Peoria Civic Center names Anne Clayton as new GM

Monday, November 16, 2015, 4:00 P.M.

Peoria Civic Center names Anne Clayton as new GM

Anne Clayton named General Manager of The Peoria Civic Center


SMG Management and the Peoria Civic Center Authority Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Clayton as the new General Manager of the Peoria Civic Center.   Anne has been serving as Interim General Manager for the past 6 months in addition to continuing her role as Director of Finance.


The announcement came this morning during a staff meeting from SMG Regional General Manager Richard MacKeigan. Through an extensive national search process we were able to confirm Anne as the right person for our Peoria venues.” Richard MacKeigan said, “Anne has a proven leadership style which will empower staff members to think and act progressively as we continue to work on fulfilling the vision and mission for the Peoria Civic Center as set by the PCC Authority and the city of Peoria. The Peoria Civic Center is a key venue in SMG’s management portfolio and we are thrilled to be able to have such a reliable and energetic leader at its helm”.


Bob Manning, Chairman of the Peoria Civic Center Authority Board, was also present at the meeting this morning and expressed the board’s excitement on the appointment of Anne Clayton. “I have worked very closely with Anne over the past few years on the finances of the Peoria Civic Center and I know we are in good hands.” Bob Manning said, “Her skills and management strengths are exactly what we need at this time.  She has the full confidence and trust of the Authority.”


Anne Clayton started her career at the Peoria Civic Center seven and half years ago as a Staff Accountant. Anne has since held multiple roles in the accounting department including Accounting Manager, Assistant Director of Finance and Director of Finance.   Anne is a lifelong Washington, IL resident and proud graduate of Bradley University. 


Anne Clayton will begin her role of General Manager immediately. “We are one, we are a team” Anne reiterated to staff after the announcement of her appointment, a motto she embodies as she leads the team in enhancing economic vitality in Downtown Peoria and generating more entertainment opportunities for the residents of Central Illinois.


About the Peoria Civic Center

The Peoria Civic Center, an SMG managed facility, is an entertainment and convention venue that contributes significantly to the economic impact on the downtown Peoria area.  For the most up-to-date event information, please check us out on the web at


About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats.  As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.  SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.



SAVOR is the food and beverage division of SMG, the global leader in public facilities and special event venue management.  Since its inception in 1983, SAVOR has specialized in creating menus that showcase local cuisine expertly prepared and presented to ensure a seamless dining and entertainment experience. SAVOR currently provides catering, concessions and special event services, to more than 130 facilities worldwide.


The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities.  SAVOR’s commitment to farm to table freshness and food quality features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible.  SAVOR staff prides themselves on being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market.  To learn more, visit

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