Memphis Tourism names new GM for Memphis Convention Center

By Updated: February 07, 2019 8:44 PM CT | Published: February 07, 2019 3:52 PM CT

Memphis Management Group, a division of Memphis Tourism, announced Thursday it has hired Dean Dennis as general manager of the Memphis Convention Center.

Dennis comes from the Atlantic City Convention Center, where he served as senior vice president and general manager, and has 20-plus years of meetings facility management experience.

“I’m thrilled to be moving to Memphis where the momentum is visible all across the city with new economic development projects,” Dennis said in a release. “I look forward to working with the staff and leading the Memphis Convention Center staff through this renovation process. One of the things that impressed me most was the research and attention to detail that went into the plans for this meetings facility, meeting planners and their delegates were top mind.”

The $175 million renovation of Memphis Convention Center will feature modern enhancements, including a new entrance and lobby, high-end finishes, more breakout meeting rooms and floor-to-ceiling windows that will give visitors natural light and river views. Scheduled to be completed in fall 2020, the project is being funded through the hotel/motel tax and Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) funds.

“Dean brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to his new role as Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Memphis Convention Center,” Kevin Kane, president and CEO of Memphis Tourism, said in a release. “The next 20 months will be a challenge as we continue to host events while construction takes place, but we know Dean has the expertise to navigate the road ahead and lead the facility in the future.” 

Dean replaces Pierre Landaiche, who took a position to lead the new Memphis Sports Hall of Fame, which will be established in AutoZone Park.

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The renovation project is expected to make Memphis more competitive in the meetings and conventions market. The center will feature a column-free 118,000-square-foot main exhibit hall; a new exterior concourse and pre-function space; 46 breakout rooms; a secondary flex space that converts to a 67,500-square-foot ballroom, the largest in the region, according to MMG; and a 28,000-square-foot ballroom to host smaller events. The renovation will also include public art, digital wayfinding, and additional loading docks for easier load-in and load-out for a show.

<strong>Dean Dennis</strong>

Dean Dennis


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