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VenuWorks Terminates U.S. Cellular Coliseum Executive Director

BLOOMINGTON, IL (CelebrityAccess) – VenuWorks announced that they have terminated Curtis Webb for cause from his position as Executive Director of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum effective immediately.

In a statement released on October 14th, VenuWorks said they discovered what they allege was unauthorized usage of a company debit card during a routine financial review. Immediately following the discovery, Steve Peters, President of VenuWorks traveled to Bloomington, met with Webb, VenuWorks said.

“This sort of gross misconduct is never tolerated within our company which is why we took immediate action to remove the employee,” said Peters in a press statement announcing the termination. “As unfortunate as this experience has been for us all, I am at least heartened by the fact that our system of cross checks was effective in identifying the fraudulent activity.”

In addition to Webb’s termination, VenuWorks will be taking the following immediate actions to address the matter.

  • VenuWorks will reimburse the City for all expenses charged on the debit card since it was issued.
  • VenuWorks Controller Mike Piehl arrived at the venue on Thursday. He will be onsite again next week to manage all financial matters and to conduct a review to determine if any other fraudulent activities have occurred.
  • VenuWorks VP of Event Programming John Gimenez will conduct regular site visits to ensure booking events for the Coliseum continues with no interruption.
  • VenuWorks will perform an executive search for a successor to fill the position.
  • “Be assured that we will maintain full transparency and accountability as we move forward to address this situation,” said Peters in a press release.

    Webb has been the Executive Director of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum since May 1, 2016. Prior to his move to Bloomington, Webb served as executive director of the 4,700-seat Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota.

    We were unable to reach Mr. Webb for comment on the story. – Staff Writers