by Terence Baker | February 01, 2006

Thomas M. Mobley Jr.

If you’re an exposition junkie like I am, then there is nothing more exciting than working at McCormick...

In January, Thomas M. Mobley Jr. joined Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum (www.global-spectrum.com), a public-facility management company, in the new post of senior vice president of convention centers. He previously held general manager roles at several convention facilities, including the Washington (D.C.) Convention Center.

What is your new role? My job is to increase Global’s convention center business. Currently, the company has 15 convention centers in its portfolio. A second focus is to mentor teams of Global employees.

Where are Global Spectrum’s convention centers? They include centers at West Palm Beach, Fla., and Richmond, Va. The company also has smaller buildings, such as those in Overland Park, Kan., and St. Charles, Mo.

What is your greatest achievement? That I have managed both the largest center, Chicago’s McCormick Place, and one of the smallest, Jacksonville, Fla., whose exhibit hall is smaller than the ballroom McCormick currently is building. Jacksonville was rewarding because I had more control, but if you’re an exposition junkie like I am, then there is nothing more exciting than working at McCormick, which hosts some of the industry’s most iconic shows.

How do you spend your spare time? Once a year I try to take part in a long-distance cycle tour, covering 500 miles or more. I have crossed the Continental Divide twice and cycled around Wisconsin and the Finger Lakes of New York. My next goal is to cycle around Nova Scotia in Canada.