On Jan. 31, the Jamestown Center City Development Corporation
, which oversees the operations of the arena, announced the appointment of Brian Cersosimo
as the facility's new general manager.
Cersosimo was hired in September as the arena's hockey development director.
new role, he
will oversee all operations and functions of the arena.
Max Pickard, Jamestown Center City Development Corporation board chairman, said the board didn't know much about Cersosimo
was hired to the part-time hockey position last year.
said all of that changed after he
met with board members.
''He was presented to the board recently about what he
was doing at the arena, and the board was impressed with his
organizational skills and background,'' Pickard said. ''When he
spoke to the board he
demonstrated a lot of passion.
hit a lot of key notes with the board in wanting to reach out to the community.
So we thought he
would be a good fit.''
Pickard said Cersosimo in the past had been the general manager at the Neville Ice Arena in the Pittsburgh area, was the coach and director of operations for the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins and has been involved in hockey for more than 35 years as a player, coach, administrator and owner.
has met with them, and will be meeting with them some more to help move them forward in a positive way.''
However, that will no longer be the case with Cersosimo's
''Kurt has been the chief executive officer and he has an employment contract that will not be renewed or extended,'' Pickard said. ''Kurt will no longer be involved going forward.''
Greg Edwards, Gebbie Foundation chief executive officer, said Cersosimo's 35 years of hockey experience is what intrigues him the most about the arena's new general manager.