Grove City mayor reappointed to the convention authority

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Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority announced the reappointment of Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage to its board of directors. This will be Stage’s third consecutive four-year term on the convention authority’s board.

Stage was nominated by the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association and his appointment was ratified by the Board of County Commissioners as an at-large representative for Franklin County’s suburban cities.

“We’re honored by Ike’s commitment to the convention authority,” said board chair Sally Bloomfield. “Ike’s deep experience in banking and local government leadership roles adds to our organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.”

Stage is currently serving his fourth consecutive term as Grove City mayor. He previously served as mayor from April 1988 through December 1995, as the appointed city administrator from January 2000 through November 2003, and as a city council member in 2006 and 2007.

Stage also serves on the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association, and as a member of the Ohio Mayor’s Alliance.

Stage has had a 50-year career as a bank executive, most recently with Huntington National Bank where he managed over $2 billion of retail bank assets and over 100 banking offices.

About the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority

As a special purpose government unit, the convention authority is responsible for developing, building and operating convention facilities. The authority owns and operates the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown Hotel, Nationwide Arena, as well as six parking facilities.

Completely self-sustaining, the convention authority is overseen by an 11-member board appointed by the Franklin County Commissioners (six members), the city of Columbus (three members) and suburban mayors (two members).

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