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Lopez Named GM for KBHCC in Dallas

15 Jul, 2019


Spectra, a national leader in venue management and hospitality, has named industry veteran J. Anthony Lopez the new General Manager for the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (KBHCC), effective Monday, May 13. Mr. Lopez comes to Dallas with thirty years of industry experience, most recently serving as assistant general manager for McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., the nation’s largest convention center. 

As general manager for the KBHCC, Mr. Lopez will oversee all aspects of the facility’s daily sales, marketing and operational activities, as well as work in cooperation with the City of Dallas, who is leading the future master plan efforts to reimagine and upgrade the KBHCC and its surrounding campus.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to join the Spectra team in Dallas, and can’t wait to get started during this exciting time of city-wide expansion and development,” Mr. Lopez said. “In reimagining the venue, we’ll specifically address top priority needs of major meeting planners from across the country, and will bring citywide events to Dallas as a result—the potential of the KBHCC is unlimited.”

Mr. Lopez has extensive sales, marketing and operations experience with facilities in Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa. Prior to McCormick Place, he was director of operations at Iowa State Center and then executive director for Minneapolis Convention Center. In his previous roles, Lopez oversaw expansion projects, upgraded service offerings, streamlined employee training, spearheaded sustainability projects and implemented event rating systems.

“With Anthony’s arrival, Spectra has assembled an A-team in Dallas to invigorate KBHCC’s operations and reintroduce downtown Dallas to a new host of meeting planners,” Dave Anderson, Spectra’s senior vice president of convention centers, said. “Anthony’s wealth of industry knowledge, combined with his vast experience directing big-name operations, perfectly positions our team to bring significant meetings and conventions to this great city.”

Spectra officially took 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 2, 2019.

“With Anthony’s track record heading up large, successful operations, we knew he was the leader we need to be a change-maker for the venue and the city,” John Page, Spectra’s president of venue management, said. “Spectra has a strong history of success in convention centers, a track record which we’re privileged to build upon in the heart of Dallas.”

About Spectra: Spectrais an industry leader in hosting and entertainment, partnering with clients to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s unmatched blend of integrated services delivers incremental value for clients through several primary areas of expertise: Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Partnerships. Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com. Follow Spectra on Facebook, Instagram, Twitterand LinkedIn.

About Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas: Located in the heart of downtown Dallas, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas (KBHCCD) is one of the largest convention centers in the nation, with more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space, three ballrooms, 88 meeting rooms, 1,750-seat theatre, and a 9,816-seat arena. The award-winning facility is connected to a 1,001-room hotel via a skybridge and is adjacent to two Vertiport landing pads. KBHCCD welcomes over a million visitors annually, providing world-class service, versatile technology and delectable cuisine.

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