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WASHINGTON CONVENTION CENTER AUTHORITY NAMES THOMAS M. MOBLEY, JR. GENERAL MANAGER & CEO
Posted on 11/7/2003
Washington, DC − The Washington Convention Center Authority (WCCA) Board of Directors announced today that Thomas M. Mobley, Jr. has been appointed General Manager and CEO of the new 2.3 million square foot Washington Convention Center. Mr. Mobley, a convention industry veteran, was selected after an exhaustive search by a subcommittee of the board and was confirmed by the full body during a special session this morning. Mr. Mobley will officially begin his tenure in mid-December.
For the past eleven years Mr. Mobley was general manager of Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Complex, which is the largest exhibition facility in the Western Hemisphere. Previously, he served as the general manager of a variety of public assembly facilities including the Colorado Convention Center, the Jacksonville Convention Complex and the Baltimore Convention Center.
“The spectacular new Washington Convention Center was designed to be among the best convention and meeting facilities in the world. In Tom Mobley, we now have arguably the best manager in the industry. Tom will help ensure that our operations and customer service are second to none,” said WCCA board member Kumiki Gibson, chair of the search subcommittee.
William A. Hanbury, president of the Washington Convention and Tourism Corporation (WCTC) agrees. “We are absolutely delighted to attract such a solid, experienced industry pro of his caliber. Tom Mobley elevates Washington to the top tier of convention and meeting destinations.”
Mr. Mobley is on the Board of Directors and is currently the immediate Past Chairman of the Center for Exhibition Research. He is also a member of several industry associations. Before entering the exhibition industry, Mr. Mobley served as the assistant labor commissioner for the City of Baltimore, and was involved in negotiating labor agreements with over 20,000 City employees.
“I’m honored by the vote of confidence that the WCCA Board of Directors has given me. I look forward to getting to work with the Authority, the staff and the entire Washington hospitality community to ensure that DC quickly becomes the world’s premier meeting and convention destination,” says Mobley, who is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He also attended graduate school at the University of Maryland.
“My wife and I are looking forward to coming back to Washington, DC. We lived for 20 years in the Baltimore, Washington area and my two children were born at GW Hospital, so we’re all happy to be coming home.”
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