Staff Member Spotlights: 25-Year Employees

The Cobb Galleria Centre employees’ commitment to exceeding expectations makes them our most valuable asset.  This year we are honoring five employees who have been on our team since our opening year – 1994. We are grateful for their many years of service and dedication to excellence.

Welcome to New Director of Engineering

Brian Duncan has recently joined the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority as the Director of Engineering. Duncan is responsible for maintaining the physical plant, show services and delivery of utilities for shows and events at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and Galleria Specialty Shops. Duncan joins the Authority from Georgia […]


In a a high-tech world filled with impersonal communication, Director of Sales and Marketing Walter Kiley still believes in the value of relationship-building. “This business is a simple business. It’s about creating long lasting relationships with customers,” Kiley said. Kiley has led the 10-person sales and marketing team at the Cobb Galleria Centre since 1997 and […]

Influencer Spotlight: Nicholas Walker

NICHOLAS WALKER Culinary Director / Executive Chef Cobb Galleria Centre & Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre host nearly 800 events a year, and for Nicholas Walker, Culinary Director/Executive Chef, the kitchen is his home away from home. Chef Walker is with family when he’s surrounded by his team preparing a meal for 25 to […]

Employee Spotlight: Salim Maarouf

If there’s one word to describe Beverage Manager Salim Maarouf, it’s consistency. Since 1985, he’s lived and worked in the Cumberland Galleria area of Atlanta. Twenty-two of those years have been at the Cobb Galleria Centre. “This is the place where I feel most comfortable,” Maarouf said. “I love coming to work. I don’t think […]

Employee Spotlight: Sharmah Wardlaw

Sharmah Wardlaw, Administrative Receptionist, has been a dedicated employee at the Cobb Galleria Centre for 14 years and counting. Besides greeting clients and guests as they arrive, Sharmah has to be familiar with all events that take place at both the Galleria Centre as well as the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. When customers call […]


Apolinar Mojica and his colleagues in the Stewarding Department may not be visible to clients and guests, but they are the unsung heroes in executing successful events. Mojica, the Stewarding Supervisor, has worked at Cobb Galleria Centre for 17 years. A native of Guerro, Mexico, he moved to Atlanta 25 years ago. Mojica’s job entails […]

IAVM 30 Under 30 Selects CGC Employee

Jocelyn Munson, Event Services Assistant Manager, was recently selected by the IAVM Foundation for their 30 Under 30 2017 class. The program focuses on identifying and developing the talent of venue industry professionals. It provides year-round continued education for professional growth in the venue industry. Applicants were nominated by other industry professionals and were required to […]

Assistant General Manager Receives Honor

Lynn Flanders, the Assistant General Manager of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, was recently honored at the Tribute to Women of Achievement dinner benefiting liveSafe resources. Flanders is responsible for daily operations of the Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Centre and Galleria Specialty Shops. Prior to entering the convention industry, she was a […]

Employee Spotlight: Wafaa Starkey

Food and Beverage Accounting Coordinator Wafaa Starkey is best known by her co-workers as “the money lady,” but if you dig a little deeper, there are many layers to Wafaa. This Egyptian-born, former national swim team member not only has a knack for numbers but a keen interest in science. Starkey’s job entails counting cash […]