For Immediate Release:
IUP Selects Pinnacle Venue Services
To Manage Kovalchick Convention And Athletic Complex
INDIANA, PA, September 30, 2015 - Indiana University of Pennsylvania has selected Pinnacle Venue Services, of Virginia Beach, VA, and San Antonio, TX, to be the new management company for the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
Selection of the management company followed a national request for proposals process, and the university is moving ahead with the contracting process. It is expected that Pinnacle Venue Services will take over the management of the Kovalchick Complex in March 2016.
“We are pleased with the selection of Pinnacle as the management company for the Kovalchick Complex, and feel confident in the company’s ability to expertly assume the management, marketing, operations and event coordination of the outstanding athletic, entertainment and conference facilities that are part of this venue,” said Dr. Cornelius Wooten, IUP Vice President for Administration and Finance.
“While Pinnacle is a young company, the firm’s principals have an in-depth understanding of IUP and the Kovalchick Complex, dating back to the venue’s groundbreaking in 2008. I know they will provide us with the direction, discipline and vision that will enhance our facilities and events for our students, staff, administration and residents of Indiana and our entire region,” he said.
Spectra (formerly Global Spectrum) has served as the management company for the Kovalchick Complex since 2009.
“We have been very pleased with the work that Spectra has provided as the management company for the facility,” said Sam Phillips, IUP Assistant Vice President for Administration. “We have enjoyed great success at the Kovalchick Complex, and we feel certain that success will continue in all ways, and that the transition to a new management company will be positive and seamless. Events and activities scheduled for the Kovalchick Complex after March 2016 will continue as planned and as scheduled.”
The Kovalchick Complex consists of the 5,000-seat Ed Fry Arena, 23,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, and the 635-seat Toretti Auditorium. The venue is home to IUP’s Crimson Hawks men and women’s Division II basketball and volleyball teams. It also hosts concerts, family shows, sports events, conferences, conventions, trade shows and meetings.
“I have seen this magnificent complex grow from a barren construction site into the premier sports and entertainment public assembly facility in the Indiana community,” said Doug Higgons, Pinnacle’s Co-Managing Partner. “Our company is looking forward to working with IUP to bring new and exciting programs and services to the Kovalchick Complex that will appeal to audiences of all types, and that will benefit the university, the community and the region.”
About Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (KOVALCHICK COMPLEX)
The Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex is located on the campus of IUP on Wayne Avenue in Indiana, PA. The facility is a 148,500 square foot complex and offers multi-use adaptable space, including the 5,000-seat Ed Fry Arena, 635-seat Toretti Auditorium, 17,000 square foot state-of the-art Conference Center with numerous breakout rooms, and a 6,000 square foot corporate training and executive conference center. The Kovalchick Complex opened in March 2011.
About Pinnacle Venue Services
Pinnacle Venue Services (www.pinnaclevs.us), with offices in Virginia Beach, VA, and San Antonio, TX, provides public assembly venue owners and operators with customized services that address the specific needs of their entertainment, sports, performing arts, conference and expo, civic and university facilities. Founded in November 2014, Pinnacle partners with venue owners and operators to be more profitable, more efficient, more customer and client friendly, and seek to reduce risk by creating an operating environment that is safe and secure. Pinnacle’s four principals are Doug Higgons, Managing Partner, Virginia Beach, VA, office; Tom Paquette, Managing Partner, San Antonio, TX, office; Frank Roach, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management at the University of South Carolina; and Michael Jones, President, Moore Music Group, Virginia Beach.
For more information about Pinnacle, contact Larry Rubin, Rubin Public Relations, Phone: 484-417-6939 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
IUP is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.