Events DC Names Stacey Knoppel as New Director of Convention Management

WASHINGTON, DC – (August 15, 2018) – Events DC, the official convention and sports authority of the District of Columbia, announced today the hiring of Stacey Knoppel as director of convention management at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. In this role, Knoppel will oversee the organization of conventions services through the coordination with show management, service partners and internal teams.
“We are excited to welcome Stacey to the organization. Stacey brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from her over 25 years in the convention center and hospitality industries,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “She will have a significant role in working with upcoming world-class meetings and events, as we continue to position Washington, DC as a premier convention destination.”
Knoppel joins Events DC from the Baltimore Convention Center where she served as the Director of Sales, Service and Marketing. She previously held positions at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center through Centerplate/NBSE and the Baltimore Convention Center through ARAMARK.
Knoppel is an active member of various industry associations. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Capital Chapter, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and International Association of Exhibition and Events (IAEE).
“Stacey is an accomplished leader who is highly recognized for her hospitality experience from both industry peers and customers,” said Samuel Thomas, senior vice president and general manager of Events DC and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. “Her involvement in leadership positions with both national and chapter associations will continue to position the convention center with understanding future advancements and growth within our industry.”
“I look forward to leading and mentoring a talented convention services team at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, as we continue to raise the bar in customer service to meet the needs of our clients,” said Knoppel. “Events DC has a strong reputation for delivering premier event experiences to both residents and visitors of the District.”
A native of Maryland, Knoppel earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and an Executive Leadership Program Certification through the IAVM from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that hosts more than 1.7 million visitors and generates more than $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus (RFK Campus), including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the Skate Park at RFK Campus. Stay current on the 190-acre RFK Campus Redevelopment Project at Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Events DC manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and is building the Entertainment & Sports Arena (, all conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit and find us on social media – Facebook (Events DC), Twitter (@TheEventsDC), and Instagram (@EventsDC).