The Hynes Convention Center offers you a compact, collegial environment in the heart of the city, with the latest in convention technology and services. Environmental consciousness is something we’re very focused on at the Hynes. We maintain a clean environment, promote green practices, and work to protect the environment around each convention center and the City of Boston as a whole.
The 176,480 square feet of versatile exhibit space includes four exhibit halls that can be used in any combination. The multi-purpose auditorium with built-in balcony is an ideal for additional exhibits or general sessions, while the 38 meeting rooms and 24,544-square-foot ballroom are just minutes from the exhibit halls.
The Hynes Convention Center is located just 15 minutes from Logan International Airport with direct shuttle access via the Back Bay Logan Express shuttle, which costs just $7.50*. Boston’s geographical location makes it an ideal and easy gateway for both national and international access and gives you access to the most valuable attendee base within a 2-hour travel radius of any city in North America.
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Jun 23, 2016
MCCA Distributes Annual Community Partnership Grants & Hospitality Scholarships
Boston, MA (June 23, 2016) The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) awarded $106,500 in community grants and $17,500 in academic scholarships to 24 Boston nonprofits and seven Massachusetts hospitality students at the Authority’s annual awards luncheon on Wednesday, June 22.
The awards were distributed as part of the MCCA’s Community Partnership and Hospitality Scholarship Fund, a two-part program established and sponsored by the MCCA and former State Senator Jack Hart. The program is funded by revenue generated from consumer shows held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The goal of the program is for all of Boston’s neighborhoods to benefit from the work of the MCCA as well as to provide workforce development support for Massachusetts students entering the hospitality industry.
“A core goal of the MCCA’s mission is to be a good neighbor by giving back and supporting our community’s nonprofit organizations. The Community Partnership Grants program is one aspect of our efforts to do so, and we are so thrilled to be able to give support to such deserving organizations,” said David Gibbons, Executive Director. “The grant winners were selected not only based on need, but also because they provided specific plans for how the grant would be used to better the community. Whether the organizations are using the funds to start a new program or buy needed supplies to keep their programs running, each grant winner will have a profound impact on individuals in the community who need help the most. Being able to award these grants and scholarships to such admirable organizations is very fulfilling for everyone who is a part of the MCCA.”
The 24 nonprofits represent the following Boston neighborhoods:
When asked how her organization would use the grant, Edna Smallwood from Mothers for Justice and Equality said, “We’re having 60 kids this summer. We provide jobs for at least half of those kids to get them involved and off the streets, and also to help them build their future careers.” Eileen Paterson added in that Mothers for Justice and Equality provides solace for these kids’ mothers, saying how the program “turns their pain into purpose.”
The seven scholarship winners hail from communities across the state:
Nonprofits were awarded grants ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 and each student was awarded a $2,500 scholarship. Since the program launched in 2007, the MCCA has awarded more than $1,006,000 in grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in Boston and $107,500 in academic scholarships to 43 Massachusetts students.
For more information on the MCCA’s Community Partnership & Hospitality Fund, please visit: http://massconvention.com/community/grants-program-overview.
About the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority owns and oversees the operations of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA and the Boston Common Parking Garage. The BCEC and Hynes have earned a rare gold standard from the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), making Boston only the fourth city in North America and the 12th worldwide to have been awarded this top standard, the highest certification level a convention facility can achieve under strict AIPC guidelines.
Jan 4, 2016
David M. Gibbons named Executive Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
Boston, MA (January 4, 2016) The Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) today voted to appoint longtime hospitality executive, David M. Gibbons of Rockport, Mass., as its Executive Director. Gibbons becomes the third leader in the history of the MCCA. His appointment comes after a several-month search process led by executive search firm Korn Ferry. In his role, Gibbons will oversee ownership and operations of the Authority’s four facilities, including the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the South Boston Waterfront, the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay, the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. and the 1,350-space Boston Common Parking Garage.
“David brings a very unique leadership skillset that matches with our plans for growing the MCCA brand globally." said John McDonnell, Chairman of the Selection Committee and MCCA Board and Managing Director International of Fifth Generation, Inc., Tito’s Handmade Vodka. "He has a proven track record as an innovator, team builder and positive change agent. He knows how to take established facilities and bring them to new levels of success."
Gibbons has spent 30 years in leadership roles in the hospitality industry. He has held the role of general manager at Swissotel (Boston), The Drake (New York City), and the Taj Boston. Gibbons is highly regarded for his leadership experience in operations, food and beverage, finance, labor relations, and overall general management. He is also a former chairman of the Massachusetts Lodging Association and was awarded General Manager of the Year by the association.
“Thank you to Chairman McDonnell, the search committee and the full board for entrusting me with this enormous responsibility," said Gibbons. "I look forward to working with the Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, Mayor Sarno, and the many other important stakeholders across Massachusetts to enhance the MCCA's role in the convention industry and lead the authority towards a self-sustainable business model.”
“I am pleased to welcome David to the MCCA,” said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. “As a former hospitality executive and head of the Massachusetts Lodging Association, David brings the leadership experience and credentials needed to maintain a thriving convention and tourism industry in Massachusetts.”
The Board assembled a Selection Committee comprised of five board members: board chairman, John McDonnell; Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration & Finance Secretary, Kristen Lepore; Amy Lattimer; Michelle Consalvo; and David Sweeney. Led by Korn Ferry, the group reviewed or discussed over 100 resumes, and conducted several interviews before coming to consensus to present Gibbons as the new leader of the MCCA.
Fred Peterson, the MCCA’s Director of Facilities Operations, has served as interim executive director since July 1, 2015. He will return to this role with the Authority upon Gibbons assuming the executive role on January 4, 2016. "We greatly appreciate Fred for stepping up and leading the MCCA as the interim executive director, and are pleased that he will remain in a leadership role within the organization,” said McDonnell.