"I am delighted to congratulate our newly named General Manager Al Beltranena, as Al is most deserving of this leadership promotion given his previously successful track record as Assistant General Manager and Director of Food and Beverage at the Convention Center," said Mayor Sally Faith, Oversight Committee Member.  "We are so very fortunate to have someone of his caliber and expertise firmly at the helm, and we'll look forward to seeing what his vision has in store for St. Charles in 2016!" Mayor Faith added, "The St. Charles Convention Center has been fortunate to have one General Manager since its inception in 2004, and we would be remiss not to acknowledge and thank Shura Garnett for establishing such a high-quality benchmark as it relates to all areas and aspects of customer service over the course of the past decade.  On behalf of the City of St. Charles we thank Shura for her years of service, and send our well wishes in support of her new role at Spectra as Division Senior Vice President."

Beltranena has been a part of the St. Charles Convention Center executive team for nine years, beginning as Director of Food and Beverage and adding the title as Assistant General Manager in 2011. During his time at the Convention Center, Al and his management team have exceeded budgeted revenues consistently, delivering outstanding quality at higher than projected profit levels.

"I am elated that Al will be assuming the role of General Manager at the St. Charles Convention Center," said Garnett. "Al has consistently demonstrated his leadership skills, mentoring ability, loyalty, and commitment to both the St. Charles Convention Center and Spectra throughout his tenure. The St. Charles Convention Center is in very good hands with Al at the reins."

Prior to joining Spectra in 2007, Beltranena was a Food and Beverage Management Instructor at the prestigious Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Miami, Florida and Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida.  He also worked as the Director of Food and Beverage for Imperial Hotels and Resorts in Guatemala and Nicaragua and Quinta Real Grand Class Hotels and Resorts.  Beltranena received his degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Picture Attached: Al Beltranena, promoted to General Manager by Spectra Venue Management at the St. Charles Convention Center.

The Saint Charles Convention Center opened in April of 2005 and has hosted over 3,600 events since opening. Named "Best Place to Hold a Meeting"  by local businesses, the facility boasts an elegant 16,200 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom, and 27,600 sq. ft. of Exhibit Hall space expandable to 35,700 sq. ft. through the adjacent Junior Ballroom. The facility features additional meeting rooms, the Executive Board Room, and our Cyber Café.  One-stop shopping is always available as the Center features shipping through the Business and Guest Services Center as well as in-house catering, decorating, audio/visual, state-of-the-art communications, marketing, and event staffing for meetings and exhibitions.  The Saint Charles Convention Center is conveniently located on I-70 only 15 minutes from Lambert St. Louis International Airport and is attached to a 296-room Embassy Suites Hotel.

Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra's expertise is embodied within three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services), and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.  Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a Fortune 50 media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, in addition to Spectra, Comcast Spectacor owns and operates the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center venue. Visit us at www.ComcastSpectacor.com, www.PhiladelphiaFlyers.com, and www.WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com for more information.