Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the US capital, announced, 8 July, a repositioning of several members of its leadership team. The promotions, announced by president and CEO, Greg O’Dell, come as the city reopens without restrictions for in-person meetings and live special events.
Samuel Thomas, senior vice-president, and general manager of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the past 14 years, has been promoted to the position of COO. In his 30-year career, Thomas has led the servicing for some of the most prestigious events in the country, including the 2010 and 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, where President Barack Obama hosted more than 40 heads of state.
In his new role, Thomas is responsible for the oversight of all Events DC venue operations, driving the reopening and programming at event venues including the DC Armory, the Entertainment and Sports Arena, RFK Stadium, and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Chinyere Hubbard, has served as vice-president of communications and marketing for nearly 12 years, and has been promoted to senior vice-president of communications and marketing. During her time at Events DC, Hubbard has served as organisational spokesperson in addition to leading the launch of DC’s bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup and, in 2020, was named as ‘One of the Top 500 People in the US Event Industry’ by BizBash.
The restructuring was planned prior to the pandemic, the organisation said.
Thomas added: “During my time at Events DC, our team has welcomed millions of guests from all over the world for experiences one can only have in the District of Columbia. In my new role, I look forward to being an advocate for our industry through our reopening and a champion for our partners that make events in our city truly shine.”
Hubbard said: “Samuel and I are eager to get back to business at our venues and welcome people to what we love the most, providing exceptional event experiences.”
O’Dell concluded: “The circumstances of the past 15 months have caused us to constantly re-evaluate our business model, but I remain excited about having talented leaders within our organisation that are positioned to re-engage with both our local stakeholders and the visitors whom we stand ready to welcome back to DC this summer and beyond.”