The IAVM Foundation is proud to announce the Joseph A. Floreano Scholarship + Internship Program intern recipients for the 2015 VenueConnect conference, recognizing deserving individuals who demonstrate leadership, character, community involvement, and the potential to be future leaders in the venue management industry.
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If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why? If I could be any superhero, I would be Batman. Growing up as a child, Batman was my favorite superhero, because he meant more than just himself. He had a passion for saving his beloved city of Gotham and stopped at nothing to ensure the safety of the citizens. I can relate to Batman in the sense that I work hard each and every day to represent my family and the great city of Cleveland, Ohio. Any time I do an assignment for my job, I always think about how it reflects on my boss and the company. While I always work hard on every task, I constantly remind myself that what I do is for the betterment of the event and others around me. I always work hard, like Batman, to ensure that a positive result is reached each and every time.
What is your ultimate dream job in the industry? My ultimate goal as a professional is to maintain a vice president role in a facility operations department. Specifically, I would like to maintain that role with an NBA venue. Learning from someone like Antony Bonavita, CFE, with the Cleveland Cavaliers has inspired me to reach that goal, because he instills every characteristic I aspire to be when I am older. Also, being in a vice president role would mean a lot because with that role, I can help produce a positive experience to not only the workers around me, but also to the fans at the venue/arena.
What is your favorite quote? “Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on Earth.” -Roberto Clemente
What #hashtag would best describe you? #Tenacity
Favorite team? The Pittsburgh Penguins.
Favorite sports or entertainment memory? My favorite entertainment memory was working six Garth Brooks shows at the Bryce Jordan Center over a two-weekend span while also running Movin’ On, Penn State’s annual spring music festival, at the same time.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? I would love to be a Tiger, because they’re such big, beautiful, and majestic creatures while also being extremely powerful. At the same time, they’re just a super-sized version of your pet cats.
What is your ultimate dream job in the industry? My ultimate dream job in the industry is to be an event and entertainment manager at a prestigious venue, such as Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center, or Staples Center.
What is your favorite quote? “Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.” – Joe Paterno
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? I haven’t thought of animal I’d love to be, but for my current job’s last Christmas party, we were all given “Spirit Animal” awards. I was awarded the Blue-footed Booby, for rarity, majesty, and secrecy.
What is your ultimate dream job in the industry? I have a few dream jobs and those are being the general manager of an arena, stadium, or amphitheater, maybe being the president of a record label, or being a guitar/backline technician for a full-time touring, major-label band.
What is your favorite quote? “Failure to plan is planning to fail.”
Do you have previous experience working with IAVM? What did you enjoy most? I was the intern for IAVM’s 2015 Academy for Venue Safety and Security (AVSS) in Dallas, Texas. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and I enjoyed the networking opportunities that came with the events. I started a handful of relationships at AVSS and cannot wait to network with many more industry professionals at VenueConnect.
@Twitter handle? @aaronkinskywlkr
Favorite musician or band? Of Monsters and Men.
Favorite sports or entertainment memory? Going to the first World Series game in Colorado. It wasn’t an exciting game, but just being there with a sold-out crowd during a World Series game was an amazing feeling.
What is your ultimate dream job in the industry? My dream job in the industry would to be a production manager for a large scale music festival. The logistics of large scale festivals fascinate me, while the building of different stages and areas for activities with the flow of thousands of people would be challenging.
What is your favorite quote? “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky. This quote forces me to take chances, while making me realize that the chances I don’t take will never change me for the better. The shots I take and miss will only make me stronger and force me to try harder so I can make the next shot when given the chance.
Favorite childhood snack? Handi-Snacks cheese and crackers.
Favorite team? The Philadelphia Eagles.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? A cheetah so I can run fast for once in my life.
If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why? Ironman so I could be a billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, and still fly around in a cool iron suite and fight crime.
Do you have previous experience working with IAVM? What did you enjoy most? Yes, I volunteered at VenueConnect last year. I enjoyed the networking opportunities and getting to know the other volunteers and interns who will be the next leaders in the industry.
What is your ultimate dream job in the industry? To run a sports venue, whether it be an arena or a stadium.
Favorite childhood snack? Scooby-Doo! Fruit Flavored Snacks.
Favorite musician or band? Brad Paisley.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? I would be a leopard, because they are stealth, observant, and quicker than the rest of their competition.
