The San Diego Convention Center Corporation (SDCCC) has announced that three new industry leaders have been selected to head-up three key divisions central to the overall success of the San Diego Convention Center’s operations and hosting of events.
DeeAnne Snyder, Donald Bottger and Debbie Dyer will join the SDCCC team.
“We are very fortunate to have three individuals with such outstanding industry credentials on board,” said Carol Wallace, SDCCC’s president and CEO. “All of them have a proven track record of success and leadership that will contribute greatly to the overall success our building.”
Effective in March, DeeAnne Snyder was named director of event services, replacing Ron King, who accepted a position as the new director of the Dallas Convention Center. Snyder is now responsible for planning, directing and managing the event services department staff and resources, as well as contracted services relevant to client use and event activity.
Snyder started at the SDCCC in 1993 as an event coordinator and worked her way up through the ranks, eventually becoming the director of convention services, where she has led the department since 2006. A respected industry leader with 25 years of event management experience, she is the recipient of the Professional Convention Management Association 2002 Distinguished Convention Services Manager of the Year Award; the San Diego Chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International 1995 J. V. Cunningham Award for Service Excellence; and the YWCA’s 1997 “TWIN” Tribute to Women in Industry Award recognizing women in management and leadership roles. She is also on the faculty of the University of San Diego/George Washington University where she teaches event management courses.
Also effective in March, Donald Bottger accepted the position of director of facility services. He is responsible for directing, supervising and coordinating duties related to cleaning and building services, grounds keeping, storeroom and warehouse services and the Convention Center’s wardrobe services. This position is a new position as a result of organizational restructuring that took place in February.
Bottger has two decades of facility management experience and previously worked for the SDCCC in various capacities starting in 1989 when the Convention Center first opened. He was promoted in 2003 when he was named assistant facility services manager. He departed the SDCCC in 2007 to join Viejas Casino as their superintendent of maintenance, and in 2010, moved to his former job as the operations manager for General Growth/Rouse Properties. His vast facility experience coupled with his previous tenure at the Convention Center makes him uniquely qualified to oversee this function.
In April, Debbie Dyer was named director of convention services, the position formerly held by DeeAnne Snyder. Dyer is responsible for overseeing the convention services team and directing the day-to-day operations of convention services, convention staffing and housing services.
Most recently, Dyer was the marketing and events/trade show manager for Lakeshore Learning Materials where she was responsible for organizing 45 trade shows annually including space selection, show strategy, brand messaging, print collaterals, logistics, staff training, food services, budgeting and reporting. Formerly, she worked for George P. Johnson Event Company as a senior account executive for auto shows and special events. She has held several other industry management positions over the last two decades.