Friday, May 9, 2014


(Tulsa, Okla.) May 8, 2014 –Kerry Painter, Assistant General Manager of the Cox Business Center, has been nominated for the Women of Influence Award by industry trade magazine Venues Today. The award honors women who have made a difference in the sports, music and convention industry and will be announced in the July issue of the publication.

Painter said: "The dictionary defines Influence as the ‘Capacity or power of persons to be a compelling force on actions, behaviors, opinions, etc...’ I love that definition and hope that is a legacy I leave behind, compelling others to grow into their best selves by influencing them in some way.” 

Painter joined the SMG team this past February. Prior to coming to Tulsa, she served as President of the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario for six years.

With nearly 30 years of industry experience, Painter has held positions in a variety of venues including convention centers, theatres, arenas and stadiums. Over the course of her career she has become an expert in overseeing and facilitating construction and grand openings for five different facilities.

Painter has dedicated a great part of her career to numerous trade organizations including serving as Chairman of the University of Cornell’s Facility Management School, serving on the Board of Regents and teaching annually at IAVM’s Facility School and was a guest instructor in November 2013 at the Venue Management School in Brisbane, Australia.

“It's definitely a great honor to be nominated,” Painter added. “I feel just by that alone I've already won!"