August 13, 2008

Countering the dire economic news being announced daily, a report from the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston showed hotel room nights associated with events at the center for the fiscal year that ended June 30 totaled 385,241, a 49 percent increase compared with the previous year. Facility rental income rose 23 percent to $2,748,688.

Efstathios Louis Pavledes, who ran Detroit's Cobo Center for nine years before being fired in 2004, pled guilty in federal court last week to receiving a $100,000 kickback from a convention center contractor, according to news reports. Karl Kado, of Metro Services Organization, the Cobo contractor, has been charged with filing false tax returns in connection with his alleged bribe of Pavledes. Metro Services no longer holds any contracts at Cobo.