SMG Appoints Three Regional Vice Presidents to Executive Team

Executives to Be Part of the Re-Organized Stadium and Arena Division

SMG, the worldwide leader in venue management, is pleased to announce the appointment of three Regional Vice Presidents to its Stadium and Arena Division. The new Regional VPs are John Bolton, General Manager of the BOK Center and Cox Business Center in Tulsa; Gregg Olson, former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Portland Trail Blazers; and Larry Wilson, former General Manager of the City of Jacksonville’s SMG-managed facilities (EverBank Field and others).

The appointments are part of the reorganization of SMG’s executive structure.  All three Regional Vice Presidents will report to Doug Thornton, Executive Vice President of the Stadium and Arena Division.

“Having John, Gregg and Larry as Regional Vice Presidents will help strengthen the services and support provided by our Stadium and Arena Division,” said Thornton. “Each is very experienced in our industry and we look forward to having them assume a leadership position in the company, as we continue to grow our portfolio of business.”

The newly appointed Regional Vice Presidents for SMG’s Stadium and Arena Division are:

John Bolton

John Bolton has served as General Manager of SMG’s Tulsa venues – the BOK Center and the Cox Business Center – since 2007.  There, he oversaw the opening of the BOK Center and has received numerous accolades for his efforts, including being honored as Pollstar Magazine’s Facility Executive of the Year in 2012 and receiving the ‘Hall of Headlines’ Award from Venues Today Magazine in 2011 for most outstanding bookings. This past June, he began a one-year term as Executive Board Chair of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).

Gregg Olson

Gregg Olson joins SMG from the Portland Trail Blazers organization, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Named CFO of the Year in the large private business category by Portland Business Journal in 2009, Olson directed day-to-day activities for the Trail Blazers’ finance department, oversaw all human resource functions and activities, managed negotiations of all employee benefits programs, and directed all areas of risk management. Olson began his sports management career in 1985 as Director of Finance for the Cleveland Indians, and was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks before joining the Trail Blazers organization. Olson will be based in the SMG New Orleans offices.

Larry Wilson

Since 2010, Larry Wilson has served as General Manager of the SMG-managed facilities in Jacksonville, Florida, including EverBank Field, the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, the Prime Osborn Convention Center and the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. Wilson has over 18 years of facility management and event management experience in various markets including Jacksonville, Nashville, Charlottesville and Richmond, Va., and Bossier City, La. He managed John Paul Jones Arena on the campus of the University of Virginia, which opened in 2006. The facility won Pollstar’s “Best New Major Concert Venue” in 2006 as well as Venues Today’s 2007 Hall of Headlines Award for Marketing. At the request of the University of Virginia, Wilson successfully procured, marketed, hosted and managed major events at its Scott Stadium, including concerts by the Rolling Stones and U2 . Under his management, the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena ranked among the top 100 arenas in the world on Pollstar’s 2012 and 2011 Year-End Worldwide Ticket Sales List. Wilson will also be based in the SMG New Orleans offices.

For more information about John, Gregg, and Larry, please contact Eric Eagan, SMG New Orleans Communications Manager, at, or 504-587-3921.


About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 14.4 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.75 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 & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing more than 100 accounts worldwide. For more information visit