Spring 2015


May 14
Cobb Chamber Business Expo

May 30
Platinum Real Estate Agent Workshop

May 30-31
Awakened Spirit Expo

June 5-7
The 2015 Blade Show

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Carly Arambula, Director of Human Resources

William Bullock, Utility Maintenance

Derrick Carroll, Attendant

Everett Gardner, Utility Maintenance

Jocelyn Matyus,
Event Coordinator

Patrick Rice, Assistant Banquet Manager

Travis Seals, Public Safety Officer

Philippe Zamor, Set Up Attendant


Joe Green, DIrector of Engineering

Salim Maarouf, Beverage Manager

Victor Sgobba, Lead Engineer

Marty Taylor, Chief Engineer





Michele Swann Last week, there was excitement in the air as Cobb Galleria Centre welcomed for the first time UTC Telecom & Technology 2015. We rolled out the red carpet for 1,500 information and communications technology professionals and technology partners.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) is a global trade association that represents electric, gas, water utilities and critical infrastructure companies. The four-day educational conference and tradeshow utilized a combination of exhibition and meeting space at our convention center, performing arts center and the adjoining Renaissance Waverly hotel.

According to Chris Colbert, Director of Tradeshow Sales for Cobb Travel & Tourism, one of compelling reasons UTC selected Cobb County as their destination was the sense of community and symbiotic relationship all entities demonstrate during the site selection process. Also weighing heavily in their decision was the close proximity to shopping, restaurants, entertainment and complimentary parking. We are extremely grateful to Chris for his efforts in helping to secure this conference. The strong partnership our team has cultivated with Cobb Travel & Tourism is the foundation for our continued success in marketing and attracting multi-day conventions and tradeshows to our community.

Our employees take center stage in this issue of our newsletter. While we continually have interesting news to report from Cobb Galleria Centre, it is always our team that makes great things happen. We recently bid a fond farewell to our long-time Director of Human Resources, Dina Dow and are pleased to introduce her replacement, Carly Arambula. The Centre’s employees are the heartbeat of our facility and their commitment to exceeding expectations makes them our most valuable asset. In this issue you will meet Janice Ransbotham who this year is celebrating 21 years of service with Cobb Galleria Centre.

We wish everyone a happy, healthy spring and look forward to welcoming you soon.

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Michele L. Swann
General Manager and CEO


The Atlanta Jewelry Show, one of 179 multi-day conventions/trade shows held at the Cobb Galleria Centre each year, is celebrating its 65th Anniversary.

Atlanta Jewelry Show

Photo courtesy of Shepard Expositions

The Southeastern Jewelry Travelers Association produces a bi-annual buying show at the Cobb Galleria Centre. This year's spring show ran February 28 - March 2. The Atlanta Jewelry Show is where independent jewelry stores come to place orders for fresh new jewelry styles and best-selling designs. And, it's more than just a trade show. It's an industry event that provides opportunity and networking in an environment that's relaxed, friendly, professional and overflowing with southern hospitality. Buyers can explore the latest from top brands and up-and-coming companies representing virtually every product category, including the new handcrafted section. There are a number of free seminars offered throughout the show. Presented by industry leaders and business experts, these programs promise to put stores on the cutting edge.

The show has made its home at the Cobb Galleria Centre since 1996, and 400 exhibitors fill an estimated 144,000 square feet of exhibition and event space at the Cobb Galleria Centre and Renaissance Waverly Hotel.

The show's economic impact is felt throughout Atlanta, with more than 7,500 attendees filling 4,600 area hotel rooms, twice a year.


MenuWant to know what happens when you mix classical French cooking style with a chef with deep Georgia roots? It's the new menus at the Cobb Galleria Centre, inspired and created by Executive Chef Nicholas Walker. Our new menus will exceed your expectations of convention center cuisine and will provide guests with options tailored to their tastes.

Chef Walker prides himself on taking local ingredients and transforming them into an upscale and sophisticated menu, worthy of any five-star restaurant. Purchasing from local dairy, vegetable, granola, grain, meat and wheat producers, Walker is able to provide more selections in seasonality and freshness. The new menu follows current food trends, provides a healthier approach to food and is made with wholesome and local ingredients.

