A Day in the Life: Director of Marketing & Sales at the BCC

From the desk of the Bayfront Convention Center’s Director of Marketing and Sales:


I am Lisa Di Luzio, the Director of Marketing and Sales at the Bayfront Convention Center.

The BCC has intrigued me since its opening, and for the past two years I have had the opportunity to work with such a diversified and unique building with endless capabilities.

With more than 28 consecutive years in the sales and hospitality industry, I merge classic professionalism with innovative ideas for meeting and convention needs. Daily, I am posed with availability and capacity questions, logistical inquires, and the task of bringing reoccurring and new business to the BCC. With the support of my team, I continue to problem solve to get the most for our building and the Erie community by providing optimal cliental for economic growth and impact. Quite often I am faced with fitting a 1000 person event in a room while executing a 400 person one in another with no interruption in customer service and experience. My insight into maximizing the “lay of the land” (as I like to call it) and the market segments allows for best sales practices, endless growth, and continued opportunity for Erie’s public and prosperity.

Some of the events myself and my team have facilitated include the annual UPMC Hamot Gala, the Barber Ball, the LECOM Student Auction, countless consumer shows and expos, social and daily meetings, and city-wide conferences and conventions. I have also brought the Polish National Catholic Convention, many non-profit organizations, educational sessions, military affiliations, and more to the BCC. Moreover, I look forward to introducing the Courtyard by Marriott Bayfront Hotel for future conventions and city-wides.

I am very appreciative to work for a productive and professional team that collectively holds a common goal. Our goal is to provide top service and quality products not only to host an event but to offer every guest an experience. I have strong passion for the business, the building, and the overall direction of bolstering Erie.

I’m ready to Get Up and Go!


Get Ready for the Harlem Globetrotters in Erie February 3rd!

Zeus McClurkin from The Harlem Globetrotters made a special stop in Erie Wednesday. Zeus, an Advance Ambassador for the team, came to town to help promote next week’s game on February 3rd. He had a full day of television appearances and radio interviews along with a school visit to Harding Elementary school. He presented a program called the “ABCs of Bullying Prevention.”  Zeus, 6-foot-8, is from Columbus, Ohio and in his rookie year with the Globetrotters.

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Tickets are still available for the game which starts at 7pm at the Erie Insurance Arena. They can be purchased at www.erieevents.com, by calling (814) 452-4857 or by visiting the box office at 809 French Street.

Lots of Erie Events for you to Get Up and Go to this Week!

Does the cold, cloudy, snowy weather have you down? Are you looking for something to do this week to help pass the time this winter and have a little fun? You’ll want to make sure you check out all Erie Events has to offer this week!

Tuesday, January 27: The Australian BeeGees are at the Warner Theatre at 7:30pm.

Wednesday-Sunday, January 28th-February 1: Disney on Ice; Treasure Trove is at Erie Insurance Arena. Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 11am, 3pm and 7pm and Sunday at 1pm.

Thursday-Sunday, January 29-February 1: The Erie Auto show takes over the Bayfront Convention Center. On Thursday, stop down from noon to 8pm, on Friday from noon to 8pm, Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

Tuesday, February 3: The iconic Harlem Globetrotters will be sure to entertain at Erie Insurance Arena at 7pm.

All tickets and more information for the listed events can be found at erieevents.com, by visiting the box office in person at Erie Insurance Arena or by calling at 814-452-4857.

A Day in the Life: BCC Director of Operations

A day in the life of Mike Kelly, the Director of Operations for Erie Events. He describes his role and how he contribute:

I started with the Erie County Convention Center Authority, now commonly known as Erie Events, in 2007 as the Convention Center’s Director of Food & Beverage. In 2008, I moved over as the Director of Operations, while still leading the food & beverage operations.  Recently, I was asked to lead the food and beverage operations for Erie Events.  This morphing of roles has taught me a great deal about the Bayfront Convention Center and Erie Insurance Arena businesses and has led to some very memorable experiences.

