Carrie Rengers

Ben Bolander named Hartman Arena executive director

The 5-year-old Hartman Arena now has its fifth executive director.

Ben Bolander, who has been the interim director since April, now has the job permanently.

“I’m not inheriting anything that needs work,” Bolander says, though he adds, “There’s always room for improvement.”

Bolander says he’d like to focus on the guest experience and create a guest service area and make upgrades with signage and uniforms.

Summer is a slower time in the event season, but he says, “We’re looking forward to a busy fall.”

Previous executive director Aran Rush, who took the job in August 2013, left in March for a senior management position at the arena where the Sacramento Kings play.

Bolander has been in the industry for more than a decade and has previously worked with VenuWorks, which took over management of the 6,750-seat Hartman Arena in 2012.

Bolander officially assumes the executive director title next month. In the meantime, he’s still managing Hartman Arena along with handling booking at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., and managing the Victory Theatre there.

“As of July 6, I’ll be focusing on just one arena,” Bolander says. “I’m excited for that.”

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