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Meet Our Team

Building Executives

Get to know our staff and all the talent, experience and knowledge behind your successful event. Our expertise is just one of the many benefits to planning your next event at the Colorado Convention Center.

John Adams

General Manager

John Adams was fundamental in the programming and project development of the completed $310 million renovation/ expansion of the Colorado Convention Center and has personally participated and completed five facility expansions in his career. Prior to Denver, he was the Assistant General Manager of the San Francisco Convention Facilities which include the Moscone Center and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.  In the Hospitality industry he is active with IAAM, IAEM, and ASAE.  Locally he is active as a member of the Denver Chamber of Commerce and active and serves on a  number of committees with the Downtown Denver Partnership.

Lance Zanett

Assistant General Manager

Lance began his career at Mile High Stadium in Denver in an operations and finance capacity.  In 2000, he moved to the Colorado Convention Center taking  the role of the Director of Finance.  In 2006, he was named the Assistant General Manager.  He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance and an MBA.  Lance is active in IAAM, he is involved in both regional and national programs and has participated in the Public Assembly Facility Management School at Oglebay. He is also a graduate of the S.E.S. program at Cornell University.

Cheri Wilbur

Director of Finance

Cheri joined the Colorado Convention staff as a Comptroller in 2005 and was named the Director of Finance in 2006.  Prior to her career with SMG, Cheri worked in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Management. She was responsible for the budgetary control and management of more than 300 facilities nationally, with an average annual budget for each of $20 million and assets in excess of $200 million each. In her finance career, Cheri has developed and implemented four new financial close and reporting processes and has implemented and overseen five accounting software conversions.  She has a Bachelors of Science in Accounting with a minor in Computer Information Systems and is currently working on her MBA. 

Rich Carollo

Director of Sales and Marketing

A 22 year industry Veteran, Rich began his career at the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau.  During his 12 years there he created systems to help support the Bureau’s sales team in booking 3 million room nights annually and established one of the largest DMO research departments in the United States.  His efforts first quantified tourism and economic impact figures for the City of Chicago and he created the largest industry comparison report for DMOs.  Rich moved to Oak Park Illinois in 2002 to run the DMO there which comprised 21 Cities and Villages.  During his eight years there he rebranded the marketing efforts, increased Visitor Center sales by 208% and successfully lobbied government entities for an increase of 36% funding.  Rich also ran/created successful Village/Area wide events including the nation’s largest Harry Potter Book Release Festivals in 2005 and 2007 and the Wright Ride; a bike ride of up to 60 miles through Oak Park and western Cook and DuPage counties.  He successfully had Oak Park recognized as the official West Village for the 2006 Gay Games and was recognized by the Oak Park Area Gay and Lesbian Association with their highest honor; the OPAL Award.  Rich is a former board chair of the Travel and Tourism Research Association International and committee chair of the Destination Marketing Association International.  He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Roosevelt University and his Masters of Business Administration with focus in Marketing from DeVry’s Keller Graduate School of Management.

Randy Welsh

Director of Operations

A life long Denver native, Randy's career experience includes: Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Central City Opera House.   His career began as a stagehand with IATSE-Local 7, working for the City in the Auditorium Theatre, Currigan Exhibition Hall and the Denver Coliseum.  He takes pride in the Colorado Convention Center's national success and recognition as a first call, prime meeting destination, as evidenced by the selection of Denver to host the 2008 National Democratic Convention.  He has not only watched, but participated in the growth of our City as a host contender for national and international events.  Randy and the Operations Department team were extremely involved in the overall plan review, day-to-day construction coordination and completion of the expansion of the Colorado Convention Center. 

Debbie Welsh, CMP

Director of Event Management

Industry Member: Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

Debbie has over 20 years of event management experience at the Colorado Convention Center. Currently, she leads a seasoned team of nine Event Managers, an Event Coordinator, and an Event Management Coordinator. She has overseen servicing a wide variety of city-wide conferences including, PCMA, MPI, and ASAE. She also has experience with high profile political events such as World Youth Day, Summit of the Eight, Presidential/Vice Presidential visits, as well as the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Debbie has a strong passion for the hospitality industry and emanates the philosophy that exceptional customer service will, in fact, bring business back to the Colorado Convention Center. The Colorado Meeting and Events Magazine inducted her into the 2011 Hall of Fame under the Meeting Professional category for her years of exceptional service in Event Management.

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