Thursday Aug 16th 2018

Miami Beach Convention Center Hires New General Manager

Spectra Names Industry Veteran Freddie Peterson to Oversee Newly Reimagined Facility


MIAMI (August 16, 2018) — The Miami Beach Convention Center, which is at the tail-end of a
$620 million renovation and expansion, today named Freddie Peterson as its new General
Manager. Mr. Peterson, who recently concluded a two-decade tenure leading the highly successful
Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), will take the helm in Miami Beach to
oversee day-to-day operations at one of the largest convention centers in the world.
As a seasoned and innovative convention and hospitality executive, Mr. Peterson will provide
strategic leadership to position Miami Beach competitively in the national and international
meetings and events community, and manage the final touches on the expansion of the state-ofthe-
art facility.
“During my time with the MCCA, I developed a deep understanding and appreciation of the
positive impact, both economic and cultural, that a dynamic venue can have to support and
enhance a premier global destination,” said Mr. Peterson, who will start in Miami Beach after
Labor Day. “I’m thrilled and humbled to have this wonderful opportunity to come on board in
Miami Beach and use my passion and experience within the industry to bolster the convention
center’s reputation among the elite in the world.”
He added, “I’m also looking forward to getting to know my new neighbors and working closely
with the community and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, just as I did in Boston
and Springfield.”
As Deputy Director of the MCCA, Mr. Peterson directed activities in support of policies, goals, and
objectives established by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. He administered
contracts with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Springfield
Convention & Visitors Bureau. He also oversaw all major operational and management aspects of
MCCA’s venues, while developing strong relationships with a variety of internal and external
stakeholder groups.
“We hit the jackpot with Freddie,” Dave Anderson, Senior Vice President of Spectra’s
Convention Center Division, said. “His 20-year track record in the convention industry and
his distinctive leadership approach positioned him as the perfect candidate to run the Miami
Beach Convention Center.”
Previously, Mr. Peterson held positions with MCCA as: Interim Executive Director, Director of
Facilities Operations, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Director of Government Relations/ Senior
Staff Assistant, Director of Business, Government & Community Relations, Senior Staff Assistant/
Community Liaison, and South Boston Community Liaison.
For the past two and a half years, Mr. Peterson has been the contract administrator for the
MassMutual Center and the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and its Sports
Commission. Spectra provides food services and hospitality to the MassMutual Center venue.
“We needed a tried-and-true convention and hospitality professional to manage one of the most
significant convention centers in the world, and we got one of the best,” Spectra’s President
John Wentzell said. “Freddie’s entrepreneurial thinking, coupled with his extensive industry
knowledge, promises the highest standard in hosting large-scale conventions, conferences,
corporate and high profile special events from around the world at the Miami Beach Convention
Center.”

About Spectra
Spectra is an industry leader in hosting and entertainment, partnering with clients to create
memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s unmatched blend of
integrated services delivers incremental value for clients through several primary areas of
expertise: Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Partnerships. Learn more at
SpectraExperiences.com. Follow Spectra on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About Miami Beach Convention Center
Located on a 52-acre campus in the heart of Miami Beach with easy access to some of South
Florida’s best hotels, beaches, shopping, dining and entertainment, the Miami Beach Convention
Center is undergoing a lavish $620 million dollar renovation that will modernize the facility and make it one of
the most technologically advanced convention centers in North America. The project, which will
feature 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, includes a 60,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom that
is the largest in the region. The convention center is located 12 miles east of Miami International
Airport and within walking distance of the Art Deco District, Lincoln Road and world-famous
beaches. With six acres of green space and canopy trees, the center is committed to sustainability
and has invested $7 million in acquiring public art, one of the largest public commissions in the
nation. For general information, visit www.miamibeachconventioncenter.com or call 786-276-
2600.

Miami Beach Convention Center Hires General Manager