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Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Approves Consulting Agreement For Former President, CEO Young


18-Month Contract Will Enable Center to Utilize Ahmeenah Young’s
Experience, Knowledge During Transition With SMG

The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA) recently approved an 18-month consulting agreement with former president and CEO Ahmeenah Young, who officially stepped down from her duties overseeing management and operations of the Center in December.  Under the arrangement, Young will serve as a consultant to SMG, which assumed responsibility for the management and operations of the Center effective December 1. 

"Ahmeenah Young has been an influential voice in the tourism and hospitality industry in Philadelphia for nearly three decades and we appreciate her service and leadership," said Gregory J. Fox, chairman of the PCCA Board of Directors.  "This agreement will enable the Center and SMG to continue to utilize Ahmeenah as a valuable resource and call upon her experience, talents, and insights during this transitional period with SMG."

Young assumed the role of president and CEO of the Center in June 2008.  She had previously served as executive vice president for External Affairs, executive vice-president Sales and Marketing, and executive vice president / general manager of the Center.  During her tenure as president and CEO, Young oversaw the Center's $786 million expansion which increased the site's footprint of saleable space to more than one million sq. ft.; achieving 32 percent participation of minority and female owned businesses, and more than 42 percent minority and female employment; and completing the expansion before the scheduled date of completion and under budget.  She also played - and continues to play - an active leadership role in the region and local Philadelphia community utilizing her extensive experience, expertise and knowledge in government, business and nonprofit organizations focused on diversity, economic development and arts and culture for the enhancement of the community.

Under the consulting agreement, Young would be compensated comparably to her prior compensation level with the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. 

"When we undertook the expansion of the Center, we did so with the goal of growing the number of meetings and conventions hosted here in Philadelphia, which helps to create jobs and create new revenues for the region's businesses and cultural treasures," said Young. "I look forward to continuing to work with the PCCA and SMG to ensure the future growth and success of the Center as an economic driver for the entire Philadelphia region and fulfill the promise and potential this building holds."

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