A few blocks from where I am for the BIO International Convention in Philadelphia is where George Washington wrote his 1796 Farewell Address which was published in Claypool's Daily Advertiser which is also just a few blocks away.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center started out its life in this historic district as a terminal for the Reading Railroad (pictured here thanks to the Railroad Museum of PA) but over the years it has been transformed into a massive facility capable of staging events such as this one attended by 17,000 people representing 70 or so countries from around the world. I wanted to dig a little into what it takes to move in one convention on the heels of an outgoing event and then be able to turn it all around again.
Maria Montero from the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority helped me set up an interview with Greg Tessone, Assistant General Manager of the facility. She also sprung a surprise on an intern on his first day on the job at the Center. Jarrod Simmons found himself in front of a microphone and he handled himself pretty well as you'll hear in this interview.