Kristin Kurie, President of Charleston, SC-based Wilderman Group announced the appointment of Andrea Powers as General Manager at LeGrand Center, the new multi-use, 44,000 square-foot conference center in Shelby, NC.
Powers recently held the position of Director at Richmond Hill City Center in Richmond Hill, GA which is managed by The Wilderman Group. She also previously served as Director of Sales at Richmond Hill City Center. Kurie noted that Andrea was an asset to the recent successes at RHCC that led to a contract renewal for The Wilderman Group with the city of Richmond Hill to continue to manage the facility. According to Kurie, “Andrea is responsible for very a strong year at Richmond Hill City Center and her commitment and drive helped the property come in under budget for the year.”
Powers has more than ten years experience in hospitality and has worked in a variety of segments of hotel management including Guest Services, Catering, Conference Services, and Director of Sales. Her experience includes positions with Wyndham, Holiday Inn, LaQuinta and several boutique hotels. She also served as Hotel Manager for Clipper Cruise Lines where she was responsible for all hotel operations. She holds a bachelor of science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University.
Andrea’s industry experience includes positions with responsibility for monthly financial reports, establishing menus, room setups, as well as the hiring, scheduling, training and supervision of catered events. According to Kurie, Andrea successfully demonstrated a strong record of accomplishments during her two-year position at Richmond Hill City Center showing a genuine sense of community engagement, financial and operational focus, and a “bottom-line sensibility”. Kurie notes, “Andrea is always ‘on’ and consistently displays a commitment to her career.’”
As General Manager, Andrea is responsible for the day-to-day operations of LeGrand Center which is registered for LEED-Silver certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). She assumes responsibility for sales and marketing, accounting and purchasing, food and beverage, housekeeping and facility maintenance, catering and conference services, audio/visual and technology, and the environmental sustainability programs on property.Andrea’s strong background with larger meeting and conventions centers are ideally suited for LeGrand Center. She has a proven record in sales, planning and event operations which is essential at LeGrand Center which features a flexible, multi-use ballroom expandable to 20,000 square feet seating up to 1,000 people banquet style and 1,700 theater style, providing adaptable space to accommodate meetings, weddings, fundraisers, and social gatherings and events.