Martyn-Jones Named Manager South Okanagan Event Centre

PENTICTON, BC (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Global Spectrum named Debra Martyn-Jones, a 10-year veteran of the meeting and convention industry, as Convention Centre manager of South Okanagan Event Centre. Last week, Global Spectrum named Curtis Webb as the complex's general manager.

Martyn-Jones, who was most recently convention services manager at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, OR, for the past two years, will be responsible for securing meetings, conventions, consumer shows, trade shows and other events for the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, one of the three facilities comprising the South Okanagan Event Centre.

"The Penticton Trade and Convention Centre has a long-standing reputation for excellence," said Penticton Mayor Jake Kimberley. "We're confident the combination of Global Spectrum's broad marketing reach and the expertise of senior staff such as Debra Martyn-Jones will ensure Penticton's profile is heightened across North America."

"We're very excited to have Debra join Global Spectrum and lead our sales efforts in Penticton," said Global Spectrum Chief Operating Officer John Page. "We are confident that she will represent Penticton and our company well in luring events and attractions to the region."

She was also international business manager for Hannover Fairs Australia (Deutsche Messe AG) in Sydney, Australia from 2004-05; event manager for the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center in Sydney, Australia from 2002-04; operations manager for the British Airways Terrace Lounge in Seattle, WA; and the director of Operations for the Microsoft Conference Center in Seattle, WA.

Additionally, she was senior event coordinator for the Nike Conference Center in Beaverton, OR from 1997-99; and Conference Center and Passenger Services manager at Port of Portland International Airport in Portland, OR from l996-97.

In addition to the 5,100-seat, multi-purpose sports and entertainment South Okanagan Event Centre, which will open in 2008, the complex also features the 2,000-seat Penticton Memorial Arena, and the 60,000-sq. ft. Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen