October 28

GWCCA’s Frank Poe: Leader, Mentor, Motivator, Icon- Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Happy Friday team!

Today, our Executive Director, Frank Poe, received the Convention Center Lifetime Achievement Award at the IAVM International Convention Center Conference.

From everyone here at the GWCCA, we say CONGRATULATIONS Frank!

Check out Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne, Atlanta Falcons CEO Rich McKay and members of the GWCCA Board of Governors pay tribute to Frank below:


For a preview of Frank’s award profile see below:

Frank Poe had it mapped out – he was going to be a history teacher.

Instead, he’s making history within the convention, sports and events industry – while continually teaching, leading and inspiring his staff and earning the adulation of his peers.

Poe, 66, Executive Director of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) since 2010, was presented with the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) prestigious Convention Center Lifetime Achievement Award today (Oct. 28) at the International Convention Center Conference in Pasadena, Calif.

“He’s an icon within the industry,” said Al Rojas, General Manager of the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, Miss. Rojas worked with and for Poe as their careers intersected at the Dallas Convention Center, where Poe began as a part-time laborer in the early 1970s to help pay his way through college.

“Every day was a learning day with Frank,” said Rojas. “Frank leads by example and much of what I learned from him was through observing him in action. He’s helped me develop as a professional.”

Read more HERE.

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Website: https://www.gwcca.org/gwccas-frank-poe-leader-mentor-motivator-icon/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/georgia-world-congress-center

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaWorldCongressCenter/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GWCC_ATL

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyH_tNja0xs


Again, congratulations to our Executive Director Frank Poe for receiving such a prestigious award!