Gardner GM At Ford Park

Charlie Gardner has been named general manager of the SMG-managed Ford Park in Beaumont, Texas.

He previously served as GM of the Five Flags Civic center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Gardner will start his new position at Ford Park – which contains a 16,000-seat shed and 9,000-seat arena – on July 10th.

With 10 years experience in public facility management, Gardner has served as director of events at Ford Park, event manager at the Houston Astrodome and as a sales exec for baseball’s Houston Astros.

Gardner replaces Allan Vella who has taken the GM position at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, replacing the retired Ed Neiss.