No. 2 executive at Tulsa's BOK Center Jerry Goldman leaving to take over Long Island arena
BY BRIAN BARBER World Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
3/06/12 at 5:14 AM
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The BOK Center's No. 2 executive is leaving Tulsa this month to run an arena in Long Island, N.Y.
Jerry Goldman, who has been the BOK Center's assistant general manager since it opened in August 2008, has been hired as the general manager of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
He will be responsible for the overall operations and booking of the facility, which is home to the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League.
Both facilities are overseen by SMG, a venue management firm.
Goldman, whose successor in Tulsa has not been determined, called the move an "incredible opportunity."
"The BOK Center will always have a special place in my heart, and I will miss all my colleagues in Tulsa," he said.
BOK Center General Manager John Bolton said Goldman has played a key role in the success of Tulsa's arena. His experience in booking has positioned the venue as one the top facilities worldwide in ticket sales.
Bolton said the move to "one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country speaks volumes of his talent and his record of success. All of us at the BOK Center will miss him."
SMG's senior vice president of arenas, Hank Abate, said Goldman's work at the BOK Center made him the right fit for the new role.
"We are thrilled he agreed to grow within the company and look forward to his leadership making an impact on Long Island," Abate said.
The Nassau Coliseum opened in 1972 and has been managed by SMG since 1979. It is one of the oldest and largest accounts in SMG's roster of hundreds of venues.