ALEXANDRIA, VA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Tom Mobley, Global Spectrum’s Senior Vice President of Convention Centers, will be inducted into the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Hall of Leaders, one of the highest honors and achievements in the meetings, conventions, exhibition and travel industry, when he and four others enter the Hall at the 2010 Hall of Leaders Gala in January held in conjunction with the Professional Convention Management Association’s Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX.
Mobley was selected from a group of extraordinary nominees representing the most outstanding leaders and innovators in the industry. In addition to Mobley, the 2010 Hall of Leaders will welcome M. Theresa Breining, President and CEO of Concepts Worldwide; Steve Porter, Former President, The Americas IHG, Intercontinental Hotels Group; Preston Robert Tisch, former Chairman and Co-Owner Loews Hotels; and Jerry A. Wayne Vice President, Sales and Marketing, The Greenbrier.
“Tom is synonymous with excellence in the convention center industry,” said CIC Chief Operating Officer Karen Kotowski. “He is the most respected leader in assuring maximizing opportunities for his clients, the show organizers and the cities in which he has worked. Global Spectrum is extremely fortunate to have Tom leading their charge in the convention center industry. He is a tremendous asset to the growth of Global Spectrum.”
“We are extremely fortunate to have Tom and his expertise and knowledge of the convention center industry available to all of our convention center managers,” said Global Spectrum Chief Operating Officer John Page. “He is incredibly talented and well connected within the industry which is a major advantage to us and our clients.”
Nominations for entry into the Hall were submitted either by CIC member organizations or the general industry community. Only those who have substantially contributed to the industry and whose efforts continue to shape it qualify for nomination for the CIC Hall of Leaders. Nominees must also have proven versatility through a range of actions that have impacted and re-defined meetings, conventions, exhibitions and/or travel. A selection committee, appointed by the CIC, met this month to review the nominations and recommend inductees. The CIC Board of Directors then approved the slate.
Nominated by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), Mobley has built a long and successful career in convention center operations, design and development with successful terms in Baltimore, Jacksonville, Denver, Chicago and Washington, DC. Wherever he landed, Mobley brought his unique vision and talent to his city and his building. He has been credited with orchestrating major union changes at McCormick Place, and while at the Washington DC Convention Center, he worked with unions to cooperatively develop a random drug test program that has been duplicated at centers around the country. His focus on meeting his customers’ needs ensured those elements survived the design and value engineering process, which led to design changes at McCormack Place that increased the meeting-to-exhibit-space ratio.
Mobley’s even-handed manner and spirit of cooperation have served him well in introducing work place safety initiatives, resolving issues and unifying the workforce. A teacher, innovator, a peacemaker, a student of urban development, Mobley has used all of these skills in his numerous leadership roles in the industry, including Chair of CEIR and the Convention Industry Council, as well as a Board Member for the Exhibition Industry and PCMA Foundations.
Mobley serves as Chairman of the Board of the Convention Industry Council. He also is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, International Association of Assembly Managers, Exhibition Services Contractors Association, Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association, International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Managers, Professional Convention Management Association and Tradeshow Exhibitors Association.
In his current role at Global Spectrum, Mobley maximizes the operations of the company’s existing convention center facilities, develops enhanced training programs for the staff and contributes methods to attract additional support, events and shows to the convention centers. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers