Tulsa, OK, January 9, 2018 – Cox Business Center Assistant General Manager Kerry Painter, CFE, CEM, CMP, won Venues Today most prestigious honor—a Hall of Headlines Award—in the leading entertainment and sports venue trade publication’s annual program. Painter, who joined the SMG managed Cox Business Center in 2013, won in the Operations category and will be featured in the publication’s December issue. The award is bestowed on individuals who have made a difference in the last 12 months in the facilities industry. All recipients are nominated by colleagues and peers before elected by Venues Today readers.
“Kerry is Hall of Headlines material, in part, because of her natural ability and desire to give back to other people – whether it’s a professional in her industry needing guidance or a young person in her community at risk of losing a quality education,” said SMG Tulsa General Manager Jeff Nickler who submitted the nomination. “But, this past year she’s shown Hall of Headlines material with her handling of multiple initiatives all while giving back and helping her team push forward to gain deserved recognition within its community and industry.”
Painter has guided the downtown Tulsa venue through a rebrand, major construction projects, and amped up the staff’s community outreach in her tenure. In 2017, she has guided the venue through renovations of its 102,600 square-foot exhibit hall and meeting rooms, and is completing the design stage of the venue’s new grand entrance, complete kitchen overall, and the conversion of a 7,000 seat arena to ballroom and exhibit space. In the summer of 2017, she concurrently acted as an Interim GM for an out-of-state SMG managed facility.
Beyond her own venue, Painter also contributes to her community and industry. In 2017, she served on the International Association of Venue Management’s (IAVM) School Board of Regents, taught classes through IAVM’s Public Assembly Management School, and acted as Director of IAVM Region 6. She is also on the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Task Force and teaches Certified Exhibition Manager classes. Locally, she serves as a Board Member for Street School–Tulsa’s only tuition-free, nonprofit alternative high school serving at risk students–and on the United Way of Tulsa Women’s Leadership Council Education Committee.
Under Painter’s leadership Cox Business Center had an award-winning 2017 with the venue selected as “Top New or Renovated Meeting Space” and “Reader’s Choice” for Oklahoma venues by Convention South, selected by Tulsa People readers as “Best Event Center” in Tulsa, and one of only five venues in the nation selected by IAVM for the prestigious Venue Excellence Award.