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(Tulsa, Okla.) November 10, 2016 – The SMG-managed BOK Center is proud to announce that Venues Today Magazine has named Meghan Doyle, Director of Marketing, as the recipient of the 2016 Hall of Headlines Marketing Award. The award honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the venue and live entertainment industry in the last 12 months, making headlines along the way. Recipients are nominated and elected by thousands of readers of Venues Today, a leading international trade publication that covers the business side of entertainment and sports.

Nominations are divided into five unique categories: News, Bookings, Operations & Technology, Marketing and Concessions.

“On behalf of our entire SMG management team, I congratulate Meghan on this prestigious industry honor,” said BOK Center General Manager Jeff Nickler. “Our BOK Center marketing department is constantly praised by the artists and concert tours visiting Tulsa for their creativity, spirit of innovation and willingness to think outside of the box.”

Doyle was awarded for creating the most memorable backstage experience ever for Ariana Grande. In October 2015, BOK Center stunned the pop star and her 85.7-million Instagram followers with a surprise that sparked national media coverage and generated awareness for a very worthy cause. Knowing of Grande’s love for animals, specifically rescue dogs, SMG staff surprised her in the green room with eight adorable puppies from the Animal Rescue Foundation of Tulsa. She fell in love with a Yorkie named Strauss and adopted him on the spot. In addition, her mother and tour DJ also adopted new pets. “This is the most memorable thing a building has ever done for me,” said Grande. She was so moved by the gesture that she paid the $150 adoption fee for 20 additional dogs to be adopted by fans. Grande’s Instagram posts that evening generated over 1.3 million likes and helped the Tulsa nonprofit grow their social media following by 600%.

“It’s truly an honor to receive this award and to be recognized for making a significant contribution to the venue industry when so many people are doing it everyday and at times it’s difficult to stand out,” said Doyle. “This award wouldn’t have been possible without the team at BOK Center that is always striving to be the best.”

Hall of Headlines winners will be showcased and caricatured in the Venues Today year-end issue in December 2016.