San Diego Convention Center appoints new vice president

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San Diego Convention Center appoints new vice president

The San Diego Convention Center Corporation (SDCCC) has appointed Karen Totaro as the facility’s new senior vice president and general manager. Totaro joins SDCCC after serving as the General Manager for the Atlantic City Convention Center.

“In our industry, the SDCCC has always been recognised as a venue at the forefront, so I am simply thrilled to be able to join such a strong team already in place with a great leader like its president & CEO Clifford ‘Rip’ Rippetoe,” Totaro said.

Totaro will oversee the operations of the facility including engineering, event services, security/guest services, facility services and information technology. She will also serve as the liaison and contract manager for Centerplate, PSAV and Smart City Networks. Her focus will be all customer-facing experiences within the facility.

During her career, Totaro has had an active role in the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) by serving in several capacities which have included her recent role as chair of the board as well as first and second vice chair of the board of directors which equates to three years on the Executive Committee, District IV regional director, a member of the board of governors, chair of the Transition Committee, chair of the Education Council, chair of the Board Development Committee, a member of the Allied Task Force and two years as a member of the Board of Trustees.

“We are excited to have someone of Karen’s standards and qualifications join us here at the San Diego Convention Center,” said Rippetoe. “We look forward to welcoming her to a facility whose purpose is to be the premiere gathering place located at the heart of a world-class destination.”

Totaro added: “As the recent chairman of the board for the 5,000 member International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), I have had the opportunity to travel extensively and nothing compares to the San Diego community in terms of warmth of spirit and creating a unique lifestyle that others only hope to emulate.”

Totaro begins her role as Senior Vice President and General Manager on 30 September, 2016.

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