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Meghan Blakeney
Senior Sales Manager

Alexa Serkes
Sales Manager

Joey Mouton
Senior Special Events Ma...

David Hopp
Special Events Manager

Ashleigh Pair Conner, CMP
Director of Events

Sara Fordham
Senior Event Manager

Jennifer Bozzo
Event Manager

Anne Spencer Alexander
Event Coordinator

Scott Carpenter
Security Manager

David Kreider
Chief Engineer

Chip Murrell
Operations Director

Brian Latten-Ford
Operations Supervisor

Abby Rogoski
Sales and Events Adminis...

Mack Stone, CMP
VP/General Manager

Casey Perri
Event Associate

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Privacy Policy

In this Privacy Policy "We", "Our" and"Us" refers to the MidlandsAuthority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism, the owner of the ColumbiaMetropolitan Convention Center. "You" and "Yours" refers to the person reading this Privacy Policy.  We understand Your privacy is important to You and Werespect Your choices about privacy.  ThisPrivacy Policy explains how We treat Your personal information and Your privacyoptions when using Our Website.

What information do We collect?

Information Collected About You

Personal information

"Personal information" includesinformation that can be used to identify or contact You, such as Your name,address, telephone number or email address. We may collect personal information about You:

  • When You request information from Us;
  • When You use certain interactive resources on Our Website or apps downloaded from Our Website;
  • When You sign-up for email newsletters or other communications from Us;
  • When You participate in an online survey on Our Website or via email; or
  • When You provide Us with personal information via email or Our Website.

When You sign up for Our emailnewsletters or other communications from Us You can choose to opt out ofreceiving additional promotional materials from US or Our sponsors.

You can unsubscribe from emailnewsletters or other communications by:

  • Following the directions included at the bottom of the email; or
  • by emailing Us at and identifying the communications You no longer wish to receive.

Our Website features blogs andother public forums where interested users can share information or comments ona variety of topics (sometimes referred to in this Privacy Policy as "PublicVenues").  These forums are open to thepublic and should not be considered private. Remember that information Youpost in public forums may also show up in third-party search engines.

If You mistakenly post personalinformation in a public forum on Our Website You can send Us an email torequest that We remove it by using the Contact Us link at the bottom of everypage of Our Website.  In some cases, Wemay not be able to remove Your personal information.

If You want to keep content orbusiness information, ideas, concepts or inventions private or proprietary, donot send them to Us in an email or other communication or post them in a PublicVenue.

We do not collect or store yourcredit card or other personal financial information under anycircumstances.  Online payments for goodsor services offered on Our Website are made via third party payment processing providerslinked on Our Website.  We are notresponsible for such third party Websites or their collection or handling ofyour financial or other personal information. Please contact the appropriate third party provider directly if you havequestions about their collection or handling of your financial or otherpersonal information.


"Non-personal information" meansinformation that We cannot use to identify or contact You.  We may collect "non-personal information"using Cookies, pixel tags (aka "Web Beacons"), and mobile device applications.  Cookies are small data files that are storedon the hard drive of the computer or handheld device You use to access Our Website.  Pixel tags are graphic image files imbeddedin a Web page used to monitor activity on that Web page and report to a server(which can belong to the host site, a network advertiser or some other thirdparty) information from Your browser, such as the IP address, the URL of thepage on which the beacon is located, the type of browser that is accessing thesite and the ID number of any Cookies on Your computer previously placed bythat server.  We may also acquirenon-personal information about You from external sources.

By agreement with Us thirdparties may use Cookies or pixel tags to collect non-personal information aboutYour usage of Our Website.  These thirdparties may use this information to help Us deliver advertising on Our Website (aswell as on other Websites) tailored to You based on Your browsing activity.

Non-personal information Collected by Third PartiesIndependently

We work with third parties whomay display advertising on Our Website that We believe may be of interest tomembers of Our user community.  Sponsorsor advertisers on Our Website may use their own Cookies, pixel tags or otheronline tracking technologies in such advertisements, or on their own Websiteyou may visit by clicking on such an advertisement, or in email promotions ornewsletters We or they send You.  Someadvertisers use third parties to manage their ads and to monitor users'responses to ads, and these companies may also collect non-personal informationthrough the use of Cookies or pixel tags on Our or other Websites.

We do not control how thirdparties use Cookies, pixel tags or other online tracking technologies or howthey manage the non-personal information they gather on Our Website.  However, Our Advertising Policy prohibitsthird parties who collect Cookie or pixel tag information through Our Websitefrom collecting any of Your personal information from Our Website without Yourconsent.

How do We use Your information?

We may use information We collectabout You to:

  • Administer Your account;
  • Provide You with access to particular Resources or Services;
  • Respond to Your inquiries and send You administrative communications;
  • Obtain Your feedback regarding Our Website or Resources or Services;
  • Statistically analyze user behavior and activity and the performance of Our Website servers, network or other Resources;
  • Provide You with more relevant Content and advertisements; or
  • Send You personalized emails or other communications concerning the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, including news, announcements, reminders and opportunities.

We may combine personal andnon-personal information collected about You, and may combine this informationwith information from external sources.  Third parties may also use yournon-personal information in advertising that reflects the interests andpreferences of Our user community.

We may combine Personal andnon-personal information collected about You, and may combine this informationwith information from external sources.  Duringregistration or at any time thereafter, You have the option of choosing whetheror not You wish to receive emails pertaining to Your interests, including news,announcements, and other communications.

