Richmond Region Tourism has named SMG Richmond General Manager Dwight Johnson as the recipient of its Sports Tourism Award for 2017. The honor was presented at the organization’s I Am Tourism Awards ceremony and recognizes outstanding leadership in promoting local athletics as a tool to attract visitors to the Richmond Region.
Dwight and his team at the SMG-managed Richmond Coliseum were singled out for their support of sports tourism and understanding the impact it has on the area.
“Customer service is always at the center of what he does,” said Richmond Region Tourism President and CEO Jack Berry. “Dwight starts with ‘yes’ then works through the details to make things happen. He is quick to provide solutions that create wins for the client, his organization, and the larger tourism efforts.”
SMG Richmond Regional General Manager Dolly Vogt said, “We are proud to have Dwight as part of our family at SMG Richmond. He is an asset to the city because of his commitment to providing guests and clients at Richmond Coliseum with the best possible experience.”
Under Dwight’s guidance, recent sporting events at Richmond Coliseum have included the USA Figure Skating Eastern Region Synchronized Skating Championships, Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship, Freedom Classic, Times-Dispatch Invitational Tournament, Arena Racing USA and several cheerleading competitions. Richmond Coliseum is home to the Richmond Roughriders of Arena Pro Football and it will host the upcoming Southeastern Rodeo Association Black Rodeo on June 3. A full list of upcoming events is available at RichmondColiseum.net.
About SMG: Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.