The Waco Convention Center serves as the premier meeting and event facility for Central Texas. The Waco Convention Center is a department of the City of Waco. The staff also manages the Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau; the official destination marketing organization for the Waco area.


The Waco Convention Center was built in 1972 and expanded in the late 1980’s to include the 15,000 sq. ft. McLennan Hall. In July 2012, the Waco Convention Center completed a three year, $17.5 million renovation, adding over 25,000 sq. ft. and increasing the total square footage to 144,000 sq. ft.


Toll-free Phone: 800/321-9226
Direct: 254/750-5810

Administration and Business Office:

Rusty Black
Interim Director
Email Rusty Black

Patty Byrd
Administration &
Finance Manager
Email Patty

Felicia Silva
Customer Service
Email Felicia

Carla Pendergraft
Director of Marketing
Email Carla

Facility Operations:

Sam Cooper
Sr. Operations Coordinator
Email Sam
Chris Farmer
Operations Coordinator
Email Chris
Dora Hernandez
Operations Coordinator
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Kevyunta Johnson
Operations Coordinator
Email K.J.

Food & Beverage:

Joe Myers
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Sales & Service:

Rhonda Sullivan, CMP
Director of Sales
Email Rhonda
Mandy Spikes
Convention Sales &
Service Manager
Email Mandy
Sandra Lane, CMP
Convention Center
Sales & Service
Email Sandra

Jason Elliott
Convention & Sports,
Sales & Service
Email Jason

Melinda Adams
Convention Sales & Service
Email Melinda

Caelie Carolina Aguilar
Convention Center &
Tourism, Sales & Service
Email Caelie Carolina