Blake Takes Leadership at Lake Point

Bob Blake, former director of the Arkansas 4-H Center, is the new facilities manager at Arkansas Tech University’s Lake Point Conference Center.

“I am excited to have Bob on board and believe he will build on Lake Point Conference Center’s excellent reputation for food service, lodging and hosting meetings,” said Bernadette Hinkle, ATU vice president for administration and finance.

Blake has 43 years of marketing, hospitality and facility management experience. He oversaw the state’s 4-H Center for 18 years while working for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.

“I enjoy the hospitality industry,” said Blake. “I enjoy meeting people, and I enjoy providing service to people. The conference center business brings people together. Whether they be professional, social or religious in nature, these gatherings are opportunities for people to train, meet and conduct conferences as well as have social activities. I believe that Lake Point Conference Center is well positioned to serve a variety of groups and provide them with an excellent experience.”

Blake holds a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a certified conference center administrator with the International Association of Conference Center Administrators. He succeeds Bruce Trefney, who retired as facilities manager at Lake Point on June 30.

Lake Point Conference Center, named for its position on the shore of Lake Dardanelle, is located on Arkansas Highway 333 on the west side of Russellville. It has a capacity to host meetings for up to 300 individuals, receptions for up to 150 individuals and banquets for up to 135 individuals. Lake Point’s lodging facilities have a total of 47 guest rooms.

Other amenities include a 200-seat outdoor covered pavilion, 2,000 square feet of exhibit space, free wireless internet access for guests, audio visual equipment and customizable seating configurations in the facility’s three meeting rooms and event center dining room.

Visit https://lakepoint.atu.edu or call (479) 356-6240 to learn more.

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