Valdosta man now tapped for Civic Center chief (UPDATE with Comments from Mabe)

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga. -- After negotiations fell through last week with Albany businessman Lane Rosen, Albany officials are looking toward Valdosta for the next Albany Civic Center director.

Assistant Albany City Manager Wes Smith stated in an e-mail Monday that "Timothy Mabe of Valdosta has emerged as the best qualified candidate for the Albany Civic Center Director position, Albany City Manager Alfred Lott announced today (Monday).

"Negotiations with the initial qualified candidate were unsuccessful. Mr. Mabe was then interviewed a second time before he was determined for this designation."

When called by The Herald Monday, Mabe said he was excited to have the opportunity to work in Albany.

"Well, it's great news and the wife and I really look forward to coming to Albany and working with the people there to move things forward," Mabe said. "A civic center makes a significant cultural impact and involves a lot of stakeholders. I feel it's important to get out and meet and speak with those stakeholders so that we can book events to meet a variety of different tastes."

Mabe, 58, most recently served as the executive director for the Valdosta-Lowndes Conference Center and Tourism Authority where he had worked between October 2009 and October 2010.

Prior to that, he served as general manager of the Special Events Center at Garland, Texas, from January 2005 to October 2009; opening director for the Stafford Centre for the city of Stafford, Texas, from January 2004 to August 2004; and the executive director of the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center Authority for the City of Dalton from May 1996 through November 2003.

Mabe's previous employer, Ron Evans -- chairman of the Valdosta-Lowndes Conference Center and Tourism Authority -- said Mabe's experience in the entertainment industry should translate into a successful career in Albany.

"Strategically, Tim's tenure in the tourism industry, relationships/connections, both previous and current, should benefit Albany and its service area," Evans wrote in a statement to the Herald. "I'm sure Tim already has some strategic iniatives in mind to creatively move your facility and tourism proper to new levels. I wish the best for both Tim and Albany Civic Center!"

Mabe holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University at Texarkana; as well as a bachelors degree in management and public administration from the same university.

Mabe is a certified facilities executive from the International Association of Venue Managers; a certified meeting profession through the Convention Industry Council and a global certification in strategic planning and management through Meeting Professionals International.

To see Mabe's resume, click here.