(Tulsa, OK - April 27, 2010) Willie Williams, Senior Operations Manager for BOK Center and Tulsa Convention Center, has been named SMG-Tulsa’s Employee of the Year 2009. The announcement came during a staff meeting held this morning in the Tulsa Convention Center. Williams has been with SMG-Tulsa since June 2008 and helped prepare BOK Center for the grand opening and supervised renovations at the Tulsa Convention Center.
Williams has been in the venue industry for 32 years and started with SMG 6 years ago. He was last at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida and has worked in several venues in Atlanta and the south east United States.
Williams always treats others with respect and is known for his big smile & cheery greeting each day. The staff at SMG-Tulsa holds him in high esteem and values every contribution he has made in the work environment. He exemplifies a strong, conscientious and professional manager who is a role model for all those he leads and supports.
General Manager John Bolton praised Williams’ work, “The hard work Willie does every day is obvious to everyone around him. He sets an example for all others, and deserves credit for amount of work done behind the scenes to make sure everyone’s visit to the building is great. ”
The Employee of the Year was chosen from a pool of outstanding employees who had received individual recognition as Employee of the Month throughout 2009. A committee headed by the HR Manager and including representatives from both buildings and all departments chooses the staff member from anonymous nominations. Any full-time staff member can nominate or be chosen for these awards. Williams was the inaugural recipient of the monthly award when the program began in January 2009.