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Pennsylvania Convention Center Achieves GBAC STAR Reaccreditation

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Recognized as the gold standard of safe venues, the reaccreditation verifies that the Center continues to evolve, improve and advance with the performance-based GBAC STAR program elements for infectious disease prevention.

Philadelphia, PA (November 18, 2021) – The Pennsylvania Convention Center announced today that it has received its Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR reaccreditation, following a comprehensive evaluation process of its cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention protocols over the past year.

The annual GBAC STAR reaccreditation process focused on the Center’s program development, through a cycle of continuous evaluation and improvement, to ensure the facility remains effective at maintaining and delivering a program that supports a clean, safe and healthy environment for workers and guests.

“The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority is proud to have earned the GBAC STAR reaccreditation. Receiving this reaffirms the Center’s commitment to the health, safety and security of all who enter the facility,” said Gregory J. Fox, Esq. Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.  

As an ASM Global managed facility, the Pennsylvania Convention Center developed its Reopening Operating Framework during the pandemic based on the principles and protocols included in ASM Global’s VenueShield program, a best-in-class program developed in partnership with leading professionals, industry experts, and public health officials in response to the pandemic. That framework, coupled with the Center’s investment in environmental hygiene technologies, led to the facility receiving the GBAC STAR reaccreditation.

In the past year, since receiving its initial accreditation, the Pennsylvania Convention Center continued with significant capital investments following the guidance from the CDC, public health officials and ASM Global’s VenueShield program. These included the installation of advanced air purification technology in 40 air handling units, more phases of touchless restroom renovations, the purchase of additional scrubber, vacuum and electrostatic sprayer equipment, and the implementation of enhanced sanitization and health and safety protocols. In addition, the Center implemented a vaccination policy for its workforce, requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated by October 1, 2021.

“As a state-of-the-art facility, we have gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of our guests and staff, while maintaining the highest levels of customer service in a hospitable environment,” said John J. McNichol, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. “By aligning the GBAC Star Accreditation Program with our facility’s procedures and protocols, we have been able to position ourselves as a strategic partner in the fight against COVID-19.”

“From an operations perspective, each of the Center’s departments consistently evaluates the protocols and procedures that are in place, against the 20 elements within the GBAC STAR accreditation, to enable us to achieve the highest possible standards for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in the industry,” said Kelvin D. Moore, Regional General Manager, ASM Global. “Our continued commitment to the health and safety of our guests has bolstered meeting planners’ confidence in our ability to safely host in-person events, facilitating a steady return of events to the facility.”

Over the past few months, the Pennsylvania Convention Center has successfully and safely hosted several major events, including one of its largest trade shows since the pandemic, Natural Products Expo East, with over 15,000 attendees in attendance.  

For more information on the Pennsylvania Convention Center, visit paconvention.com.

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About the Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in Center City Philadelphia at the heart of the city's many cultural offerings and world-class dining and entertainment scene. Managed by ASM Global, the Center is the 14th largest facility in the nation and features one of the largest exhibit space and ballroom in the Northeastern U.S. The meetings, conventions, trade shows, and other events hosted by the Center attract attendees from across the country and around the world to Philadelphia, making the facility the largest economic driver of the region’s hospitality industry. For more information, visit www.paconvention.com.

About ASM Global

ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management – delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues.

For more information, please visit https://www.asmglobal.com/

About GBAC, a Division of ISSA

Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response and recovery, the Global Biorisk Advisory CouncilTM (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, provides training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. The organization’s services include biorisk management program assessment and training, Forensic Restoration® response and remediation, the GBAC STAR™ facility and service accreditation programs, training and certification of individuals and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit www.gbac.org.

About ISSA

With more than 10,500 members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China. For more information about ISSA, visit www.issa.com or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982- 0800.

ASM Global Welcomes New Staff at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

The additions come as the Center rebuilds its team in response to the steady return of in-person events.

