McDowell Named to Key Staples Center Post

May 5, 1999

Los Angeles - May 5, 1999
Kevin T. McDowell has joined STAPLES Center in Los Angeles as Vice President, Human Resources it was announced by Bobby Goldwater, STAPLES Center's Senior Vice President and General Manager.

In assuming one of the arena's key management positions, McDowell's responsibilities will include the establishment of STAPLES Center's comprehensive human resources program encompassing recruiting, hiring, training, compliance, compensation, benefits administration employee relations and strategic initiatives for the organization's business groups.
Among McDowell's initial tasks will be the formulation and implementation of a hiring plan for the anticipated 1200 full and part-time employees of STAPLES Center, the downtown Los Angeles sports and entertainment arena set to open this fall.

"The challenge we have taken on is to assemble a professional staff of people who will provide outstanding service to our guests and leadership to our city and industry," said McDowell. "I believe that the positive arena experience our visitors will take with them will be based on elements that go beyond what occurs on the court, ice or stage."

"It is important that we assemble a staff that reflects the diversity of Los Angeles. We anticipate that the events at STAPLES Center will attract audiences of all demo-graphics and we want our employees to fully represent the people with whom they will interact," added McDowell.

Most recently, McDowell served as Regional Director, Human Resources for Richfield Hospitality Services. At this position he directed and monitored the human resources activities for four major hotels including the Regal Biltmore in Los Angeles. Prior to this, he served as Director of Human Resources for several high-profile hotel properties including the Regal Biltmore, Sheraton at Fisherman's Wharf, Sheraton Grande, Hyatt San Jose and Regent Beverly Wilshire.

"Our commitment to the fans of Los Angeles is to provide an entertainment experience that is second to none. Kevin's role in recruiting and training our employees is perhaps the most crucial element to achieving our goal," said Goldwater. "We are very pleased to have the experience and vision of a service and hospitality industry professional like Kevin to guide us."

McDowell plans to identify potential employees through a series of local job fairs and open houses as well as recruiting, set to begin in May as well as with a strategic advertising campaign..

STAPLES Center will be the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, an Arena Football League team, the 2000 Democratic National Convention, the 2002 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, nationally prominent entertainment spectaculars, concerts and family shows beginning when the arena opens this fall.

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