AEG Facilities, the world’s leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world, is pleased to announce that it was awarded management for the Puerto Rico Convention Center effective August 1, 2016. To further facilitate a seamless transition, AEG Facilities has appointed Jorge Perez as General Manager of the PRCC.
Located in the heart of beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Convention Center is the ideal meeting place for entrepreneurs, businesses, and public organizations from the Americas and all over the world. With hundreds of flights daily, the Center is easily accessible from major cities worldwide. Professionally managed by AEG Facilities, the PRCC offers 600,000 sq. ft. (55,742 sq. m.) of flexible meeting and exhibit hall space and unparalleled service and accommodations coupled with ambient temperatures year-round and gorgeous Ocean views. Puerto Rico has the facilities, technology, accommodations, and transportation to deliver a comfortable and successful experience.
“AEG Facilities is the industry’s professional venue management leader and we look forward to what promises to be a very productive and collaborative partnership. I am confident that AEG’s vast network of resources and talent will be an incredible asset to the PRCC and will help boost convention business at the PRCC and fuel Puerto Rico’s economy,” commented Victor Suarez, Director of the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority.
“We are honored to have been selected by the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority to manage the PRCC, the first class venue and its awesome location in the heart of one of the world’s top urban resort destinations make for a truly unique opportunity,” said Bob Newman, President of AEG Facilities. “AEG Facilities has more than 20 years of experience in the management of convention centers as well as arenas, stadiums, and other facilities and is thrilled to add the amazing PRCC to its elite list of convention centers worldwide.”
Prior to accepting the position, Perez served as the Director of Finance at the PRCC for the last six years. Perez also possesses extensive hospitality experience having spent 10 years as Director of Administration for the Latin America Café/Restaurant, and has government background having worked for 8 years as the Management and Budget Director for the Office of Government Ethics of Puerto Rico, an entity that received one of the only perfect audits in its history during his tenure there.
“Jorge Perez’s invaluable experience in both the hospitality and government sectors and deeply seeded knowledge of the PRCC make him an ideal candidate to manage the day-day operations at the PRCC. His exemplary leadership skills, ability to motivate others, and business acumen will undoubtedly help set the PRCC on a trajectory toward success and will help establish Puerto Rico as the preeminent destination for meetings, conventions, and special events in the Caribbean, Latin American and International markets,” said Brad Gessner, Sr. Vice President of Convention Centers for AEG Facilities.
In his new role, Perez will oversee all overall management of the PRCC, including sales and marketing, operations, finance, food and beverage, and customer service, while implementing the strategic positioning and marketing plans for the facility in conjunction with the PRCCDA and Meet Puerto Rico.
“I am thrilled and privileged to have the opportunity to join a highly-esteemed organization such as AEG Facilities. I look forward to collaborating with existing staff members, new AEG staff hires, AEG Facilities management, and hospitality stakeholders as well as with the PRCCDA and Meet Puerto Rico in marketing PRCC and Puerto Rico as an unparalleled business meetings destination,” commented Jorge Perez, General Manager of the PRCC.