Our menu is designed to fit any type of event whether it is a large convention or a smaller meeting. Each menu is customizable, with a la carte options, to allow clients to create meals catered to their specific audience preferences. We have new menus for breakfast, a la carte items, breaks, lunch, dinner, receptions, stations and hors d'oeuvres; as well as a full wine list and bar.

"Our cuisine focuses on the quality of the food, regardless of the quantity," says Chef Walker. "The menus are written so that you can have a great event for a large group of people but not sacrifice the quality of the product."

By taking his French technique and applying it to local, southern ingredients, Chef Walker provides a menu that is creative, functional and above all delicious. To see a full list of our menu options, click here.


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The Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre are proud to announce the arrival of Carly Arambula and the promotion of Joe Green.

Carly ArambulaCarly Arambula joined us in April as the new head of HR. She replaces longtime HR Director Dina Dow, who recently retired. A Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native, Arambula has eight years of human resources experience in a variety of hotel properties and management companies, including Lowes, Omni, Riverside Hotel and Trans Inns Management, where she most recently oversaw human resources for 13 hotels in nine states. A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in Hospitality Management, Arambula has her PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification and is fluent in Spanish.Joe Green

Joe Green, a six-year veteran of the Cobb Galleria Centre, has been promoted to Director of Engineering. Green oversees a staff of 10 at the convention center, performing arts center and Galleria Specialty Shops. Green’s eclectic background includes experience in both residential and commercial construction, mechanical doors, electrical, warehouses, and he even owned a Bobcat business. Raised in Orlando, Fla., Green moved to Atlanta eight years ago when he was transferred by HH Gregg. He began working for the Centre in 2009 as an engineer. He was promoted to Chief Engineer before becoming the Director of Engineering in March.


Janice Ransbotham

When you ask Janice Ransbotham what her favorite memories are of working at the Cobb Galleria Centre, she has plenty of stories to tell about fun Christmas and Super Bowl parties from years ago. Ransbotham, the Catering Coordinator, has been working at the Centre for over 20 years.

In her role as administrative assistant, Ransbotham oversees organizing and distributing banquet event orders, taking new catering sales inquiries and overall assisting the catering managers. She describes her everyday routine as a variety of different tasks, and she enjoys helping where she is needed.

"I've been here a long time, I have met nice people and made good friends," says Ransbotham of her time at the Centre. "I enjoy the variety, and it's a great place to work."


Atlanta Home Show

Even when the housing market and the economy declined several years ago, the Atlanta Home Show remained strong. For the past six years, the Cobb Galleria Centre has had the honor of hosting the Spring Atlanta Home Show, and the 2015 edition was the largest ever produced.

This three-day show provides a unique experience for homeowners to learn and speak with vendors and professionals in home repair, renovation and design. Attendees have the opportunity shop for all home renovation needs in one place from more than 350 exhibitors.

Over the past few years, the Atlanta Home Show has grown exponentially. This year the Spring show, held March 20-22, welcomed between 20,000 and 25,000 visitors.

The event gives homeowners a chance to invest wisely and enjoy the renovations, says Michael Schoppenhorst, the show director. "Attendees enjoy being able to learn from experts in home renovation and being able to listen to well-known speakers such as Joe Washington from HGTV's "Ground Breakers."

Schoppenhorst says that he loves producing events at the Cobb Galleria Centre. "The staff knows our events, and we feel that we have developed an important relationship with everyone in all positions," says Schoppenhorst. "Kyle Smith, our event manager, does a fantastic job. He is like an extension of our team." Along with the great service received from the staff, Schoppenhorst also says that the free parking and central location of the Centre make it a perfect host for their events.

The Atlanta Home Show is held twice a year at the Cobb Galleria Centre, in the fall and spring. The Centre has hosted the Fall show since the venue opened in 1994. To learn more about this event, visit


Party Under the Bridge

The public is invited to join the Cumberland Community Improvement District for a community block party under the Interstate 285 bridge at Powers Ferry Road to celebrate the grand opening of the Akers Mill Trail East from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 30.

This new segment of multi-use trail connects National Park Service's Cochran Shoals trailhead to more than 20 miles of trail network in the area.  The event will feature one of Marietta Chalktoberfest's artists doing a live chalk art installation, a DJ, food trucks, and more! The first 300 attendees to arrive will receive a voucher for a complimentary food item from one of the event vendors.

For more information and to register for this free event, click here.

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