Grand Wayne Convention Center — a premier Midwest meeting and convention facility located in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana — announces the appointment of Marissa Best in the Center’s newly created role of Guest Experience Manager, a position designed to engage clients with unique, concierge amenities. Best, formerly with Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, Indiana, steps into this role to guarantee client satisfaction and ensure that guest needs are met at a “beyond expectation” level. Key areas of focus include guest safety, service delivery, event presentation, guest engagement, and community interaction.

As the Guest Experience Manager, Best will engage with the planner, staff, community partners and guests in creating an experience unique to each group. The role focuses on event attendees, ensuring their safety and satisfaction, from customized guest evacuation policies to personalized digital signage.

The Guest Experience position is unique to the Grand Wayne Convention Center and a new concept for the industry. It is an additional resource offered to all clients to help transform their meetings, conferences, and conventions into exceptional experiences, and is another way the Center is setting the standard among event facilities.

“Our goal here at the Grand Wayne Convention Center is to provide an environment that focuses on exceptional safety and service for our guests,” said Bart Shaw, Executive Director of Grand Wayne Convention Center. “With the addition of our Guest Experience Manager, we believe we will continue to raise the standard for excellence in guest service and events. In the few months Marissa has been here, she has already demonstrated a deep commitment to our guests and to the overwhelming success of their events.”

Click here to see the Connect Association feature on Marissa Best and the Guest Experience role.


Grand Wayne Convention Center is located in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana, and boasts 225,000 square feet of meting, trade show and convention space, including a 50,000 square-foot, divisible exhibition hall, 18 meeting rooms, state of the art AV, on-site event management and sales, a 12,000 square foot kitchen with on-site chef and staff to serve up to 3,100 banquet guests. The center received the Hoosier Hospitality Award in 2011 and is recognized as one of the premier event facilities in the Midwest. Grand Wayne Convention Center celebrates its 30th year of event management in January 2015.

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