Erie Events Announces General Manager and Assistant General Manager at the Bayfront Convention Center

Erie Events is pleased to announce Mr. Gus Pine as the new General Manager of the Bayfront Convention Center.

Pine will oversee northwest Pennsylvania’s largest convention venue, managing all aspects of the Bayfront Convention Center including marketing, sales, finance, bookings, daily operations, food and beverage, information systems, personnel and contracted services. He will report directly to the Executive Director of Erie Events.

Pine has held numerous positions in the hospitality industry, most recently as the Vice President of Convention Sales and Services for the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan. He was previously General Manager of the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, also in Lansing, Michigan.

He is a native of Syracuse, New York and a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Pine and his wife, Kristen, have two children, Madeleine, 13, and Sofia, 9.

“My family and I couldn’t be happier as we look to join this tremendous community,” Pine said. “It is clear Erie believes in the far-reaching economic and social benefits that the convention industry can have on a community. I look forward to working with all of our stakeholders as we look to take this fantastic facility into the future.”

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Erie Events is pleased to announce the promotion of Mr. Michael Kelly to Assistant General Manager of the Bayfront Convention Center.

Kelly was previously the Director of Operations of the Bayfront Convention Center, also overseeing the Food and Beverage Departments for all Erie Events facilities. He will continue to direct those departments in conjunction with his new position at the convention center.

He was hired in 2007 as the Director of Food and Beverage at the Bayfront Convention Center and promoted to Operations Manager in 2008.

In his new role, Kelly will assist Gus Pine, the General Manager of the Bayfront Convention Center, in all aspects of convention center operations including marketing, sales, finance, bookings, daily operations, information systems, personnel and contracted services.

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Erie Events, formerly known as the Erie County Convention Center, operates the Erie Insurance Arena, Warner Theatre, UPMC Park and the Bayfront Convention Center. The mission of Erie Events is to provide world-class convention facilities and entertainment venues throughout the region to visitors and residents, their families and friends.  Erie Events strives to present a diverse selection of performing arts and sporting events enjoyable not just to residents of our own community, but also to meeting and convention visitors, travelers and vacationers.

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Future Convention Business Increases Following Hotel Addition

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The Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel opened in June and has already made a significant impact by earning national recognition and attracting additional conventions to the Flagship City. During the hotel’s first 45 days in operation, the Bayfront Courtyard was ranked in the top 1% for guest satisfaction out of the more than 980 Courtyard Brand hotels in North America. The addition of the 192 hotel rooms connected to the Bayfront Convention Center has been the driving factor behind securing more and larger conventions. The additional rooms compliment the already existing, award-winning 200-room Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel.

“With the addition of the Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel, we have the opportunity to attract larger conferences that would have never considered Erie as a destination previously,” said Rob Mastro, Director of Sales and Marketing for White Lodging. “The Bayfront triplex makes Erie a more viable and more affordable option while showcasing its best asset, the waterfront. We’re booking business more than three years out which adds stability and optimism in the market.”

Twenty two conventions/conferences have been secured for 2017, with 14 out of those 22 coming to Erie for the first time. Some of the larger, new events include the NY State United Teacher’s Conference; the Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioners Conference; the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society Spring Meeting; and the National Fireworks Association Trade Show. A complete list of all the conferences/conventions can be found below.

The 2017 events will generate more than 10,000 hotel room nights, resulting in a significant direct, positive economic impact in Erie County.

“As anticipated, new leads have been generated because of the addition of the Courtyard by Marriott Bayfront Hotel,” said Lisa DiLuzio, Bayfront Convention Center Director of Sales. “In light of this recent development, our current convention calendar has experienced substantial growth, which in turn will reflect a positive economic impact for the entire community.”

2017 business:

  1. Stars and Stripes Gymnastics Tournament – repeats annually
  2. Pennsylvania State Pool Tournament – repeats annually
  3. Pennsylvania Music Educators Association – rotates
  4. Maplevale Foods Trade Show – repeats annually
  5. Kwik Fill Trade Show – new business
  6. Curtze Food Show – repeats annually
  7. Country Fair Trade Show – repeats annually
  8. Pennsylvania State Excel Gymnastics Tournament – new business
  9. Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society Spring Meeting – new business
  10. Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioners – new business
  11. NY State United Teacher’s Conference – new business
  12. VNEA Junior Pool Tournament – repeats annually
  13. Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Annual Conference – new business
  14. County Commissioners of Pennsylvania Annual Conference – new business
  15. National Fireworks Association Trade Show – new business
  16. Pennsylvania Parking Association – new business
  17. AFSCME Council 85 Conference – new business
  18. ERIEZ 75th Anniversary Sales Conference – new business
  19. Pennsylvania Municipal League Annual Summit – new business
  20. Polish Catholic’s Women’s Retreat – new business
  21. Episcopal Diocese of NWPA Conference – new business
  22. Thirst Annual Convention – repeats annually

Harlem Globetrotters Bring Their 2017 World Tour to Erie January 31, 2017

(ATLANTA, NOVEMBER 1, 2016 –The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie on January 31, 2017 at 7:00pm during their 2017 World Tour.

New this season, for the first time ever, the Globetrotters will debut basketball’s first 4-point line. The

4-point line will be located 30 feet from the basket – 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line.

During their 2017 World Tour, the famed team will feature a star-studded roster that includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson*– the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.^

Tickets start at $17.50 plus service and handling charges and are now on sale at harlemglobetrotters.com, erieevents.com, the Erie Insurance Arena box office, or by phone at (814) 452-4857.  Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at harlemglobetrotters.com.

The Harlem Globetrotters will tip off their 2017 World Tour on Dec. 26, 2016 and bring their unrivalled family entertainment to over 250 cities in 48 states across North America.

The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 90 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. Sponsored by Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.