After retiring from a 34 year career in public assembly venue management, destination marketing, organizational management, and sports-related event management, Steve Camp continues to serve his industry and live a rewarding and active life. Mr. Camp has been certified by the International Association of Venue Managers as a Certified Venue Executive (CVE) and has distinguished himself as one of the industry’s leading Southeast professionals. Mr. Camp has been involved with four major public assembly building projects in North and South Carolina and has successfully established organizations to manage and operate those venues. Mr. Camp learned his trade at the Charlotte Coliseum under the legendary Paul Buck and honed his experience at the Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center at UNC Chapel Hill, then in 1988 returned to Charlotte to open a new Charlotte Coliseum. In 1989, Appalachian State University designated Mr. Camp as a Distinguished Alumnus.  From 1989 through 1997 Mr. Camp served as managing director of Charlotte’s Auditorium / Coliseum / Convention Center Authority, overseeing the operation of four venues with an operating budget of approximately $23 million, and a full-time staff of over two hundred. While in this position Mr. Camp also oversaw the construction and staffing of a new Charlotte Convention Center. Beginning in 2001, Mr. Camp served as president and CEO of the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism, overseeing the construction and staffing of the new Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in South Carolina, which opened in 2004. During his career, Mr. Camp has managed venues that have hosted the very best in the sports, entertainment, and meeting and convention industries. Those events include the 1994 NCAA Final Four, ACC basketball tournaments, major musical concerts, Broadway plays, and a variety of other high-profile events. Mr. Camp co-authored the first edition of Public Assembly Venue Management published in 2015, and was author of Pathway to Contentment published in 2017. Mr. Camp and his wife, Jackie, live in Charlotte, NC.

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