New general manager
named for Kovalchick Complex
on March 01, 2016 10:49 AM
A veteran public assembly venue administrator has been named the new general manager of the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, according to Pinnacle Venue Services, which takes over management of the KCAC today.
Andrew Thompson formerly was interim general manager at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers, Fla., where he held several key positions since 2002.
He joined the 42,000-square-foot, city-owned facility as business manager and was named assistant general manager in 2004. He was promoted to interim general manager in July. Harborside Event Center’s flexibility encouraged presentations of concerts, sports, trade shows, conferences and conventions, according to Pinnacle officials.
Prior to joining Harborside, he was network administrator and event manager for the American Swimming Coaches Association for USA Swimming in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 1996 to 2002. He was responsible for all event activities, including coordination of conferences, clinics, swim meets and meetings.
“Andrew Thompson brings the KCAC a substantial background in venue management, operations and special events that should enhance the performance and services of the complex’s athletic, entertainment and conference facilities,” Doug Higgons, Pinnacle’s co-managing partner, said in a press release.
Thompson began his career in 1995 as assistant to the director of corporate sales and special events with Huizenga Holdings, which included the Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers and Florida Marlins.
He is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers and a graduate of the IAVM Public Assembly Facility Management School at Oglebay Resort, near Wheeling, W.Va.
“We are pleased that Pinnacle is the new management company for the Kovalchick Complex and feel confident in the company’s ability to expertly provide the management, marketing, operations and event coordination for the athletic, entertainment and conference facilities that are part of this venue,” said Cornelius Wooten, IUP Vice President for Administration and Finance.
Spectra, formerly Global Spectrum, had been the management company for the Kovalchick Complex since 2009.
“We look forward to working with Andrew and Pinnacle Venue Services as they develop exciting new conference and entertainment booking opportunities and ensure the continued growth and successful operation of the Kovalchick Complex,” said Sam Phillips, IUP assistant vice president for administration.