New Ocean Center director confirmed
Lynn Flanders was unanimously confirmed as the director of the Ocean Center during the Oct. 3 Volusia County Council meeting. Flanders has over 20 years of experience in managing convention and performing arts centers. She most recently served as the Assistant General Manager of the Cobb Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, where she oversaw the daily operations and services for the Cobb Galleria Center, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and Galleria Specialty Shops.
“We went out on a nationwide search, and we were very fortunate to find Lynn Flanders,” said County Manager George Recktenwald. “Atlanta is one of the largest entertainment markets in the country. She’s been in the big leagues, so we’re very happy to have her come here. She’s done everything from supervising budgets, managing property and planning big events. She’s overseen contracts and leasing agreements and has definite experience with the entertainment business. She’s got great skills. And the other part that’s hard to put on a piece of paper—she’s well known in the industry.”
During her confirmation, Flanders shared that while she was born and raised in Georgia, making Volusia County her new home is fitting, as she has a special tie to the area.
“When my father was a student at Georgia Tech, he was a musician. He ventured out with the sax and created a boy band, and they played beach music in the Bandshell in Daytona. He loved Daytona so much that he wrote a song about Daytona, and it made the local charts. We would come here every summer to vacation, and it was something we looked forward to every single year.”
“We will support you and look forward to working with you,” said County Council Chair Jeff Brower. “When I went over your background with George, I just had to sit back in my chair and say, ‘Wow! What a great find.’ I’m really pleased with the extent of the search, and I’m really pleased that you accepted.”
Flanders is a certified public accountant with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounts from Mercer University. She is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs and the International Association of Venue Managers.