Stacey Church has been named general manager of the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville. Church most recently served as assistant director of the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention Center and Will Rogers Memorial Center. Church’s previous experience in venue management includes executive positions with Spectra Venue Management as general manager of the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, and as finance director at the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana.

The downtown Louisville convention center is in the middle of a $207 million expansion and renovation, with the venue expected to reopen in 2018.

“This is an exciting time for the meeting and convention industry for this community and especially the Kentucky International Convention Center,” said Mark Lynn, Kentucky State Fair Board chairman and interim CEO. “Our new general manager brings exceptional experience to provide leadership and develop new business for the new center.”