Dec 20, 2017
Duke Energy Convention Center Names Peter Barton Senior Sales Manager
Cincinnati, OH - Spectra by Comcast Spectacor has promoted Peter Barton Senior to Sales Manager at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
“Peter has consistently driven new business in each of the past four years since joining the DECC,” says Spectra’s Justin Markle, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Duke Energy Convention Center. “His enthusiasm and drive are contagious and his ability to positively and professionally represent the DECC, Spectra and the City of Cincinnati in all of his interactions is commendable.”
In addition to Barton’s successful efforts at The Center, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and has been recognized as an “Agents of Change” industry leader by Connect Faith Magazine.
Having asked what drives Peter, he replies “helping others is the line of business we are in, and my fulfillment comes by way of providing solutions for our clients.”
Born in Ireland, Peter recently became a US citizen. Married to Kara they have two childrens ages 8 and 5.
Jun 12, 2017
Spectra by Comcast Spectacor Names New Food Services and Hospitality General Manager for Duke Energy Convention Center
Cincinnati, OH - Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, the providers of both Venue Management and Food Services and Hospitality to the Duke Energy Convention Center, named Charles Saunders as the new General Manager of Food Services and Hospitality at the 750,000-sq. ft. venue. He will report to Spectra’s Ric Booth, General Manager of the Duke Energy Center.
“With Charles’ diverse and unique qualifications, we can continue to create unforgettable experiences for our guests,” said Booth. “He will bring a wealth of knowledge to our city and the DECC team.”
Saunders held a number of leadership roles in the hospitality industry, including the Four Seasons, Starwood, and Marriott where he served as Director of Food and Beverage. In these positions he generated more than $20 million in food and beverage revenue. Saunders also boasts international experience in food and beverage leadership having worked in Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, and the US Virgin Islands. More recently, he finished a consulting assignment with the historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado. These positions called for him to introduce new dining concepts, increase food and beverage profitability, and management of international business relations.
“I was attracted to Spectra and their proven record of providing an exceptional experience to customers at Duke Energy Center and the many other properties in which the company is engaged. I’m excited to join the strong food services and hospitality team and to make Cincinnati my new home.”
Saunders will be leading a team of more than fifty employees in providing food services to the DECC’s more than 750,000 guests. Strong financial oversight, extensive culinary experience, and the ability to develop highly effective organizational infrastructures are just a few of the skills Saunders will bring to the DECC. He joined the team on Tuesday May 16, 2017.
May 16, 2017
Duke Energy Convention Center Receives Facilities & Destinations Prime Site Award
Cincinnati, OH – The Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio was presented the Facilities & Destinations Prime Site Award for the sixth year in a row. Selected by meeting industry executives, the award is given to North American convention facilities that are considered to be some of the best environments for learning, engagement, and networking.
Managed by Spectra Venue Management, the DECC is one of 12 Spectra venues to make the Facilities and Destinations’ Prime Site Awards list for 2017. Sites chosen display a variety of factors including LEED certifications, diverse and convenient hotel packages and exemplified client satisfaction.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award for the sixth year in a row,” says Spectra’s Ric Booth, General Manager at the DECC. “Our venue has become an example of business, government and the community working together to make our public space one of the best in the country. I am proud to share this award with my team, the City of Cincinnati and our partners who help drive our continued success.”
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May 3, 2017
Duke Energy Convention Center General Manager Receives the Facilities and Destinations Magazine 2016 Elite Award
Cincinnati, OH – Spectra Venue Management is pleased to announce that Ric Booth, General Manager of the Duke Energy Convention Center, has been selected as a recipient of the Facilities and Destinations Magazine 2016 Elite Award.
The Facilities and Destinations Magazine Elite Award was created by the publication to recognize executives making a difference in the meetings and events industry. Booth is one of 12 executives nominated for the award voted on by Facilities and Destinations Magazine readers. Award recipients are chosen for their service as strong economic engines for their communities, their ability to maintain fruitful relationships with partners and a commitment to ensuring their staff excels in customer service.
Says Shura Garnett, Division Senior Vice President, “Ric Booth’s strong leadership continues to make him an asset for Spectra Venue Management and the Duke Energy Convention Center. We are proud to see him recognized a third year for an award that he genuinely deserves.”
