LEXINGTON, Ky. — Oak View Group Facilities, managers and operators of Lexington’s expanded and renovated 200,000-square-foot Central Bank Center, named Kentucky native Laura Alexander as the facility’s new Vice President, Convention Center Sales and Operations. Alexander, who will begin her new role on February 7, 2022, will lead Oak View Group Facility’s efforts to reopen and rebrand the convention center.
Alexander will also work closely with VisitLex, and the Center, to establish new and exciting marketing partnerships to attract regional and national conventions to Lexington, particularly ones that occupy hotel rooms and generate significant economic impact on Lexington.
Before joining Oak View Group Facilities in Lexington, Alexander spent 10 years at the Owensboro Convention Center and Owensboro Sportscenter. During her time in Owensboro, she increased gross profit and bottom-line revenue year-over-year for both buildings, including creating 35 self-promoted events that generated over $500,000 in annual gross revenue and negotiated over $1.9 million in building sponsorship income.
Upon completion in the Spring of 2022, the new $300 million expansion, will feature over 100,000-square feet of contemporary exhibit space, 16 meeting rooms, 11,000 square feet of flexible event space, and a 24,300-square-foot ballroom. The expansion also includes many new amenities that will make the Center one of the most high-tech, user-friendly meeting and event spaces in the region. New sustainability features will also target LEED certification.
Alexander is a previous Generation Next recipient by Venues Now Magazine – an award given to young professionals who have made a difference in sports, music, conventions, family shows, and festivals. She is also a graduate of the International Association of Venue Management (IAVM) Venue Management School.
She also received the first Greater Owensboro Chamber Young Professional of the Year award in 2014 for the design and development of providing free wi-fi to the revitalized Smothers Park in Owensboro. In addition, she has served on the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a former Chair of Chamber Young Professionals. She is also a board member of Friday After 5, a 16-week free concert series hosted on Owensboro’s downtown riverfront.
She is a 2003 graduate of Western Kentucky University where she majored in Corporate & Organizational Communication with a minor in Marketing. Her first position post-college was at the Executive Inn Rivermont, where she was Director of Sales.
Click here for more Corporate Moves.