Tim Leiweke’s Oak View Group has purchased three-year-old start up Pinnacle Venue Services. The company, started by Tom Paquette and Doug Higgons, will now be called OVG Facilities.
Pinnacle was one of the first companies to get behind the “Go Small” facility movement, convincing buildings managed by the big companies like SMG and Spectra to switch to a smaller, more hands-on management company. Former Spectra CEO Peter Luukko will oversee the division, along with help from newly hired Sims Hinds, an industry veteran and longtime consultant, who will serve as SVP of Business Development for OVG Facilities. Paquette and Higgons become SVPs of OVG Facilities.
Clients under OVG Facilities include the Florida’s Seminole Theatre in Homestead, the Kovalchick Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Watsco Center at the University of Miami, Two Rivers Convention Center and Avalon Theater in Grand Junction, Colorado and the Birch Run Expo Center in Michigan. OVG Facilities also helps book the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware, and Las Colonias Park Amphitheater in Grand Junction, Colorado.
The Oak View Group owned and controlled media property Venues Today has much more on the acquisition, which says the deal positions OVG for further growth in the security world.
Security and operations assessments is a “real growth area for us,” Paquette told Venues Today. “We coordinate security for all NBA (National Basketball Association) overseas games, and have done so almost since the beginning. Scott Anderson, director of security in San Antonio, is really good and he was our first hire.”
Paquette added “Then they hired us to do venue assessment of all NBA venues, security and operations. Now we do security coordination and management for All Star Weekend, the NBA finals and the draft.”