The Peoria Civic Center brings on a new Booking Manager and Director of Finance.

Monday, June 27, 2016, 7:25 A.M.

The Peoria Civic Center brings on a new Booking Manager and Director of Finance.


PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                         June 21st, 2016

201 SW Jefferson Ave.                                                                                              Contact: Megan Pedigo

Peoria, IL 61602                                                                                                          (309) 680-3640   


For Release:Tuesday, June 21st, 2016



The Peoria Civic Center Welcomes two new Employees

June 21, 2016 (PEORIA) – The SMG-managed Peoria Civic Center is pleased to announce the addition of Danette Snopek as the Director of Finance and Ben Holeton as the Booking Manager. Through an extensive search, SMG and the Peoria Civic Center were able to appoint these qualified employees to their new positions.


A Metamora native and Bradley University graduate, Danette earned her degree in Accounting and has worked for multiple local businesses. These include L.R. Nelson, Peoria Housing Authority, and Prairie Home Alliance. Her experience made the transition to the Peoria Civic Center a seamless one.  “I’m looking forward to providing my knowledge and experience and putting it to use to help the Peoria Civic Center flourish,” Danette said.


Ben Holeton’s  passion for music started when he was younger, and that passion has carried through his career ever since. Ben is from Danville, IA, and attended college at Central College in Pella, IA where he was a drummer in a rock and blues band that traveled around the Midwest to perform. Eager to experience more, Ben traveled to Nashville where he worked for nine years in the music business as a sound engineer, tour manager, and a booking agent.  All of these skills have led Ben to the Peoria Civic Center.  “I want the Peoria Civic Center to continue as a premiere destination for artists to come through in the Midwest. I see a lot of potential for growth in this market, this is a great facility in a great location, and we really have an opportunity to make this a “must-go to” for artists on tour,” Ben said.


The Peoria Civic Center is excited to see what these two driven employees can accomplish, during their time at the Civic Center.




Megan Pedigo

Senior Marketing Manager

Peoria Civic Center





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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