SMG Hires Operations Manager to Oversee New Albany Capital Center
  • February 1, 2017
  • ALBANY, NY – With the countdown to the highly anticipated March 1 opening, the SMG-managed Albany Capital Center (ACC) announces the hiring of Joseph Leavens as operations manager beginning Feb. 6, 2017. With this appointment, the ACC continues to round out its internal senior management team.

    operations managerHaving started his career in the Capital Region, Leavens comes to the ACC from his most recent position at another SMG-managed property, Hampton Roads Convention Center (HRCC) in Hampton, VA. As facilities operations manager at HRCC, Leavens managed its security and maintenance departments. Prior to his role as operations manager, Leavens was the manager of housekeeping and setup for the convention center.

    “Leavens brings a distinctive leadership skillset that matches with our vision for our new, modern facility,” said Doug McClaine, General Manager, Albany Capital Center. “Having managed a property the size of Hampton Roads Convention Center in Virginia, we are fortunate to have this expertise on our team and are looking forward to working with him.”

    Leavens is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in business and finance.  A Whitehall, NY native, Leavens looks forward to his move back to the region where in his free time he enjoys hiking and fishing in the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains.

    Additional job opportunities available with the ACC and Mazzone Hospitality, the exclusive caterer of the convention center, can be found at

    ACC also announces today that it has signed an agreement with The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local #14. The union will become the exclusive provider of production services and rigging services for the ACC. IATSE Local #14 has maintained a contract with neighboring SMG-managed Times Union Center since opening in 1990. Its other local contracts include The Palace Theater and Proctors.

    “We have a solid, longstanding relationship working with SMG at the Times Union Center and we look forward to adding the neighboring Albany Capital Center to our future Responsibilities,” said James Anziano, Business Representative, Stage Hands Local 14.