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David Causton Named Regional Vice President, SMG Convention Center Division
SMG, a world leader in public facility management, announced today the promotion of David Causton to Regional Vice President of the company's Convention Center Division. David has overseen management of the nation's largest and best known convention center, McCormick Place, since 2004 and through its successful transition to private management in 2011. He will maintain his role as General Manager of the facility.
"The successes we have had at McCormick Place are attributable to David's leadership. He has simultaneously ensured we are able to meet the expectations of the Authority and our trade show partners while maintaining a strong team of more than 200 employees," explained Gregg Caren, SMG Executive Vice President, Convention Centers. "This promotion recognizes the magnitude of the job he does each and every day."
In additional to oversight responsibilities at McCormick Place, David's new role will allow increased engagement with the company's leadership team around the country and greater involvement in SMG's Convention Center Division strategic planning initiatives on behalf of their municipal venue owners. This includes implementation of industry innovations and best-practices, participation in business climate strategic assessments and leadership in labor relations initiatives.
Since assuming management of McCormick Place in 2011, SMG has improved financial performance of the facility, streamlined sales and management structures and increased customer service and satisfaction. In addition, the Center brought culinary services in-house through SMG's SAVORů brand.
"David has delivered on the commitments made to the MPEA and the city, and has successfully combined the cultures of the public and private sectors to make our Chicago partnership a success," explained Jim Reilly, CEO of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. "McCormick Place is North America's flagship convention center and we couldn't be more pleased with the results David and SMG have delivered."
David's new role is effective immediately.
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.75 million sports and entertainment seats in nine countries. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston's Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing more than 100 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.
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