Executive Director
Georgia World Congress Center Authority

rank Poe has served for over 27 years in various positions in venue management, industry associations and on various industry related boards. Prior to accepting the position of GWCCA Executive Director in April 2010, Poe was Director of the Convention/Event Service Department for the City of Dallas, where he started his career in 1972 as a part-time laborer. He was appointed General Manager of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from 1979 to 1980 and held several leadership positions in the Dallas center’s Event Services and Cultural Affairs departments. The convention center veteran was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Alabama’s Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in 1997, which he held for seven years until moving back to Dallas in 2004 to assume the Director position for the next six years.

Frank has served as President of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and chair of the IAVM Safety and Security Task Force. Frank formerly served as Dean of the IAVM Academy for Venue Safety and Security, which he served as a founding member. Frank also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and on the Board of Directors for Central Atlanta Progress.

Frank graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a degree in political science and history.