New Bulleit Bourbon Bar to Debut at Owensboro Convention Center


Owensboro, KY ( June 23, 2015 ) – The Owensboro Convention Center will debut a new and innovative bourbon bar at this week’s Friday After 5 “Party at the Pier”. Developed in conjunction with Bulleit Bourbon and Coastal Wine and Spirits of Kentucky, the customized bar will feature several drink specials at Friday’s event.

Designed and handcrafted by Brian Payne and The Mill Custom Woodworking Shop in Owensboro, the bar will showcase more than forty bourbons including Bulleit Rye, the top selling rye whiskey in the country as well as other limited, vintage bourbons such as Blade and Bow and Orphan Barrel.

“There is a bourbon for everyone, from the novice to the connoisseur,” said Mark Pruett, Director of Food and Beverage at the Owensboro Convention Center. “Bourbon is the fastest growing category in the spirits industry today,” said Jason Bott, Vice President and General Sales Manager for Coastal Wine and Spirits of Kentucky. “It is a pleasure to work with the Owensboro Convention Center to enhance their guests’ experience,” he added.

In addition to being featured at Friday After 5, the bar will also be available for other events at the Center. “The bar is portable, so it can be set up for weddings, receptions, meetings, just about any event can use the bar at the client’s preference,” said Dean Dennis, General Manager of the Center. “Bourbon is more than a drink. It’s the culture and heritage embraced by Kentucky. Owensboro’s long and rich bourbon traditions are celebrated right here with this fantastic new feature for our guests,” said Dennis.

For more information about the new Bulliet Bourbon Bar, visit or call 270-687-8800.


Global Spectrum, Ovations Food Services, Paciolan Are Now Unified as Single Brand

PHILADELPHIA (June 2, 2015) – Comcast Spectacor, a leader in the sports and entertainment industry, is raising the bar on live event experiences by announcing today that its three divisions – Global Spectrum, Ovations Food Services and Paciolan – now operate as Spectra, a singular, new brand.  Clients and customers look for seamless experiences whether at a trade show, concert or sporting event.  By serving clients as one business, Spectra can optimize full-service operations for the good of clients, customers and fans.  Spectra is committed to innovating the live experience in ways that drive revenue and growth for venue owners, teams, event presenters, advertisers and sponsors.

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3 Reasons Giving Back Can Move Your Business Forward – ENEWS Global Spectrum


3 Reasons Giving Back Can Move Your Business Forward    

By Kristin Bowen, Marketing Manager for St. Charles Convention Center

3 Reasons Giving Back Can Move Your Business Forward

We’ve all heard about the studies proving that charitable acts make for happier people, but it extends beyond the individual. Charitable giving is also great for your business and here’s why:

1. Your clients prefer philanthropic companies. You’ve heard about companies losing customers due to bad business practices, but did you know businesses can gain business from taking part in good causes? A Cone Communications 2013 study revealed that, “Given similar price and quality, consumers are likely to switch brands to one that is associated with a good cause.” Consumers that were either somewhat or very likely to switch brands constituted 91% of the study’s population. By aligning yourself with a good cause, you show clients you care about more than just your bottom line; you care about them and the community at large.

2. Giving back builds relationships with your community. Global Spectrum’s St. Charles Convention Center’s Helping Hands for the Holidays event is a great example of how giving back builds relationships within the community. This charity event invites in-need individuals for a free hot meal, picture with Santa, winter clothing, and more. To make the event the success that it is, they also invite local businesses to help spread the word about the event, donate items, volunteer, and set up booths at the event to share their services. The Convention Center has received countless praise for leading the effort and they are not alone. Every Global Spectrum managed venue is involved in charitable giving to their respective communities and can help you do the same!

3. Charity events leave a lasting impression. Hosting a charity event during your next tradeshow, convention, or event is a great way to leave a lasting impression with attendees and the local community. Building a home, painting a house, and cleaning up a river bed are examples of charitable acts that you as an event and meeting professional can organize. Similar to a team building effort, attendee volunteering opportunities make you look (and feel) good as both a business and individual.

Owensboro Convention Center Is Honored With ConventionSouth’s Prestigious Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award



GULF SHORES, Ala.  — It is with great honor that the publishers and editors of

ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events held in the South, present Owensboro Convention Center with a 2015 Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award.

ConventionSouth readers are constantly seeking information on the newest and like-new meeting sites in the South in order to offer their attendees the most modern facilities available, and this is why we are honored to bestow Owensboro Convention Center with a Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award,” said ConventionSouth Associate Publisher Marlane Bundock. “After a lengthy review of what Owensboro Convention Center now has to offer meeting planners and attendees, we feel it indeed displays a superior commitment to providing groups with the top-of-the-line amenities and service that they require.”

Owensboro Convention Center is among an elite list of 50 meeting facilities located across the South to receive this year’s Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award. As part of the recognition, Owensboro Convention Center is featured as an award recipient in the December 2014 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine. This exciting issue showcases our Readers’ Choice Award Winners, Editors’ Hot Picks and some of the most talented meeting professionals in the nation as ConventionSouth also presents planners with its annual “Meeting Professionals To Watch” designation. “Featuring peer advice and trade secrets from our Meeting Professionals to Watch in 2015, our Awards Issue is one of the most popular must-read resources within the meetings industry,” Bundock said.