Booth is one of Spectra’s Venue Management’s most experienced leaders with over 23 years in the facilities management industry. Having served as General Manager of the DECC for 11 years, he has helped to create a culture of service and works to position Cincinnati as a host for international, national and regional conventions.
Booth is also involved in the community, serving on the Board of Trustees of Artworks Cincinnati.
“At Spectra we pride ourselves on providing superior service that amplifies client and customer experience when they visit the DECC,” said Booth. “I continue to share this award with my team at the center and our partners that continue to help make our facility a great destination to host meetings and events.”
Apr 20, 2017
Duke Energy Convention Center Employees Partner with Cincinnati Public Schools for 16th Annual Comcast Cares Day
Cincinnati, OH – April 20, 2017 – On Thursday, April 20, local Spectra by Comcast Spectacor employees from the Duke Energy Convention Center and Prestige AV & Creative Services have helped to “make change happen” by volunteering to lead students from Frederick Douglass Elementary School as part of the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day.
Spectra, part of Comcast, provides Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality at the convention center.
Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it’s the culmination of Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to volunteerism that began when the company was founded more than 50 years ago. From using technology to create positive change, such as wiring community centers and libraries and teaching digital literacy skills, to mentoring youth, to beautifying parks, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer on this day, and throughout the year, to make a lasting impact. This year, the Company expects more than 100,000 volunteers to participate in approximately 900 projects across the country and around the world. To date, volunteers have contributed nearly 5 million volunteer hours at 7,700 projects since Comcast Cares Day began in 2001.
Over 40 students visited the Duke Energy Convention Center where Executive Chef Purvill Chaney and Spectra employees gave the students a behind-the-scenes look at the center’s state of the art kitchen. The students visited a series of interactive stations where they learned how to prepare a number of foods including fruits and vegetables currently growing in their own community garden. The students enjoyed small plates, learned how to properly set a table and even heard from Spectra employees with career tips and information on life at the DECC.
Frederick Douglass Elementary is a member of Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program which provides garden and food-based educational opportunities for students. Students participate in the school’s gardening club, Mr. Cecil’s Planting Panthers, named for a neighbor who watched over the garden as if it were his own. Frederick Douglass Elementary students are joined by students from Walnut Hills High School working together in planting, weeding, watering and harvesting the garden and the foods that were used.
“As we celebrate our 16th annual Comcast Cares Day, we are proud to partner with Frederick Douglass Elementary to give back in our community,” said Spectra’s Ric Booth, General Manager of the Duke Energy Convention Center. “It’s truly amazing what’s possible when volunteers donate their time to make a difference in the lives of others and we are so thankful for the participants who help to make this effort a success today and throughout the year.”
“I have seen an appreciation for the outdoors grow and develop amongst the kids,” says Sheena Dunn of Activities Beyond the Classroom, an area organization that supports extracurricular activities for Cincinnati Public Schools. “Now they are excited to harvest the vegetables and make some of the yummy foods they learned to prepare this afternoon.”
The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s community partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have served as partners on Comcast Cares Day.
Additionally, Comcast will once again fold in the broad support and amplification of Global Citizen and Red Nose Day, organizations aiming to end extreme poverty globally and in the United States. These organizations use the universal language of music and entertainment as a vehicle to engage people around the world to make a difference. By amplifying our support of these initiatives on Comcast Cares Day, Comcast NBCUniversal is providing additional ways to help drive positive change in our communities.
Oct 18, 2016
Spectra by Comcast Spectacor Employees at Duke Energy Convention Center Becomes Certified Tourism Ambassadors
Cincinnati – Sixty one Spectra by Comcast Spectacor employees at the Duke Energy Convention Center successfully completed the Certified Tourism Ambassador certification class this summer.
“With the DECC welcoming over 700,000 visitors to the city, we wanted to ensure that the staff could enhance our guests’ experience and promote the already positive perception of Cincinnati,” said Spectra’s Ric Booth, General Manager.
Spectra provides both Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality to the Duke Energy Convention Center. Participants discovered vital information on the City of Cincinnati including a thorough history of the city and a breakdown of area attractions, restaurants and activities based on location. Tips and ideas were given to help leave visitors to the area with a positive lasting impression of Cincinnati.
Upon completion of a written exam, graduates were presented with a certificate and CTA pin, a credential that identifies CTAs to visitors. Participants are also granted access to various CTA events and offers to help them stay on top of the latest restaurants, businesses and activities as the city continues to grow.
