The Civic Auditorium Complex Commission provided the names Wednesday evening of people who applied to be executive director of the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The Pine Bluff Commercial requested these documents Tuesday at a meeting of commissioners Ethel Cogshell, Gary Wilson, La’Tasha Woods, Lisa Kosmitis, Monique Benford, Tyra Johnson and Wil Jenkins. They did not provide copies of applications on Tuesday when asked to do so during the meeting. They were examining the applications at the meeting.


This same request was made orally to Woods on Tuesday, Sept. 26, and via email on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in accordance with the law governing the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Woods is chairman of the commission and said the commissioners received the applications on Thursday, Sept. 28.


These people applied to be executive director:Freelance graphic designer Carla F. Bryant of Pine Bluff.Explore St. Louis/America’s Center director of event manager Brendon Wagner of St. Louis, Missouri.Marketing professional Barrett Defay, who was most recently marketing director of Apache Casino Hotel Event Center in Lawton, Oklahoma.Jack Entertainment general manager Brad Strickland of Dearborn, Michigan.Arkansas Business Publishing Group senior account executive Brandi McDermott.Taylor & Associates CEO Chandra L. Taylor of Pine Bluff.Mariposa County [California] Chamber of Commerce CEO Dane Braden Carlson.Advertising sales professional David Frankel, who is a self-employed sub-contractor.Anaheim (California) Medical Center CEO Chris Low of Los Angeles, California.BPL Plasma Quality Assurance employee Gregory Hawkins of Little Rock, Arkansas.Middleton Cross Plains (Wisconsin) School District Dean of Students Jalateefa Joe-Meyers.Daktronics sales representative Jareel A. Combest of Houston, Texas.Owensboro (Kentucky) Health supervisor volunteers and guest services employee Jonni Nottingham.Summit County, Ohio, Office of Consumer Affairs outreach specialist Joseph McCorvy.Pathology Partners Toxicology senior vice president of sales and marketing Michele Wright of Little Rock, Arkansas.Marketing professional Mario Cavett, who was previously a front-end manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Pine Bluff.Golden Pantry Food general manager Mary Marcus of Athens, Georgia.Pine Bluff Convention Center sales and event manager Michael D. Gilliard.Michael Zanca, operations/facility/venue specialist at the Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts at Queens College in New York City.Tourism professional Kleber Patricio Castro Pacheco.Human resources generalist Rachael Ford, who was most recently a human resources specialist for BBIBS Apparel in Allen, Texas.Randy L. Mayes, who was most recently the managing director of Southwest Shakespeare Company in Mesa, Arizona.Finance executive Robert Garcia, who works at Yonder Field Entertainment, a production company in Bowman, South Carolina.Tony V. Harold, a vice chairman at Norfolk (Virginia) Scope Arena and Sevenvenues.com.Trummonique Malik Shabazz, a United States Marine combat veteran, who is working in finance for Adecco through Robert Half International in Miami, Florida.V. Cortez Henderson, a grant writer/prolific orator/workshop facilitator/CEO and founder of VCH Consultant Inc. in Pine Bluff.