“We (Board of Trustees) are extremely proud to announce the third class of your IAVM Foundation 30 | UNDER | 30. This group truly represents the talent, passion and drive we all have for the industry. These 30 deserving individuals will come together at VenueConnect 2017 to represent the Foundation at the Legacy Project, UpSTART Emerging Leaders Program and at the Foundation Lounge on the trade show floor. We encourage everyone to come by and meet the next 30 | UNDER | 30 class,” said Bob Hunter, Board of Trustee Chair.
Applicants were required to submit application and a creative video. Four members from the IAVM Young Professional committee, along with two IAVM Foundation Board of Trustees, Mark Gnatovic, Senior Vice President of Searchwide and Bill Bavirsha, Associate Athletic Director Facility Operations/ General Manager UIC Athletics Sports Complex, served as the evaluation committee.
“We received a staggering number of applications and it was extremely hard to narrow down the list to 30 as all submissions were top notch” stated Bill Bavirsha.
When asked what being a Class of 2016 30 | UNDER | 30 member meant to him, Michael Santa, IAVM Young Professional Committee Vice Chair said, “It has been extreme honor to be part of the current 30UNDER30 class. Meeting and networking with so many of my talented peers and colleagues in my class has been an incredible opportunity. My VenueConnect 2016 experience as part of the 30|UNDER|30 class in Minneapolis was unforgettable!”
Recipients receive complimentary registration to VenueConnect 2017, along with an $850 stipend.
Congratulations to the 30 | UNDER | 30 Class of 2017!
Brittany Atwell, Guest Services Coordinator, Spectra Venue Management/ Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
Tyler Baldwin, Director of Booking & Events, Orleans Arena/Orleans Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, NV)
Matthew Bauer, House Manager, Englert Theatre (Iowa City, IA)
Trenton Becker, Event Coordinator III, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (Dallas, Tx)
Beth Bryant, Membership and Ticketing Services Manager, The Classic Center (Athens, GA)
Brian Caputo, General Manager, Spectra Venue Management/Mullins Center (Amherst, MA)
Zach Cornwall, Event Manager, Oilers Entertainment Group (Edmonton, Canada)
Bahiah Odeh -Eppig, Facility Services Supervisor, San Diego Convention Center (San Diego, CA)
Josh Hernandez, Sales and premium Services Manager, Frank Erwin Center (Austin, TX)
Joshua Hezlep, Event Coordinator, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (Dallas, TX)
Ethan Honaman, Guest Relations Assistant Manager, Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver, CO)
Tamlyn Horne, Event Coordinator, Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
Randle Jackson, Division Manager, Travis County Exposition Center (Austin, TX)
Nick Kaizer, Associate Ticket Office Manager/Webmaster, Iowa State Center/managed by VenuWorks/Stephens Auditorium-Fisher Theater (Ames, IA)
Nic Lawrence, Event Manager, Spokane Public Facilities District (Spokane, WA)
Hannah Mothersbaugh, Guest Services Coordinator, Cleveland Browns (Cleveland, OH)
Jocelyn Munson, Event Services Supervisor, Cobb Galleria Centre (Atlanta, GA)
Robert Phillips, Director of Sales and Guest Services, The 5th Avenue Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Sarah Kate Rogers, Event Coordinator, Cox Business Center/SMG (Tulsa, OK)
Anna Rosburg, Assistant General Manager/Director of Marketing, Spectra Venue Management/Casper Events Center (Casper, WY)
Marcus Sanchez, Events Supervisor, The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (Santa Rosa, CA)
Andrew Saunders, Booking Manager, Venue Coalition (Westlake Village, CA)
Eric Schleicher, Senior Marketing Manager, BOK Center/SMG (Tulsa, OK)
Dana Schmitz, Manager of Special Events, BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI)
Daren Smylie, Event Manager, San Diego Convention Center (San Diego, CA)
Raney Stryk, Event Coordinator, Curtis Culwell Center (Garland, TX)
Courtney Tetreault, Assistant Production Manager, Neal S. Blaisdell Center (Honolulu, HI)
Jake Whitcomb, Event Operations Manager, San Francisco Giants/AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)
Danielle Wright, Sales Manager, SMG Tulsa/Cox Business Center (Tulsa, OK)
Samantha Zastrow, Event Manager, Spurs Sports & Entertainment/AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX)