Thursday, January 26, 2012

BOK Center Receives Third Nomination for "Venue of the Year" from the Academy of Country Music

For the third year in a row, Tulsa’s BOK Center has been nominated by the Academy of Country Music for Venue of the Year. In order to be considered for this award, the venue must have bought or promoted at least 5 (five) country concerts during the prior calendar year of January 1 to December 31, 2011 and be in good standing with all agents. Managed by SMG, the BOK Center hosted these country concerts last year:
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Keith Urban
Alan Jackson
Taylor Swift
Dolly Parton
Zac Brown Band

Venue of the Year is an off-camera award presented at the annual “ACM Honors” event held in Nashville each fall. The award is considered a part of the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards and will be voted on by the professional membership of the Academy.

The BOK Center will be competing for the award against the following venues:
Bridgestone Arena ‐ Nashville, TN
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre ‐ Chicago, IL
Jiffy Lube Live ‐ Bristow, VA
Sprint Center ‐ Kansas City, MO

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SMG-Tulsa Announces 2011 Employee of the Year

Devin Levine, Executive Chef for BOK Center and Tulsa Convention Center has been named SMG-Tulsa’s Employee of the Year 2011. Levine has been with SMG-Tulsa since July 2010 and has been instrumental in the revision of menus in both buildings and established the off-site catering business for SAVOR…Tulsa, the food & beverage division of SMG. 

Chef Levine is a native Tulsan who began his career more than 40 years ago in the kitchen at Camelot Inn. As a self-taught local chef, Chef Levine was one of the first graduates of ACFEI (American Culinary Federation Educational Institute) in the Midwest, and became a Certified Executive Chef in 1990.

Tulsa Convention Center Assistant General Manager Janet Rockefeller praised Levine’s work, “When Chef Levine joined our team I knew the transformation of the Tulsa Convention Center was complete.  His contributions have elevated the convention center catering to a level beyond compare.”

The Employee of the Year was chosen from a pool of outstanding employees who had received individual recognition as Employee of the Month throughout 2011. 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. Levine was chosen as Employee of the Month in December 2011 for his contributions to the busiest holiday season at the convention center and taking time to build gingerbread houses with children at Winterfest.