Philadelphia, PA (October 28) – ASM Global, the world leader in venue management and event services, today announced the additions of Shawn Fisher, Jude-Anne Spencer-Phillip, Joseph Thum and Dushyant Patel to its team at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, as Philadelphia experiences a resurgence of in-person events and a return of major shows and conventions being hosted at the facility.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Fisher, Mrs. Spencer-Phillip, Mr. Thum and Mr. Patel to our ASM Global team at the Pennsylvania Convention Center,” said Kelvin D. Moore, Regional General Manager, ASM Global. “The steady return of in-person events being hosted at the Center has allowed us to slowly rebuild our team to effectively and safely meet the needs of our event organizers and attendees. I am particularly pleased at the depth of experience and level of skill that each of these professionals brings and am confident that they will each play vital roles in our ongoing success as we continue to host more and more events.”

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Fisher has been appointed Director of Information Technology, possessing over 20 years of experience in various industries, including petrochemical, mining, manufacturing, information technology and biotech. Throughout his career, he has led IT divisions and supervised programs in cybersecurity, risk management, divestitures, merger and acquisition and project management, among others. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from North-West University in South Africa and completed the Executive Development Program from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Spencer-Phillip, the Center’s new Senior Communications Manager, brings over ten years of experience in the hospitality, tourism, government and non-profit sectors, including work with local non-profits, the City of Philadelphia and the Trinidad & Tobago Tourism Development Company. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management from Morgan State University in Baltimore and a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Marketing from the University of Liverpool.

Thum, joins the ASM Global team as Staff Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and a certified management accounting (CMA) candidate. Patel has been appointed Operations Manager and brings previous experience with the Wells Fargo Center and the University of Pennsylvania. Both Thum and Patel are alumni of Temple University – Thum having graduated from Fox School of Business and Patel from the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM).

“We’re excited that the career trajectories of these two Temple alumni have led them to one of the city’s most essential resources for the tourism and hospitality industries,” says Jeremy Jordan, STHM’s Senior Associate Dean. “The Pennsylvania Convention Center has been key to our success in providing exceptional career-building opportunities for the future leaders that make up our degree programs—as interns, in context of classroom projects, as volunteers at Center events or on staff after graduation. The services the Center offers not only enhance our brand as a school but elevate—for all of us—Philadelphia as a world-class destination.”

The Pennsylvania Convention Center has had a longstanding relationship with Temple University and facilitated a program through which graduate students participated in a research study with the Center’s sales team to identify market segment trends and provide recommendations for the Center’s marketing strategy. In addition, Moore and other members of the Center’s executive leadership team have participated in the university’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management Executive in Residence series, a program which aims to enhance the academic excellence of the school and improve the students’ transition from the classroom, through personalized discussions and exposure to the experiences of executives in the industry.

For more information on current employment opportunities at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, visit paconvention.com.

 

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About the Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in Center City Philadelphia at the heart of the city's many cultural offerings and world-class dining and entertainment scene. Managed by ASM Global, the Center is the 14th largest facility in the nation and features one of the largest exhibit spaces and ballrooms in the Northeastern U.S. The meetings, conventions, trade shows, and other events hosted by the Center attract attendees from across the country and around the world to Philadelphia, making the facility the largest economic driver of the region’s hospitality industry. For more information, visit www.paconvention.com.

About ASM Global

ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.

Pennsylvania Convention Center Hosts Largest Trade Show Since the Pandemic with Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols

This is the first time that the show, Natural Products Expo East, was held in Philadelphia, providing the city with opportunities for economic growth.

Philadelphia, PA (October 6, 2021) --- The Pennsylvania Convention Center recently hosted its largest trade show since the start of the pandemic – Natural Products Expo East – which took place from September 22nd to 25th.  

Natural Products Expo East is the industry’s largest trade show on the east coast and features the hottest products in organic and natural foods; clean beauty and home products; and supplements and ingredients. After several years of planning and the cancellation of its 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the first time the show was hosted in Philadelphia.

Show organizer Informa Markets’ New Hope Network prioritizes local community engagement and sustainable event standards and collaborated closely with the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and other stakeholders to ensure the event positively impacted the city.

“Prior to the re-opening of the facility to customers and event attendees, the Center developed a comprehensive facility re-opening plan and implemented significant infrastructure improvements such as augmented air handling systems with upgraded filtration, UV handrail sterilization on all escalators, and touchless restroom renovations, among others, to enable us to meet or exceed health and safety standards,” said John J. McNichol, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. “With the steady return of in-person events to the Center, we are certain that our efforts will inspire client and attendee confidence in the Center’s commitment to the health and safety of each guest.”

