Top Management Shakeup at Ontario Convention Center

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Ontario, CA – A new management team was being put together in late July at the Ontario Convention Center outside Los Angeles following the resignation of General Manager Bob Brown and two of his top executives.

Brown stepped down, along with Clemmie Taylor, director of operations, and Delana Grande, human resources manager. The center’s finance director, Sue Dang, was reportedly fired prior to the resignations.

Traycee Mayer, the assistant general manager, was named interim general manager by SMG until a permanent replacement for Brown is found. “Ontario has been a great market and a great building,” said SMG Senior Vice President Bob McClintock. “We want to find the ideal person for the position.”

SMG said publicly the shakeup resulted from a company audit of the convention center that turned up violations of company policies. There was, however, no evidence of financial irregularities. “SMG maintains a fairly strict set of policies,” McClintock told Trade Show Executive (TSE).

Brown earned a solid reputation in the trade show industry over a lengthy career that included a stint as director of sales & assistant general manager of Reliant Park in Houston; vice president of sales & marketing for the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority; vice president of ICIA / INFOCOMM International; and management roles at the International Consumer Electronics Show and COMDEX.

This month, IE Executive, a publication of Inland Empire Magazine, spotlighted Brown in the feature, “Top Performers in Their Field.”

Brown declined to discuss the specifics of his departure but told Trade Show Executive, “I’ll let my record as a business professional in the trade show industry for nearly 30 years speak for me,” he said.He plans to focus on consulting work at the present time.

City officials in Ontario could not be immediately reached for comment.

Reach Bob Brown at bbrown@tsg-consulting.net; Bob McClintock, senior vice president, SMG, at (610) 729-7900 or BobMcClintock@smgworld.com; Traycee Meyer at (909) 937-3000 or tmayer@ontariocc.com