Former Niagara County Legislator Jason Murgia has been selected as the new general manager for Global Spectrum, the company that oversees operations at Conference Center Niagara Falls as well as activities along Old Falls Street.
The company announced the move in a release issued Tuesday, noting that in his new position Murgia will responsible for the overall management, promotion and operation of the conference center and Old Falls Street, USA. He was promoted to this position after serving as the assistant general manager in 2014. He succeeds Ryan Coate, who has been appointed the full-time general manager of Canalside in Buffalo, another Global Spectrum managed facility.
Prior to this position, Murgia was the director of events at the CCNF for the past four years. Before working for Global Spectrum, he served as a Niagara County Legislator and owner of The Orchard Grill restaurant, in Niagara Falls, NY. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina – Costal.
“I am honored to head our team of well-rounded directors and managers who will allow us to reach loftier goals in 2015,” said Murgia. “This new team of professional employees will collaborate to bring more events and more commerce to the Downtown Niagara Falls area.”
In addition, Global Spectrum announced that new management team members have been added and several key members of the current management staff have been promoted to new positions.
The new directors and managers include Katie Kielaszek, who has been named the director of special events on Old Falls Street, USA. In this position, Kielaszek directs, plans and executes all daily activities and special events hosted on the Old Falls Street throughout the year. Her team is also responsible for daily maintenance as well as seasonal landscaping and food vending.
Kielaszek was promoted to this position after serving as an event services manager for the conference for the past three years and an event coordinator on Old Falls Street for one year. Prior to being employed by Global Spectrum, she was an account manager for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). A resident of Niagara Falls, Kielaszek holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from New York University.
Andres Cintron is the new director of operations at the CCNF. In this position, he is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the facility as well as the HVAC, electricity and plumbing systems. Prior to this position, he was the operations manager at Dermody Properties LV Nevada, in Buffalo; the director of engineering at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, in Buffalo and the chief engineer at the Sheraton At The Falls, in Niagara Falls. A resident of Blasdell, Cintron holds a biology degree from Catholic University, and is formally trained as an HVAC and Boiler Stationary Chief Engineer.
Jason Gannon, a certified meeting planner and certified hospitality sales professional, has been named as an event services manager at the CCNF. Prior to this position, he served as the convention services manager and executive meeting manager at Renaissance Hotels as well as the senior catering sales manager at LaJolla and Chop House Restaurants in Montgomery, Alabama. A resident of Snyder, Gannon is Green Meeting certified and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University at Buffalo.
Ashleigh Freiday has been promoted to event services coordinator to event services manager at the CCNF. Prior to being hired by Global Spectrum, she was the sales and marketing director as Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course. A resident of Buffalo, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Robert Morris University.
David Pruett II has been named as the CCNF’s banquet manager. Prior to this position, Pruett served as the food and beverage manager at Canalside in Buffalo, also managed by Global Spectrum. His previous jobs were as the catering director and food and beverage director at the Holliday Inn, in Amherst, catering manager at the Hyatt Regency, and as the general manager at the former Ya Ya Bayou Brewhouse, both in Buffalo.
A resident of Buffalo, NY, Pruett holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University at Buffalo.