David M. Meek, who managed a convention and civic center in Niagara Falls, N.Y., has been named general manager of the Salt Palace Center.

Meek will be managing under the direction of Spectacor Management Group, a company based in Philadelphia that recently signed a contract to manage the facility. Salt Lake County previously managed the Salt Palace.A graduate of the University College of Buffalo, Meek said he is excited about moving to Salt Lake City. "It's a beautiful city, and I think I'm going to love it here," he said Thursday at a reception.

He pledged to continue operating the facility as it has been in the past, making changes where necessary. The Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center is similar to the Salt Palace, he said. Both contain an arena and convention space.