About the American 1 Event Center

Meet Our Team


Emily Thomas - Building Manager

Emily Thomas is the Manager of the American 1 Credit Union Event Center. She is responsible for fiscal oversight, staffing, and operations of the facility. Emily graduated from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business/Human Resources. Born and raised in Jackson, Emily’s organizational skills, attention to detail, and creative touch will make your next event memorable. Emily is active in her church, the Jackson Young Professionals, and all things Jackson. She resides in Jackson with her husband, Ethan, and her puppy Sophie. Send an email


Emma Hovarter - Account Manager

Emma Hovarter is responsible for the recruitment of events and each customer's experience at the American 1 Event Center, as well as events held at Keeley Park. She will be your first contact and she will remain your partner throughout, making sure each detail is carefully executed. Emma is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations/Communications. She has previous sales and customer service experience working in college athletics at Oklahoma State University and University of Oregon. Emma relocated to Jackson in 2019, along with her dog, Jackson, and her two cats, Bullet and Jazz. She is a member of the local YMCA where in her spare time she enjoys swimming. Send an email