(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Global Spectrum's Shura Lindgren, general manager of the new St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO, was recently honored by the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM) at the 80th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Washington D.C, with a Presidential Citation recognizing her contribution to the public facility management industry. Awarded annually, the Presidential Citation honors those who have brought great distinction to the industry through extraordinary accomplishments to help the IAAM achieve its mission. Of the over 3,600 IAAM members worldwide, Lindgren was one of seven contributors honored with this award.
"Shura has provided the leadership and drive to develop and educate, this is the heart of the mission of our organization," described Dexter King, IAAM executive director. "The success she has helped IAAM to achieve is a direct reflection of the commitment Shura has made to the facility management industry. She has long deserved the recognition she received this past week."
"It's important for us as a company to always 'give back' and this is a prime example of one of our many employees being honored for giving back to the IAAM and our industry," said Global Spectrum President Michel Sauers. "All of us at Global Spectrum are extremely proud of Shura and all of our employees who work so hard to give back to their community and to our industry."
Lindgren is an active member of and has served on several committees for IAAM including chairman of the Convention Center/Exhibit Halls Committee from 1999-2001. She later served as District 6 vice president and a member of the Executive Committee from 2002-2004. Lindgren most recently served IAAM as a vice chair and then as chair of the Board of Education, she has and continues to be a catalyst in the development of district education support and initiated a member development initiative, CoreTracks, for the district meeting in 2005. She is also a graduate of the Public Assembly Facility Management School at Oglebay in 1992 and earned her CFE in 2000.
Lindgren began her career in public facility management in 1987 with the Amarillo Civic Center as an event coordinator. In 1988 she moved to Midland, TX to assume the position of director of the Midland Center and was promoted to the position of directing the combined operations of the Midland Center and the Midland Convention & Visitor Bureau in 1996. She served four years in the capacity of representative for the Big Bend Region on the Texas Economic Development's Tourism Advisory Committee to which her peers elected her in 1999. Lindgren was named vice president of Visitor Development for the Midland (Texas) Chamber in 2002. Lindgren hosted and served as site coordinator for then President Elect George W. Bush's departure for the White House. Prior to her departure from Midland, she spearheaded efforts to successfully secure funding from the Texas Department of Transportation among other sources to build a $2.2 million visitor center that will be located in Midland, TX. In 2004, she relocated to St. Charles, MO to join Global Spectrum management and open the new St. Charles Convention Center. On April 7, she directed the culmination of the 12-year $35-million St. Charles Convention Center project through a successful Grand Opening.
–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen