CELEBRATING TWO DECADES
OF CUSTOMER LOYALTY
As the Cobb Galleria Centre celebrates its 20th Anniversary, we would like to recognize several loyal clients who have been with us throughout this amazing journey from the very beginning.
The 21 companies listed below have held various events at our venue since 1994. From banquets to corporate meetings to expos - these companies have done it all. We are grateful to them for their confidence in our facility, their trust, and their continued support. It is clients like these who have made us the successful venue we are today.
LETTER FROM THE CEO
The creative energy keeps flowing at Cobb Galleria Centre where our talented food and beverage team stays ahead of the leading edge of culinary trends.
From chef's tables for eight sourced from ingredients in our on premise garden, to a southern fried chicken dinner for 3,000 in the exhibition halls, our culinary team stays focused on discovering exciting new ways to transform each meal into an extraordinary experience.
With the variety of convention centers to choose from throughout the country, the competition continues to keep us on the top of our game. Recently, an independent survey revealed that meeting planners choose Cobb Galleria Centre because of location, accessibility, quality of food and level of customer service. We are proud of this feedback and appreciate their confidence in our staff.
The Cobb Galleria Centre employees are the heartbeat of the facility, and their commitment to exceeding expectations makes them our most valuable asset. This year we are honoring seven employees who have been on our staff since opening in 1994. Please join us in congratulating Ellen McGonagil, Arthur McDowell, James Patrick, Linda Labollita, Janice Ransbotham, Eleanor Davis and Miguel Cristancho. We are grateful for their many years of service and dedication to excellence.
On behalf of all of us at the Cobb Galleria Centre, we wish you a safe and happy summer!
Michele L. Swann
General Manager and CEO
CHECK OUT OUR NEW VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE!
Take a look at what we’ve been up to recently by visiting our YouTube channel! We have just uploaded some great new videos on our chef’s recent visit to a local farm, our 20th anniversary and our summer garden.
COBB GALLERIA CENTRE EXPANDS
LOCAL FOOD SOURCING
Cobb Galleria Centre has extended its support of local food vendors with several recent initiatives.
The Centre’s in-house culinary team continues to increase the amount of local and organic fare used throughout its menus. Regular suppliers of the Centre include Red Mule Grits (Athens), Pure Bliss Organics (Marietta), Ali’s Cookies (Marietta), Royal Produce (Atlanta), and Sir Kensington’s All Natural Ketchup and Mayonnaise (organic product).
“Our venue feeds 250,000 people every year, so sourcing our food from local farmers makes a huge impact on not only the economy but the environment as well,” said Executive Chef Nicholas Walker. “I am committed to bringing our clients the very best while supporting local businesses and healthy practices, and it doesn’t get more local than our own back yard."
The Centre literally harvests from its back yard herb and vegetable garden throughout the spring and summer months. The garden, which is filled with green onions, parsley, sweet basil, peppermint, spearmint, oregano, rosemary, sage, chives, jalapeno peppers, cayenne peppers, eggplant, okra, four types of tomatoes, and raspberry, blueberry and blackberry bushes. These items are a regular part of the Centre’s cuisine and have reduced herb purchases by 20 percent.
STAFF MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: MARTY TAYLOR
Marty Taylor enjoys the unpredictable nature of his job as Show Services Supervisor in the Engineering Department.
Taylor spent the early part of his childhood living in a small town outside of Stuttgart, Germany and moved to the U.S. when he was 10 years old. Taylor previously worked as a stage manager in Ohio where he did stage rigging and set design before moving to Atlanta in August of 2011. He continued his career in stage setup at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and a year later Taylor was sent to the Cobb Galleria Centre to provide additional assistance for The Atlanta Shoe Market. Soon thereafter, he was rewarded with a full-time position at the Centre.
“There's a good variety of things we get to do here with different events and tasks,” Taylor said, as he listed several different aspects of his job including working on electricity, water, air conditioning and other maintenance duties.
Taylor lives in Marietta and has three children: a middle school language arts and science teacher who lives in Florida; an assistant orientation director for Ohio University in Athens, Ohio; and a Kennesaw State University student majoring in hospitality management. Taylor's first grandchild, Alexa, was born in April.
EVENT SPOTLIGHT: SOUTHEAST HOME SCHOOL EXPO
For three days each summer, the Cobb Galleria Centre bustles with home schooled children who are visiting with friends while parents and teachers discuss the upcoming school year. The Southeast Home School Expo will bring 6,800 members of the home-schooling community together from July 24-26.
The Home Educators Encouragement Alliance (HEEA) hosts the expo and is in its 20th year of operation. Beginning at a smaller location, the expo steadily grew and moved to the Cobb Galleria Centre in 2002. The expo also books several hundred rooms at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and the Sheraton Suites Galleria Atlanta.
"The Cobb Galleria Centre has provided us with opportunities to grow and has enough meeting rooms to do all the breakout sessions that we would do, which is hard to find in convention centers," said HEEA director, Randi St. Dennis.
The opening day of the event is the Home-Schooling for Excellence 101 conference that introduces new home schooling parents to home schooling veterans in order to receive personalized help on their home schooling situation.
During the next two days, parents can attend more than 120 workshops, view and purchase educational materials and listen to more than 60 speakers on a variety of home schooling and parenting topics.
Children can enjoy fun activities in the Kid Zone and can also attend a live animal and artifact educational program by a Zoo Atlanta speaker or take a swing at the Atlanta Braves Kids Activity batting cage. Teenagers can use the college fair to speak with representatives from several different colleges and universities. For more information, visit southeasthomeschoolexpo.com.
COBB PARKWAY WIDENING WILL BRING BETTER ACCESS TO COBB GALLERIA CENTRE
If you have been to the Cobb Galleria Centre lately via Cobb Parkway south, you may have noticed roadwork. The Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID) in partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) and Cobb County are in the process of widening Cobb Parkway from Paces Mill to Akers Mill Roads as well as reconstructing and widening the U.S. Highway 41 Bridge about 3/4 mile south of the Centre.
The busy mile of Cobb Parkway will increase in size from four to six lanes with a raised median and a multi-use trail that will connect to national park land. Reconstruction of the bridge will result in multiple long-term benefits for the area including safer traffic flow, greater capacity, improved connectivity between Cobb and Fulton counties and better access to nearby recreation facilities. The new bridge will have a six-lane capacity along with pedestrian and bicycle amenities.
The projected completion date for the bridge portion of the project is in 2015. The projected completion date for the road-widening project is in 2017.