• Hospitality Spotlight: Freddie Peterson, General Manager at the Miami Beach Convention Center

  • Freddie Peterson is the new General Manager of the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), a Spectra Venue Management facility. Peterson oversees day-to-day operations and management of the 1.4 million sq. ft. venue, which is in the final stage of completing a $620-million renovation and expansion.

    A seasoned and innovative convention and hospitality executive, Peterson joins the MBCC after concluding a two-decade tenure leading the highly successful Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and its five properties. Peterson provides strategic leadership to the MBCC, managing and coordinating goals, objectives and policies for the venue. Peterson’s leadership further competitively positions Miami Beach in the national and international meetings, convention and events community.

    During his nine months in Miami Beach, Peterson has become an integral part of the community by joining the Board of Directors at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami and Beaches Hospitality Association.

    Mr. Peterson is active within many industry associations including FFMA, IAEE, PCMA, IAVM, ESCA and AIPC. He has also served on the Board of Directors and a variety of committees within the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), IAVM’s Foundation and the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA).

    In the past, he has served as Chair of the Seaport Transportation Management Association (STMA) and was a board member of A Better City (ABC), Back Bay Association (BBA), Greater Springfield Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (GSCVB), Western MA Sports Commission, South Boston Neighborhood House and the Friends of Fort Point Channel.

    Mr. Peterson holds a BA degree in Political Science from Merrimack College. He is a graduate of IAVM’s Venue Management School Graduate Institute and Senior Executive Symposium, and the UMass Boston Emerging Leaders Program. He resides in Miami Beach with his gorgeous wife Melissa and their Labrador retriever Sofie

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