The Clovis City Commission has selected Global Spectrum, to manage the new $6-million, 30,000-sq. ft. Clovis Civic Center scheduled to open in the spring of 2006 in Clovis, NM. As operators of the soon-to-open Convention Center, Global Spectrum will book and schedule events, market and the facility as well as work closely with the City of Clovis to lure visitors.
Global Spectrum appointed Neil McMullin as the facility's new general manager. McMullin has relocated to Clovis, NM, from the Global Spectrum-managed Ikon Center in Cheyenne, WY, where he served as the facility's general manager since 2003 before which he served as special projects coordinator at the Global Spectrum-managed Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO. "I'm very excited to be a part of the Clovis community and to utilize Global Spectrum's resources to bring a wide range of events to the Civic Center", said McMullin.
"Global Spectrum is very experienced in facility management, planning, policy formation, and operating similar facilities," Clovis Mayor David Lansford said, "I think (Global Spectrum's expertise) will pay huge dividends for us as we prepare for a beautiful new facility."
"We are diligently working on the Grand Opening, as well as a very exciting schedule of events based on referrals from a number of our comparable facilities throughout country," said Global Spectrum Vice President of Client Services Dean Dennis.
"We look forward to working closely with the Clovis City Commission and Mayor Lansford on the new Convention Center," said Global Spectrum President Michel Sauers. "We will utilize many of our experienced staff and several of our other facilities to make the new Convention Center a highly-utilized source of pride for everyone living in the Clovis area. We feel strongly that it will have a significant economic impact on the City of Clovis."
The new Convention Center features an 11,000-sq. ft. ballroom and two meeting rooms of 1,750-sq. ft. and 1,550-sq. ft, a full-service kitchen with catering capabilities, 3,000 sq. ft. of pre-function space, and a 3,000 sq. ft. plaza designed for outdoor events and guest relaxation. In addition each room can be further divided by retracting walls to create a total of six separate spaces. With this versatility the facility is designed to host numerous functions, including exhibitions and trade shows, meetings and conventions as well as special events, dinners and social gatherings.
"There will truly be something for everyone at the Civic Center," said McMullin. "You may be attending a home and garden or a car show and then come back for a wedding reception or family reunion the next week." In addition to these events, McMullin expects numerous business meetings and conferences, seminars, school district-related events, fundraisers, and conventions. "I feel an important part of my job is to make sure that every member of this community knows how he or she can benefit from the Civic Center and the events with which it will hold," he said.
–Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner