Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced that its president and CEO, Greg O'Dell, will depart in April. O'Dell, who has led the organization since 2009, has accepted a new position as president of venue management for OVG360, a division of the Oak View Group that specializes in full-service venue management and hospitality.
In his role with Events DC, O'Dell oversaw the district's conventions, sports and special events business. He also managed Events DC’s development portfolio, which currently includes plans for a streetscaping project around the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the redevelopment of the RFK Stadium/Armory campus. Events DC's board of directors is expected to share details about its transition plan in the coming days, according to a post shared on LinkedIn.
"Going forward, I am excited about what the future holds for Events DC. Our business forecast is bright, and our customers are excited to return and experience all we have to offer," said O'Dell in the LinkedIn post thanking the Events DC team. "I pass the baton to our most capable management team that will continue to lead, fueled by the culture that all of you have built. A good leader knows when it is time; when he or she must give way to new ideas and perspective for the good of the organization."
O'Dell will bring more than 25 years of experience to his new position with OVG360, where he will oversee venue operations for more than 230 properties across the globe, including stadiums, arenas, convention centers, performing arts centers, cultural institutions and state fairgrounds. He will be responsible for setting a strategy to improve bookings, sponsorships sales, sustainability, safety and more. His appointment follows Oak View Group's completed acquisition of events-management company Spectra in November, with the goal of creating a full-service live events company.
Prior to joining Events DC, O'Dell served as CEO and general manager of the Washington Convention Center Authority. His experience also includes overseeing the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission as its president and CEO.
"Greg is truly a unicorn in the live events industry in that his immense leadership experience spans both sports and entertainment and conventions and meetings," said Chris Granger, CEO of OVG360. "His dedication to the economic, social and environmental betterment of the communities we serve is going to help drive our goal to create enriching experiences that help people convene and reconnect, while also fueling local economies."