In a typical year, Expo East is estimated to bring a $26 million positive impact to the city’s economy. In addition, the event provided employment for an estimated 1,000 people. Show organizers were committed to developing relationships with and supporting local organizations, businesses, and artists. This included a partnership to donate leftover food and beverage products from the event to local food rescue Philabundance as well as supporting Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia.

This year, Expo East had more than 15,000 qualified industry professionals registered for the event and featured over 800 exhibiting companies. As the first major trade show to be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center since COVID-19 event capacity limits were lifted in Philadelphia, the Center, in collaboration with show organizers, implemented a range of safety and sanitization protocols to ensure the health and safety of attendees.

“Conventions and events hosted by the Center are significant contributors to our region’s economy,” said Gregory J. Fox, Esq., Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. “As the city continues its recovery efforts, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and our partners remain committed to attracting and retaining events, such as Expo East, that provide valuable opportunities for employment and revenue generation for the city.”

As an ASM Global managed facility, the Pennsylvania Convention Center developed its Reopening Operating Framework during the pandemic, based on the principles and protocols included in ASM Global’s VenueShield program, a best-in-class program developed in partnership with leading professionals, industry experts, and public health officials in response to the pandemic. That framework, coupled with the Center’s investment in environmental hygiene technologies led to the facility receiving the Global Bio-risk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation, which demonstrates that the Center follows strict protocols for bio-risk situations and is prepared and committed to operating safely.

The Center also recently implemented a vaccination policy for its workforce which was executed in two phases. During phase one, all staff were required to either be fully vaccinated or provide a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours. Phase two, which went into effect on October 1st, requires all staff to be fully vaccinated. This policy was implemented not only to aid in the overall recovery of the industry, but also in response to many event customers, such as Expo East, increasingly implementing their own health and safety policies surrounding vaccinations and testing.

“Hosting a safe and successful event this year was our top priority and we implemented extensive protocols to ensure a healthy and positive environment for the Natural Products industry, our staff and vendor partners alike. We were able to effectively implement these enhanced health and safety measures in large part due to our strong partnerships with the many teams and individuals at the Pennsylvania Convention Center,” said Lacey Gautier, Group Show Director, Informa Markets’ New Hope Network. “The support we received from the Philadelphia community made this event possible and we are thrilled and honored to call the city home.”

Natural Products Expo East 2022 will take place from September 28 to October 1 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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About New Hope Network

New Hope Network is at the forefront of the healthy lifestyle products industry. With solutions for the complete supply chain from manufacturers, retailers/distributors, service providers and ingredient suppliers, the network offers a robust portfolio of content, events, data, research and consultative services. Through its mission of growing healthy markets to bring more health to more people, New Hope Network helps businesses identify the people, products, partnerships and trends that create better opportunities and connections. For more information visit www.newhope.com

About Informa Markets

Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. We provide marketplace participants around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, targeted digital services and actionable data solutions. We connect buyers and sellers across more than a dozen global verticals, including Pharmaceuticals, Food, Medical Technology and Infrastructure. As the world's leading market-making company, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit www.informamarkets.com.

About the Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in Center City Philadelphia at the heart of the city's many cultural offerings and world-class dining and entertainment scene. Managed by ASM Global, the Center is the 14th largest facility in the nation and features one of the largest exhibit spaces and ballrooms in the Northeastern U.S. For more information, visit www.paconvention.com.

About ASM Global

ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.

 

Media Contacts:

Jude-Anne Spencer-Phillip, jphillip@paconvention.com

Pete Peterson, ppeterson@bellevuepr.com 

Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority’s VP & General Counsel Recognized with Two Honors

Shammy Jones earned The Philadelphia Tribune’s 2020 Women of Achievement Award and the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2020 Women of Distinction Award

Philadelphia, PA--Shamyune “Shammy” Jones, Vice President & General Counsel of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA), has earned two honors in recent weeks recognizing her significant contributions to the organization, the Philadelphia region’s hospitality industry, and the local community. Jones had the unique honor of being named a recipient of both The Philadelphia Tribune’s 2020 Women of Achievement Award and the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2020 Women of Distinction Award.

