The firm managing the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds has announced a permanent replacement for former general manager Kelvin Moore.
Jason Green, who has served as general manager for Ovations Food Services at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center in Corpus Christi, was named Monday as the successor to Moore.
Ovations Food Services and Global Spectrum are both subsidiaries of national sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectator.
"Jason comes highly recommended by Global Spectrum," Precinct 3 Nueces County Commissioner Oscar Ortiz, whose precinct includes the fairgrounds, said Monday. "I am looking forward to working with him…to make the fairgrounds a successful, regional venue."
Prior to working in South Texas, Green served as the director of event services for Global Spectrum at the Greater Richmond Convention Center from 2005 to 2007, according to his biography from Global Spectrum.
He has also held similar positions for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association and the Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball.
"Jason brings a tremendous amount of experience in similar facilities to help us maximize all of our opportunities to enhance customer experience and expand the event calendar at the fairgrounds," Global Spectrum Chief Operating Officer John Page said Monday.
Green is inheriting a fairgrounds facility that has not had a profitable month since it opened, and one in which the county has spent nearly $2.4 million to operate in just 18 months.
Global Spectrum officials said Green will also work closely with county officials on expanding the fairgrounds to include the controversial Heritage Center arena, which the county has about $22 million budgeted for its construction.
Preliminary cost estimates put the arena anywhere from $6 million to $13 million over the money earmarked for the project.