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Convention center’s new management firm hiring local staff

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Tom McDonnell, Spectra’s Vice President of Business Development, stands at the lectern with Shura Garnett, Divison Senior Vice President, to represent Spectra Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality, the future management firm of the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, at the March 15 Roswell City Council meeting in the Basset Auditorium at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. (Alison Penn Photo)

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When the Roswell Convention and Civic Center reopens later this summer, it will have a new look, new spaces, new potential for larger events, and a new management company tasked with making the most of that potential. Spectra — one of the nation’s leading venue management, food services and hospitality companies — will be running the convention center, and is now hiring local staff to fill key positions.

The Roswell City Council selected Spectra in March from among the bidders that submitted management-services proposals. The city has previously managed its convention center internally, but decided to seek a specialized company to manage the facility in hopes of increasing the number and variety of events using what will be an expanded and renovated center. The city contract with Spectra was approved by the City Council in May.

Spectra formally began its work in Roswell on Sunday. The convention center is expected to reopen in August.

“With seven other properties in New Mexico, including convention centers in Las Cruces and Clovis, and 34 other convention centers across the nation, Spectra is looking forward to bringing experience, resources and a professional management structure to Roswell,” Spectra’s Vice President of Business Development Tom McDonnell said. “We understand the significant investment the city is making in the Roswell Convention Center, and we look forward to booking a robust portfolio of dynamic events at the facility.”

While based in Philadelphia with clients across the country, Spectra is looking to hire local workers for positions including general manager, sales and marketing manager, event manager, director of events/operations, accounting manager, and executive chef, as well as a variety of part-time positions in the future.

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“By hiring local residents to fill our available positions, we hope that we are showing our commitment to becoming a trusted community partner,” McDonnell said.

Those wishing to learn more about these positions can go to the Roswell Convention and Civic Center career page (https://roswell-nm.gov/1125/Career); the city website (www.roswell-nm.gov;) or Spectra’s online job listings (www.spectraexperiences.com/careers).

Anyone interested in booking an event at the convention center can call 575-637-6238.