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Geoff Lawson new GM and VP for Leesburg National Conference Center

Geoff Lawson takes over as general manager of Leesburg’s National Conference Center and West Belmont Place Event Center. Courtesy Photo

Hotel and conference center guru, Geoff Lawson, was named the new general manager and vice president for the National Conference Center and West Belmont Place Event Center on Aug. 26.

Lawson brings copious amounts of experience to the table as general manager, regional manager and vice president of four different hotel chains, the most recent being Pompan Hospitality Inc.

For the past two months, he has served as the interim GM for the National Conference Center, a corporate training facility in Leesburg.

Lawson replaces Kurt Krause, who retired from his post as GM last August to explore other opportunities. Krause had served the center for nearly seven years. He was first named to the position in 2006.

Now Lawson enters the scene to take over.

An active member of the International Association of Conference Centers, Lawson spent eight years on the IACC North American board of directors. Two of those years were spent as president of the IACC board.

With his experience in hotel and conference center management and his time spent as interim GM, Lawson was the logical choice, according to the National Conference Center.

And he brings a well-rounded experience. He has marketed and overseen hotels, conference centers and catering venues.

“There is no one more qualified to provide the leadership and direction needed to take The National Conference Center and the West Belmont Place Event
Center to the next level,” said Sam Haigh, president and CEO of LaKota Hotels and Resorts.

Besides Pompan Hospitality Inc., Lawson headed Bristol Hotels, Princess, Hotels and Resorts and Dolce Hotels.

Now he'll bring his skills to manage the National Conference Center, which has 250,000 square feet of meeting and group function space.

The National Conference Center has turned into a central place of planning since its founding.

And West Belmont Place, a catering complex, has become a hub for events in Loudoun and the surrounding areas with its 16,500- square-foot ballroom.

With so much to oversee, Lawson has some big shoes to fill. But those who named him to the post aren't worried.

“Over the past eight weeks, Geoff has demonstrated exceptional ability to guide our highly motivated team, as we renovate and re-energize The National Conference Center and West Belmont Place Event Center,” said Haigh.

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