Tuesday Talk: GWCCA campus news and notes

Welcome to Tuesday Talk, a new unConventional weekly feature that rounds up the latest Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) news you might have missed, and also points forward to upcoming events on our campus, along with Authority-related odds and ends.

Consider this the digital water cooler chat about all things GWCCA.

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Convene Magazine, produced by PMCA (Professional Convention Management Association), has published an in-depth piece about the GWCCA’s new approach to creating a compelling Customer Advisory Board (CAB) experience. Spearheaded by the GWCCA’s Cheif Commercial Officer Joe Bocherer and consultant Michael Greto, owner of brand activation and event design firm The Chatt Hills Company, this new approach focuses on creating an experiential event for CAB participants.

Says Bocherer in the article: “No matter what the program will involve, there will be a focus on creating feelings of being unconventional with surprise-and-delight moments at every corner.”

Check out the complete story by clicking through the link below:


Local aviation enthusiasts have a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with more than 45 helicopters as the Helicopter Association International (HAI) HELI-EXPO takes flight at the Georgia World Congress Center today through Thursday.

HAI HELI-EXPO is the world’s largest trade show dedicated to the helicopter industry and is visiting Atlanta for the first time. More than 18,000 guests are expected and the show floor that spans nearly 1 million square feet features everything to keep an aviation business running – from manufacturers to suppliers to services provided by more than 700 exhibitors. Hundreds of education courses, seminars, workshops, and forums are also available for attendees. Registration is available and can be found at www.rotor.org/home/heli-expo/attend/registration

The excitement got started last week with the official fly-in. All of the helicopters that are featured on the show floor flew into the GWCCA Marshalling Yards off Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. and were then transported into the Congress Center.


GWCCA Executive Director Frank Poe has been named one of James magazine’s most-influential Georgians.

The GWCCA is well represented in James magazine’s The 2019 Most Influential issue, with Executive Director Frank Poe and Savannah Convention Center General Manager Sherrie Spinks named to the publication’s “Most Influential 2019 Georgians” list.  (GWCCA manages the Savannah facility).

Sherrie Spinks, General Manager of the GWCCA-managed Savannah Convention Center has also been named one of James magazine’s most-influential Georgians.

The magazine describes its list as “our popular yearly roster of major business, political and media player from across the state.”

Check out James’ e-mag March/April edition here: https://www.paperturn-view.com/?pid=NDU45178.


Hosted by celebrity journalist/radio personality Lexi Lewis and actor Laman Rucker (“Why Did I Get Married” and “Meet the Browns”), the 6th annual Black Women in Jazz & the Arts Awards is set for Saturday evening at the Sidney Marcus Auditorium in the GWCC’s Building A.

The event “honors the contributions that black females in the arts and related professionals have made in the past, present and to the future of jazz and the arts” according to blackwomeninjazz.com.

This year’s honorees include singer/actress Miki Howard (“Ain’t Nobody Like You,” “Ain’t Nuthin’ in the World”), multiple Grammy nominee Nnenna Frelon, and R&B singer Meli’sa Morgan (“Do Me Baby“).

The program starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and general admission tickets start at $60. For tickets and more information, click here.


Meanwhile, across the lobby from the Sidney Marcus Auditorium, Pulse Boxing returns to the GWCC with “A Night of Championship Boxing 3” on Saturday night inside Meeting Room A411-412.

The event features fighters from the Georgia area and the first bell rings at 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets range from $35-$100, available here.