Biography

Success Strategist

Expert Witness

BartWhitaker.com 
EXPERT WITNESS CASES (2000-Present)
Attorney Johnny Cochran (Disney’s Wide World of Sports Case); the Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, Edward Jones Dome, Rosenblatt Stadium, New York Yankees, Darlington Raceway, Durham Bulls, Smoothie King Center/New Orleans Pelicans, Ringling Brothers Circus… Working as an Expert Witness has enabled me to engage current Venue, Event, Crowd Management Industry Issues. (see page 3 below)

 

Quality Control Consultant
BartWhitaker.com
UNIVERSOUL ENTERTAINMENT (2010-Present)

The Second Largest Touring Circus in the United States

Advisor/Consultant for the owner. Event/Venue Advisor, FOH Training/Management, booked first indoor events in company’s 18-year history…).

 

Success Strategist
BartWhitaker.com (1996-Present) 

Facility/Organization Start-up/Reorganization/Projects: Carolina Panthers/Cleveland Browns of the NFL: Start-up; Georgia Dome Event Security/Crowd Management Privatization Start-up (Andy Frain), International Village Start-Up, Chamblee Business Association Start-Up, SMG (Olympic Operations/Marketing Plan), BCAC (start-up), New Orleans Convention Center, SAFE Management/Super Bowl…

Corporate Hospitality: Directed several Atlanta Centennial Olympics Corporate Hospitality Programs; numerous Masters, US Open, PGA Championship, PGA Tour Championship, Super Bowls and Final 4 Corporate Travel Programs, Directed the Sydney Olympics Program for Beaulieu of America. Travel/Hospitality Manager for the Atlanta Falcons (Team, Family & Fan Club) for Super Bowl 33, Tour de Georgia Hospitality Manager, various corporate programs including the Atlanta Braves, US Open Tennis, MLB All-Star Game, Rolling Stones, U-2, Oscars & Grammy Awards, Rose Bowl, BCS Championship Game…

Event Management/Marketing, Sales & Sponsorships: The Super Bowl, Final 4, Executive Director for the Delta Air Lines Holiday Basketball Classic (GA/GA Tech); Atlanta Steeplechase, Marketing and Promotions Manager for Georgia State University Basketball Team (Lefty Driessell), the Norfolk State University Athletic Marketing Department, Group Ticket Sales for Pace Motorsports/Supercross, Sugar Bowl Parade and Gala, NCAA Final 4 Merchandising, “Lefty’s” Golf Classic, Official Beer Vendor for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games

 

Assistant General Manager
Georgia Dome-Georgia World Congress Center Authority (1990-1996) Atlanta, GA
71,500 seat Domed Stadium; various seating capacities in the Dome/Arena configurations; 120,000 sq. ft. exhibit space, 50-acre property, Centennial Olympic Park
Hired as first operational staff member of this $400+ million-dollar state-of-the-art facility. Assisted with design/ construction issues and directed all start-up activities for the world’s largest cable-supported Dome Stadium. Also: led facility through vigorous Grand Opening, Atlanta Falcons inaugural season, Super Bowl XXVIII, and major conventions/trade and consumer shows; responsible for the development of internal communications/teamwork manuals and training for all employees and contractors. Served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Stadiums Committee for the IAVM and wrote articles for The Facility Manager on Stadium Management topics…

Events/Clients included: Atlanta Falcons; NFL (Super Bowl); Chic-fil-A Peach Bowl; Atlanta Sports Council; Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games; Major Concert Promoters (The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel/Elton John, U-2, Eric Clapton…); SEC Conference Championships, NCAA (Final 4), Amway, Comdex, Super Show…

 

General Manager
Bayfront Center/Duke Energy Performing Arts Center-Mahaffey Performing Arts Center (1988-1991) St. Petersburg, FL

8,500 seat Arena and 2,000 seat Performing Arts Center, Bayfront Marina/Park, 75-acre property
Directed a dynamic restructuring project, involving a public-to-private management transformation, supervised a $100 million dollar renovation/construction project, Implemented the Foundation start-up, event series, and first ever sponsorship activities. BFC staff also assisted in the start-up and grand opening of the Florida Suncoast Dome (i.e., Thunderdome – Tropicana Field).

