As a member of IAVM, you know all about the inspiration, expertise, and lifelong connections that the association provides. Now is the perfect opportunity to share the wealth of endless opportunities with your colleagues. This is a fabulous present for someone deserving. No shipping required with the Gift of IAVM Membership – just a few minutes of your time is needed to sign up online.
Member Services will provide the recipient with the link for the appropriate membership application. We will contact you, the sponsor, for payment. After one year, once they experience firsthand what IAVM has to offer, they may renew their membership.
Your chosen recipient now has the chance to connect to the industry’s professional core, plug into its powerful network, be enlightened by visionaries, and be inspired by once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Dues will depend on which membership category is appropriate for the recipient. For your reference, categories, eligibility, and respective dues are listed below.
Your chosen recipient will have the chance to connect to the industry’s professional core, plug into its powerful network, be enlightened by visionaries, and be inspired by once-in-a-lifetime experiences!
Questions? Email the IAVM Membership Department, or give us a call at 972-906-7441.
By R.V. Baugus
When Daniel Huerta announced his retirement as assistant director from the City of Dallas Park & Recreation Department, it was with the sincere heart of a man ready for his next calling in life while at the same time moving away from an industry he has known for so long and to which he has contributed on many volunteer levels within IAVM.
“I will definitely miss the industry,” Daniel said, “but more that that I will miss the people in it that give so much of their time and effort.”
He qualified the comment by saying he is still in his capacity through the summer, so let’s not move Daniel out the door so fast.
In fact, we wish we could keep him forever. It’s what you want when you get someone with a beaming personality who is always smiling and laughing.
Daniel has been in the venue management industry for 36 glorious years and calls the time with the City professionally and personally rewarding.
Daniel is a friend to the City of Dallas and in addition to his work at Fair Park, he has also oversaw management of the Dallas Convention Center (now Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center), Reunion Arena, Union Station, Dallas Farmers Market, and the City’s Office of Special Events.
Daniel’s volunteer service is legendary. In addition to his many contributions to IAVM, he has worked with Dallas Aquatics, Volunteer Services, Youth Services, Youth Sports, Marketing, Community Engagement, Reservations and Special Events, and the Kiest Softball Quadplex.
Daniel summed it up best this way: “I am proud of what we have achieved over the years by working collectively with our citizens, volunteers, friends’ groups, partners, and the City of Dallas organization. The numerous initiatives implemented by our exceptional executive team and staff, under the leadership of the Park and Recreation Board and the Mayor and City Council, have made us a spotlight on the national stage of the park and recreation industry once again.”
Daniel will always be in the spotlight for his humility and dedication, certainly not because he goes seeking a spotlight.
By Ainslee Jessiman
The Royal & McPherson Theatres Society (RMTS) Board of Directors announced the appointment of Franz Lehrbass as executive director, effective January 21, 2020. Lehrbass will succeed current executive director Lloyd Fitzsimonds when he retires in December after 20 years of leadership and dedication to the theatres.
“We are pleased to have Franz join our organization as our new executive director,” said Lorne DeLarge, RMTS board president and executive director search committee chair. “Franz has a proven track record as a professional manager and brings a strong background in the arts community. Additionally, his hands-on experience caring for a historic arts venue makes him a great choice to lead our organization going forward.”
Lehrbass joins the RMTS after 10 years as the general manager of the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium in Brandon, Manitoba. Lehrbass led the organization by modernizing its administration, managing capital renovation projects, diversifying its capital funding, expanding its mandate and growing its overall business while delivering event services to a wide variety of professional, educational, and community clients.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Royal & McPherson Theatres Society. In meeting the RMTS staff I’ve discovered a team of professionals, each very experienced and deeply committed to providing excellent service to the clients and patrons of the Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse” Lehrbass said. “I’d also like to express my gratitude to Lloyd Fitzsimonds and the RMTS board for their excellent stewardship and development of these two historic theatres over the last 20 years. I am both inspired and humbled to be joining this highly collaborative team, and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”
Originally from Southwestern Ontario, Lehrbass studied classical music performance at the University of Western Ontario and audio engineering technology at the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology. Prior to his career in theatre management, Lehrbass worked for a startup in Silicon Valley and as a producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s music department.
“After 20 years of managing Victoria’s historic civic auditoria I am pleased to be handing the reins over to Franz. He is more than qualified to be a leader in the Victoria community. I hope he finds as I have, that it is privilege to be the steward of these two beautiful buildings,” Fitzsimonds said.
Ainslee Jessiman is RMTS programming and communications associate.
By Globe Newswire
Blue Federal Credit Union and Spectra have entered into the first year of an all-new partnership. With this multi-year partnership agreement, Blue Federal Credit Union will rebrand assets around the campus and is now the official naming rights partner for both Guest Services and The Ranch Bar & Grill with their new names becoming Blue Federal Credit Union Guest Services and Blue Bar & Grill.
Spectra, the providers of venue management, food services & hospitality and partnerships at the Budweiser Events Center at The Ranch, is excited to announce a brand-new partnership with Blue Federal Credit Union, one of the best in the country, headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming with 14 convenient branches in Wyoming and Colorado. Blue is currently preparing to break ground on their 15th Branch located in Erie, Colorado.
“As a member-centric organization, Blue FCU is always looking for partnerships that align with our mission of working hard, having fun and winning for our members and this partnership embodies what is important to Blue. We will leverage our brand to create a memorable experience for our members while investing in the communities we serve,” said Raj Madan, Blue Federal Credit Union’s Chief Marketing Officer.
“We could not be more excited to cultivate this new partnership with Blue Federal Credit Union here at the Budweiser Events Center,” said Keller Taylor, Spectra District General Manager. “Blue Federal Credit Union’s and Spectra‘s core values are aligned in terms of caring for our members and the communities we serve which will guide us as we create new experiences for fans who enter the arena”.
Spectra, an industry leader in partnerships deals, acted as the naming rights agent on behalf of The Ranch Events Complex and the Budweiser Events Center.
By R.V. Baugus
At this time of the holiday season we are not here to play Grinch in any form or fashion. After all, tis the season to be jolly, but we also recognize the season comes with folly.
As a devout reader of Sports Illustrated magazine going back to my childhood, a recent article not only caught my attention but caused me to do a spit take of my eggnog.
Titled “The 10 Worst People to Sit Next to at a Sporting Event” and written by Jake May, I know that every venue manager is familiar with all 10 types, as are those of us who go to events for escape, not to be drawn into the insanity that these 10 types are notorious for.
Best of all, the article includes videos of the 10 types from actual events. As they say, hilarity ensues.
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