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Orange County Convention Center gets new executives, managers

Orange County Mayor, Teresa Jacobs has appointed new managers to key positions at the


Orange County Convention Center

Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).

“We are very fortunate to have these individuals with such outstanding industry credentials and experience on board,” said Kathie Canning, OCCC general manager. “All of them have a proven track record of success and leadership that will contribute greatly to the overall success of the convention center.”

Effective July 1, Kathleen Canning was appointed as general manager. Kathie joined the OCCC in 1985 and over the past 27 years, has provided invaluable assistance to sales, planning and development for the center’s expansion projects. She will oversee all sales and operations at the center.

In August, Jan Addison was appointed deputy general manager. Addison is a 24-year veteran of Orange County government and has served as the OCCC’s chief financial officer since 1992. She will be in charge of the center’s event operations, facility operations, fiscal & operations support, and capital planning departments.

Yulita Osuba was appointed to deputy general manager. Osuba has more than 25 years in the hospitality industry and been in management at the OCCC for more than 11 years. She has served in senior sales management positions at the Daytona Beach Convention Center and the Tampa Convention Center. Osuba will oversee the convention center’s sales, marketing and event management, exhibit services, guest & community relations, and security departments.

Kris Shoemaker has been appointed OCCC chief financial officer. Shoemaker is a 27-year industry veteran who has spent his entire career at the OCCC. He has served as the assistant business division manager since October 2000 and will lead the business and information technology divisions.

David Ingram has been appointed event operations division manager. Ingram began his career at the OCCC in 2003 as an event manager and later held the position of event set-up Supervisor where he supervised a staff of up to 80 to ensure that clients’ needs were met and exceeded. David will continue to oversee the operations division at the OCCC.

Terry Devitt has been appointed manager of facility operations. Devitt has worked at the OCCC for 16 years and began his career as a technician in event utilities, eventually being promoted to the event management division. Devitt will be responsible for facility operations and capital improvement projects.

The OCCC is one of the largest convention facilities in the United States, annually attracting more than 200 events to the Central Florida area. As a result, roughly 1.4 million attendees contribute approximately $2.1 billion to the area’s economy each year.

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