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Los Angeles Department of Tourism & Convention Development

Executive Team

The mission of the Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development (CTD) is to attract and host conventions at a world class facility with world class service and to drive economic development and job creation by marketing the City’s unique cultural, sports, entertainment, and leisure attractions that make visiting the City of Angels an unparalleled experience. The CTD Department is comprised of the Executive Director, two Assistant General Managers, and support staff. The CTD Department administers both the AEG and LACTB contracts, develops strategies to expand the tourism and convention industries in Los Angeles, and facilitates capital improvements to the Convention Center.

Robert R. “Bud” Ovrom, Executive Director

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“Bud” Ovrom is the Executive Director of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s new Los Angeles Department of Convention & Tourism Development. Mr. Ovrom has been tasked with turning the Convention Center into an economic engine for the City, with initiatives such as the proposed NFL stadium, privatizing the day-to-day management of the Convention Center, expanding the Center and promoting the construction of more hotels.
This is Mr. Ovrom’s fourth executive position since coming to the City of Los Angeles 11 years ago. Mr. Ovrom was the Chief Executive Officer of the Redevelopment Agency (CRA/LA) in the Hahn Administration from 2003 to 2005. When Antonio Villaraigosa was elected Mayor in 2005, he asked Mr. Ovrom to join his Administration as Deputy Mayor of Economic Development. At the end of his first term, Mayor Villaraigosa asked him to stay on as General Manager of the Building and Safety Department.

Prior to coming to Los Angeles, Ovrom was the City Manager of the City of Burbank for 18 years. Ovrom also held City Manager positions in Downey and Monrovia, and started his career as Assistant to the City Manager of Simi Valley in 1970.

Thomas Fields, Chief Operating Officer & Assistant General Manager

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Thomas Fields is the Assistant General Manager, Chief Operating and Sustainability Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Convention & Tourism Development. His responsibilities include assisting the Executive Director in carrying out the department’s mission by focusing on the following areas: oversight of operations, sustainability planning, capital improvements and expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC).

Tom began his long and successful career at the L.A. Convention Center as an Electrician Apprentice in January of 1985. He went on to manage all Electrical Services, and by 1997 was the Superintendent of Facilities Services and Show Operations, utilizing his leadership and innovative problem-solving skills. Notably, Tom’s efforts and experience in developing various operational methodologies, policies, and solutions for large and complex projects such as the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and the LA Auto Show have made him a leading expert in convention center operations.

Joining the Executive Team in January of 2013, Tom’s operational experience has been instrumental in the design of the on-going expansion and modernization of the LACC. A professional member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), Tom is also an avid fisherman who enjoys construction projects and outdoor adventures with his wife and two sons.

Diana Mangioglu, Assistant General Manager, Finance & Administration

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Diana Mangioglu is the Assistant General Manager of Finance and Administration with the Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development (CTD). Diana’s spectrum of duties includes oversight of Administration, Human Resources, Management Information Systems, and Financial Management for the CTD. In addition, Ms. Mangioglu assists the CTD Executive Director with the management of the City’s contracts with AEG Facilities and the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board (LATCB), focusing on marketing, operational policy and budget review.

Diana has been a valued employee of the City of Los Angeles for the past ten years with the Office of the City Administrative Officer.   Her experience and background in budget, special projects, and debt financing uniquely qualified her for her work with CTD’s Executive Team.

Ms. Mangioglu received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration and International Relations from the University of Southern California. An active member of the California State Bar since 2007, Diana’s strong negotiating and client relationship skills have made her an important and welcome member of the CTD team. She resides in the City with her husband and two boys.