The Los Angeles Convention Center releases a monthly newsletter that features a profile of a member of the LACC team. This month, one of the featured employees was Edlen's Foreman Jason Turgasen.
How long have you worked at the LACC and how did you get into your field?
I’ve been with Edlen for almost 6 years. I bounce around to different locations, but I’d say at least 80% of my time is spent at the LACC. I used to work in construction and work on the same site for 6-8 months at a time; in 2005, I started working as an electrician. I much prefer working with tradeshows because it’s something different every day.
What is your favorite event at the LACC?
MusiCares Person of the Year is hands down my favorite event. Tom Petty’s was the best one I’ve seen and Dolly Parton’s was a highlight too. We are on standby so we get to see everything including the rehearsals, which is cool because it’s a unique opportunity to see the people that I grew up listening to in a relaxed setting.
What is your favorite sports team?
I’ve been a fan of the Green Bay Packers my whole life. As a kid, I didn’t get a choice because my grandfather has owned season tickets for at least 20 years. I became a shareholder a few years ago when they did the expansion to Lambeu Field.
What do you do with your free time?
I like to camp and fish with my family. We also have a lot of animals: 1 dog, 1 cat, 2 snakes and 2 lizards. We’re getting chickens and goats soon; my daughters want to get the fainting goats.
About the Los Angeles Convention Center
The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) is renowned internationally as a prime site for conventions, trade shows, and exhibitions. Owned by the City of Los Angeles and professionally managed by ASM Global, the LACC attracts over 2.5 million visitors annually. The facility is an integral economic component to the Southern California area, generating economic benefits through attendee direct and indirect spending and sustaining over 12,500 local jobs. The LACC also remains an enduring symbol of environmental sustainability and social responsibility and is proud to be a LEED® Gold certified facility; the venue was recertified on the Gold level in 2015 making the LACC the first convention center of its size in the U.S. to receive LEED® EB:O+M Gold recertification. For more information, please visit lacclink.com.
About ASM Global
ASM Global is the world’s leading provider of innovative venue services and live experiences. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences.
ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefit from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem-solving. Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world deliver locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners and amazing experiences for guests. By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.