Music Center Richard Ginzel


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Music City Center President and Chief Executive
Officer Charles Starks has appointed Richard Ginzel as General Manager
of Food & Beverage for the 2.1 million square foot convention center.
The position is contracted through the facility’s exclusive food and
beverage provider, Sodexo Live!

Ginzel is from Detroit and studied at Wayne State University. His
background includes over 20 years of hospitality, food service, and
convention center experience. He’s directed and managed food service
operations for large-scale event venues in New Orleans, Las Vegas, San
Diego, and Sacramento, Calif. Most recently, he served as Vice President
of Operations for the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium,
Indianapolis Zoo and Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

As Food & Beverage General Manager, Ginzel will oversee operations
related to the procurement, production, preparation, service, and sale
of food and refreshments within the building. His direct reports will
include the directors and managers of those areas.

“We’ve been tremendously successful in our approach to food and
beverage service, and we’re excited to see that continue with
Richard,” Starks said. “His vast experience and dedication to this
industry will be a welcome asset to our team.”

“Working in convention centers has been a passion, and I am delighted
to be here in Nashville,” Ginzel said. “Joining this incredibly
talented team and working in this amazing facility is a dream come

Doug Zimmerman currently holds the position that Ginzel is set to take
over. Zimmerman announced his retirement in March after 11 years with

“I leave so proud, humbled, and thankful to have been a part of the
incredible team at Music City Center since its inception. It has been
the best job ever,” said Zimmerman. “After 43 years in the food and
beverage industry, I look forward to watching the next generation

Ginzel and Zimmerman will work in the leadership role to
ensure a smooth transition. Zimmerman’s official retirement date is
July 9.

Attached is a high-resolution image of Ginzel.

About Music City Center
Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, Music City Center is a 2.1
million-square-foot convention center with more than 353,000 square feet
of exhibit hall space, two ballrooms, 55 meeting rooms, and a covered
parking garage with 1,800 spaces. The mission of MCC is to create
significant economic benefit for the greater Nashville area, while
focusing on community inclusion, sustainability, and exceptional
customer service through conventions, trade shows, and community

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