During her nearly 20 years of service working for the PCCA, Jones has guided and counseled the Center’s team through the Great Recession of 2008, several regime changes, and a complete revamp of the operating and management structure of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  She is currently a source of counsel for the President & CEO and management team and they work together to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the meeting and convention industry. Jones has also shown a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through a number of initiatives, such as spearheading the development of robust vendor systems to engage the participation of diverse businesses in contract work with the Center.

“Throughout her time with the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Shammy Jones has repeatedly demonstrated incredible leadership, integrity, and work ethic,” said Gregory Fox, Chair of the PCCA Board of Directors. “We are fortunate to have a professional with Shammy’s character and commitment as part of our team. Over the years, Shammy’s contributions to the convention center and the region’s hospitality industry have been invaluable and it is gratifying to see her significant impact and leadership qualities receive well-deserved public recognition.”

“I’ve known Shammy for over 12 years, her dedication to the Center’s success, her commitment to mentorship, and her service to the community are bar to none. It’s no surprise she has earned these prestigious accolades and I couldn’t be more proud of her,” shared Marian Tasco, Co-Chair of the PCCA Board and former Philadelphia City Council member.

As Vice President and General Counsel, Shammy is responsible for managing the PCCA’s legal matters, including contract negotiations, insurance and risk management issues, compliance issues with the Board of Directors and the organization, and all human resources matters.  Shammy works closely with PCCA’s President and CEO, the Board of Directors, outside counsel, insurance brokers, and all internal departments within the PCCA and its management company ASM Global. Shammy is also an officer of the PCCA, serving as the Secretary for the Board of Directors.

Jones is a graduate of the Core Class for Leadership Philadelphia - the premier community leadership organization in our region.  As the de facto head of Human Resources at PCCA, Jones has made mentorship one of her top priorities, guiding and preparing multiple generations of women and men for success and career advancement through her counsel and assistance in their professional development. 

Jones is active in a number of local organizations, as well.  She serves as the Secretary and a Board of Director for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Philadelphia and recently became a member of the Board of Directors for Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC).  Jones is also a member of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia and former member of its Advisory Board. In addition, Shammy serves as an alumni interviewer for perspective students who have applied for admission to her alma mater, Dartmouth College.

 

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Pennsylvania Convention Center Receives Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR Accreditation as One of Only Thirty-One Convention Centers Across the Globe

The Center Becomes the First Facility in Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Pennsylvania and the Tri-State Region and Only the Third Convention Center in the Northeastern United States to Receive the Accreditation

Philadelphia, PA (October 8,2020)-- The Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) announced today that it received the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation on outbreak prevention, response and recovery. Recognized as the gold standard of safe venues, the PCC is one of the largest venues in the northeast to receive the GBAC STAR™ accreditation.

GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation identified the Pennsylvania Convention Center as a showcase example of commitment to ensuring a clean, safe, and healthy environment for its employees, customers, and stakeholders. This accomplishment also demonstrates the Center’s leadership in transforming the cleaning industry into an essential part of any business. 

“The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority is proud to join the list of meeting and events facilities that have received the GBAC STAR accreditation. The health, safety, and security of all who enter the Pennsylvania Convention Center is our top priority,” said Greg Fox, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.

As a division of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), GBAC STAR™ is an industry accreditation that provides third-party validation to ensure the implementation of rigorous protocols in response to bio-risk situations. Focused on ensuring a clean, safe and healthy environment, the program establishes requirements to assist venues by providing best practices, protocols and procedures to control risks associated with the COVID-19 virus.

“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, the Pennsylvania Convention Center has received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for bio-risk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”  

As an important element of the PCC’s re-activation plan, the Center completed the twenty program elements according to specific performance and guidance criteria. The PCC’s comprehensive program includes:

  • An established cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program that is maintained to control and/or minimize risk associated with infectious agents for employees, guests, the community and the environment.

  •  Assurance and establish confidence that proper cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention work practices are in place and implemented.

  • A framework for communication and raising awareness of best practices as they relate to cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

"By deploying strict cleaning, disinfection and staff-training protocols, we set the stage for a healthy return to live events and continuing our commitment to excellence in venue management,” said John J. McNichol, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. “The GBAC STAR accreditation further strengthens our re-activation efforts, and we are pleased to be among the facilities to receive the accreditation. It is a true credit to the team who worked so hard to create a professionally prepared submission that lead to a swift and favorable accreditation.”

The GBAC accreditation is part of the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s overall re-activation operating framework that will be release in the coming weeks.

For the latest news about the Pennsylvania Convention Center, visit paconvention.com.

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About GBAC, a Division of ISSA

Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response, and recovery, the Global Bio-risk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, provides training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance, and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address, and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. The organization’s services include bio-risk management program assessment and training, Forensic Restoration® response and remediation, the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program, training and certification of individuals, and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit www.gbac.org.

About ISSA

With more than 9,300 members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners, and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China. For more information about ISSA, visit www.issa.com or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982- 0800.

About the Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in Center City Philadelphia at the heart of the city's many cultural offerings and world-class dining and entertainment scene. Now managed by ASM Global, the Center is the 14th largest facility in the nation and features the largest exhibit space and ballroom in the Northeastern U.S. For more information, visit www.paconvention.com.

About ASM Global

ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.

Pennsylvania Convention Center Pursues Global Bio-Advisory Council Accreditation

The Center Continues Its Commitment to Re-opening Safely with Technology Enhancements and VenueShield Program

Philadelphia, PA (Sept. 17, 2020) -- As the facility prepares for an eventual reopening and looks forward to welcoming guests back in the era of COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Convention Center announced that it applied for  the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation on outbreak prevention, response and recovery.

“We view the GBAC STAR accreditation as an integral part of our re-activation plan to welcome guests back at the appropriate juncture. We continue to be in close contact with state and local health officials to inform all of our future plans for reopening, but know that the GBAC accreditation is an important next step,” said Greg Fox, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA). 

A division of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), the GBAC STAR is a widely accepted industry standard focused on ensuring a clean, safe and healthy environment.

The program establishes best practices, protocols and procedures to control the spread of infectious agents such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. Specifically, the Pennsylvania Convention Center will complete the twenty program elements according to specific performance and guidance criteria. The comprehensive program includes:

  • Establish and maintain a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to control and/or minimize risk associated with infectious agents for employees, guests, the community and the environment.
  • Provide assurance and establish confidence that proper cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention work practices are in place and implemented.
  • Establish a framework for communication and raising awareness of best practices, as they relate to cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

 “GBAC STAR is the gold standard of safe facilities, providing third-party validation that ensures facilities implement strict protocols for biorisk situations,” said Patricia Olinger, Executive Director, Global Biorisk Advisory Council.  “Accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers, and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to deliver clean and healthy environments that are safe for business.”

“The GBAC STAR accreditation is part of the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s overall re-activation operating framework In addition to the GBAC STAR accreditation, the PCCA’s Board of Directors approved investing in new technologies, such as escalator handrail sterilization system that will utilize UV-C wavelength LED light to kill bacteria and viruses.  It is also upgrading the air handling units with a bi-polar ionization technology to enhance our indoor air quality to provide a clean, fresh, and healthy environment,” said John J. McNichol, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is also fortunate that it is part of the family of venues managed by ASM Global, one of the nation’s premier facility management firms.  When the facility reopens, it will have achieved ASM Global’s VenueShield designation, a new environmental hygiene protocol.  This best-in-class program was developed in partnership with leading medical professionals, industry experts, and public health officials in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “We believe it will inspire customer confidence that the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and ASM Global are providing the highest levels of cleanliness and safety,” said Kelvin D. Moore, Regional General Manager for the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

For the latest news about the Pennsylvania Convention Center, visit paconvention.com.

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About GBAC, a Division of ISSA

Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response, and recovery, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, provides training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance, and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address, and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. The organization’s services include biorisk management program assessment and training, Forensic Restoration® response and remediation, the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program, training and certification of individuals, and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit www.gbac.org.

 

About ISSA

With more than 9,300 members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners, and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China. For more information about ISSA, visit www.issa.com or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982- 0800.

 

About the Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in Center City Philadelphia at the heart of the city's many cultural offerings and world-class dining and entertainment scene. Now managed by ASM Global, the Center is the 14th largest facility in the nation and features the largest exhibit space and ballroom in the Northeastern U.S. For more information, visit www.paconvention.com.

 

About ASM Global

ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.

