Mark Zimmerman served as the General Manager of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, responsible for managing the fourth largest convention center in the United States. He is also responsible for more than 400 employees. Under his leadership, the Center has hosted many of the Top 200 Trade Shows in the country, as well as the 1988 Democratic National Convention, 1994 and 2000 Super Bowls, and several NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship events.
Mark rose through the facility’s ranks starting out as a Concessions Supervisor and later serving as Director of Event Services until leaving the Congress Center in 1992 to open the Cobb Galleria Center. A 300,000 square foot convention facility in Cobb County, Georgia, Mark became the Galleria’s first Assistant General Manager. From there, he returned to the Congress Center in 1995 and assumed the position of Assistant General Manager, just in time for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. In 2004 Mark took over as the Congress Center’s General Manager and retired December 2016.
Mark has served on numerous hospitality boards, is well-regarded in the industry and is a member of the following organizations:
Exhibition Service Contractors Association (ESCA)
Southeastern International Association of Events and Expositions (IAEE) - Southeast Chapter Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
International Association Venue Management (IAVM)
Northwood University Entertainment Sports & Promotions Management (ESPM)
Georgia State University Hospitality Board
Kennesaw State University Center for Young Adult Addiction & Recovery
University of West Georgia Sports Management
He was recently named to the Trade Show Executive Exposition Forecasting Board (EFB), a 20-member board that includes leaders from every facet of the convention business.
Mark is a graduate of Northwood University (BBA) in Midland, Michigan.
Zimmerman Consulting is a full service venue and food service and event management company. With over 30 years of top level management experience at major convention centers and guiding such international events as the Olympics, Super Bowl, Final Four, International Wood Working Fare as well as opening and operating different building types. Zimmerman Consulting draws on experts in the areas of Facilities management, Trade Show and Event Management, Food Service Management at large Venues and college campuses. Our goal is dedicated to building lasting relationships and profitable solutions for all involved in each project.