“The selection of SMG veteran Kelly Carr as general manager will continue the momentum first generated in July when SMG began managing this unique venue,” said Bob McClintock, SMG's senior vice president for convention center operations. “Kelly's personal expertise, combined with SMG's booking network, client base and other resources, will undoubtedly propel The Oncenter to greater prominence and success.”
SMG assumed managerial responsibility for the facility from The Oncenter Management Corporation on July 1 and retained the existing staff.
Hired by SMG in 2004, Carr was most recently the director of sales & marketing for the Albuquerque Convention Center, where his team exceeded sales expectations and he served as the liaison between the facility and the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau and Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.
“Kelly Carr will be a great addition to The Oncenter team,” said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. “We are confident that Kelly has the experience to hit the ground running and we welcome him to central New York.”