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Expo Center seeking manager, 20 applied so far

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Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the search for an Expo Center Marketing Director is ongoing.

The position would be responsible for booking events at the Expo Center, to be constructed at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on East Baddour Parkway. The proposal for an Expo Center was approved by the Wilson County Commission in April.

The Marketing Director position was posted online July 1 and was taken down on July 31 - leaving folks to wonder if the spot had been filled. Hutto explained that it was simply removed so that changes could be made to the job description and it will be reposted soon.

Hutto said the original post listed the baseline salary for the position at $40,000; however, the revised post will include information that the position is performance-based. At press time, Hutto planned to present the plan to the Budget Committee at their Tuesday meeting. If approved, the position will be reposted Aug. 5-19.

"They will earn their baseline salary no matter what," he said. "At the end of the year, if they haven't reached their goal we will discuss whether we want to renew their contract or not."

In addition, if the Marketing Director does well in securing events at the Expo Center, there is potential for a raise in pay.

Twenty applications have been submitted for the position. Hutto will review applications on Aug. 20-21 and schedule interviews for the week of Aug. 24.

"We hope to have someone named by September 1," Hutto said, adding that the Marketing Director will report directly to him.

Ag Center Administrative Assistant Donna Bane said she has already seen an interest in events coming to the Expo Center - but until a Marketing Director is hired booking rates cannot be set.

"We are kind of waiting on that Marketing Director," she said.

There are several outdoor and arena events already scheduled for the Ag Center in 2016 including the Tennessee Beef Agribition (March 10-15), Country Living Fair (April 22-24), Redneck Rumble Spring Edition (May 7), F100 Supernationals (May 12-14), Whip Crackin' Rodeo (April 22-23), Slammin' and Jammin' (May 27-28), National Junior High School Rodel Finals (June 19-25), the Wilson County Fair (Aug.19-27) and more.

Hutto said plans will be presented to the Lebanon Planning Commission in August and the bidding process will take about a month. Construction on the Expo Center should begin in mid-October.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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