RALEIGH, NC (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek announces today the hiring of Emma Bennett as the new General Manager. It’s a homecoming of sort for Ms. Bennett, as she is no stranger to the Alltel Pavilion family- she held various positions at The Creek from 1994- 1997.
“I'm delighted that Emma has accepted the invitation to join our Live Nation family. Her energy, drive and knowledge of the Raleigh market are assets that will keep Alltel Pavilion among the elite amphitheatres in the country,” said Wilson Rogers, Live Nation Senior Vice President of Southeast Facilities who was acting as interim GM of Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek until Ms. Bennett was hired. “The Creek couldn't be in better hands.”
With over 14 years of experience, Alltel Pavilion gets the best of all worlds in Emma- a live entertainment veteran and someone who knows the nuances of the local market. “She is exactly what Alltel Pavilion needs and the staff is excited to be working with her again,” said Mr. Rogers.
Ms. Bennett presently serves a dual role as both the Executive Director of the Carolina Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation and the Community Relations Manager for the Hockey Club.
The Kids 'N Community Foundation provides much needed funding to children's charities and education programs throughout North Carolina. With ongoing support from annual special events and the corporate community, the Foundation has funded scholarship programs, youth hockey, educational and literacy efforts, children's health programs, the arts and other children's related initiatives. Annually, the Foundation provides cash and in-kind contributions totaling nearly $1 million to charitable and educational programs in North Carolina each year.
Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Bennett's tenure with the Gale Force Sports & Entertainment group comprised of three arenas in Michigan, Florida, and the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. She held various positions as the Arena Marketing Manager, Booking Manager and finally as the Director of Arena Marketing at the RBC Center.
Bennett's diverse background in the sports and entertainment industry began as a college radio DJ, then artist promoter for groups such as The Connells at Black Park Entertainment, and continued as Promotions Director, Assistant to the General Manger, and Public Affairs Manager at Hardee’s Pavilion at Walnut Creek.
Emma is a North Carolina native, born and raised in Durham, NC. She attended Elon University and graduated with a degree in corporate communications. Emma and her husband David reside in Raleigh and have a son and daughter, Evan and Kendall.