The international program is recognized by the travel and tourism industry and has been implemented by over 16 states. The CTA network consists of hospitality employees, volunteers, executives and community members that are committed to making visitor encounters positive experiences.
Jun 29, 2016
Duke Energy Convention Center General Manager Receives 2015 Elite Award
Cincinnati, OH - Spectra by Comcast Spectator, the providers of Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality to the Duke Energy Center, today announced that Ric Booth, General Manager of the Duke Energy Convention Center, has been selected as a recipient of the Facilities and Destinations Magazine 2015 Elite Award.
The Facilities and Destinations Magazine Elite Award was created by the publication to recognize executives making a difference in the meetings and event industry. Booth is one of 12 executives nominated for the award voted on by Facilities and Destinations Magazine readers. Award recipients are chosen for their service as strong economic engines for their communities, their ability to maintain fruitful relationships with partners and a commitment to ensuring their staff excels in customer service.
Having served as General Manager of the DECC for 10 years, Booth oversaw the initial transition of facility management from the City of Cincinnati to Spectra by Comcast Spectator (then Global Spectrum) and the grand re-opening of the building after a major renovation in 2006. In his time in the city, Booth has provided exceptional financial oversight and successfully repositioned Cincinnati as a major destination for regional, national and international conferences and conventions.
With over 23 years in the facilities management industry, Booth is one of Spectra’s most experienced leaders. “Spectra is proud of all our accomplishments at the DECC, and Ric’s leadership has been a key component of our success there. Personally, I have enjoyed a great working relationship with Ric and he genuinely deserves this award,” said Spectra’s Shura Garnett, Division Senior Vice President.
Booth is also involve d int he community, serving on the Board of Trustees of Artworks Cincinnati.
“At Spectra we transform events into experiences,” said Booth. “This award is a true testament to the collaborative effort we provide our guests each and every time they visit. I proudly share this award with my team at the DECC, the Cincinnati CVB and other industry partners that have contributed to Spectra’s success at this word class facility.”
Apr 16, 2016
Minimizing Environmental Impact While Feeding Hundreds of Thousands A Year
Feeding America estimates that nearly 70 billion pounds of food is wasted every year in the United States; most of the waste coming from the consumer level. The USDA estimates wasted food is the single greatest contributor to municipal landfills. Rotting food in these landfills produces methane gas which is a contributing factor to climate change.
The Duke Energy Convention Center is committed to reducing waste and works hard to ensure that the center’s carbon footprint is at a minimum. 29 recycling bins are located in public spaces throughout the DECC allowing planners, exhibitors and attendees to recycle and compost any and all materials from shows reducing the amount of waste going into dumpsters.
Spectra Food Services and Hospitality, the DECC food and beverage provider, recycles used cooking oil and ensures that all leftover food items get placed into compost bins, diverting additional waste from a landfill. Un-served meals are donated to area organizations like Boys Hope Girls Hope and Henry Hosea House.
Our recycling, composting and green efforts are led by our employee Green Team. The dedication of the DECC staff and help of clients, exhibitors and attendees led to 67.7 tons of waste being diverted from landfills in 2015. Director of Operations and Green Team member Matt Deaton tracks and monitors waste diversion for the DECC. “The commitment from the staff at the DECC and leadership of our Green Team has led to the yearly increase in diversion of food waste since 2012. This has been integral to our business development as we strive to further enhance our green initiatives.”
Nov 10, 2015
Duke Energy Convention Center Reveals Long-Hidden Charley Harper “Space Walk” Murals at Nov. 10 Event
Duke Energy Convention Center Reveals Long-Hidden Charley Harper “Space Walk” Murals at Nov. 10 Event
Cincinnati, OH (November 10, 2015) In 1970, the City of Cincinnati commissioned renowned local artist Charley Harper to create “Space Walk,” a constellation of 30,000 colorful tiles that would hang above the doorways to the newly-constructed convention center’s Hall A. In 1987, the mural was covered with drywall during a renovation – a secret masterpiece hidden for 28 years. Now, as part of a $5 million Duke Energy Convention Center upgrade, the mural has been uncovered and restored, returning a rare abstract work by Harper, now an internationally-known artist, to Cincinnati’s thriving public art scene.
