UPDATED – James Snodgrass is out as the third general manager of the 5-year-old Hartman Arena, but he’s reluctant to discuss it.
“They still haven’t given me a reason why I was let go.”
Snodgrass, who was hired in spring 2011, won’t say more.
“I would like to take the high road on this one.”
Arena owner Wink Hartman Sr. says he didn’t make the decision alone.
“It was a group decision with VenuWorks, his employer, having the final decision,” Hartman says.
“It’s been our view all along that we were going to take a look and evaluate and … see if a change was necessary,” says John Siehl, regional vice president for VenuWorks.
He says the company decided “to bring in a person that we had picked so that we could improve the program and the operation.”
Aran Rush is the new general manager for Hartman Arena. Rush most recently was executive director for the Sioux City, Iowa, events facilities department, which included the convention and visitors bureau and the Tyson Events Center. Siehl says Rush is new to VenuWorks.
Hartman says if there are leadership issues at the arena, “I take full responsibility.”
He says he doesn’t think there have been problems with leadership, but he says the arena isn’t where it should be financially.
“The production of events at the arena can significantly increase, and hopefully it will,” Hartman says.