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|City of Anaheim Appoints Thomas Morton as Convention Center, Sports and Entertainment Executive Director|
ANAHEIM, CA - (February 25, 2009) - The Anaheim City Council has approved the appointment of Thomas Morton as Convention Center, Sports and Entertainment Executive Director. Morton, who comes to Anaheim from Albuquerque, N.M., will assume his duties on March 16.
Morton will be responsible for the overall operations of the Anaheim Convention Center while overseeing the City’s contractual relationships with the companies managing Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Honda Center and The Grove of Anaheim. He will manage and oversee all the activities and operations of the department as well as play a critical role in strategic planning efforts for any future development in this area.
"Thomas Morton brings tremendous venue management knowledge and leadership experience to the City of Anaheim," said Anaheim City Manager David M. Morgan. "The City welcomes millions of guests to Anaheim’s venues each year. Thomas’s role will be to ensure guests have a positive experience during their visits, and to maintain the integrity of the City’s properties."
As General Manager for the Albuquerque Convention Center, Morton directed the daily operation of the convention complex, including sales, marketing, event management, operations, finance, food and beverage, and contracted services. In addition, he managed negotiations related to facility leases and service contracts. Prior to joining the Albuquerque Convention Center, Morton held the positions of Interim General Manager at the Forum in Inglewood, Assistant General Manager and Event and Operations Manager of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Chief of Exposition Events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and Events Coordinator of the Mobile, Ala., Convention Center.
While in Albuquerque, Morton immersed himself in community work for the city, and served on numerous board and committees, including positions with the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Action Team, the Albuquerque Outdoor Recreation Committee, and the March of Dimes.
A San Diego native, Morton graduated cum laude from Tulane University in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Sports Management, and was an Academic All-America baseball player his senior year. In 1997 Morton graduated from the International Association of Assembly Managers Public Assembly Facility Management School.
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