Tuesday, December 22, 2009


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. (December 19, 2009) – More than 250 senior citizens enjoyed a holiday meal prepared and served by staff members of SAVOR and Levy Restaurants, the food and beverage providers of Ford Center.

The traditional Christmas dinner consisting of: ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and a signature dessert was offered to the members of the Oklahoma Housing Authority’s Marie McGuire and Walter Jeltz Senior Center. The first annual Christmas dinner is a tradition that both SAVOR and Levy Restaurants hope to continue to provide in the future.

“We wanted to give back to our community and honor our senior citizens,” said Samuel Brooks, SAVOR Midwest Regional Director and General Manager of Food and Beverage at the SMG managed Ford Center.

"We care about the people in our community," said Joe Guthrie, Director of Operations for Premium Services for Levy Restaurants at Ford Center. "This dinner was truly special and we all enjoyed giving back and celebrating the holidays with everyone at the center."

The Christmas dinner was an opportunity to showcase the working relationship both SAVOR and Levy Restaurants share while providing the best in premium dining services and concessions for all of Ford Center’s events.

Friday, December 11, 2009

SMG Facilities Continue to Rack Up Awards

In a year where SMG was awarded a stunning 25 Prime Site Awards, had executives recognized for industry leadership, and been recognized by the EPA for environmental stewardship, we can add two more awards to the roster. The Atlantic City Convention Center and Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority have received 2009 MeetingNews Planners’ Choice Award, and the Hawai'i Convention Center has won Business Traveler Magazine's 2010 Best in Business Travel award in the category of Best Conference or Convention Center: City, for the second year in a row! Congratulations and thanks go out to all our facilities for their success and hard work. It's nice to be recognized for a job well done.

SMG is Awarded Sioux Falls Contract Renewal

SMG, the nation's leading facility management company, was awarded a contract renewal for both the Sioux Falls Arena and the Orpheum Theater. The city of Siux Falls chose SMG over Global Spectrum, as both companies competed for the three-year contract. The city chose SMG through a competitive proposal process in which it says SMG presented the strongest bid to operate both facilities. The city says SMG was awarded the deal because it put forth a strong bid of financial incentives and has a long standing history of working with the city.

"We've had good experiences with them over the years of managing a 50-year-old Arena as well as the Orpheum Theater and we know they are very familiar with the buildings and operations," city planner Mike Cooper said.

SMG has managed the Arena since 1985, previously under the name Ogden Allied. The company began managing the Orpheum in 2003.

“SMG has a positive record of experience with both facilities,” Sioux Falls Mayor Dave Munson said in a press release. “No tenants or user groups expressed any dissatisfaction with the level of service and many endorsed SMG as a management company."

“I am also impressed with SMG’s commitment to the Orpheum Theater. They have invested considerable effort to turn that facility into a thriving center of activity for Sioux Falls,” the Mayor continued, “This was a very strong proposal. We will immediately see a guaranteed cost savings to the city both this year and by contract in years to come.”