Sikich LLP

May 16, 2012 09:53 ET

Sikich to Develop Roadmap to Transform Information Technology at McCormick Place

NAPERVILLE, IL--(Marketwire - May 16, 2012) - Sikich LLP, a leading accounting, advisory and technology firm, has been hired by McCormick Place | SMG to perform an information technology (IT) assessment of its entire conference center, which includes 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. McCormick Place is recognized as the premier convention center facility in North America and is now privately managed by SMG, a worldwide leader in convention facility management.

With close to 3 million visitors each year, McCormick Place relies heavily on information technology to support exhibitor services and administration. The Sikich Technology team was brought in because of its demonstrated expertise in IT and telecom solution services to assess the facility's IT and telecom infrastructure. The Sikich team will review the IT infrastructure, telecom systems, business applications, Wi-Fi and IT staff in order to propose and recommend an IT strategic plan to McCormick Place | SMG.

Sikich is excited to work closely with McCormick Place | SMG in supporting the historic reforms enacted by the Illinois General Assembly to streamline operations, improve efficiencies and lower costs for McCormick Place customers. These reforms will enhance the ability of McCormick Place | SMG to compete and win in an increasingly competitive convention and tradeshow industry.

"Given the demanding nature of the data and technology needs placed on the hospitality industry, and especially convention centers, this IT assessment will help McCormick Place | SMG make smart decisions based on technologies with the best return on investment and overall longevity, " said Michael Suglich, CPA and Partner at Sikich. "This move will also help reduce risks associated with technology-based business interruptions by developing a short-term and long-term strategic plan for IT that will support the entire McCormick Place facility."

For more information on the IT services that Sikich offers, visit the firm's Business Software & IT Services webpage.

About Sikich LLP
Sikich LLP is a nationally-ranked top 50 public accounting and advisory firm providing accounting, advisory, technology and managed services. With more than 400 employees and offices in Naperville, Chicago, Decatur, Rockford and Springfield, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Greenwood Village, Colorado; and St. Louis, Missouri, Sikich serves middle-market companies, governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations. Learn more about Sikich at

About SMG
A recognized leader in convention center management, SMG manages more than 220 municipal and private venues in nine countries since 1977. The company's roots stem from Chicago and it has served as Soldier Field's management firm since 1994. SMG operates 90 percent of the publicly-owned exhibition space operated by private companies in North America with facilities ranging in size from 30,000 square foot exhibit halls to the one million plus square feet of Reliant Park in Houston and the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. In addition to convention centers, SMG manages exhibition halls, trade centers, arenas, stadiums, performing arts centers, theaters, and specific-use venues such as equestrian centers. Learn more about SMG at

Chicago's McCormick Place
McCormick Place, the largest exhibition and meeting facility in North America, is comprised of four state-of-the-art buildings, the North, South and West Buildings, the Lakeside Center, and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel. Combined, McCormick Place offers 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, 173 meeting rooms, the 4,249-seat Arie Crown Theater and one of the largest ballrooms in the world.

Located on Chicago's lakefront just minutes from downtown, McCormick Place is owned by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and managed by SMG, a worldwide convention facility management company. For more information, please visit or on and