The IAVM Foundation is pleased to announce Tom Cornwall, CVE, as the recipient of the 2023 IAVM Foundation Legacy Award.
Currently retired, Cornwall’s venue management career spanned over 44 years. He started his tenure at Arizona State University as a student stagehand then spent 18 years in senior positions in the operation / management of ASU’s athletic and entertainment facilities. Cornwall has worked for Ogden Entertainment in Minneapolis and Edmonton with the NBA Timberwolves and NHL Oilers, completed Olympic projects in Salt Lake, Torino and Vancouver, worked with several VenuWorks facilities, and assisted the Edmonton Oilers design, build, and open their new arena. Though he retired at the end of 2019, Cornwall helped Oakview Group with the NHL 2020 Stanley Cup Bubble tournament in Edmonton.
Cornwall’s IAVM involvement over the years includes many volunteer roles with various committees and task forces, and he served as a trustee on the Foundation Board of Trustees for two years. Even though retired, he continues to serve on the IAVM Certification Board, as well as on a task force reviewing the CVE and CVP programs. He has been an avid donor and supporter of the IAVM Foundation throughout his IAVM membership and continues to give back ever into his retirement.
“Tom Cornwall served on the Foundation Board of Trustees from 1996 through 1998 and was a co-chair of the silent auction, but what made Tom worthy of the Legacy Award is that for the next 25 years he continued to give his time to IAVM and financial support to the IAVM Foundation,” said Jim Wynkoop, CVE, Chair of the IAVM Foundation Board of Trustees. “Even in retirement, he continues to serve and support the Foundation. His service and generosity are an example for us all to aspire to when we start thinking about our own legacies, and the Board of Trustees is thrilled to recognize Tom’s legacy of service and giving with the IAVM Foundation Legacy Award.”
Upon being notified of receiving the award, Cornwall said, “I am honored to accept the award and am thrilled to be joining a very admirable group of past recipients. Even after a few weeks (since being notified), I am not sure the scope of this recognition has totally registered with me.”
Cornwall will be presented with the award at VenueConnect 2023, which is being held in Pittsburgh, PA July 31-August 3. For more information on VC23 or to register, please click here.