Shashank Gairola has been named the new general manager of the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton, 77 miles northwest of Atlanta. He has been serving as the interim GM since January 1, when Global Spectrum took over management of the venue.

Global Spectrum, based in Philadelphia, PA, was awarded the management contract for the Center after completing a thorough operations audit of the Center in 2008. The company operates more than 80 convention centers, arenas and stadiums throughout North America.

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“We have been extremely impressed with Global Spectrum,” said Board Chairman Harvey Neal in a statement. “Since they took over management of the Center, Shashank has shown quality leadership and an incredible amount of dedication to surpassing all of our expectations for Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center. We’re very excited for his appointment as full-time general manager.”

Prior to relocating to Dalton, GA, Gairola was the assistant general manager of the Global Spectrum-managed Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC.