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New event center manager hired

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Art Thomason has been hired as the new general manager of the Event Center

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Rocky Mount Event Center has found its new general manager.

Art Thomason has taken the reins of the event center, which is managed by Sports Facilities Management.

Thomason brings to Rocky Mount more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment, event services and sports management industry. Most recently, Thomason served as the event service manager for the Columbus Civic Center and Ice Rink in Columbus, Ga., said Ashley Pittman, marketing manager for the event center.

In this leadership role, Thomason provided daily facility management, events operations team oversight and led corporate culture through team building, training and development, said Sports Facilities Management CEO Jason Clement.

“Art is an extremely knowledgeable, experienced and energetic leader, who we are confident will build upon the strong team at the Rocky Mount Event Center,” Clement said. “Art has a track record of collaboration and will partner well with city leadership to provide first-class service to the community.”

In 2017, Thomason led his team through a period of natural disaster relief — the Columbus Civic Center served as a critical evacuation site as the facility opened its doors to more than 600 evacuees from South Georgia due to Hurricane Irma, according to information from Sports Facilities Management.

Thomason is affiliated with several organizations such as the International Association for Venue Managers, Paint the Town Pink Committee for Cancer Awareness, Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity and the Tri-City Latino Festival Committee.

Thomason was chosen after a nationwide selection process. The operations team and facility staff are excited to bring Thomason on board, said Sports Facilities Management COO Dave Pritchett.

"Hiring the right person for the general manager role at Rocky Mount Event Center has been a top priority," Pritchett said. "Thomason’s industry experience and leadership capability make him the right candidate to fill this role and continue making this state-of-the-art facility a premiere destination on the East Coast."

The Rocky Mount Event Center opened in October.

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