MMPI Adds Eight Staff to Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center Team

  MMPI Adds Eight Staff to Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center Team

Business Wire

CLEVELAND -- January 29, 2013

Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) announced earlier today the addition
of eight team members in advance of the highly-anticipated July, 2013 opening
of the Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center (Cleveland MMCC). MMPI has
named Dick Anter, Barbara McBee, Dori Kish, Debbie Zunt, Brian Cook, and
Harold Davis to its administrative team, joining Mike Mangan, Chief Engineer
and Ron Willner, Director of Event Services, who joined the team in late
November.

“The addition of top-quality, experienced staff members in sales and
operations represents yet another significant step forward as Cleveland
Medical Mart & Convention Center moves from construction into operational
mode,” said Jim Bennett, MMPI senior vice president. “This will be a
first-class, state-of-the-art facility and the quality and depth of today’s
staff announcement represents the same elite level of service that we will
provide to our customers on a daily basis. These eight staff members bring
more than 175 years of collective experience in their respective fields.”

Dick Anter assumes the newly-created role of Director of Finance and
Administration, responsible for human resources, financial management, and the
day-to-day fiscal operations of the facility. With more than 30 years of
business and management experience, Anter is the former Mayor of Fairview Park
and served as Downtown Development Director for the Cleveland Growth
Association (now known as the Greater Cleveland Partnership).

Anter brings considerable management experience in business and government
operations, special events management, facilities, human resources, food
operations, purchasing, strategic planning, marketing and public relations.
Anter has helped manage a $40 million family food distribution company, a $50
million propane distributor, a chain of Burger King Restaurants, several start
up and turnaround business projects, and represented the U.S. State Department
on a trade mission to China and Taiwan.

Barbara McBee joins the team as the Director of Operations and Programming,
coordinating and overseeing the Medical Mart leasing and tenant build-out
process, designing an operating system for the overall facility, creating and
leading a governance system, orchestrating the grand opening celebrations, and
operating the Medical Mart facility upon completion.

McBee brings more than 30 years of healthcare experience to her new position,
including a 25-year career in the University Hospitals healthcare system.
Prior to joining MMPI, McBee served for six years as the Vice President for
System and Support Services at MetroHealth Hospital System, overseeing
operating, revenue, and construction budgets and serving as senior leader for
more than 1,200 employees in 12 departments.

During her career at University Hospitals, McBee spent five years at Bedford
Medical Center, including two years as Director of Risk Management and
Corporate Compliance following a three year stint as vice president. McBee
administered risk and compliance programs and coordinated legal activities at
Bedford, along with overseeing strategic planning, project management, and
employee and manager development. She also served as Director of Nutrition,
Materials Management, Information Services, Environmental Services, and Risk
and Property Management, and Assistant Director of Nutrition services at the
main campus.

Dori Kish will coordinate health industry meetings as sales manager for the
Cleveland Convention Center, bringing more than 10 years of sales and business
management experience, including Business Development Strategist at ECRM,
Territory Manager for Maybelline Garnier, L’Oreal USA, Director of Sales at
the Marriott Hotel in Independence, and sales positions with Richland
Development and Paychex.

Kish also owns and operates her own business, Sun Spray Salon in suburban Avon
and has served for the past two years in a highly-visible role as voluntary
chair of the Cleveland Cares Medical Mission Fundraising Event for the
Cleveland Clinic Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute.

Debbie Zunt also joins the Cleveland Convention Center sales team as the
Director of Corporate Meetings & Events, bringing more than 20 years of
experience in the hospitality industry.

Zunt joins MMPI after serving for the past three years as the National Sales
Manager for the Cleveland-based Midwest office for Red Rock Resort/Green
Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. She also spent two
years in Washington, D.C. as the National Account Executive for the East Coast
Association market for the Greater Houston (Texas) Convention and Visitors
Bureau.

