Wed Jun 29, 2016

Duke Energy Convention Center General Manager Receives 2015 Elite Award

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Rick Booth receives prestigious award for excellence in the meetings and events industry for second year.

Cincinnati, OH - Spectra by Comcast Spectator, the providers of Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality to the Duke Energy Center, today announced that Ric Booth, General Manager of the Duke Energy Convention Center, has been selected as a recipient of the Facilities and Destinations Magazine 2015 Elite Award.

The Facilities and Destinations Magazine Elite Award was created by the publication to recognize executives making a difference in the meetings and event industry. Booth is one of 12 executives nominated for the award voted on by Facilities and Destinations Magazine readers. Award recipients are chosen for their service as strong economic engines for their communities, their ability to maintain fruitful relationships with partners and a commitment to ensuring their staff excels in customer service.

Having served as General Manager of the DECC for 10 years, Booth oversaw the initial transition of facility management from the City of Cincinnati to Spectra by Comcast Spectator (then Global Spectrum) and the grand re-opening of the building after a major renovation in 2006. In his time in the city, Booth has provided exceptional financial oversight and successfully repositioned Cincinnati as a major destination for regional, national and international conferences and conventions.

With over 23 years in the facilities management industry, Booth is one of Spectra’s most experienced leaders. “Spectra is proud of all our accomplishments at the DECC, and Ric’s leadership has been a key component of our success there. Personally, I have enjoyed a great working relationship with Ric and he genuinely deserves this award,” said Spectra’s Shura Garnett, Division Senior Vice President.

Booth is also involve d int he community, serving on the Board of Trustees of Artworks Cincinnati.

“At Spectra we transform events into experiences,” said Booth. “This award is a true testament to the collaborative effort we provide our guests each and every time they visit. I proudly share this award with my team at the DECC, the Cincinnati CVB and other industry partners that have contributed to Spectra’s success at this word class facility.”

Ric Booth

About the DECC
The Duke Energy Convention Center is managed by Spectra by Comcast Spectacor and located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, within blocks of top-rated restaurants, bars, pro-sports venues and attractions. The Center boasts innovative design features that welcome creative event plans and versatile spaces to accommodate both large and small groups. The 40,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom is the largest and most spectacular in the Midwest. In addition, the Center offers 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibit spaces and 30 deluxe meeting rooms. DECC offers free Wi-Fi areas, an in-house AV company, telecommunications provider and show-stopping catering cuisine. For details on the convention center or to book exhibit or event space visit or call 513-419-7300.

About Comcast Spectacor
Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Comcast Spectacor’s three core businesses are the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center venue, and Spectra, the expert in hosting and entertainment through its Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Ticketing & Fan Engagement divisions. Visit us at for more information.