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CEO's Message


Dana Stoehr, CFE
Chief Executive Officer
San Mateo County Event Center (SMCEC)

Thank You for visiting us online and learning more about the services that we can offer you. Our website and its contents are being improved to better your experience. We are always seeking to make improvements and establish new ways to serve you better.


Adapting quickly to change is vital, and of course, we are in the events business; being adaptable and open to new, challenging, and sometimes unexpected circumstances are required qualities for us. Thoughtful change allows individuals and organizations to embrace and, persevere; charting a path that leads to accomplishing sustainable goals and objectives. We have proudly served at the epicenter for San Mateo County and its exemplary response to the pandemic. When the pandemic first arrived, we immediately implemented all CDC and State of California Protocols to keep staff and guests safe. We continue to invest and maintain best practices for cleanliness, sanitization and follow all current guidance for gatherings.


It is this spirit of change that we are excited to share so many things happening at the San Mateo County Event Center. We are proudly growing busier and have seen a remarkable surge in venue rentals. We’ve worked to establish new partnerships and collaborate with small –large-scale companies that love our County Fair in the summer and can’t wait for the corporate Holiday Party in the fall.


Client Satisfaction is our priority, not a marketing phrase. We want you and your guests to have a fantastic time visiting the venue. For these reasons, we are proud to provide many amenities like credit card acceptance and e-ticketing for our parking guests, upgrades to our Wi-Fi and network infrastructure, enhanced security presence, increased signage to direct patrons to assigned entrances, and a renewed dedication to our customer service standards.


The San Mateo County Event Center has a great team of outstanding individuals who commit their time and talent to make your event a wonderful experience. Each of our staff members is committed to building and sustaining equitable and inclusive work and social environments where diversity is celebrated and valued. Diversity is a core value of the San Mateo County Event Center. We believe diversity, equity and inclusion, benefit and enrich the experience of all of our staff and guests.


We also believe that embracing diversity, equity and, inclusion enriches us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, discover, design, deliver solutions, and excel at hosting diverse people, cultures and events.


We look forward to hosting You!