Mary Bogert

General Manager 

Mary Bogert oversees the operations and event sales of the 500,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility.

Bogert began her management career in hotel hospitality in 1990 with Hyatt Hotels at its flagship Hyatt Regency Atlanta location and then held positions at Hyatt properties in Houston and Knoxville.

In 2001, she became Food & Beverage director of the Knoxville Convention Center and developed, opened and operated the in-house service. She became a district director in 2003, having oversight of six other facilities, and in 2007, was promoted to general manager of the Knoxville facility.

Under Bogert’s leadership, the Knoxville Convention Center continues to be an economic driver for Knoxville and has for the past eight years received the Prime Site Award. Facilities and Destinations Magazine grants the honor, which is bestowed by meeting planners across the country in recognition of industry excellence.

Also under Bogert’s leadership, the center was the first in the state to earn the Tennessee Green Hospitality Certification from the Tennessee Hospitality Association and was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council for achieving LEED Silver certification. Her focus and commitment is to reduce the center’s carbon footprint and support the community via the farm-to-table initiative with purchases made, whenever possible, within a 90-mile radius of the center. The center also grows herbs and vegetables on the property, creating a buzz with convention goers and the community.

Bogert is dedicated to the local community and has served as a board member from 2007 to 2010 for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. The Knoxville Convention Center is the largest contributor of prepared food to the food bank. She has served on the board of the Greater Knoxville Tourism Alliance since 2007 and also currently serves on the University of Tennessee Culinary Arts Advisory Board. She has been a member of Executive Women’s Association of Knoxville since 2008 and is currently a member of the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates program. Bogert served as a member of the community advisory board for the Junior League of Knoxville from 2010 to 2014. Bogert is an advocate for education reform as the vice chair of Innovative Education Partnership, the nonprofit organization spearheading Clayton-Bradley STEM Academy, where she is also vice-chair. Bogert is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2011 and was recognized for her commitment to the community by the YWCA as a finalist in its 2012 Tribute to Women.

Originally from Tuscaloosa, Ala., she attended the University of Alabama from 1985 to 1987, and is a graduate of the Atlanta College of Art, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1991.

Bogert is a member of the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, the Knoxville Museum of Art and the International Association of Assembly Managers.

Bogert and her husband, Scott, have two young children, daughter Jaden and son Nicholas. The family lives in Maryville, Tenn.


Phone: 865-522-5669

Email: mbogert@kccsmg.com


701 Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Security/Lost and Found:
865-251-6060 (24 hours)


How long have you lived in Knoxville?

We moved here in 2001 and fell in love with the people and area. We enjoy the central location and playing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

What is your favorite activity to do in Knoxville?

We enjoy hiking and camping in the mountains and biking the greenways in our area. We also enjoy many water activities, such as skiing and paddle-boarding.  We are season pass holders at Dollywood and enjoy many of the local and regional festivals.

What is your favorite location in Knoxville?

Ijams Nature Center has become a family favorite for us. There is something there for the entire family, whether it’s a short hike, the bike trails or paddle-boarding at Mead’s Quarry – all are excellent.  Both kids enjoy summer camp and having hands-on experiences with the wildlife. We also enjoy attending the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s annual concert at Ijams.

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

When we moved to Knoxville in 2001 we were smitten with what we found to be true Southern hospitality.  It is not a cliché here; it is the real deal, causing us to fall in love with the people and the area. Knoxville is centrally located and is within a day’s drive to major cities in the eastern part of our country. We found a little bit of everything right here. It is a true hidden gem and a great place to raise a family.

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

I enjoy the staff. They are true professionals and take pride in what they do. I am proud to work with these incredible ambassadors for the city of Knoxville.