ATLANTA – The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority is pleased to announce the promotion of Bassem Maarouf to the position of Director of Food & Beverage and the hiring of Kristin Evans as the Director of Administration for the Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and Galleria Specialty Shops.












Maarouf, a 26-year veteran of the organization, was most recently the Banquet Manager. As Director of Food & Beverage, Maarouf will provide strategic leadership and execution of the company’s food and beverage concepts. Maarouf joined the organization in 1997 as a banquet server and has gained experience in roles with increasing responsibility throughout the years. A Kennesaw resident, Maarouf holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

Evans joins the Authority from Kennesaw State University, where she held several roles within the leadership team in the Department of Events and Venue Management over the last 12 years. She has 27 years of experience in events. In her new role, Evans will work on implementation and management of projects, procurement, contract compliance and risk management. She is a graduate of Marquette University.

About Cobb Galleria Centre
The Cobb Galleria Centre is located in the beautifully landscaped 88-acre Galleria complex in prestigious northwest Atlanta. Cobb Galleria Centre is Atlanta’s premier convention facility with 320,000 square feet of event space, four exhibition halls, 20 meeting rooms, four executive boardrooms and a grand ballroom. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbGalleria and on Instagram at

About Cobb Energy Centre
The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in northwest Atlanta, inside the Perimeter. Cobb Energy Centre is a premier venue for opera, concerts, Broadway shows, ballet, educational shows, family shows and corporate meetings and events. The Centre hosts two resident companies, the Atlanta Ballet and The Atlanta Opera.  The facility includes the 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre, 10,000-square-foot Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom and full-service food and beverage capabilities.  For more information about the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, visit and follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbEnergyPAC and on Instagram at

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