What are you ... with John Bolton, BOK Center manager
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Thursday, March 07, 2013
3/07/13 at 4:14 AM
BOK Center general manager John Bolton celebrates six years in Tulsa this month. The Alabama-raised Green Country transplant falls more in love with the place the longer he's here.
Back in 2007, he was the first employee hired when SMG Tulsa opened shop - and management duties - for the BOK Center and the Tulsa Convention Center.
Last February, industry tracker Pollstar named him the best in the world when it awarded him the 2012 Pollstar Facility Executive of the Year. It was his third time to win the award since coming to Tulsa.
Late last year, SMG earned a prestigious spot on Oklahoma Magazine's list of "2012 Great Companies to Work For."
He's more than an executive. He's a traveler, a foodie and a true music lover. He's often spotted out and about at other concert venues, taking in concerts in his free time.
... reading/listening to/watching recently?
Music: Mumford & Sons. Book: "Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped" by Dean Budnick and Josh Baron.
... seeing live this month, as far as music is concerned?
Muse, Maroon 5, WinterJam, all the BOK shows. Plus, I'll see Darius Rucker at Hard Rock Tulsa on Friday.
(Editor note: See page 26 for our WinterJam interview, page 24 for our Muse advance and page 27 for our interview with Darius Rucker.)
... hoping to see happen in Tulsa in 2013?
A good debate about Tulsa's future during the mayoral campaign - plus an amazing fifth anniversary celebration at the BOK Center.
... dreaming about for concerts at the BOK Center?
I don't want to say, since everyone would know those are most likely the concerts coming soon!
... telling people about Tulsa's concert and live music scene?
Tulsa is a must-play on any tour, large or small, and one of the country's best emerging concert destinations.
... planning for a special night out?
Brady Village Arts Crawl followed by a concert at the new Guthrie Green.
... what is your favorite "guilty pleasure" in Green Country?
The famous Lemon Pecan Pie at the The Hammett House in Claremore.
... eating for dinner?
... what are you doing on your next vacation?
Cape Cod this summer.
... enjoying most about your job?
Seeing many of my staff really grow into great managers.
... happiest about regarding the BOK Center?
The sustained success BOK Center has enjoyed.
... doing most often when you're not at the BOK Center?
Usually traveling for work and pleasure.
John Bolton, manager of the BOK Center JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World