Pennsylvania Convention Center Announces the Formation of the Philadelphia Diversity Professionals Consortium

The Center Continues Its Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Philadelphia, PA ( June 1,2020) – The Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) announces the formation of the Philadelphia Diversity Professionals Consortium (PDPC) spearheaded by Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Erika White. The consortium is co-lead by Bridgett Battles, Project Manager Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Supplier Diversity for Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. The PDPC is a dynamic group of professionals that will serve as an informal network of local diversity and inclusion professionals to use as a resource for questions, idea sharing and overall general support. “The PDPC’s mission is to strategize, unify and engage the diversity professional community in the city of Philadelphia to make us collectively stronger.  Diversity and inclusion is a major priority for the PA Convention Center Authority Board of Directors and an integral part of the Center’s culture,” said Erika White, Diversity and Inclusion Manager for the PCC and co-founder of the PDPC.

The PDPC recently hosted their inaugural event—a virtual networking event. Diversity professionals from across the city enjoyed an engaging program that kicked off with music from Philly artists and a warm welcome from PDPC co-founders White and Battles. The program included an interview with Jefferson’s new Chief Diversity Officer, Lisette Martinez, who just relocated to the City of Brotherly Love. Martinez not only shared what flavor of water ice she wanted to try first but also a touching story from her childhood that connected her experiences to why she chose to enter the diversity & inclusion space. Attendees also heard from Shamyune Jones, Vice President and General Counsel for the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and Greg DeShields, Executive Director of PHL Diversity. DeShields remarked that, “Unifying Philadelphia’s Diversity Professionals will be significant.” During the event, DeShields emphasized the need for further collaboration especially as the city seeks to define the new normal post pandemic. Iola Harper, Deputy Commerce Director – Entrepreneurship and Economic Opportunity highlighted the need for resilience, recovery and reimagining as the city and its industries move forward.

The program closed out by awarding Betsy Lee from the Asian American Chamber of Commerce the book Presidency in Black and White by April Ryan as part of the raffle that was open to all attendees.   Attendees and any diversity and inclusion professionals are encouraged to join the PDPC LinkedIn group.

For more information on the PDPC and the latest news about the Pennsylvania Convention Center, visit paconvention.com.

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About the Philadelphia Diversity Professionals Consortium

PDPC was founded in 2020 by Erika White and Bridgett Battles, leaders in branding, diversity, equity and inclusion. The PDPC mission is to make available, to as many fellow practitioners as possible, the resources discovered while navigating the diversity and inclusion space in Philadelphia. The consortium was founded so that all diversity professionals in the area could benefit from an informal network to meet and serve as a resource for each other.

Pennsylvania Convention Center Announces Exhibitor Rights Expansion

Under Extended 10-Year Labor Agreement

New work rules empower exhibitors to setup and dismantle their own booths

without any limitations on booth size

 

PHILADELPHIA – Building on a shared commitment to the success of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, facility leaders and their show floor trade partners announced today the signing of a labor agreement extension that builds on the competitive work rules and expanded exhibitor rights that were first put in place in a groundbreaking agreement that was approved in May 2014.   The expanded exhibitor rights will go into effect August 1, 2019.  In the coming week, the Center’s website (www.paconvention.com) will be updated with additional information on how customers can take advantage of the expanded exhibitor rights contained in the agreement. 

The extended labor agreement, known as the Customer Satisfaction Agreement (CSA), will empower exhibitors to erect and teardown their own exhibit booths regardless of booth size.  This represents a significant change from the current practice, which limited that work by exhibitors to booths that were 600 square feet or smaller in size.  The agreement also continues the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s distinctive practice of only assessing overtime charges for trade labor after eight hours of work on weekdays, regardless of start time.  This is a major differentiator from other large convention centers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast which assess overtime charges or variable labor rates for work performed outside of the 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm window on weekdays.  

The extension of the Customer Satisfaction Agreement was signed by the four show floor labor unions that have contributed to the renewed success of the facility over the past five years: Laborers’ International Local 332, IATSE Local 8 (stagehands), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98, and Iron Workers Local 405. The agreement will be in place until May 2029. 

“As a result of the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s strong partnership with trade labor, our facility will have the most progressive exhibitor rights of any major urban convention center in the Northeast,” said Gregory J. Fox, Esq., chair of the Center’s Board of Directors.  “We are partners with a common goal of delivering meeting planners, exhibitors, and attendees the best possible experience and value.  We know that strong customer service and cost-savings improve our competitiveness and put us in a position to make every customer a repeat customer.”

