New interim director at Austin Convention Center Department

AUSTIN, Tex. – Trisha Tatro, assistant director of the Austin Convention Center Department (ACCD), has been named interim director.

In this role, she will temporarily replace former ACCD director Mark Tester, who left to head the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla.

“Trisha has 18 years of experience with the Austin Convention Center Department in event and facilities management,” said Rodney Gonzales, City of Austin assistant city manager, who made the interim assignment. “She has been involved in the strategic planning of the convention center expansion efforts, and has the vision and leadership to keep this project moving forward.”

Tatro has served as assistant director since 2018 and is a member of the Austin Convention Center Department’s executive team. Her duties include administration over facility operations, sustainability, capital improvement projects, event utilities, building maintenance, and parking operation departments at both the Austin Convention Center and the Palmer Events Center.

As assistant director, Tatro managed the $74 million Capital Improvement Project budget for the

ACCD including the Marshalling Yard and Warehouse design projects and the exterior restoration of the Castleman Bull House. Another successful project led by Tatro was a joint effort of completing the walkways now connecting the Hilton and Fairmont Hotels to the convention center.

Tatro joined the department in 2002 as an intern while working on her bachelor of science in sports management from the University of Texas at Austin. Since, she has moved up the ladder as an event coordinator, senior event coordinator, event coordinator supervisor, events services manager, and convention facility manager.

“I have watched our amazing teams passionately serve clients and the public every day,” said Tatro. “I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with our partners and champion the future of the department as interim director.”


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