Steve Hyman has left his longtime position as executive director of the Mark of the Quad Cities arena in Moline, Ill., to take a position as president of CCO Entertainment in Chicago.

Steve Hyman has left his longtime position as executive director of the Mark of the Quad Cities arena in Moline, Ill., to take a position as president of CCO Entertainment in Chicago.

CCO Entertainment is a new national consultancy specializing in conceptual design and operation of arenas.

CCO's first assignment is the $60 million Hoffman Estates Arena, a sports and entertainment venue to be built in the western suburbs of Chicago. The Hoffman Estates Arena is an 11,000-seat project developed through a partnership between Chicago-based development firm Ryan Companies U.S. and Sears. A spring groundbreaking is scheduled, with opening in the fall of 2006.

Hyman has been at the Mark since 1990. The12,000-seat arena is annually one of the top U.S. venues of its size. This year, the Mark finished 11th among arenas with 10,000-15,000 capacity, reporting grosses of nearly $8 million from 36 shows.