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(Tulsa, Okla.) November 3, 2015 – Several SMG Tulsa employees received nominations by Venues Today magazine for the Hall of Headlines Awards, the annual awards given to individuals who have made a difference in the venue industry in the last 12 months. Recipients are nominated and elected byVenues Today readers. Winners will be showcased and caricatured in the Venues Today year-end issue, December 2015.

Nominations are divided into five separate categories: News, Bookings, Ops & Tech, Marketing and Concessions. SMG Tulsa garnered four nominations: Jeff Nickler and Michael Owens (Bookings), Casey Sparks and John Dodd (Ops & Tech), Meghan Doyle (Marketing) and Kelly Ortiz and Chaning Queen (Concessions).

“We are proud to have seven SMG Tulsa employees nominated for the Hall of Headline awards. It has been another successful year at BOK Center and to have our hard work and innovation recognized by industry peers is incredibly rewarding,” said SMG General Manager Jeff Nickler.

Additional information about each nomination follows:

Jeff Nickler, General Manager, and Michael Owens, Director of Booking – Bookings Category 
For delivering a historic and record-breaking year at one of the Midwest’s top concert destinations. BOK Center finished its busiest fiscal year in history nearly six years after opening its doors with record attendance (810,208 fans), gross revenue and operating profit. Highlights included a two-week Garth Brooks residency (7 sold-out shows), the only arena date on the One Direction North American stadium tour, the launch of Rush’s “R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour,” the first nationally televised UFC event in Tulsa since 1994, and more. In addition, SMG-produced outdoor festivals and special events, welcoming over a quarter of a million fans to Downtown Tulsa.

Casey Sparks, Assistant General Manager, and John Dodd, Director of Operations – Ops & Tech Category
For completing a dynamic new exterior landscaping project at BOK Center that has transformed the 10 acres of parkland around the arena while also promoting the venue’s social media messaging. The centerpiece of the re-imagined landscape design is a massive rock garden near the front plaza that features the memorable Twitter and Instagram tagline “#rocktheBOK” in colorful lava stone. The $100,000 ecologically sustainable project included a complete overhaul of all exterior planters, the design of a massive new irrigation system, and the installation of new decorative LED lighting. Plants native to Oklahoma provide seasonal color and protection from the region’s unpredictable climate.

Meghan Doyle, Director of Marketing – Marketing Category 
For launching an elaborate marketing campaign to welcome Garth Brooks back to his hometown. In January 2015, Tulsa legend Garth Brooks returned to his birthplace in Oklahoma to perform at BOK Center with a two-week residency featuring seven sold-out shows and over 125,000 tickets sold. It was the event of the year in the Sooner State as national media descended upon Tulsa. The four streets surrounding BOK Center we renamed after the artist’s iconic anthems: Thunder Rolls Road, Low Places Lane, Shameless Boulevard and Rodeo Drive. CMT and Fox News covered the story and Garth himself gushed about the signs live on The Today Show. In addition, the arena’s giant grand lobby staircase was wrapped with a vinyl art design that featured lyrics to “Friends in Low Places.” The staircase turned into a photo opportunity for thousands of fans attending the shows as guest after guest lined up to capture this historical moment.

Kelly Ortiz, Assistant General Manager/F&B, and Chaning Queen, Premium Services F&B Manager – Concessions Category
For bringing the craft cocktail movement to a new bar at BOK Center. At the end of March, the SMG-managed venue unveiled its new bar concept, Copper Stills. Originally a traditional bar on the lower level with traditional liquors and import beers, this point of sale was re-branded by SMG with the help of Alchemy Consulting, a company that’s developed cocktail programs for acclaimed bars across the country. With the craft cocktail movement reaching markets big and small, there’s never been a better time to reach such a captive audience. Cocktails are prepared made to order by 10, extensively trained, skilled bartenders using top-shelf spirits, fresh juices and ingredients along with custom syrups. Alchemy provided SMG with an extensive list of bartending equipment, necessary to make a high-end and delicious cocktail consistently.

Venues Today is a leading international trade publication that covers the business side of entertainment and sports, particularly as it relates to venues.