(PHILADELPHIA) – ASM Global—the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences, venue management and event strategy—has appointed industry veteran Tony Hodgins as general manager of the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC).


Hodgins was a 30-year executive of award-winning Freeman, the global leader in events shaping exhibitions, exhibits, and events that drive audiences to action.  At Freeman, Hodgins worked in the industry’s largest network of experts in the field and led its Northeast Region team to winning the Freeman Customer Service Award for the first time in its history. Their success was realized by creating dynamic experiences that drove measurable results.


The Pennsylvania Convention Center is part of the ASM Global portfolio, the largest and most diverse network of premier convention and trade show venues for millions of exhibitors and attendees across an extensive worldwide footprint that spans five continents.


In making the announcement, ASM Global’s Dan Hoffend, executive vice president of convention centers, said, “The Center continues to grow as a hub for many of the world’s significant conventions and events; and with Tony’s longtime experience with one of the area’s iconic and most popular destinations, we anticipate PCC’s growth will be even more robust in coming years."


“On behalf of the Board of Directors at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, we are thrilled to welcome Tony Hodgins as the General Manager of our facility,” said David A. Nasatir, Esq., Chair of the Board, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. “The Pennsylvania Convention Center takes seriously its role as an economic driver for Philadelphia’s hospitality and tourism industry, and Mr. Hodgins’ broad and long-standing experience in this sector will help to maintain the Center’s position as one of the nation’s premier meeting and convention facilities.”


“Philadelphia’s meetings and events industry is thriving, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center has seen a steady return of many of our major conferences and events,” said Malik Staten, Vice Chair of the Board of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. “We are fortunate to have Mr. Hodgins, a hospitality industry and labor operations veteran, join our team and we look forward to the continued progression of the Center under his leadership.”


Hodgins said, “I look forward to working closely with our clients, regional partners, and the Authority to support the hospitality community and provide customized solutions that are the hallmark of ASM Global. I’m excited to work with our convention center leadership team to leverage ASM Global's industry-leading innovations to deliver exceptional experiences for organizers, attendees and exhibitors.”


As General Manager of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hodgins will be responsible for the successful operations of the Center, including programs such as the recently launched Hospitality Industry Advancement Trust (HIAT) Fund, an industry-leading partnership between the Center’s management and its trade show labor partners.  


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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




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