Events/Clients include Harry Connick Jr.; Temps/Tops 25th Anniversary Show; Whitney Houston; Tom Petty; Stars on Ice, Disney on Ice, Driving Miss Daisy, Le Miz, Ringling Brothers, David Copperfield, Kenny G, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Tampa Bay Orchestra, St. Petersburg Opera, St. Petersburg Grand Prix, Tampa Boat Show…

General Manager
Macon CENTROPLEX (1986-1988) Macon, GA
10,000 seat Arena and 3,000 seat Auditorium, 3750 seat Single A Baseball Stadium (Luther Williams), Central City Park
Reorganized the corporate structure/operation, including staffing, security, bookings, corporate partners, budget, and marketing plans. These efforts resulted in the organization’s only two profitable years in its 20-year history. Improved facility’s cleanliness and communication system, as well as the public’s perception of the facility. Developed feasibility study to renovate, rename and expand facility. Expansion project completed in 1996.

Events/Clients include Reba McEntire; Randy Travis; Hank Williams, Family Shows; Disney on Ice, Stars on Ice, Ice Capades, Mercer University Men’s Basketball, Georgia High School Athletic Association Championships, Convention and Visitors Bureau; Macon Braves (Minor League Baseball Team); Jehovah’s Witness; and GA Manufactured Housing Association, Cherry Blossom Festival…

Director of Events and Public Services
Louisiana SUPERDOME (1980-1986) New Orleans, LA
75,000 seat Domed Stadium, various seating capacities in Dome/Arena configurations, 188,000 sq. ft. exhibit space, and 80,000 sq. ft. meeting room space
Directed daily FT Security Staff of 50, FT Event Services Staff of 15, and Public Service/Contract Security staff of over 1000. Responsible for the oversight, coordination, preparation, and follow-through of each Superdome event. Reorganized the Events and Public Services Department, including the creation of the first Department Mission and Policy Manual. Responsible for vast improvement in public perception and image of Superdome. Directed all in-house Team Building Activities including Annual Holiday Event, Golf Tournament, Service/Merit Awards…

Events/Clients include, Bayou Classic; Pelican Cup Baseball Series; Stevie Wonder; Rick James; National Food Technologies; Seventh Day Adventists; National Education Association; New Orleans Saints; USFL Breakers; Tulane University; Sugar Bowl Committee, NFL (Super Bowl), NCAA (Final 4)…

Chairman of Speakers Special Events Services
Capital University Columbus, OH
Facilitated budgeting, booking, marketing, and operations of Capital University’s Special Events

Food and Beverage Supervisor for Ogden Concessions/Catering
Ohio Stadium/St. John’s Arena (The Ohio State University), Columbus Zoo, The Memorial Golf Tournament
Buckeye Lake Columbus, OH
89,000 seat Stadium, 13,000 seat Arena and OSU Golf Course (Scarlet & Gray).

Expert Witness Experience

  • DISNEY WORLD – THEFT OF iNTELECTUAL PROPERTY
  • EDWARD JONES DOME – personal injury/Standard Operating Procedures
  • NY Yankees – personal injury/Event Set up
  • durham bulls – Crowd Management SOP’s
  • saturn/gm – Event Set up
  • dalington raceway – Event Set up
  • Univ. of South carolina – Security/Crowd Management
  • san diego chargers – Ca Fire insurance claim Dispute
  • Philadelphia Eagles – Business SOP’s
  • OMAHA ROYALS/Rosenblatt Stadium – Facility Set up
  • yigo, guam, amusement park – security/felony assault/crowd management
  • New Orleans pelicans – Personal injury
  • Ringling Brothers Circus – Performer injuries/equipment rigging
  • smoothie king center – construction/engineering complaint & NBA Game INcident

Professional, Academic, and COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Chairperson, Stadium Committee, International Association of Assembly Managers (IAVM)
  • Director At Large, Stadium Committee, Board of Directors (IAVM)
  • Member, Stadium, Meetings, Allied Committees, (IAVM)
  • Member, Stadium Managers Association (SMA)
  • Member, Atlanta Sports Council
  • Member, Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Member, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Member, Georgia World Congress Center Authority
  • Board of Directors, Georgia State University, Sports Management Department
  • President, Gainsborough Community Center
  • Executive Committee Member
  • Member, Bayfront Center Advisory Group & Foundation
  • Member, St. Petersburg, Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Macon Chamber, CVB, Point of Destination and 2005 Committees
  • Member/Director, Chamblee Business Association
  • President Elect, Chamblee Business Association