The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

April 12, 2013

Former Edgecombe County resident Monty Jones Jr. earns Venues Today Generation Next Award


Augusta, Ga. — Augusta, Ga. — Global Spectrum and Augusta Entertainment Complex are proud to announce that General Manager, Monty Jones Jr., has been recognized by Venues Today Magazine for winning the Generation Next Award for excellence and creativity in the entertainment industry.  In addition, Jones was awarded the Social Butterfly Award by the fans of Venues Today Magazine through Facebook.

The annual award honors young professionals who stand out in the entertainment industry. The award highlights the efforts of leaders under the age of 35 who make a difference in the sports, music, conventions, family shows, fairs and festivals. Jones is one of only five selected to win this award out of a group of twenty-eight international professionals. Jones and the other Generation Next Award winners including fellow Global Spectrum General Manager Jason Blumenfeld, will be profiled in the June issue of the magazine.  

“I am extremely honored to be chosen as the recipient of such a prestigious award within our industry,” says Global Spectrum’s Monty Jones Jr. “I would not have been able to do it without the support that everyone has provided along the way.”

Jones, Jr. was born in Guam and raised in Princeville/Tarboro, NC.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University.  

He has been a General Manager since 2007 and has not only brought major events to every market he has been a part of, but has also initiated Global Spectrum’s STEP UP green initiative

program. This program has brought many positive changes to the Augusta Entertainment Complex that has helped to decrease the overall ecologic footprint.   

Upcoming scheduled events for the Global Spectrum managed Augusta Entertainment Complex include Carrie Underwood, Sesame Street LIVE, Cirque Du Soleil Quidam, Earth, Wind & Fire, Alice in Chains, Little Big Town, Dreamgirls, Monster X, Discover The Dinosaurs, and Hooked on Country with Justin Moore, among others.  For a full list, please visit   

The James Brown Arena and the William B. Bell Auditorium are managed by Global Spectrum on behalf of the Augusta Richmond County Coliseum Authority as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia , PA , Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-

Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice

skating rinks. In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces eight nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC-TV. The company also manages the USC Aiken Convocation Center in Aiken, SC and the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia , SC.