Celebrating 30+ years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf Shores, Ala., and is distributed to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country who book meetings held within the South, according to Bundock.

Owensboro Convention Center Entry Sign Wins Design Award


The Owensboro Convention Center entry sign on the corner of 2nd Street and Locust has been awarded the Tilt-Up Achievement Award from the Tilt-up Concrete Association.  The project team included Ted Lolley of Ted Lolley & Associates of Owensboro, KY.

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) is an organization that is dedicated to promoting growth and achievement in innovative tilt-up design and construction. For the last 24 years, the TCA has selected and honored projects that use this design technique, in order to introduce new building types, advance industry technology and provide unique solutions to building programs. The award recipients must demonstrate the variety, beauty and flexibility of the tilt-up construction method.

The tilt-up method is unique and allows for quicker completion. The concrete is poured into slabs onsite and once dried, it is finally hoisted up. The individuals who worked on this project have been invited to formally receive the award at the Tilt-Up Awards Gala on September 29, 2014 during the TCA Annual Convention in San Jose, California.

E. M. Ford and Company of Owensboro sponsors large artwork at the Owensboro Convention Center.


Global Spectrum, the management company of the Owensboro Convention Center, is pleased to announce that E. M. Ford and Company has agreed to be the lifetime sponsor of the Cascade art piece located in the lobby of the Convention Center.

The Cascade hangs from the lobby ceiling and is placed prominently to take full advantage of the southern exposure and large windows in the building. The fused blue and green stained glass are comprised of both iridized and translucent colors and are curved to offer a contrasting compliment to the more angular lines of the center’s architecture. The glass pieces range from 6mm to 9mm in thickness and are suspended from stainless steel cables; the 157 pieces vary in size from 18-30 inches in length. According to the Kentucky artist Dan Neil Barnes, “the red piece speaks to the heart of this city and community as it propels itself into a dynamic future.” Mr. Barnes, a native of Henderson, created the beautiful work and installed it earlier this year. He along with other Convention Center artists was introduced to this project by local gallery, Studio Slant.

E. M. Ford and Company was established as an independent insurance agency in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1925 by E. M. Ford. He was joined by his two sons, Hon. Wendell H. Ford and Reyburn W. Ford who became owners in the 60’s. Reyburn managed the agency until his retirement as Wendell made a career in State and Federal government service. In the 80’s ownership passed to the third generation of Fords – Wendell’s son, Steve, and Reyburn’s sons, Rey and Rick. They have now been joined by the fourth generation of Fords – Steve’s sons, Clay, Neel and Morgan.

Started as a one-man operation almost 90 years ago, E. M. Ford and Company now has two locations, Owensboro and Henderson, with 30 employees. The agency offers personal and business insurance, employee benefits including group health, life and disability, and a full range of Wealth Management services such as retirement plans, business perpetuation plans and investments, through our Money Concepts Financial Planning Center.

E. M. Ford founded the agency on three principles: service, integrity and professionalism. They strive to maintain these principles and include them as an integral part of their culture as they continue to grow.

E.M. Ford and Company and their employees are proud to sponsor the Cascade at the new Owensboro Convention Center. Just as the Citizens of Owensboro and Daviess County wanted to make a statement about their commitment to the future by building this wonderful facility, E.M. Ford and Company wanted to celebrate their 90 years in business by making a commitment to the community’s future also. “We think it’s an exciting and special way to say thank you to our friends, neighbors, customers and fellow citizens while upholding our first principle of doing business: service. We consider service not only to our customers but also to our community as a whole. E. M. Ford and Company appreciates this opportunity to say thank you through this sponsorship and hope that we can all enjoy this beautiful work of art for many generations to come,” said Steve Ford.

E. M. Ford and Company has committed $30,000 for this lifelong sponsorship, and will have a beautifully designed artwork recognition plaque positioned in the Convention Center’s lobby. A unique element of this sponsorship is that E. M. Ford and Company has agreed to share the Cascade with the local community. Pieces of the artwork will be sold to individuals and families, giving them the opportunity to have a presence in Western Kentucky’s largest convention center. Because of this unique element of the sponsorship, the piece will be renamed the E.M. Ford Community Cascade.

“We are very excited and thankful to have E.M. Ford and Company be our first public art sponsor here at the Convention Center,” said Dean Dennis, Global Spectrum’s General Manager. “It is wonderful to have the Ford family, long associated with doing great things for this community, to have selected our beautiful facility to carry on that legacy.”

Tens of thousands of people will pass through the Convention Center’s lobby every year, making it the ideal location for company sponsorships and brand awareness. For more information regarding possible individual and family sponsorship opportunities with the E. M. Ford Community Cascade and the other art pieces on display at the convention center, please contact Jan Catinna, Global Spectrum’s Director of Corporate and Community Sponsorships at the Owensboro Convention Center, at 270-687-8925 or