After six years of managing the Racine Civic Centre and Racine Festival Hall, Rik Edgar, executive director of VenuWorks, is leaving the job to take a job as the director of the Lawlor Events Center at the University of Nevada in Reno.
VenuWorks, a privately held company that manages venues, contracted with the city of Racine to manage the two facilities. The city just renewed the contract in June for another two years.
“I have nothing but positive thoughts for VenuWorks and the City of Racine,” Edgar said. “I am so proud that VenuWorks will continue to manage the Civic Centre through 2016 and that the positive momentum will continue. I am leaving the facility in very capable hands and will miss the friends that I have made during my 6 years in Racine.”
For Edgar, the past six years have brought a number of memories, including a sold out Max & Ruby show, hosting the President of the United States and his daughter sharing a birthday and cake with wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper, he said.
“My youngest daughter was born here,” he said. “She has the initials MKE, which is not by accident. That will always be a reminder of our great experiences here.”
Edgar will manage the 11,000 seat arena and provide staffing services for the University of Nevada’s football team.
He and his wife Amy Geier Edgar will be leaving in two weeks.

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.