We also use Cookies in order toenable Us to conduct surveys for Our own use and on behalf of Our advertisers.These Cookies are used to determine whether You have seen certain content oradvertising so that We may request Your opinions. We may also use Cookies toauthenticate respondents or to help You pick up where You left off in a survey.If You have Cookies disabled You may not be able to participate in somesurveys.

Researchand Measurement Activities

Information that We collect aboutYou may be combined with other information available through third parties for researchand measurement purposes, including measuring the effectiveness of content,advertising or programs. This information from other sources may include age,gender, demographic, geographic, personal interests, product purchase activityor other information.  We may reportaggregate information which cannot be used to identify an individual user ofOur Website, to Our current or prospective advertisers and other businesspartners.  We do not sell your personalinformation.  Except as disclosed in thisPrivacy Policy We do not share Your personal information with any thirdparties, except contractors performing services on Our behalf who agree not touse this information collected on Our behalf for any purpose other than facilitatingOur providing Services to You.

What choices do You have regarding Our use of Yourpersonal information?

If You do not want Your personalinformation used by Us as provided in this Privacy Policy, You should not visitor use Our Website.  If You haveregistered with Us and no longer want Us to use Your personal information, Youshould contact Us at

We advertise on third party Websites,including Google.  These third party Websitesmay collect your non-personal information using Cookies or othertechnologies.  We are not responsible forany of your information collected by third parties on their Websites or otherwise.  Most browser software can be set to rejectCookies.

At the NetworkAdvertising Initiative Website You can opt out of Cookies for thatorganization's member advertisers.  Googleprovides information on opting out of Cookies at

Youcan find additional information and resources about protecting Your privacy byvisiting the World Privacy Forum's Website.


Most browser software can be setto reject Cookies.  Most browsers offerinstructions on how to reset the browser to reject Cookies.  If You reject Our Cookies, certain featuresand functions of Our Website may not work properly.  Note, however, that certain opt out programsof advertising organizations such as the Network Advertising Initiative requireCookies to be enabled in order to function.

Certain advertising servers allowYou to prevent them from collecting data through the use of Cookies. In orderto do so, You must Opt-out of such data collection with each individual Website. You can also opt out of Cookies for membersof certain advertiser organizations such as the Network Advertising Initiativeby visiting their Website and following their opt-out instructions.

Who do We share Your information with?

Except as described in thisPrivacy Policy or as specifically agreed to by You, We will not disclose any personalinformation about You unless specifically agreed to by You or:

  • To comply with legal requirements, such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, or court order;
  • To Our vendors and suppliers in the course of their provision of products or services to Us or to You on Our behalf;
  • In special cases, such as in response to a threat to You or others, or to property of You or others, or to defend or assert legal rights; or
  • In the event of a corporate change in control resulting from, for example, a merger, a sale of assets, or bankruptcy, to Our successor in interest provided that such successor in interest assumes Our responsibilities under this Privacy Policy from and after the date of such change in control.

We do not make Your personalinformation available to third parties for their marketing purposes.

Disclosuresto Contractors

Our third party contractorssometimes have limited access to Your Personal and non-personal information inthe course of providing products or services to Us. These contractors includevendors and suppliers that provide Us with technology, services, data analysis,research, advertising and marketing assistance and/or content for the operationand maintenance of Our Website.  Wecontractually require that Our operations and maintenance contractors: (1)protect the privacy of Your personal and non-personal information consistentwith this Privacy Policy and (2) not use or disclose Your personal ornon-personal information for any purpose other than providing the specifiedservice or function to Us.

Disclosuresto Third Party Web Sites

Certain content, services andadvertisements offered to You through Our Website are served on, or containlinks to, Websites hosted and operated by third parties ("Third Party Websites"). We do not disclose Your personalinformation to these Third Party Websites without Your consent, but You shouldbe aware that any information You disclose to the other Websites once Youaccess these other Websites is not subject to this Privacy Policy.  We do not endorse and are not responsible forthe privacy practices of these Third Party Websites.  You should review the privacy policy posted onthese other Websites to understand how they collect and use Your personalinformation.

How do We secure and retain Your information?

We employ reasonable securitymeasures (including technical, procedural and other safeguards) to protect thesecurity of Your personal information that We collect.  When You enter personal information on OurWebsite We encrypt thetransmission of that information or use SSL (Secure Socket Layer) connections. Despite these efforts to protect Yourpersonal information there is always some risk that an unauthorized third partymay circumvent Our security measures or that transmissions of Your informationover the Internet may be intercepted.

We retain Your personalinformation in accordance with Our applicable records retention policy.  At any time You can instruct Us to remove Yourpersonal information from Our files, but You should be aware that (1) it is nottechnologically possible to remove each and every record of the information Youhave provided to Us from Our servers; and (2) We reserve the right to retain Yourpersonal information in whole or in part as We believe may be necessary tocomply with legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce Our agreements.


Our Website is not designed orintended to attract children under the age of 13.  We and Our Website do not collect personalinformation from any person We actually know is under the age of 13.  A parent or guardian assumes fullresponsibility for information about its child placed on Our Website.

How can You contact Us?

You can send Us an email usingthe ContactUs link at the bottom of every page of Our Website if You have anyquestions about this Privacy Policy or the personal information We maintainabout You.

You can also contact Us at:

MidlandsAuthority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism

1101 LincolnStreet

Columbia, SC29201

Attn: Webmaster


Changes to This Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change ormodify this Privacy Policy at any time and any changes will be effective whenposted to Our Website unless We state otherwise.  We encourage You to periodically review Our Websitefor the latest information on Our Privacy Policy.  If You do not accept the terms of this PrivacyPolicy, We ask that You do not register with Us or use Our Website.

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