The IAVM Foundation is proud to announce the Joseph A. Floreano Scholarship + Internship Program recipients for the 2015 Arena Management Conference (AMC), recognizing five, deserving individuals who demonstrate leadership, character, community involvement, and the potential to be future leaders in the venue management industry. The Foundation also offers scholarships + internships to a variety of other IAVM conferences and schools, click here to learn more and to apply. Thanks to the support of committed donors, together we are Building Amazing Futures. Click here to learn more about the Foundation’s annual campaign.
Favorite team? The Michigan State Spartans.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? Monkey, four hands and a tail that acts like a fifth. Talk about the opportunity to be an ultimate multi-tasker!
If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why? Inspector Gadget, he is a super hero right? Surround yourself with a good team and even when you aren’t perfect you can still get the desired results! Plus, I want the helicopter hat!
If you could switch places with someone for one day, who would it be and why? I would like to get inside the mind of the GM at a Super Bowl venue or managing director of an Olympic Stadium…one month after the event/closing ceremony. I would love the reflection and knowledge, but skip the gray hair! Seriously, the entire world is watching.
Favorite quote? Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving”—Albert Einstein
Do you have previous experience working with IAVM? I currently serve on the IAVM Membership Committee, part of the Mentor/Mentee Program, and have worked on various IAVM projects over the past few years. I recently found out I am considered a VenueDataSource “Super User.” That made me smile.
Favorite team? The St. Louis Cardinals.
Favorite sports or entertainment memory? My favorite sports memory is when the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series on a walk off home run by David Freese. They went on to win game 7 of the World Series the following night.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? I would be an Alaskan Husky. They work well in a team environment, they have an inspiring work ethic, they are athletic, and they love the outdoors.
If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why? I would be Leonardo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He always led by example, and the other turtles looked up to him. He was always willing to work and train. And they always seemed to be eating pizza, so that’s a plus.
What is your ultimate dream job in the industry? The general manager of an NBA arena.
Favorite team? The Chicago Blackhawks.
Favorite sports or entertainment memory? My most memorable concert moment was standing on the 30-yard line in Soldier Field and having Kenny Chesney swing in on the QB camera cables and stop right above us. I think it was his sunshine stadium tour.
If you could switch places with someone for one day, who would it be and why? I would switch places with Warren Buffett’s assistant and spend the day with him to learn as much as I could from him and his team so I could come back and make the most out of my investments.
What is your ultimate dream job in the industry? I am still trying to decide, but I would say either a GM of a building or marketing director for one of the large promoters.
Favorite quote? “It is easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.”
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Favorite team? The St. Louis Cardinals.
Your favorite sports or entertainment memory? My first Chicago Bears football game at Soldier Field.
If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why? I would be The Flash so I could accomplish more tasks in a short amount of time.
What is your ultimate dream job in the industry? My ultimate dream job is to own and operate a small venue of my own.
Favorite quote? “Choose being kind over being right, and you’ll be right every time.”—Richard Carlson
Favorite Team? The Pittsburgh Penguins.
Your favorite sports or entertainment memory? Working a Bruce Springsteen show shortly after Hurricane Sandy his his hometown. He put on an incredible show that lasted about 4.5 hours.
What is your ultimate dream job in the industry? My ultimate dream job would be the general manager of a major arena.
Favorite quote? “Life is never easy for those who dream.”—Robert James Waller
Do you have previous experience working with IAVM? Yes, I interned at Venue Management School (VMS) in 2014. Just to be in the same place as some of the major people in the industry was an experience in itself. I was also very grateful to sit in on the classes even though I wasn’t going to be tested at the end of the week. Winning the golf tournament on activity day was a pretty big plus!