Smart City began more than 30 years ago in Houston, Texas and has evolved into the nation’s leading telecommunication provider for convention centers and meeting facilities. We manage the technology services for more than 3,000 events annually, including virtually every Fortune 500 Company event and major tradeshow. From auto shows to national political party conventions to world economic summits, Smart City has been on the floor, behind the scenes, and maintaining the connections that enable people to make important things happen.
Smart City is the nation’s leading communications provider to convention centers and hospitality venues. We began as Centel Facilities Communications, the telephone company of the Houston Astros and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. We expanded throughout the 1980s and 1990s through exclusive contracts with centers across the country.
Our company was purchased by its present owners in 1995, and renamed to Smart City Networks four years later. This new ownership brought together an expert team of telecommunications entrepreneurs and the new name reflected the growing movement from old telecommunications to the increasing use of technology and networking in the convention and tradeshow industry. Ever-expanding on this movement, we continued to grow with the acquisition of Vista-United Telecommunications, the exclusive telecommunications company of the Walt Disney World Resort. We continued to expand, acquiring Priority Networks, Inc. (PNI) and Convention Communications Provisioners, Inc. (CCPI), which resulted in additional accounts to our portfolio, collectively serving more than 35 facilities throughout the nation.
Today, we proudly employ more than 200 team members nationwide. Our Las Vegas headquarters is home to our national customer service, accounting, and technology teams, along with our Network Operations Center (NOC), which provides Internet security services and remote 24/7 monitoring for all of our networks. As we look toward the future, we will continue to advance our service offerings, both technologically and customer-service focused.