February 21, 2007

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the venue management firm SMG is suing Robert E. Newman, who resigned unexpectedly on Jan. 31 as SMG's senior regional vice president in charge of the Greater Columbus (Ohio) Convention Center. The newspaper reported Newman has plans to take a position at AEG, an SMG competitor, and the lawsuit charges Newman with breach of contract, fraud and appropriation of trade secrets. While the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority searches for a replacement, Bob McClintock, an SMG senior regional vice president, will oversee the convention center. Representatives from the convention center, the local convention center facilities authority and SMG did not return phone calls seeking comment.