A Cleveland native, Zunt began her hospitality career at the Wyndham Hotel at
Playhouse Square as sales manager before moving to the Wyndham Northwest
Chicago hotel in suburban Itasca, Illinois as Associate Director of Sales.
From 2001-2008, Zunt worked in the hospitality industry in Las Vegas, first
serving as National Sales Manager for the Venetian Resort, Hotel and Casino,
and Senior National Sales Manager for Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Brian Cook brings more than 16 years of information technology experience to
his newly-created role as Technology Manager, overseeing all infrastructures,
technology, computer-based and audio/video systems for the facility. Cook
spent three years as the Director of Event Technology at LaCentre Banquet and
Conference Center in Westlake, managing telecommunications, computer software,
internet, and internal data networks as well as the internal Wi-Fi system,
digital signage, and all audio/video services.

Prior to joining LaCentre, Cook served in a similar role as Lead Event
Technology Supervisor at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, along with his most
recent position designing and selling audio/video, digital signage and
broadcast solutions for Industrial Video in Strongsville. Cook was also Trade
Show Operations Manager for getVAMP LLC, coordinating logistics and trade show
operations in the beauty, art, and medical industries.

Harold Davis takes over the Events Manager position at Cleveland MMCC after
serving in similar operations and management positions for the past 14 years
at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University. Davis will be
responsible for back-of-house management and operation of all events in the
facility, working with conference, trade show, and banquet clients.

During the past three years, Davis filled the role as Events Manager at
Wolstein Center, coordinating all event-related details with clients,
maintaining staff scheduling and payroll, organizing arena tours for
prospective clients, and overseeing operations and housekeeping supervisors.
He previously served for three and a half years as Event Coordinator at
Wolstein Center, coordinating all operational set ups within the Arena and
Conference Pavilion. He began his CSU career as Operations Supervisor at
Wolstein from 2000-2006.

Mike Mangan assumed the role of Chief Engineer for Cleveland Medical Mart &
Convention Center in November, 2012, joining MMPI with more than 30 years of
experience in mechanical operations and construction project management.
Mangan oversees the Engineering and Maintenance Departments and will be
responsible for the daily operations and maintenance of the physical plant and
for providing exhibitor utility services. Mangan spent the last seven years
with Johnson Controls, Inc., serving for the past five years as the Operation
and Maintenance Site Supervisor for the Key Bank Brooklyn Operations Center,
overseeing operations for a nearly 600,000 square foot commercial banking
operations center, along with a processing center and an aviation operations
center.

Ron Willner joined the Cleveland MMCC team in late November as Director of
Event Services, coordinating event production and management for the facility.
He joined MMPI with nearly 25 years of experience at Cleveland State
University in the event production and entertainment industry, including the
operation and management of the new University Student Center, which included
the scheduling of events for the University’s nine colleges, student groups
and external corporations and organizations. Willner was hired as the Event
Services Manager when the new Convocation Center opened in 1991. Willner
served as Director of Arena Administration under Centre Management from 1991
to 2000, Director of Operations and Event Management under SMG and moved up to
Assistant General Manager in 2003 and General Manager in 2007.

Scheduled to open in July, 2013, the $465 million Cleveland Medical Mart &
Convention Center is a 1 million square foot campus located in the heart of
downtown Cleveland, the nation’s medical capital. The Medical Mart is a
four-story above-ground building with 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art
spaces on four themed floors. The Medical Mart will serve health and health
care innovation, education, and commerce through state-of-the-art spaces,
programs, and virtual offerings while building on and enhancing the rich
heritage and distinctive capability of Northeast Ohio health care.

The one-million square foot campus integrates state-of-the-art permanent
spaces in the 235,000 square foot medical mart with world-class trade show and
conference facilities in the Cleveland Convention Center. The adjacent
Cleveland Convention Center measures more than 750,000 square feet, including
225,000 gross square feet of Class A exhibit space, meaning 90 foot spacing
between columns and 30-foot high ceilings.

The Cleveland Convention Center is divisible into three exhibition halls, one
measuring more than 50,000 square feet and two larger exhibit halls measuring
over 80,000 square feet apiece.

Contact:

Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center
Dave Johnson, Public Relations Director, 216-920-1437 office
djohnson@mmart.com
 
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