Jason Bourgoyne

Director of Operations

Jason Bourgoyne oversees all daily operations for three city-owned venues, including the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum.

Bourgoyne has been director of operations at the Knoxville Convention Center since November of 2001. He oversaw the transformation of the Convention Center from a construction site to an operational facility. From 2010 to 2012, Bourgoyne oversaw the building upgrades for energy efficiency, which included projects for two separate solar arrays, lighting, boiler replacement and HVAC upgrades. In 2013, the center received LEED Silver certification for Existing Buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council, a project Bourgoyne oversaw and implemented.

He began his career in 1988 as a member of the conversion crew at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The PMAC is a 15,000-seat arena located on the campus of Louisiana State University. Bourgoyne quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to steward by 1994. In 1996, SMG hired him as superintendent of operations and in 2000, he was promoted to operations manager for the Riverside Centroplex in Baton Rouge, La., now known as the Baton Rouge River Center. The multi-complex facility has an arena, exhibition hall, theater and meeting rooms.

Bourgoyne has been a member of the Buildings Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Greater Knoxville since 2004 and has served on the board since 2005. He was president of the association in 2008 and 2012.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Louisiana State University.

Bourgoyne and his wife of 13 years, Faith, have three young children, Zoie, Beau and Tate, and are active members of First Baptist Church of Concord. The Bourgoynes are supporters of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Goodwill Industries, Knox Area Rescue Ministries and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Contact Information

500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue
Knoxville, TN. 37915
I moved to Knoxville in November of 2001.
I always enjoy working the shows that are for younger audiences. It is fun to watch the children’s reactions to what’s happening, and the shows often are high-tech and entertaining for adults, too.
My favorite place is in the backyard at the pool with the grills fired up.
I started in the business when I was an 18-year-old student worker at the LSU arena in Baton Rouge. I worked my way up and really enjoyed being in the arena industry. I came to Knoxville in 2001 to prepare for the opening of the Knoxville Convention Center. Working at KCAC reminds me of my arena days and brings back great memories.