ASM Global APPOINTS TAKI PAPPAS TO KEY ROLE FOR LOUISVILLE VENUESView All News
Louisville, KY (March 4, 2020) – ASM Global, the world’s leading provider of innovative venue services and live experiences, is pleased to announce the hiring of a top executive to lead event programming and business development for the three properties it manages in Louisville, KY. Taki Pappas joins the team in Louisville as Director of Event Booking and Business Development for the KFC Yum! Center, Lynn Family Stadium and Norton Health Sports Athletics & Learning Center.
“As we continue to solidify the Louisville market as a must-play for major concert tours, family shows and other event productions I’m proud to add such a dynamic leader to our team,” Eric Granger, General Manager of ASM Global - Louisville said. “Taki is one of the most respected and knowledgeable people in his field and I have no doubt that his experience and industry expertise will enable us to attract even more big events for the Louisville market.”
Pappas comes to ASM Global with more than 20 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry. Most recently, he was Senior Talent Buyer for National Shows 2 based in Nashville. Prior to that he spent four years as Director of Programming at the Durham Performing Arts Center where his efforts helped the venue earn the International Entertainment Buyer’s Association (IEBA) Theatre of the Year accolade in 2018. Pappas also worked as the Assistant Director and Talent Buyer at the University of Texas’ Bass Concert Hall where his strategic programming increased show count and profitability by more than 50%. And he spent the first 13 years of his live entertainment career with Live Nation, working his way through the ranks to VP of Touring where he managed the day-to-day activities of several national concert tours annually.
“I’m very excited to be joining the team in Louisville during such a pivotal time with the opening of two new venues in the market along with the well-established and successful KFC Yum! Center,” Pappas said. “I look forward to the opportunity to implement new strategies that bring growth and development to such a dynamic city that thrives in the sports, music and entertainment industries.”
As Director of Event Booking and Business Development, Pappas will work to drive content into the three ASM Global-managed venues in Louisville. As the KFC Yum! Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this October, Pappas will be instrumental in aiding the venue in continued growth and success. Lynn Family Stadium opens in April of this year and the Norton Health Sports Athletics & Learning Center is slated to complete construction on December of 2020. Both new venues will host a variety of events including sports, concerts and other special events. Pappas brings a wealth of industry expertise and connections that will be critical in ASM Global’s future success in Louisville
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About ASM Global
ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefit from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem-solving. Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world deliver locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners and amazing experiences for guests. By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.
About the KFC Yum! Center
The KFC Yum! Center is Louisville’s newest multi-purpose arena that boasts a total of 721,762 square feet while offering an arena bowl exceeding 22,000 seats and four meeting rooms spanning approximately 34,000 square feet all within walking distance of more than 4,200 hotel rooms in downtown Louisville. It is home to the University of Louisville men’s and women’s basketball programs and is ideal for concerts, conventions, corporate events, family shows, ice shows, wrestling and more. The KFC Yum! Center is a state of the art facility with advance technology capabilities that is owned by the Louisville Arena Authority and managed by ASM Global. For more information, visit www.kfcyumcenter.com.
About Lynn Family Stadium
Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Ky., is the largest soccer-specific stadium in the region with seating locations for 11,600 fans and a capacity of more than 15,000. Home to Louisville City FC of the USL Championship, the stadium will host Louisville’s new NWSL team beginning in 2021. The stadium boasts 18 luxury suites, premium seating amenities like club and loge seats along with ledge tables, and a massive safe-standing supporter section. The venue, owned by Soccer Holdings, LLC, and managed by ASM Global, is also available for concerts, festivals, and community events.
About Norton Health Sports Athletics & Learning Center
The Louisville Urban League is transforming a 24-acre contaminated lot into a state-of-the-art sports, entertainment and learning complex. Indoor track and field is the anchor use, and athletes and spectators from across the country will come to Louisville to compete in meets hosted by the NCAA, USA Track and Field, colleges, high schools and more. In addition, this new venue will host concerts, conventions, exhibits and other special events. This development represents the only project proposed for the west end that will bring tens of thousands of visitors with disposable income into the neighborhood, revitalizing not only the neighborhood but the human spirit. For more information, visit www.sportsandlearningcomplex.org.