BOK Center Named Top Venue

GREAT HONOR: From left are Dexter King, Joe Romano, Mayor Dewey Bartlett and John Bolton at the award announcement in the BOK Center.

KYLIE MCMAINS for GTR Newspapers

The International Association of Venue Managers () has awarded the Center the 2011 Venue Excellence Award. This prestigious award is given annually to only one arena in the world. It recognizes the best arena based on four criteria used to demonstrate the ways in which the venue has excelled in the management and operation of a public assembly venue. The criteria for the award includes: Operational Excellence, Teambuilding/Professional Development, Safety and Security, and Service to the Community.

“The Center and , in receiving this award, put themselves at the pinnacle of venue management. What the Center has accomplished in just three short years is truly phenomenal,” says Dexter King, president and of the International Association of Venue Managers.

“As the world leader in venue management we expect the best and I’m happy to say that our management team in Tulsa has accomplished this goal in an amazing fashion,” comments Wes Westley, president and of .

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett adds, “The Center under SMG’s leadership has truly shown what a successful public/private partnership should look like. We couldn’t have accomplished or received the praise, recognition and acclaim without . I especially want to give praise and thanks to John Bolton, the general manager of the Center. Our receipt of this prestigious award is due in large part to Mr. Bolton’s leadership and vision.”

In accepting the award, Bolton, general manager of the -managed facility, noted “To be recognized as the best takes an amazing team and I’m proud to say we have that team with both here in Tulsa and in our corporate headquarters in Philadelphia. This award recognizes the hundreds of part-time and full-time employees who work every day to ensure our guests have an amazing experience.”

Updated 07-18-2011

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