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August 26 2012

After 2 decades, seeking new chief for convention center

Alicia Leonard

August 27, 2012

Orange County faces a crucial staffing question this year: Who will run the nation's second-largest convention center once the facility's current director retires at the end of 2012?

The top spot at the Orange County Convention Center hasn't been vacant since 1991, when then-assistant county administrator Tom Ackert took the helm of the International Drive complex. During Ackert's tenure, the county spent $750 million to nearly double the center's size, a project that helped elevate Orlando into the top ranks of the nation's convention-and-meeting locales.

The natural chain of succession at the sprawling center — which last year hosted 180 events with an estimated combined attendance of 1.2 million people —has been broken by the retirements of both Ackert and the convention center's No. 2 executive, General Manager Jessie Allen. More

Clarke, S. (August 25, 2012). After 2 decades, seeking new chief for convention center. Retrieved August 27 from http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-08-25/business/os-cfb-cover-occc-director-0827-20120825_1_convention-center-job-orange-county-convention-center-general-manager-jessie-allen 

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