An executive manager from Illinois will be the new executive director of the Three Rivers Convention center, Toyota Center and Toyota Arena in Kennewick.
Corey A. Pearson, 38, was chosen by VenuWorks, which manages the Kennewick facilities under contract with the Kennewick Public Facilities District, said VenuWorks President Steve Peters at a facilities district board meeting Thursday.
Pearson was selected following a nationwide search VenuWorks conducted to fill the vacancy when Jeff Kossow resigned last month. Kossow left to become executive director of economic development for the City of Kennewick.
Pearson has 16 years experience in arena management. He was general manager for the past seven years at the Rockford MetroCenter. The assignment included overseeing a 10,000 seat arena, seven-acre festival park and a historic theater. He also served in management at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wis., and at the FARGODOME in Fargo, N.D.