The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) has hit an exciting milestone with its largest membership in association history…7,000 members!
To show this amount of growth over the past few years plus keeping our member retention at above industry standards is a testament to the work being done by IAVM staff, board leadership and volunteers,” said IAVM Board Chair, Tammy Koolbeck, CVE. “Kudos to Gina Brydson, Director of Membership and her staff along with David Angeles, Chair of the Membership Committee, and his committee for the work being done to attract and retain our members. IAVM’s credo is “We exist to bring benefits to our members” and the membership growth demonstrates our commitment to our members.”
Gina Brydson, Director of Membership, is thrilled about the growth IAVM has experienced in recent years, noted, “The Board of Directors and the Membership Committee were instrumental in approving two new membership categories that have catapulted our growth, Professional Group Membership and Allied Group Membership. As we move into 2020, we are excited about our global footprint that thrives because of our members’ willingness to share their knowledge and unique experiences to foster more growth in the industry, while assisting the next generation of decision-makers and influencers to achieve their career goals and become future leaders of IAVM.”
IAVM started as a small group of six like-minded, dedicated auditorium professionals in December 1924 looking to make a difference with the operation of public assembly facilities. The association has evolved in its 95-year history to include venue professionals from auditoriums, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts center, university complexes, amphitheaters and fairgrounds and more.
“It’s exciting to know that the IAVM family of professionals continues to grow,” stated Brad Mayne, CVE, IAVM President and CEO. “I believe that this growth is due to ongoing recruitment and member volunteer efforts. IAVM leadership is especially excited that VMA, our partners in Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia, are part of this phenomenal growth. We also appreciate our partners in Mexico, as AMEREF has now opened its membership to additional sectors beyond Convention Centers. Thank you, to each of our members, for always supporting your association.”