OVG360 Appoints Leadership Team for American Bank Center

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — OVG360, which accepted the management contract from American Bank Center in April, today unveiled its local leadership team.

Industry veteran Brian Martin will serve as the facility’s general manager, and Joe Castor will serve as general manager of hospitality, overseeing all restaurant operations. Nick Ustruck has been named executive chef.

Beginning July 1, OVG360 will oversee venue management, catering and hospitality, and corporate partnerships across the 10,000-seat arena, 140,000-square-foot convention center and auditorium. 2,500 seats, a complex designed to host concerts, sporting events, professional events and amateur rodeos, cultural and artistic events, congresses and meetings.

“The City of Corpus Christi is extremely pleased to have OVG360 leading the operations of our very important US banking center. Their business approach is well received by the city council and our partners. As part of OVG360, we look forward to improved venue booking, ticket sales, customer service, dining experience and positive community impact,” said Corpus Christi City Manager Peter Zanoni.

Martin began his career with Oak View Group in 2008 at the University of South Carolina, working in ticketing operations for Colonial Life Arena after earning a bachelor’s degree in sports and entertainment management. He had a career in ticketing and event operations at the Augusta Entertainment Complex in Augusta, Georgia, where he worked as a ticketing manager and eventually event services manager. In 2016, he accepted a position as Assistant General Manager of the Macon Centerplex, where he increased event bookings, exceeded financial goals for the venue and the county, and anchored himself in the community.

Castor grew up in the Midwest, attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and double majored in economics and military history in three and a half years to take a job as a banquet manager for the Indiana Ballroom. Roof. in Indianapolis. The catering company also had a contract to provide catering service at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where his passion for sports and entertainment catering began. Over his 30-year career, he has helped open Conseco Fieldhouse, Arlington, Racetrack, Gillette Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, Nationals Park, Busch Stadium, UBS Arena and, most recently, the new Moody Center in Austin, Texas. . He also led premium operations for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Convention Center, Javits Convention Center and Washington Commanders. He was also Director of Event Operations at the Italian Embassy and General Manager of the Cow Palace and the Virginia Beach Sports Center.

Ustruck is an Executive Chef with 17 years of culinary experience. He was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but grew up in Rockport, Texas. It was here in Coastal Bend that he discovered his passion for food. He graduated from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute of Arizona. After attending cooking school, he focused on a wide range of catering services, from small, intimate dinner parties to large-scale events, such as PGA Tour Events, Barrett Jackson Car Auction, and NCAA College Football Playoffs. Innovation in the kitchen and its mechanics are his passion. He seeks to find exciting new opportunities to create the ultimate dining experience. He always focuses on his passion for food while preparing fresh food for his family with game and local ingredients.

“With Brian, Joe and Chef Nick at the forefront of our new high-end team at American Bank Center, we’re ready to go July 1,” said Greg O’Dell, president of Venue Management. from OVG360. “Our team will not only be focused on optimizing the overall guest experience – from excellent customer service to delicious food and hospitality – at the property, but we also look forward to driving economic impact. positive and help bring the community together.”

OVG360 is the third-party service-oriented division of Oak View Group (OVG), the leading global site development, advisory and investment firm for the sports and live entertainment industries. OVG Hospitality will manage food and beverage operations at the resort.

OVG360 oversees a combination of services at the recently opened Moody Center at the University of Texas at Austin; Fair Park and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas; the Ford Park entertainment complex in Beaumont; Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown; Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center in Corpus Christi; Hill Country Youth Event Center and Outdoor Arena in Kerrville; Fertitta Center at the University of Houston; Valley Ranch Town Center Event Grounds in New Carney; McAllen Convention Center; and United Supermarkets Arena and Jones AT&T Stadium at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

With OVG360’s expertise in sustainability, public safety and health, concessions and catering, marketing and sales, parking and mobility, event booking and content development, referrals and premium seating, data and analytics, procurement, and many other key areas, the team will support American Bank Center in optimizing operations and improving the total customer experience.

About OVG360

OVG360, a division of Oak View Group, is a full-service venue management and hospitality company that helps client-partners reinvent the sports, live entertainment and convention industries for venue improvement , employees, artists, athletes and surrounding communities. . With a portfolio of over 200 client-partners spanning arenas, stadiums, convention centers, performing arts centers, cultural institutions and state fairs worldwide, OVG360 provides a set of services, resources and expertise designed to elevate every aspect of the business that matters to site operators. Service-oriented and driven by social responsibility, OVG360 helps properties create value through excellence and innovation in foodservices, reservation and content development, sustainable operations, healthcare public and public security, etc.

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