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Kozuback adds that bank records as of Dec. 5, 2003, indicated 19 non sufficient fund checks were issued, overdrawing the operating fund account over $62,000 for two days in November that year.
Rothenberg adds that Global Spectrum had achieved greater than expected financial results and received high marks from many patrons and promoters, including Clear Channel, the worlds biggest concert promoter.
Since its October 2003 opening, Dodge Arena has become home to the Dorados arenafootball2 team and the Central Hockey Leagues Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees franchise. There have been numerous sold out performances by artists such as Aerosmith, Cher and Alan Jackson.
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The city has hired an outside firm, Long Chilton LLP, to audit the arena for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2004. Vera said that audit should have been completed in January but was delayed because of Global Spectrums failure to provide financial records in a timely manner.
In correspondence obtained from the city of Hidalgo through the public information request, Global Spectrum argues that the problems were not of its making, had been remedied in a timely manner or were not its responsibility to address under the terms of its contract with ICC.
A settlement agreement signed earlier this month resolved a lawsuit Global Spectrum filed against ICC and the citys facilities corporation in response to ICCs efforts to terminate its contract. The lawsuit alleged breach of contract, business disparagement and fraudulent transfer.
The commitment to customer service has been a key issue of concern since the inaugural event was held in the facility on October 23, 2003, Rick Kozuback, president and chief executive officer of Global Entertainment, wrote in a Dec. 10, 2003, letter to Global Spectrum.
Compass Facilities employee Norman Ford, the arenas new interim general manager and transition team leader, said the new management already made it through its first event, the May 21 game between the Dorados and the Wilkes Barre Scranton Pioneers, and is ready to host rapper Nelly for his rescheduled Sweat Suit Tour performance on Tuesday.
On May 20, ICC replaced Global Spectrum with GECompass LLC, a joint venture between Global Entertainment Corp. and Global Compass Facility Management Inc.
Looking ahead to the staffing needs at the arena, Kozuback, the president of ICC parent company Global Entertainment, said his company is committed to the city of Hidalgo to hire as many local people as it can.
Philadelphia based Global Spectrum LP had a contract with International Coliseums Co. to run the $18 million, 5,500 seat arena. ICC, in turn, worked for the Texas Municipal Facilities Corp., the nonprofit, city established entity that owns the arena.
For the first game, we just wanted to get through it, but we didnt have any complaints, which was good, and now were just going to settle in and do the business and the paperwork part of it, and then start working on customer service and some other challenges that weve had.
to make sure that locals have every opportunity to be employed in the building.
Global Spectrum ousted as Dodge Arena manager
The City of Hidalgo has expressed their concern with regards to the level of accounting proficiency with current staff and management, Kozuback says. Deposit records from Texas State Bank show five incidents, October 27 through November 21, where the total of the deposit slip did not reconcile with actual cash/checks deposited.
He said the city opted to hire its own auditors rather than rely on Global Spectrums auditors because of the concerns that were out there regarding Global Spectrum. Once completed, the audit will be presented to the citys facilities corporation for review.
Global Spectrums financial management also comes under fire in the letter.
30, 2005 A list of complaints ranging from the quality of concessions to the way the Dodge Arenas books were done led to the ouster of Global Spectrum LP as the manager of the city owned venues day to day operations.
By Marc B. Geller
Vera, in a Sept. 14, 2004, letter to Global Spectrum, also notes problems relating to cash flow: In February, TMFC reported to (Global Spectrum regional vice president) Dean Dennis numerous shortages that were discovered in the box office, some in excess of $10,000. This practice is not acceptable to TMFC or the City of Hidalgo and we want to be assured that all controls are in place to prevent this from reoccurring.
That wont change, he said. In fact it will be stronger, because we felt that that wasnt always the case in the past. We didnt feel that the local people necessarily had the best chance to get employment in the building, and it is our intention Michael Kors Handbag Pink
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He maintains that Global Spectrum nevertheless had met the challenges, achieving greater than expected financial results and exceeding customer expectations.
Security also was an issue, according to the letter.
Due to the lack of security after performances, Kozuback says, the building has experienced various problems with theft, which included a computer and other miscellaneous items stolen.
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The Monitor obtained several months of correspondence among the city, ICC and Global Spectrum through a request made to the city of Hidalgo under the state Public Information Act. That correspondence reveals that the citys dissatisfaction with Global Spectrums customer service and accounting practices began almost as soon as the arena opened.
He also cites grave concern by the city over the quality, service and pricing of food and beverages offered by the Global Spectrum managed, Hidalgo Festivals, Inc. and says that comments from premium seat holders, club seat and luxury suite owners; indicate a growing dissatisfaction with this crucial part of their experience at the Dodge Arena.
Calling the arena an overwhelming success in its first year and a half, he notes that it had won numerous accolades, received high marks from patrons and promoters, and was recognized as a leader in its category by trade publication Venues Today.
Rotherberg complains that ICC and the city not only mischaracterized many of the operational issues but also contributed to the problems through poor oversight and negligence on their parts.
Brian Rothenberg, assistant general counsel for Global Spectrum parent company Comcast Spectacor LP, says in the correspondence obtain from the city of Hidalgo that many of the challenges Global Spectrum faced were the result of inappropriate demands upon it.
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