Our Team


The Team

Helpful, friendly service is a top priority at The Lone Star Convention & Expo Center. We’re known for it! From your first contact, you’ll feel your event is our only event. Let our professional team help you plan every detail. We are always available for your call.

It’s the way we listen to your requests, anticipate your needs, follow-up with each detail, and stay at your side from start to finish that makes the difference for you and your guests. Your success is our success, and your satisfaction is our reward.

Don R. Carpenter Jr. – CFE, Director


Don has more than 25 years experience in the convention and expo industry. He is responsible for the overall operations and management of The Lone Star Convention & Expo Center. Those duties call for him to help plan, direct, and oversee the activities and events held on the property.

Don works closely with clients throughout the planning and implementation of their event.

He is a member and ex-official director of the Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce, a Life Member of the Montgomery County Fair Association, president of the Conroe Bay Civic Association, and member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.



Mark Darsey – Operations Manager


Mark Darsey began his employment with Montgomery County in the Custodial Services Department in 1987, later transferring to Building Maintenance where he was elevated to the position of Assistant Director. Mark moved again to the County Engineers office where he served as an inspector. In 2000 he was named Operations Manager at The Lone Star Convention Center.

Mark’s expertise includes building systems operations and maintenance, as well as grounds preparation for all types of equestrian events. Mark works closely with clients to assure their technical requirements are met as needed for their event.


Terri Strozier – Administrative Assistant to the Director

terriTerri Strozier has been an employee with Montgomery County for 30 years. She began her career at the County Extension Office in 1980, then transferred to the County Judge’s Office in 1994 where she served as executive secretary to the County Judge until 2001. In 2001 Terri accepted the position of Administrative Assistant at The Lone Star Convention & Expo Center. She has extensive experience in County Administration.

As do Don and Mark, Terri works closely with clients throughout the planning and implementation of their event.


Michael Stapleton- Director of Food & Beverage Services,
Spectrum Catering


Spectrum Catering is the preferred food and beverage service provider at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center.


Rachel Boyes- Food and Beverage,


Office: (936) 539-5250
Cell: (936) 230-1972


Shellene Howell- Receptionist

shellenehowellA Montgomery County Resident of 10 years, Shellene joined the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center Team in February 2014 after having been previously employed by The Montgomery County Memorial Library System in Conroe, Texas.
Shellene is excited about being a member of our team who looks forward to greeting you with her hospitality centered nature and extensive experience in the Customer Relations Field.