If you could switch places with someone for one day, who would it be and why? I would switch places with Bill Gates to prove that money doesn’t buy happiness.
What is your ultimate dream job in the industry? Ultimately, I want to work in international sports, hosting global events and international camps and use sports to bridge cultural and political gaps around the world.
What is your favorite quote? “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” – C. S. Lewis
Favorite childhood snack? Rice Krispies Treats.
Favorite musician or band? Ryan Tedder.
Favorite sports or entertainment memory? I worked all week alongside 300 other student employees building a stage in “The Swamp” for the University of Florida’s homecoming pep rally. I was then able to perform on that same stage homecoming night next to my closest friends for over 500 people. The experience was unreal. The fun didn’t stop there—we then had to strike this massive stage over night to have the stadium ready for the homecoming football game the next day. The transformation was incredible.
If you could switch places with someone for one day, who would it be and why? If I could switch places with anyone it would have to be Misty Copeland. I’d love the opportunity to share the stage one more time as Juliet. To exemplify such grace and beauty that leave people in awe. To have the power to move those in the audience without saying one word. That is why I would want to switch places with Misty Copeland for a day.
What is your ultimate dream job in the industry? Director of operations within an multi-purpose sporting arena. I love the thought of having the power to build a team of competent, reliable people who share my passion for entertainment to work alongside me.
Favorite childhood snack? Dunkaroos.
What #hashtag would best describe you? #treatyoself
@Twitter handle? @swolina
Favorite sports or entertainment memory? Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) 2012. Held at the Las Vegas Speedway, it’s my favorite festival held in the U.S. I was able to see so many of my favorite composers and DJs. Seeing over 150k+ people in one venue all for the same purpose is amazing to me. You could feel the music before you walked into the track, and the environment they create is beyond imagination.
If you could switch places with someone for one day, who would it be and why? Pasquale Rotella. He is the creator and CEO of Insomniac Events, which is the producer of EDC and various other EDM festivals around the world. I’d want to see what his daily life is like and find out what he does to continue his success.
What is your ultimate dream job in the industry? My ultimate dream job is to be in the festival business working with large scale events throughout the world. Talent buying, site ops, and marketing are all key interests. My passion for music and creating experiences is what drives me to do what I do every day.
Do you have previous experience working with IAVM? What did you enjoy most? Yes, I was an intern at Venue Management School in June 2015. I had the greatest experience with my time at this school because of the people who were present the entire week. The board of regents and students were very welcoming of all the interns and inspired me to keep working for whatever I wish to obtain with my future in entertainment.
@Twitter handle? @miahluzion
What #hashtag would best describe you? #AdventureTime
Favorite Team? The Miami Heat.
What person in the venue management industry has inspired you most and why? Without a doubt it was and is Joseph A. Floreano. Joe selected me out of hundreds of part-time employees as an individual he saw potential in, even when I didn’t necessarily see that in myself. His support and guidance gave me the confidence to step up and meet this wonderful opportunity. Joe passed away this past September, but he continues to inspire and motivate me to continue on the path as not only a manager, but also as someone who can respect and be respected by others. He was a person of such wonderful wit, humor, and knowledge, and I have been so fortunate to benefit from his kindness and generosity.
Do you have previous experience working with IAVM? What did you enjoy most? I was able to be a student volunteer at last summer’s VenueConnect in Portland, Oregon, as well as a student intern at Venue Management School this year. I enjoyed the opportunities to network with so many wonderful people, including students, members, allied members, and exhibitors. The professional development programs were outstanding, and I felt that I learned so much in such a short time.
Favorite quote? “Don’t forget to smile!”
Favorite musician or band? Ed Sheeran.
Your favorite sports or entertainment memory? One time I woke at up 6 a.m. to watch Eminem perform at Lollapalooza at 9 p.m. that night. I got front row and spent the whole day not eating, drinking water, or using the restroom since 9 a.m. to keep my spot. Well worth it during the concert!
If you could switch places with someone for one day, who would it be and why? Teddy Roosevelt. Not only was he the youngest president, but he finished giving his speech with a bullet in his chest—that’s a guy worth learning a thing or two from.
What is your ultimate dream job in the industry? I would love to be an event planner for huge live events like an awards show or festivals that would involve a lot of work with venue managers and professionals in the entertainment industry. I love working with people, and to do it for a career would make working so much fun.
What is your favorite quote? “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, and something great will come of it.”
@Twitter handle? @irinatuluca