McCoig named Leader of the Year

Rachel McCoig, Knoxville Convention Center food and beverage manager, recently was recognized by her peers as the 2014 Leader of the Year. Knoxville Convention Center General Manager Mary Bogert presented the award during the annual employee holiday gathering.

“Every employee at the Knoxville Convention Center is hardworking and talented. To be selected as ‘Leader of the Year’ by her peers is an honor,” Bogert said. “Rachel leads by example and goes the extra mile to make sure our clients have the best experience at our facility. Her professionalism, creativity and teamwork endear her to both staff and clients.”

McCoig oversees and supervises banquet servers and is responsible for planning, budgeting and successful execution of all catering and concessions events.

McCoig joined the Convention Center staff in May 2013 with extensive experience in hospitality. Originally from Montgomery, Ala., McCoig has worked throughout the South in the food service industry before settling in Knoxville. She has served as the food services director for Valley Services Inc. in Jackson, Miss., and interim food service director at Tyler College in Tyler, Texas. Most recently, McCoig oversaw a $10 million annual operation that included refreshment, catering and dining services at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta.

She has a bachelor’s degree in the nutrition and foods department at Auburn and served a culinary internship in 1994 at the Hotel Nicolay in Zeltingen-Rachtig, Germany.