The San Diego Convention Center Corporation won a Workplace Excellence Award recognizing it as one of the region’s "Great Places to Work." The award was presented by the San Diego Society for Human Resource Management (SDSHRM) at the Sixth Annual Workplace Excellence Award ceremony on Nov. 2, 2005. More than 140 San Diego companies entered the competition which honors exceptional human resources practices that contribute to an organization’s overall success and profitability.
The Corporation, which generated $1.2 billion in economic impact and $25.5 million in tax revenues for the City of San Diego in FY05, is the first City agency to receive this honor. This is an enormous achievement as less than 1% of the total number of companies throughout San Diego are recognized. The Corporation won a coveted Marble Award, the top prize in the Large Employer Category, 630 – 1,300 employees.
The Corporation credits its enormous success to its outstanding service-oriented staff and the emphasis management places on training. Specifically, the "Spirit of San Diego" training program has been an institution since the facility opened in 1989 and is where employees learn that everyone who enters the Convention Center doors is a VIP. The training embodies our "Total Service" philosophy which consistently sets us apart from the competition and makes us a top choice among national meeting planners.
"Because the meetings market is fiercely competitive, exceptional, well-motivated employees can make the difference between providing our clients with a "great" convention experience or one they will soon forget. We are proud of our staff and consider them our greatest asset," says Carol Wallace, President and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation.
The award also speaks volumes about the Corporation’s efforts to maintain and foster a strong, positive partnership with local labor unions. While labor unrest is common in convention facilities in other cities across the nation, the Convention Center has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with labor. This stems from our commitment to providing the very best customer service and insuring a qualified, reliable and efficient work force for our clients.
The San Diego Convention Center Corporation was created by the City of San Diego to manage, market and operates the world-class San Diego Convention Center. Since opening in 1989, the Convention Center has generated $11 billion in regional economic impact, $227.7 million in tax revenues for the city and created nearly 8,000 jobs region-wide.