WE handle events from 3,000 to 5,000 people at the Convention Center at any given time;  Corporate business meetings, sporting events, consumer shows, weddings and wedding receptions, large banquets and even larger cocktail parties.  Many times events are happening simultaneously!   At Erie Insurance Arena, that number can range anywhere from 500 people for small sporting events to 8,000 for large concerts.

It’s a big job and people ask me how I manage to keep all these events straight on a daily basis. My answer is very simple; I have amazing co-workers!  A constant, concerted effort is made across the Authority by many employees to produce events, keep our establishments clean and safe and provide great hospitality and experiences for our guests.  Some days can be very trying as one could imagine, but the satisfaction of knowing we successfully produced an event that exceeded someone’s expectations is the reward!

Two Show Announcements!

“Weird Al” Yankovic is coming to Erie to perform at the Warner Theatre this summer. Yankovic will perform July 10th at 8pm at the Warner as part of his “Mandatory World Tour.” Tickets for this show go on sale January 30th.

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Plus, Slipknot with special guest Hatebreed will bring it’s epic “Prepare For Hell” world tour to the Erie Insurance Arena on May 12th. Presales are now available with general on-sale this Friday at 10am.


Get all ticket information at http://www.erieevents.com, by calling the box office at 814-452-4857 or by visiting the box office at Erie Insurance Arena.


What to Look Forward Too

Erie Events has some great entertainment going on at our venues this weekend and next.

The Erie Otters are at home tonight and tomorrow at 7pm.

The Erie Bayhawks are back in action at Erie Insurance Arena on Wednesday, January 21st and again on January 23rd.

Also next weekend, the Erie Kennel Club hosts the Dog Show at the Bayfront Convention Center on January 24th and 25th.

Plus, the Erie Philharmonic performs at the Warner Theatre Saturday January 24th.

Find out more about our events at http://www.erieevents.com.

Upcoming Erie Events

We’re almost halfway through January with a lot of events planned to finish up the month at Erie Events! If you’re looking for something to do to get you through the cold, snowy month, visit our website now and get tickets to any of the following events:

The Bayfront Convention Center will host the Erie Gymnastics Stars and Stripes tournament this weekend with the main event on Saturday at 6:30pm. Tickets can be purchased for that event at the door.

The Erie Otters play at Erie Insurance arena on Saturday, January 17 at 7pm.

You can watch the Erie Bayhawks on Wednesday, January 21st at Erie Insurance Arena as they take on Maine Red Claws and again as they play the Westchester Knicks on Friday, January 23rd.

The Warner Theatre will play host to the Erie Philharmonic on January 24th for the Dinnerstein Plays Beethoven 8pm performance.

And on January 24th and 25th, the AKC All Breed Conformation and Obedience Dog show will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center.

If you’re a BeeGees fan, you won’t want to miss the Australian BeeGees on Tuesday, January 27th at 7:30pm.

Disney on Ice – Treasure Trove will take over Erie Insurance Arena for several performances. Dates and times are on our website erieevents.com.

And we end the month with the Erie Auto Show at the Bayfront Convention Center Thursday, January 29th through Sunday, February 1st.

We hope you “Get up and Go!” to at least one, if not more, of the variety of thingswe have going on at Erie Events!


Mark Your Calendars!

We have some exciting events coming up and we want you to come check them out! Mark your calendars and get your tickets now for the following games and shows:

The Erie Bayhawks are home Friday, January 9th at 7pm against the Canton Charge. They’re also playing at home Saturday night at 7pm versus Grand Rapids.

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Lewis Black will take the stage at the Warner Theatre on January 9th at 8pm. Tickets are still available.

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The Otters have a 5pm home game this Sunday, January 11th.

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If you’re in the mood for a great performance, get your tickets now to Elvis Lives which is this Sunday, January 11th at 3pm.

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Make sure you continue to check out our blog to find out the latest upcoming Erie Events! Buy your tickets now at http://www.ereievents.com, the Erie Insurance Arena box office or by calling 814-452-4857.