ATLANTIC CITY — Dean Dennis, a 20-year veteran of the convention center industry, has been named general manager of the Atlantic City Convention Center.
In his role, Dennis will be responsible for supervision and oversight of the facility, according to a statement by Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, venue managers for historic Boardwalk Hall and the local Convention Center.
“We’re excited to have Dean join our team,” said Fran Rodowicz, general manager of Boardwalk Hall. “With Dean’s expertise and leadership, we look forward to building upon our successes at the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall.”
As general manager of the Owensboro Convention Center, Dennis oversaw the pre-opening and opening of the 170,000-square-foot Center for the City of Owensboro and Daviess County, Kentucky. He provided design and operational consulting for the venue owners, architect, general contractor and all subcontractors and prepared the center for its grand opening in January 2014.
In its first two years under Dennis’ leadership, the center recruited more than $800,000 in corporate sponsorship and sub-naming rights for the facil-ity and has booked more than 675 events, according to the statement by Spectra.
Dennis also will work under the direction of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City, which oversees the center through Spectra’s contract.
Boardwalk Hall and the Convention Center are owned and funded by the CRDA.