(St. Charles, MO) – Mayor Sally Faith bestowed “Employer of the Year” honors to Global Spectrum at the Saint Charles Convention Center during the May 6th general membership meeting of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, held at the Saint Charles Convention Center. The award, given specifically to the Convention Center for the “service” category, was one of four awards given to local businesses during the event.
“It is an honor to recognize the successful efforts of local business owners in our community,” said Mayor Faith. “These companies make significant investments in the city of St. Charles, and as employers provide their staff a wide range of support and benefits. In addition,” Faith added, “these local businesses have made generous commitments to paying it forward through contributions to various charitable and civic organizations. Their strides are commendable and set an example worth emulating, which is exactly why each of these businesses is deserving of this recognition.”
“I’m proud to accept this award on behalf of Global Spectrum and the Convention Center,” stated Shura Garnett, Regional Vice President for Global Spectrum and General Manager at the Center. “However, this award is really a testament to the employees who service our events, prepare our food, clean and set the rooms, and sell and market this beautiful venue. It is because of them, along with our great partnerships with the St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau and St. Charles County Convention & Sports Facility Authority, that the venue continues to be so successful and a wonderful place to work.”
The St. Charles Convention Center, managed by Global Spectrum, opened in April 2005 and today employs 36 full-time and 88 part-time employees. Global Spectrum manages one of the few convention centers in the nation that operate at a positive profit margin, and in 2013 set a notable record of their highest gross revenues ever achieved. Global Spectrum rewards employees for quality customer service through their corporate “How You Doin” customer service program, which recognizes staff on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis. Global Spectrum is also an active community supporter through hosting annual events such as the Kids Block Party and Touch-a-Truck Program. The Convention Center also hosts its annual Helping Hands for the Holidays event, which in 2013 offered a meal and other charitable donations, including canned food, winter clothing, and personal care items, to more than 1,400 attendees.
The Saint Charles Convention Center opened in April of 2005 and has hosted over 3,600 events since opening. Named “Best Place to Hold a Meeting” by local businesses, the facility boasts an elegant 16,200 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom, and 27,600 sq. ft. of Exhibit Hall space expandable to 35,700 sq. ft. through the adjacent Junior Ballroom. The facility features additional meeting rooms, the Executive Board Room, and our Cyber Café. One-stop shopping is always available as the Center features shipping through the Business and Guest Services Center as well as in-house catering, decorating, audio/visual, state-of-the-art communications, marketing, and event staffing for meetings and exhibitions. The Saint Charles Convention Center is conveniently located on I-70 only 15 minutes from Lambert St. Louis International Airport and is attached to a 296-room Embassy Suites Hotel.
Global Spectrum® (global-spectrum.com) manages more than 115 public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 23-million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rink.