Chris Oxley, a member of the Rose Quarter‘s executive staff since 1999 and assistant GM since March 2007, has been promoted to general manager.
In his new position, Oxley will be responsible for the management of all event services and operations at the 19,680-capacity Rose Garden and 12,000-capacity Memorial Coliseum–both in Portland, OR– including development and programming, tenant relations, financial management, contract negotiations, logistics, community relations, parking, box office management, marketing, public relations and event production. He will manage a staff of 800 that includes 67 full-time employees.
The Rose Quarter, which recently announced a five-year venue management agreement with AEG Facilities, hosts more than 300 major events annually and is the home of the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), Winter Hawks (WHL) and LumberJax (NLL).
“Chris’s exceptional leadership qualities, knowledge of the Portland market and venue industry as well as his history with the Rose Quarter make him the perfect choice as general manager,” said CEO Bob Newman in a statement. “Chris is a tremendous asset and a great addition to the AEG Facilities team.”
Prior to joining the Rose Quarter, Oxley held management positions with a variety of venues in Denver, including McNichols Sports Arena, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Mile High Stadium, Denver Coliseum, Coors Field, Coors Event Center and Folsom Field, among others.