LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge Hires First Employee

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 21, 2013) – Bobby Shultz is employee No. 1 at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, a $45 million special events center on schedule to open this fall.

Shultz starts May 30 as the facility’s operations director. Responsibilities include operation and maintenance of the 232,000-square-foot building.

The job search drew 17 applicants from several states. Shultz had been with the Sevierville Events Center since 2007, first as building foreman and then as building superintendent since 2010.

“Bobby Shultz will be a huge asset as we wrap up construction and begin equipping the building,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.

The LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, which is in its final months of construction, is part of the tourism department.

Its primary feature is a 100,500-square-foot clear-span exhibit hall designed for large assembly events, trade shows and competitive events. It can seat 12,116 in a configuration with a raised center stage that has every guest within 137 feet of the stage.

The facility’s first booking is a 15-day block for the International Gift Exposition in the Smokies/Souvenir Super Show in November. That show will bring between 10,000 and 15,000 people to Sevier County and will occupy both the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge and the Sevierville Events Center.


Tom Adkinson, APR
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