Chicago behemoth on the shores of Lake Michigan, and as small as the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Fla. But winning control of Philadelphia's Convention Center has special meaning. "This time it's personal," said SMG president and CEO Wes Westley on Thursday, a day after the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority board voted to make the West Conshohocken-based firm the manager of the challenged facility.
June 10, 1991 |
When Motorola Inc. wanted to give its seasoned sales force a refresher course, it turned to Strategic Management Group. SMG developed a computer simulation to illustrate how to clinch a sale - whether it meant climbing over repair-shop engines or bypassing secretaries to get to the decision-makers in the executive suite. The West Philadelphia company developed a software program featuring mythical customer accounts - and gave sales representatives multiple paths to cement deals.
June 7, 2013 |
In a move to reposition the Convention Center amid fierce competition, the board of the troubled facility voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to privatize a range of management functions and hire an outside firm to lead it. The board also voted, 13-2, to hire SMG, a West Conshohocken-based management group that runs arenas and other large facilities in the United States and overseas. The board selected SMG over Global Spectrum, a unit of Comcast-Spectacor. The decisions leave unanswered what role the Convention Center's current president and chief executive, Ahmeenah Young, will have under the new management structure, said Board Chairman Gregory J. Fox. In other cities, such as Chicago, where SMG now directs the convention center, the authority's CEO was retained and works closely with SMG. "I am thrilled that the board today has embraced a bold and bright future for the Convention Center, born of a new management model that sets the stage for future improvements," Fox said after the board voted 12-3 to privatize and before selecting SMG. "It's a willingness to depart from the past and embrace the future.
July 10, 1992 |
Subaru of America's president, Thomas R. Gibson, said yesterday that he would resign from the Cherry Hill auto company to become president and chief executive of SMG, the Philadelphia company that operates the Spectrum and arenas and convention centers in the United States and Europe. SMG says it is the largest public-facility management company in the world. It runs 36 arenas, convention centers and theaters, including Moscone Center in San Francisco, Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, Los Angeles Coliseum, the Superdome in New Orleans and Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.
January 20, 2005 |
The Convention Center Authority agreed yesterday to hire SMG, the Philadelphia company that runs 171 U.S. and European exhibit halls, arenas and stadiums, to help manage the construction and promotion of a bigger Convention Center. The board's action came a day after Gov. Rendell, a longtime proponent of hiring a professional management company to oversee the building, released $50 million in state funds that will let Convention Center officials start acquiring land for the $632 million expansion project.
June 13, 2015 |
In yet another complicated twist to the Pennsylvania Convention Center saga, members of the Teamsters local that had lost the right to work in the building are back in the building working. How did it happen? When it comes to this building, nothing is ever straightforward. In May 2014, two of the six unions that worked in the building setting up trade shows lost jurisdiction when their leaders failed to sign a new customer satisfaction agreement by a management-imposed deadline.
September 23, 2013 |
The state and city officials and business and labor union representatives who oversee the Convention Center haven't fixed the national problem of too many taxpayer-funded exhibit halls chasing too few big conventions. Nor has the board rewritten the local labor contracts that pit unions protecting workers' hours against exhibitors who want to hook up their own stuff. The center's contracts have been extended into next year. But the center's board is going ahead, almost on schedule, to farm out management of the Center City complex to Conshohocken-based SMG , which beat Comcast affiliate Global Spectrum to get the job. Lawyer Greg Fox , the board's chairman, had hoped to install SMG by Oct. 1. But Gov. Corbett's budget office responded to the draft proposal with a fat file of questions, which Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni wouldn't show me because, he says, they are "pre-decisional.
November 17, 2013 |
SMG, the West Conshohocken facilities manager that will start running Philadelphia's vast but underused Convention Center on Dec. 1, has tapped Lorenz Hassenstein, former vice president at Trevose-based Advertising Specialty Institute Inc., for a new job supervising most of the center's operating staff. Hassenstein will head the group that runs the center and deals with shows, contractors, hotels, and unions. He will report to SMG chief operating officer Bob McClintock and to the state-owned center's new executive director, whom the Convention Center board plans to approve and name next week.
June 15, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board on Friday formalized the relationship between the management company operating the center and its longtime electrical contractor. SMG, the West Conshohocken arena management company that now operates the center, says the new arrangement with Elliott-Lewis Corp., a 550-employee electrical, heating, and air-conditioning contractor, has the potential to save the center $1 million a year. The contracts, renewable yearly, are worth up to $825,000 a year to the Northeast Philadelphia company.