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Tuesday, September 12, 2000


Industry veteran
named Hawaii Convention
Center GM

Star-Bulletin staff

Joseph Davis III, Iolani School graduate and current general manager of the Phoenix Civic Plaza in Arizona, has been appointed general manager of the Hawaii Convention Center.

Davis, 56, will replace Dick Walsh, who moved to Alaska two weeks ago to oversee facilities for Philadelphia-based SMG, which manages the Hawaii center. Davis, hired by SMG to manage all day-to-day operations at the Hawaii center, is slated to begin the week of Oct. 9.

His role in Phoenix includes overseeing roughly 100 events a year, more than double the number that Hawaii's similar-sized center hosts. Under Davis' two-year tenure, the Phoenix center has increased revenues by 20 percent, according to SMG.

"Davis' proven track record and performance in Hawaii's market areas will undoubtedly be invaluable in generating new business," said Wes Westley, president and chief executive of SMG.

Davis previously served as assistant general manager and interim general manager of the San Diego Convention Center. He is a University of California, Berkeley, graduate and has a masters' degree in public policy from San Diego State University. Davis graduated from Iolani School in 1962.

The Hawaii Convention Center opened in 1998.

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