Manager hired to run event center

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Marcus Murrell


Staff Writer

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A general manager has been named for the Downtown Event Center.

Marcus Murrell recently was hired by Sports Facilities Management with input from city officials. His annual salary is set at $105,000. He begins his duties Nov. 27.

Murrell will run the show at Rocky Mount's multimillion-dollar facility, which is under construction.

The center is expected by city officials to be an indoor sports destination for the region and beyond. The unique facility not only will cater to sporting tournaments but also has the capacity to accommodate other events, including concerts and conventions.

Murrell brings more than 15 years of experience in the event industry to Rocky Mount, with his most recent duties being an operations director for the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, S.C., and the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Fla.

Murrell’s responsibilities included leading the day-to-day back-of-house venue operations, leading his events team in the planning and implementation of all events, creating and successfully meeting annual budgets, maintaining inventory and overseeing all service management agreements with outside vendors, said Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city's chief communications and marketing officer.

As general manager for the Event Center, Murrell will be responsible for managing all aspects of the pre-opening and operations of the facility, which is scheduled to open in late 2018.

Murrell is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a bachelor’s degree in sports management: management and administration. He is also a graduate and current member of the International Association of Venue Management School. He's also a member of the Event Service Professionals Association.

In 2015, Murrell earned the Employee of the Year Award with the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism.