KNOXVILLE CONVENTION CENTER NAMES SALES MANAGER AS 2012 LEADER OF THE YEAR

January 7, 2013

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January 7, 2013

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Ksowards300_294382193451Kristi Sowards, Knoxville Convention Center sales manager, was recently recognized by her peers as the 2012 Leader of the Year. Knoxville Convention Center General Manager Mary Bogert presented the award during the annual employee holiday gathering.

“Our employees at the Convention Center are talented, creative and hardworking, so it’s an honor to be selected ‘Leader of the Year’ from among such a wonderful group of staff members,” said Bogert. “Kristi has been a standout leader this year. She has an amazing ‘can do’ attitude, always going the extra mile to set the highest standard of customer service for our clients.”

Sowards has more than 20 years experience in event planning, management and catering sales in the Knoxville area. She was recently promoted to sales manager at the Convention Center in December.

Sowards came to the Knoxville Convention Center in 2011 as a food and beverage manager coordinating in-house events. She was promoted the next year to catering sales manager where she successfully marketed the Knoxville Convention Center to local clients for the 2012 holiday season.

The Knoxville Convention Center, managed by SMG, is located in downtown Knoxville adjacent to the Sunsphere. It boasts an 119,922-square-foot exhibit hall, a 27,300-square-foot divisible ballroom and 18 meeting rooms. For more information, visit http://www.knoxvilleconventioncenter.com.