The May 2014 labor agreement was praised within the conventions and meetings industry for its significant expansion of exhibitor rights.  The work rules empowered exhibitors to perform more work within their own booths without the assistance of trade labor.  For example, it permitted exhibitors to use power tools and ladders (up to 6 feet in height) to erect and teardown exhibit booths that were 600 square feet or smaller in size.  This policy enabled exhibitors to reduce their labor costs, making the Pennsylvania Convention Center more attractive to meeting planners. The extended CSA builds on that progressive policy by allowing exhibitors to perform that work without any limits on maximum booth size.

"The five-year extension of the game-changing Customer Satisfaction Agreement between the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the signatory unions of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council ensures that Philadelphia will remain one of the most desirable convention destinations in the country for the foreseeable future,” said John Dougherty, Chairman of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council.  “The number of new and returning customers is evidence that word of our success continues to spread throughout the convention and hospitality industry."

“The success of the Convention Center over the past five years provided us the opportunity to extend the agreement to offer our customers stability and guaranteed cost,” said Michael Barnes, Business Manager for IATSE Local 8.  “This, along with the new changes to the agreement, will continue to put the Pennsylvania Convention Center at the top of every meeting planner’s list of cities to book their shows.”

“We understand that a successful convention center fuels increased demand for the services of our members while also creating new job opportunities for Philadelphians who work in the region’s hospitality industry,” said Samuel Staten, Jr., Business Manager for Laborers Local 332.  “This extension of our labor agreement shows that the trade unions are committed to ensuring the Center remains competitive.”  

“We understand that a successful convention center fuels increased demand for the services of our members while also creating new job opportunities for Philadelphians who work in the region’s hospitality industry,” said Samuel Staten, Jr., Business Manager for Laborers Local 332.  “This extension of our labor agreement shows that the trade unions are committed to ensuring the Center remains competitive.” 

Another key element of the Center’s transformation in recent years was the decision to contract with ASM Global to oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of the facility.  Over the course of the past five years, ASM Global has added hospitality industry expertise to PCC’s existing staff; streamlined services; implemented programs to assist customers with their event planning; increased billing transparency and established new sustainability goals. PCC/ASM Global’s partnership also has improved the guest experience while lowering customer costs. Recognizing the value of this collaborative relationship, earlier this year the Center approved a five-year extension of its facility management contract with ASM Global through 2023.

“The operational changes put in place by SMG over the past five years, combined with the cooperative partnership between the Center’s management and labor, have been very well-received by meeting planners and the larger meetings industry,” said John McNichol, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.  “We are consistently competing for and winning new business, but what is most impressive is the number of customers who are re-booking the facility following their successful events.”    

“Hospitality and tourism is one of Philadelphia’s largest and fastest growing employment sectors with over 74,300 hospitality-related jobs in Philadelphia County alone,” said Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is responsible for long-lead sales and marketing of the convention center. “With a progressive Customer Satisfaction Agreement in place, it keeps our destination competitive and will most certainly lead to business that will sustain hospitality workers far into the future.”

 

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MEETING PROFESSIONALS INTERNATIONAL NAMES PENNSYLVANIA CONVENTION CENTER 2018 VENUE OF THE YEAR The PA Convention Center accepted its award at MPI PHL Awards Celebration at the National Constitution Center

PHILADELPHIA (May 15, 2019) – The Meeting Professionals International Philadelphia Area Chapter (MPI PHL) has named The Pennsylvania Convention Center its 2018 Venue of the Year. This award recognizes a venue that has made significant leadership and professional contributions to the meeting and event industry. MPI PHL was founded in 1978 and is a regional professional organization dedicated to serving the diverse needs and development of its members. Meeting Professionals International is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide.

“The Center is honored to be named Venue of the Year by MPI PHL. Our team works diligently to continually improve and innovate to best serve our guests. We are thankful for this recognition and commend our team who are key to our success.” said Gregory J. Fox, Esq., Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA).

In April of 2019, the Center hosted an MPI PHL event Global Meetings Industry Day Philadelphia. The event was a well-attended, vibrant meeting. In addition to educational programs and networking, the day highlighted panel discussions on homelessness, human trafficking, and their impact on the hospitality industry. John J. McNichol, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, moderated the Homelessness panel. Attendees also took part in a community service activity in support of Covenant House Philadelphia.

