November 22, 2006

Ken Foster resigned as general manager of the Palm Beach County Convention Center last Wednesday; he is the only general manager the center has had, taking the job in 2001 and opening the facility in January 2004. No official confirmation was available from the center itself or from the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau, but according to reports in both the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Palm BeachPost, he quit due to what he considered bad business practices by the CVB, from which a former controller is alleged to have stolen $1.5 million. The bureau's president and CEO, Warren E. "Mac" McLaughlin, and its vice president of finance, Lee H. Davis, criticized for not catching the embezzlement, each also resigned in the past two weeks.