ATLANTIC CITY - Chicago native Karen Totaro has been named general manager of the Atlantic City Convention Center in the latest change made under new venue managers Global Spectrum.

Totaro will work under Fran Rodowicz, who was named general manager of Global Spectrum's Atlantic City venues in January. A 33-year veteran of the facility management in-dustry, Totaro will be responsible for overseeing the convention center's operations, including bookings.

Global Spectrum took over management of the Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall in January, marking the first management change for the resort's venues in 17 years.

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Totaro was previously the assistant general manager of the 750,000-square-foot Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

"The Atlantic City account is a very important one for us," Global Spectrum President John Page said. "We felt it was imperative to have a dedicated, full-time general manager at the convention center to focus on the booking and enhance the customer experience."

The state has named increasing convention center business as one of its primary goals for the Atlantic City Tourism District. Since the district was created in 2011, however, the city has made little progress in convention sales.

"Atlantic City is at a pivotal point in the city's development, and I am eager to be a part of it," Totaro said.

Prior to her time at the Duke Energy Convention Center, Totaro was the assistant executive director of the Oregon Convention Center. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Totaro has a bachelor's degree in program and event management.

Rodowicz for seven years was general manager of Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. There he was responsible for booking concerts, sporting events and shows and for overseeing daily operations of the 10,000-seat arena overseen by Global Spectrum.

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