Barry Strafacci

Barry StrafacciBarry Strafacci
cell:  813-505-5246

Specializing In Facility Operations

Venue Consulting 2013-Present
Providing senior executive perspective to new and existing public assembly venues.

Recent Clients:

  • Portland Expo Center, Portland, Oregon-In collaboration with Hunden Strategic Partners
  • Market Feasibility Study
  • Sharonville Convention Center , Sharonville, Ohio
  • Convention Hotel RFP Analysis
  • Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
  • Financial Modeling of Meeting/Banquet Venue

Global Spectrum
Vice President, Special Projects 
Regional Vice President

Convention and Exhibition Centers 2000 – July 2013

Senior Management of fastest growing company in the industry providing owners with innovative management systems of convention/exhibition centers, theaters, stadiums and arenas, reporting to Senior Vice President/COO. during this period accounts under management grew from 9 to over 115 in all venue sectors.

Responsible for providing pre-opening assistance including design review, staffing, sales and marketing strategies/systems, labor relations and day to day operations to all Global Spectrum clients. Including supervision of various accounts.

Provided pre-opening services for:

  • Owensboro Convention Center, Owensboro, KY
  • Enid Convention Hall/ Event Center, Enid Oklahoma
  • Durham Convention Center, Durham, NC
  • Las Cruces Convention Center, Las Cruces, NM
  • Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, Penticton BC, Canada
  • Duke Energy Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Chongqing International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Chongqing, China
  • Richard R Borchard Fairgrounds. Corpus Christi, TX
  • St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO
  • Clovis Civic Center, Clovis, NM
  • Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA
  • Pinellas Expo Center. Pinellas Park, FL
  • Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, KS

Regional responsibilities included direct supervision of day to day management of various accounts: Clovis Civic Center, St Charles Convention Center, Overland Park Convention Center, Palm Beach County Convention Center, Greater Richmond Convention Center, Las Cruces Convention Center, Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, Durham Convention Center, Richard R Borchard Fairgrounds, and Owensboro Convention Center.

General Manager responsibilities for:

  • Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA -Interim
  • Harborview Convention Center, Clearwater, FL
  • South Okanagan Entertainment Complex/Penticton Trade and Convention  Centre-Interim
  • Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Metro Exposition & Recreation Commission
Stadium Manager – Civic Stadium, Portland, OR1999-2000

Responsible for day-to-day operations including bookings, event services, operations and maintenance. Facility was home to Portland Rockies Baseball A League, Portland State University football, high school football and major concerts. Hosted three FIFA Women’s World Cup double header matches-Summer 1999. Served on Selection Committee for Food Service RFP for all MERC venues-Performing Arts Complex, Oregon Convention Center, Portland Expo and Civic Stadium.

Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority-Las Vegas, Nevada                        

Director of Facilities- Cashman Center Complex 1998

Responsible for day-to-day operations of the sports, entertainment and convention/exhibition facilities. Complex consisted of 98,600 square foot exhibition hall, 16,000 square feet of meeting space, a performing arts theater (1,940 seating capacity),  a baseball stadium (9,370 seating capacity) which was home to Triple A minor league team and 2500 space parking lot.

Globe Facility Services (acquired by Global Spectrum in 2000)  Clearwater, FL                     

Director Facility Operations/General Manager1994-1998

Senior Manager of international facility management company specializing in innovative and creative management solutions for convention/exhibition centers, stadiums, arenas, theaters. Joined this company during start up and was assigned to the first management account. Responsible for management of day-to-day operations of assigned facility (Harborview Convention Center) and consulting and pre-opening services to include design review, staffing,, sales and marketing strategies/systems, labor relations, and day-to-day operations to all Globe Facility Services clients. Includes supervision of various accounts.

Provided pre-opening services for:

  • Pueblo Convention Center, Pueblo, CO
  • Harborview Convention Center, Clearwater, FL

General Manager responsibilities for:

  • Harborview Convention Center1996-1998
  • Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1994-1995

City of Tampa – Tampa, FL                     

Director – Tampa Convention Center1990-1993

Planned and directed pre-opening functions to include staffing, developing operating policies and systems, sales/marketing strategies, developed specifications for all F.F.E. and successfully opened the Center. Budget performance outpaced Consultants’ projections by over $2.5 million over first three years in operation.

The Center consisted of  a 200,000 square foot exhibit hall, 36,000 square foot ballroom, 23,000 square feet of meeting rooms and a 500 space parking garage.

Kentucky State Fair Board – Louisville, KY

Vice President/COO 1985-1989

Kentucky Fair & Expo Center

Kentucky International Convention Center (formerly Commonwealth Convention Center)

Responsible for day-to-day management of operations, sales/bookings, administration, box office, parking operations and event services. Responsible for all long term lease agreements to include land lease agreements with Executive Inn East, Executive Inn West and downtown Hyatt Regency. Additionally responsible for the downtown Kentucky International Convention Center with over 120.000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space and downtown 500 space parking structure with retail space. The Fair and Expo Center consisted of Freedom Hall(19,000 seat capacity), Broadbent Arena(7,000 seat capacity), Cardinal Stadium (34,000 seat capacity),  over 10,000 parking spaces and over 800,000 square feet of exhibition space. The facility was home to University of Louisville men’s basketball and football games, Louisville Redbirds Triple A Minor League baseball, and major national tradeshows.

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Governor’s Office for Policy and Management1976-1985

Senior Policy and Budget Advisor

Provided information, technical assistance, strategic planning, and analysis of programs and policy issues with special emphasis on budgetary and planning issues. Duties included analysis of agency organizational management structure to including authoring reorganization plans. Provided primary staff assistance to Kentucky State Fair Board and served as financial advisor on construction of Kentucky Center for the Arts.


M.A. Public Service1976

Western Kentucky University

B.A. Business Administration/Psychology 1974

Western Kentucky University

Professional Affiliations

  • International Association of Venue Management (IAVM)
    • International Convention Center Conference Program Chair 2004,2005
    • Chairman Convention/Exhibit Halls Committee  2005-2007
    • Board of Directors -Convention/Exhibit Halls  2007-2009
    • Chairman Research and Knowledge Advancement Council 2009-210
    • Chairman Research Committee
  • Meeting Planners International (MPI )
  • American Society of Association Executives (ASAE )
  • International association of Exhibits & Events (IAEE )
  • National Association of Consumer Shows (NACS )
  • Industry Advisory Council- Center for Exhibition Research  2008-2009
  • Convention Industry Council Advisory Board  2009-2010
  • Florida Facilities Management Association (FFMA) !990-2013

               —  Board of Directors 2010-2012

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