SMG has announced that Michael Owens will take over as Assistant General Manager of Chesapeake Energy Arena and Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Owens will oversee the booking, ticketing and marketing efforts for the complex.
Owens most recently worked as Director of Live Entertainment for Rogers Arena and the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, British Columbia. Under his leadership, the arena had consecutive record-breaking years hosting the biggest names in music and sports.
“Michael is a highly respected professional with a strong record of booking achievements,” said Chris Semrau, General Manager, Chesapeake Energy Arena and Cox Convention Center in a release. “We are thrilled to add someone with the strong booking skill set and industry relationships which Michael possesses so we may continue to create unforgettable guest experiences and secure high-level events and artists.”
In addition to booking top-selling artists at Rogers Arena in Canada, Owens successfully negotiated and won bids for major, globally-broadcast events including the 2018 JUNO Awards, the massive e-sports tournament – The International DOTA2 team championship and the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.
Prior to relocating to Vancouver, Owens spent four years as Director of Booking for BOK Center, an SMG-managed facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During his tenure, BOK Center was recognized as a top-20 arena in the United States for concert ticket sales each year according to Pollstar and was nominated as “Arena of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music 2012 – 2015.
Owens garnered industry recognition by being inducted into the International Association of Venue Managers’ inaugural 30 Under 30 class in 2015, was a finalist for International Entertainment Buyers Association’s “Rookie of the Year” in 2014 and 2015 and was nominated for Venues Today’s “Hall of Headlines” in 2014 and 2015. Owens is a native of Springfield, Missouri where he graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Management. He will be relocating to Oklahoma City with his wife, Jennifer, and their two young daughters.