“Space Walk” will be open to the public and joins two other Harper ceramic tile murals on permanent display in Ohio, including “Space for all Species” in the John Weld Peck Federal Building. Restoration of the mural was completed by local artists of Koverman Mosaic, who manufactured custom replacement tiles for the damaged lower edge of the mural and installed the new tiles. Speculation on Harper’s inspiration for “Space Walk” points to mid-century fascination with space travel and all things intergalactic – a significant deviation from his typically realistic and nature-oriented artwork.
On November 10, the Duke Energy Convention Center (DECC) revealed the restored murals for the first time during a special event that honored Harper as an influential national artist with a lifetime love for his adopted hometown. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and City Manager Harry Black spoke to the mural’s importance in the city’s arts community.
“Cincinnati’s public art scene continues to grow and receive national recognition for initiatives like the Artworks Mural Program,” said Mayor Cranley. “I’m excited that “Space Walk” will now be a part of this up-and-coming movement, and attract a growing number of residents, convention attendees and visitors with an interest Charley Harper’s work.”
Internationally-recognized designer Todd Oldham flew in from New York City to officially unveil the mural alongside Brett Harper, Charley’s son. Oldham rediscovered Charley Harper’s work in 2001 and collaborated closely with him near the end of his life to create Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life, a 424-page retrospective covering Harper’s entire six-decade long career released in 2011. Oldham’s career has included an eponymous award-winning fashion line, collections for Target and La-Z-Boy, and a stint as creative director at Old Navy, among other high-profile collaborations.
“I treasure the time I spent with Charley and my friendship with the Harper family,” said Oldham. “It’s been my mission to help people experience his work — work that continues to have an incredible impact on my life and on American art. The unveiling of ‘Space Walk’ is especially exciting, as it connects a major piece of Charley’s work to the thousands who will pass through this convention center and the city he loved.”
A Cincinnati-based American Modernist artist, Charley Harper was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations — many created in a style he called “minimal realism,” capturing the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible elements. His work has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years following his partnership with Todd Oldham, including a line of children’s clothing for Old Navy and fabric for La-Z-Boy.
About the Duke Energy Convention Center The Duke Energy Convention Center is managed by Spectra and located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, within blocks of top-rated restaurants, bars, pro-sports venues and attractions. The Center boasts innovative design features that welcome creative event plans and versatile spaces to accommodate both large and small groups. The 40,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom is the largest and most spectacular in the Midwest. In addition, the Center offers 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibit spaces and 36 deluxe meeting rooms. DECC offers free Wi-Fi areas, an in-house AV company, telecommunications provider and show-stopping catering cuisine. For details on the convention center or to book exhibit or event space visit www.duke-energycenter.com or call 513-419-7300.
Oct 23, 2015
Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati Extends Contract with Smart City Networks
Las Vegas, NV (October 23, 2015) Mark Haley, president of Smart City Networks, the nation’s largest provider of event telecommunications and technology services for the conventions industry, announced that the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati has extended its contract with the company for an additional seven years. The contract extension includes a variety of services incorporating valuable upgrades Smart City recently completed for the venue. Smart City has served as the facility’s technology provider for over nine years.
“Smart City has installed significant upgrades to the wireless network throughout the Duke Energy Convention Center, positioning the venue for continued success,” Haley said. “This technology has already played a key role in supporting the center’s large-scale events, and Smart City will continue to provide high-quality telecommunications and technology services for this popular facility.”
Under the extended contract, Smart City will offer a full suite of services at the venue, including high-speed Internet access, network cabling, Wi-Fi, telephone services and turnkey data networking services.
Smart City recently installed new equipment throughout the venue, including the addition of nearly 150 Cisco 3702 access points and upgraded core and edge switches. Installed just in time to provide enhanced wireless support for the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest at the venue in July, this new equipment provides visitors with a robust, higher-density wireless network for accessing the Internet at increased speeds.
“At any given moment during a convention, meeting or event, we can easily have thousands of our guests texting, searching or posting on the Internet. Having the superior services of Smart City providing support makes our guests’ experiences fast and flawless,” said Linda Jensen, assistant general manager of the Duke Energy Convention Center.
Offering more than 750,000 square feet of exhibit, meeting and entertainment space, the Duke Energy Convention Center serves as a versatile venue for events ranging from the local to international level. Events hosted annually at the facility include the Kroger All-Associates meeting, College Board, Home School Convention and Cincinnati Insurance.