DALLAS (March 25, 2019)—Spectra, the national leader in venue management who next month will begin oversight of operations at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (KBHCC), today named Stacey Church as the venue’s new Assistant General Manager. Church comes to Dallas from her previous role as General Manager of the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.
As Assistant General Manager, Church will help optimize and oversee day-to-day business operations at the KBHCC related to finance, sales, marketing, operations, capital improvements and business development. She begins her role April 8.
“I took great pride in reopening the convention center in Louisville and becoming a committed partner in the community, and I’m excited for the opportunity to now do the same with the City of Dallas,” Church said. “My familiarity with the market, and my focus on profitable growth and service delivery will allow me to approach this new role at the KBHCC strategically, thinking about what processes we can put in place today to have this amazing city secure its place as a national destination.”
Church has nearly 15 years of experience in venue management, specializing in sales and booking, contract negotiation, fiscal analysis, strategic planning, and leadership.
Previously, she served as Assistant Director of Public Events for Fort Worth Convention Center/Will Rogers Memorial Center, and General Manager for Spectra-operated MassMutual Center. She is a graduate of the prestigious IAVM Venue Management School at Oglebay and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky.
“A strong Assistant General Manager is essential to a convention center’s success,” Dave Anderson, Spectra’s senior vice president of convention centers, said. “With her deep financial acumen, Stacey is a results-driven venue management professional who understands how to evaluate, launch and lead. She’s going to be a true asset to the city’s master revitalization initiative.”
John Page, president of Spectra’s venue management division, added: “Stacey’s versatility is something to be admired. While she has a strong mind for strategy, her proven history in the events space demonstrates that she can deliver on those strategies. Spectra is excited to have her back onboard.”
Spectra will officially take over operations at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on April 1, after the Dallas City Council unanimously approved the contract earlier this year. With another unanimous vote of confidence, Spectra took over operations at the 277-acre Fair Park in the heart of Dallas on January 1, 2019.