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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