Kim Beets

Director of Food and Beverage

Kim Beets oversees all operations of the Food and Beverage department. Under her leadership, the center’s food and beverage services have made major strides in our environmentally friendly green initiatives.

Beets joined SMG, our managing partner, and the Knoxville Convention Center in July of 2002 as a sales manager. She was promoted to catering sales manager in 2003, senior catering sales manager in 2005 and then her current position in 2007.

Her hospitality career began in 1982 at the Hyatt Regency Knoxville, where she earned several awards, including employee of the year and nominee for manager of the year in 2001. Beets’ 30-plus years in the hospitality industry has been characterized by one driving force – dedication to customer service is paramount.

Beets, a native of Knoxville, is active in the community and helps organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, Knox Area Rescue Ministries and Kids against Hunger.  She is a member of the Knoxville Special Events Society and is a graduate of the 2011 winter class of Introduction Knoxville.


Phone: 865-251-6011



701 Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37902


What is your favorite activity to do in Knoxville?

Boating on the many beautiful lakes in East Tennessee.

What do you think sets Knoxville apart as a great city to visit?

The location – beautiful scenery, lakes, mountains, hiking trails, camping, University of Tennessee, sports … to name a few.

What is your favorite part about working at the Knoxville Convention Center?

Every day is a new challenge, in the hospitality industry there is never a dull moment.  The job is exciting, fulfilling, long and crazy hours and working with such an amazing staff – my work family.