The Baltimore Convention Center has appointed Phil Costa as the new Deputy Director. Phil will be working directly under the leadership of Executive Director, Peggy Daidakis. His responsibilities will consist of the overall management of the day-to-day operations, and providing leadership and direction to all departments, partner managers, and staff. In addition, Phil will oversee the Center's community outreach, policy development, and capital improvement projects.
Serving as the Director of Operations since 2017, Phil has managed the largest department at the BCC. He has helped develop and lead Center initiatives such as the venue's sustainability program and GBAC-Star accreditation, and aspects of the COVID-19 Field Hospital and recovery. He earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Sports Business Management from the University of Central Florida along with dual Bachelor's Degrees from the University of Florida. In 2018 Phil was honored by the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) "30 under 30" Award.
Phil currently serves as IAVM's Assistant Director for Region 1, and the vice-chair for the Young Professionals Committee. He has continued to guide the Baltimore Convention Center's internal operations department to success and will now play a key role in leading the entire venue as the premier location for events in Maryland. Outside of work, Phil enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and two children at their home in Federal Hill.
When asked what he's looking forward to within his new role, Phil responded "My mission is to continue advancing our day-to-day operations and move the Center forward. I'm excited about this new role and being able to work with all departments within the Convention Center. With the pandemic's effect on the hospitality industry, I am also looking forward to seeing the new realm of events."
Peggy Daidakis, Executive Director commented on Phil's appointment. " I am very pleased to have promoted Phil to the Center's Deputy Director position. I believe that his experience and knowledge of the organization and his vision for our future makes him the right choice."