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April 26, 2016

Pridemore TriciaThe Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority on Thursday voted unanimously to appoint community volunteer and former marketing technology executive Tricia Pridemore to Post 7. Pridemore will fill the unexpired term of Earl Smith, who retired earlier this year.

A Cobb County resident, Pridemore most recently was the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development from 2011-2013. Previously she was the Chief Marketing Officer and Principal of Accucast/Socketware, which was sold to Premiere Global Services (PGI) in 2006.

“Our search for a new Authority member quickly led us to Tricia Pridemore, who has built a reputation in Cobb County and Georgia as a loyal and hardworking advocate for our communities,” said Jerry Nix, Chairman of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority, the governing body for Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and ArtsBridge Foundation. “We are pleased to have her join our Authority, and we look forward to her future contributions to our mission of bringing economic impact and enhancing quality of life in Cobb County.”

Pridemore’s extensive community involvement includes being a member of the Georgia World Congress Center Board of Governors from 2011-2013, a member of the WellStar Hospital Foundation Board of Directors from 2008-2014, president of The Village at Barrett Green Homeowners Association, client services volunteer at MUST Ministries, co-chair of both of Governor Nathan Deal’s Inaugural Committees in 2011 and 2015, and a 2013-2014 candidate for United States Congress in Georgia’s 11th Congressional District.

The Authority is made up of seven members. The member representing Post 7 is appointed by a majority vote of the other members.

About the Authority

The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority owns and operates the Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, ArtsBridge Foundation and Galleria Specialty Shops and is governed by seven members, appointed to seven posts. The Authority is a body corporate and politic created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1980 for the purpose of acquiring, constructing and maintaining facilities for the general purpose of promoting cultural growth, education and welfare.

About Cobb Galleria Centre The Cobb Galleria Centre is located in the beautifully landscaped 88-acre Galleria complex in prestigious northwest Atlanta. Cobb Galleria Centre is Atlanta’s premier convention facility with 320,000 square feet of event space, four exhibition halls, 20 meeting rooms, four executive boardrooms and a grand ballroom. Cobb Galleria Centre had more than 348,000 visitors to 635 events in 2015, resulting in an overall economic impact of $123 million. For more information, visit and follow us on

Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbGalleria and on Instagram at

About Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in northwest Atlanta, inside the Perimeter. Cobb Energy Centre is a premier venue for opera, concerts, Broadway shows, ballet, educational shows, family shows and corporate meetings and events. The Centre hosts

two resident companies, the Atlanta Ballet and The Atlanta Opera. The facility includes the 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre, 10,000-square-foot Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom and other meeting spaces, 1,000 parking spaces including a 700-space parking deck, and full-service food and beverage capabilities. For more information about the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, visit and follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbEnergyPAC and on Instagram at

About ArtsBridge Foundation

ArtsBridge Foundation is dedicated to providing quality arts education and community engagement programs that engage, motivate, inspire, and elevate the next generation of artists and arts supporters. ArtsBridge forms connections with students in grades K-12 by providing arts education opportunities through field trip programs to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, master class workshops, artists-in-schools, and the annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards. Since our inception in 2007, ArtsBridge has served more than 300,000 students and educators from 54 Georgia counties, plus students from Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter at @ArtsbridgeGA, on Facebook at and on Instagram at

About Galleria Specialty Shops

Located in the beautifully landscaped 88-acre Galleria complex in prestigious northwest Atlanta, the Galleria Specialty Shops is one of Atlanta’s premier shopping locations with one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. For more information on the Galleria Specialty Shops visit


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