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The Wilderman Group Appoints Karl Anthony Swainey (Tony) as Vice President and
General Manager of the Gastonia Conference Center in Gastonia, North Carolina

(Charleston, SC) – March 2011 - Kristin Kurie, President of The Wilderman Group, announced the appointment of Carl Anthony Swainey (Tony) as Vice President and General Manager of the Gastonia Conference Center in Gastonia. NC.

In making the appointment, Ms. Kurie, “we are very happy to welcome Tony to The Wilderman Group in his important role as VP and General Manager at the Gastonia Conference Center.  We are confident that Tony is the ideal match for this exciting project and that he will play an active role in the revitalization of Gastonia’s historic downtown community.”  Tony’s background includes senior management with extensive domestic and international experience in hospitality management.  He also brings strong operations and sales & marketing background and a proven track record of building highly effective organizations as well as improving operations, guest satisfaction and owner return on investment (ROI).

In his role as General Manager, Mr. Swainey will introduce Gastonia Conference Center to the community and the region for weddings, meetings and special events. In addition, he will manage the day-to-day operations of the facility to achieve the established financial targets for the center and will be responsible for preparing budgets, marketing strategies and managing expectations for the new multi-use facility.  His responsibilities will also include environmental stewardship of the property’s innovative sustainable hospitality programs.

Tony brings solid hands-on experience to the position, having established Old South Hospitality, Inc., a successful consulting practice providing operational, sales and marketing expertise to the hospitality industry along with successful measureable results in the implementation of improved service standards, market repositioning, and new revenue sources.

Tony holds a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Administration of Justice from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.  He is active in the Clover, SC community where he lives with his family.

Gastonia Conference Center
The Gastonia Conference Center is part of the significant downtown revitalization of the city of Gastonia and is being developed to drive economic resurgence in the area. The conference center will serve as the ideal venue for all types of meetings and events serving civic organizations and local business, as well as luncheons, family reunions, or group gatherings and weddings.   The elegant, modern and contemporary venue is iconic and evokes community pride, while complementing the surrounding downtown architecture and style.

With 5,000 square feet of flexible space, the ballroom accommodates over 300 people for banquet seating, or over 400 people for auditorium-style seating. The ballroom features cutting-edge technology with traditional furnishings and appointments, and can be divided into four separate rooms. All space is designed with a high level of flexibility and comfort.  The conference center will also feature a three-story parking deck with 229 spaces including surface area parking.  The parking deck will include nine conveniently located electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for hybrids, electric, and other plug-in vehicles. This exceeds the criteria established by the US Green Building Council.

LEED Certification
The design of the Gastonia Conference Center is in accordance with the stringent criteria established by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for LEED GOLD certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).  Environmental/ sustainable features will be implemented throughout the Center.  The sustainable design will follow the rigorous standards for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and innovative design.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that provides third- party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.  Green buildings are safer, healthier, more comfortable, and more durable than conventional structures.

The Wilderman Group  is a woman-owned hospitality management company that provides focused services both customized and cutting edge with a concentration in the Carolinas and the Southeast. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, TWG is a full-service hospitality management firm with a team of industry experts in all areas of hospitality including, operations, sales and marketing management, food and beverage, and environmental programs.  They specialize in civic and community developments and creating effective and productive environments for meetings and conferences. They are steadfast in their commitment to environmental stewardship and are proud and active members of the US Green Building Council’s Charlotte Regional Chapter, South Carolina Chapter, Georgia Chapter, and the International Association of Conference Centers.  For details on the capabilities and services offered by The Wilderman Group, visit the website at or call 843.670.5056.

James M. Mahon
914 548 5835


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Also See: The Wilderman Group Chosen by the City Council of Gastonia, North Carolina to Manage the Gastonia Conference Center, a Cornerstone of the City's Revitalization Project / March 2011

Kristin D. Kurie Appointed as President of The Wilderman Group / February 2011

The Wilderman Group Names Kermit Griffin as Director and Executive Chef of Richmond Hill City Center, Richmond Hill, Georgia / October 2010

The Wilderman Group Appoints Jeannie Green General Manager at Richmond Hill City Center, a Conference Center Located in Richmond Hill, Georgia / February 2010

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