“Success builds upon success…smart work, customer service training, and the positivity at the Center has led to great strides.” said Kelvin D. Moore, ASM Global Regional General Manager. “Being named Venue of the Year by MPI PHL gives testament to this…thank you for this recognition and to Linda Jones from the Center for your service with MPI PHL.”

MPI PHL also named award winners in categories of Planner of the Year, Supplier of the Year, Tomorrow’s Leader, Chapter Leader of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and the President’s Award at its event at the National Constitution Center.

About the Pennsylvania Convention Center The Pennsylvania Convention Center is in Center City Philadelphia at the heart of the City's many cultural offerings, world-class dining, and entertainment scene. Now managed by SMG, the Center is the 14th largest facility in the nation and features the largest exhibit space and ballroom in the Northeastern U.S. To learn more about The Pennsylvania Convention Center, please visit www.paconvention.com.

Kelvin Moore and Jennie Udel
Kelvin D. Moore, SMG Regional General Manager and
Jennie Udel, President of MPI PHL AREA Chapter 
Kelvin D. Moore, SMG Regional General Manager
Kelvin D. Moore, ASM Global Regional General Manager





 

New electricity agreement projected to save Pennsylvania Convention Center more than $550,000

PHILADELPHIA (January 25, 2016) -  The Pennsylvania Convention Center will save up to $550,000 through 2018 under a new electricity supplier agreement with Constellation Inc. to power the 2-million-square foot facility and to use 25 percent renewable energy.

The Center's Board of Directors has undertaken a philosophy of improvements to the facility that target energy efficiency, operational efficiency and a reduction in the building's carbon footprint.

"This was a very good time to lock-in a future rate that assures consistency in our utility budget," said Gregory J. Fox, chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. "We have been using less energy in recent years as we find new ways to improve our energy efficiency across the Convention Center. These savings will contribute to our overall efficiency efforts."

The fixed rate will allow the Center's operating costs to be held constant, despite fluctuations in weather patterns and other variables.

"If we hit a polar vortex in the next two years, we are protected with budget certainty," said John J. McNichol, the Center's president and CEO. "It is an excellent time to buy in this market."

The Center issued a request for proposals on Dec. 29, 2015. Nine electricity suppliers submitted proposals that were opened Jan. 13, 2016. ASM Global, which operates the Convention Center, and its energy consultant, Choice Energy Services of New York City, reviewed the plans and then locked in the rate for the winning bid, according to Janet Mitrocsak, director of facilities for SMG.

Constellation of Baltimore, Md., will supply electricity to the Convention Center, beginning in June 2016 for a 24-month period, ending in 2018. Fixed pricing was requested with a 25 percent renewable energy source component. The fixed rate is just above 5 cents per kilowatt hour, which will result in at least $275,000 in annual savings for the two-year period, estimated John Tracey, SMG's director of finance.

"We are very excited about our new relationship with the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and ASM Global. We look forward to helping them achieve their current and future energy goals and objectives," said Brian Weatherford, executive director, Constellation, an Exelon company.

The contract includes an online portal with Choice Energy Services that allows the Convention Center to monitor, store and measure all of its utility information.  "We are thrilled to have represented the Pennsylvania Convention Center in their RFP process. We hope to continue to provide the Convention Center value through our proprietary expense data management system, Choice Connect, as well," said Kiki Dikmen, managing partner, Choice Energy Services.

The Center already has updated its lighting controls and building automation system to enhance energy efficiency. It also is installing a new roofing system that increases thermal insulation, allowing the facility to operate more efficiently and further reducing energy costs. The facility's 2011 expansion received a LEED-gold designation (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council.

About the Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in Center City Philadelphia at the heart of the city's many cultural offerings and world-class dining and entertainment scene. Now managed by SMG, the Center is the 14th largest facility in the nation and features the largest exhibit space and ballroom in the Northeastern U.S. The Convention Center will host the World Meeting of Families prior to the Papal Visit in September.

About ASM Global


ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences.
ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefit from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem-solving. Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world delivers locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners, and operations, and amazing experiences for guests. By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.

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