Oct. 10, 2016

Contact: Bill Hendricks
805-756-1246; whendric@calpoly.edu

L.A. Convention Center Executive Will Be In Residence at Cal Poly Nov. 6-8

Public is invited to Brad Gessner’s keynote presentation at 6 p.m. Nov. 7

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Brad Gessner, who is responsible for the overall management of the Los Angeles Convention Center, will serve as an executive-in-residence for Cal Poly’s Experience Industry Management Department from Nov. 6 to 8. The public is invited to his keynote presentation at 6 p.m., Nov. 7, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion.

Gessner, senior vice president and general manager of AEG Facilities, will lecture in classes and meet with faculty, students, industry members and the community to talk about his expertise regarding convention services, revenue generation, green practices and sustainable programs.

He is responsible for oversight and new contract acquisitions for AEG’s Convention Centers Department. His responsibilities include overseeing new business development, responding to requests for proposals for convention center management, and overseeing all management agreements for convention centers.

AEG is one of the world’s leading sports and entertainment presenters and is a subsidiary of the Anschutz Co., which owns, controls or is affiliated with a collection of companies, including more than 100 of the world’s pre-eminent entertainment facilities such as the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., the Oakland Coliseum, and the Hawaii Convention Center.

About Experience Industry Management
Experience Industry Management is the facilitation of experiences across all sectors of industries related to tourism, hospitality, event planning, outdoor recreation management, community recreation, and sport management. It is one of nine departments in Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Program graduates have started their careers at some of the industry’s most compelling organizations, such as the San Francisco Giants, Pebble Beach Resorts, Apple, and George P. Johnson.

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is made up of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.
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