Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center Earns LEED Recertification and Appoints New Staff
  • February 14, 2018
  • FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center has successfully earned LEED® recertification, maintaining its LEED for Existing Buildings Gold status. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the foremost program for buildings that support improved environmental and human health performance.

    Owned by Broward County and managed by SMG, the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center was the first convention center in Florida and the third in the nation to earn LEED Gold. The Convention Center’s initial certification in 2012 and its recertification in 2018 were a result of the extensive collaboration between Broward County and SMG. The two have been partners in the Convention Center’s operation for more than 25 years.

    “Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, SMG demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.”

    SMG recently welcomed Renee Browning as Assistant General Manager and promoted Ashley York to Director of Event Services at the 600,000-sq.-ft. multipurpose facility.

    Assistant General Manager Renee Browning


    With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Browning joins the Convention Center from Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, AL, where she served as Assistant Director of Sales. In her new position, she will oversee sales initiatives between the Convention Center and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Conventions & Visitors Bureau.

    “Renee’s extensive experience in the meetings and conventions industry is an undeniable asset for our team,” said Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center General Manager Mark Gatley. “We are excited to welcome Renee to Fort Lauderdale and look forward to sharing many successes.”

    Director of Event Services Ashley York


    Ashley York joined the SMG team as an Event Manager in 2012, working her way up the ranks to Senior Event Manager in 2017. In her new position as Director of Event Services, she will lead a team of four event managers, oversee event planning processes and logistics for a variety of large-scale clients, and ensure the success of meetings and conventions hosted at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

    “Ashley navigates her leadership role with skillfulness and poise beyond her years. Her colleagues continue to be inspired by her enthusiasm and commitment to making our facility one of the most sought-after destinations for meeting planners around the world. We’re truly lucky to have her,” Gatley said.