Connie Engel

ATLANTA – The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority voted unanimously to appoint Connie Engel of Childress Klein to Post 7 at its meeting on December 4. Engel fills the unexpired term of Earl Smith, who is retiring.

Engel is a partner in the Atlanta Office Division of Childress Klein and has overseen development and leasing at the prestigious 2.3 million-square-foot Atlanta Galleria for over 30 years.

“Connie’s extensive knowledge of the Galleria area as well as her real estate experience will make her a great asset to the Authority,” said Jerry Nix, Chairman of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority, the governing body for Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and ArtsBridge Foundation. “We are pleased to have her join our Authority, and we look forward to her future contributions to our mission of bringing economic impact and enhancing the quality of life in Cobb County.”

Engel’s wide-ranging community involvement includes being a board member of the Cumberland Community Improvement District, a trustee of the Kennesaw State University Foundation, and a director for Renasant Bank.

The Authority is made up of seven members. The member representing Post 7 is appointed by a majority vote of the other members.

About the Authority

The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority owns and operates the Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, ArtsBridge Foundation and Galleria Specialty Shops and is governed by seven members, appointed to seven posts. The Authority is a body corporate and politic created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1980 for the purpose of acquiring, constructing and maintaining facilities for the general purpose of promoting cultural growth, education and welfare.

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. Cobb Galleria Centre had more than 347,000 visitors to 417 events in 2019, resulting in an overall economic impact of $145 million. 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

About ArtsBridge Foundation

ArtsBridge Foundation is dedicated to providing quality arts education and community engagement programs that engage, motivate, inspire, and elevate the next generation of artists and arts supporters. ArtsBridge forms connections with students in grades K-12 by providing arts education opportunities through field trip programs to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, master class workshops, artists-in-schools, and the annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards. Since its inception in 2007, ArtsBridge has served more than 380,000 students and educators from 67 Georgia counties, plus students from Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter at @ArtsbridgeGA, on Facebook at and on Instagram at