Terry Kurtenbach

Terry Kurtenbach

Executive Director, Human Resources

A native San Diegan, Terry Kurtenbach is the Executive Director of Human Resources at the San Diego Convention Center Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and administration of all comprehensive personnel programs for all human resources areas including labor relations, safety and workers compensation, employment, compensation, benefits, employee training and development, employee relations, employee services, organizational development and HRIS. 

Terry has over 20 years of Human Resources experience in the hospitality industry, beginning her career with Hilton where she gained experience in services, sales, marketing, advertising, public relations and human resources.  She  joined the San Diego Convention Center Corporation in 1989 as Training Manager working her way up to human resources management over a 15-year period.  One of her early accomplishments was designing and implementing an employee philosophy to establish the Convention Center as a world-renowned organization; this philosophy continues to be in place and is known as “The San Diego Spirit,” which emphasizes the significant role of every employee in representing our customer service to each guest visiting the convention center.  She left the San Diego Convention Center Corporation in 2005 to join Time Warner Cable San Diego where she was Human Resources Director providing strategic HR leadership to the Southern California region.  She returned to the San Diego Convention Center Corporation in 2012 as Human Resources Director. 

Terry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University.  She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) obtained in January 2005, with a California credential, obtained in May 2007.  She is a national member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Kurtenbach has been recognized as a YWCA TWIN Honoree; and she has served on the board of the local chapter of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and on the steering committee for the YWCA TWIN program.

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