As we celebrate this time of wonder and renewal, a warm feeling of gratitude fills our spirit and reflection upon the past year seems instinctive.
2017 was a particularly successful one for the Mentoring Committee and the Mentor Connector Program. Committee members wrote blogs, laughed a lot together at our booth at VenueConnect, and shared insights on The Venue Live Podcast. Past-participants and committee members are spreading the word, and it’s affirming to see the number of partnerships growing.
We are ever grateful to the small yet mighty IAVM committee who facilitate the Mentor Connector Program year-round with the dedicated support of IAVM Member Care Manager Summer Beday. As the program now has two year-long classes or “cycles” per year – one beginning in the spring and one in the fall – the work behind the scenes is excitingly self-perpetuating. The Mentoring Committee loves seeing new and returning Mentees, Mentors and Coaches each cycle.
I would like to recognize those IAVM members who took time out of an already demanding work schedule to focus on their own personal and professional growth as a “Mentee.” These brave members embrace opportunities for evolution and development. Of course, without the time, encouragement, and professionalism from our “Mentors,” there would be no one to help shape and cultivate the passion of fellow venue managers. I’d also like to tip my hat to the “Coaches,” who play a quieter supporting role in the process for multiple partnerships at a time.
Here are the IAVM Members who completed the Mentor Connector Program in 2017:
|Michael Robinson II||Russell Vandenberg, CFE / Seaside Civic and Convention Center||Terry Genovese, CFE / ASI Displays, Inc.|
|Kevin Calhoun / Stephen F. Austin State University||Rudy Betancourt / Macky Auditorium -University of Colorado||Frank Bradshaw, CFE, CMP/ Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts|
|Michael Berkery / Indiana State Fairgrounds||Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe / San Diego Convention Center||Jim Brown, CFE / First National Bank Arena|
|Jana Brooks / Maryland Stadium Authority||Aaron Schmitt, CVP / Heintz Field||Jim Brown, CFE / First National Bank Arena|
|Joseph Leon / Capital One Arena||Kevin Spence, CFE / Hampton Coliseum/ Hampton Arts Commission||Jim Brown, CFE / First National Bank Arena|
|Jordan Lingreen / Krannert Center for the Performing Arts||Jennifer Hammontree / Portland’5 Centers
for the Arts
|Larry Gawronski, CFE / Topeka Performing Arts Center|
|Christine Spiller / Pepsi Center||Larry Fontana / Verizon Theatre at
|Frank Bradshaw, CFE, CMP/ Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts|
|Brian Wright /Mercedes-Benz Stadium||Jason Pedone / John Paul Jones Arena|
|Leigh Wooldridge / McAllen Convention Center||Alexandra Carls-Johnson/ AT&T Stadium||Robyn Williams, CFE / Portland’5 Centers for the Arts|
|Jessica Beckmann / Chaifetz Arena||Sue Walker, CFE / State Farm Center||Tim O’Connell, CFE / Cincinnati Reds Great American|
|Ryan Kichler / Yonge-Dundas Square||Peter Church / Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment||Kevin Spence, CFE / Hampton Coliseum/ Hampton Arts Commission|
|Dan Dreier, CVP / Minneapolis Convention Center||Erin Jepson, CMP / regon Convention Center||Kevin Spence, CFE / Hampton Coliseum/ Hampton Arts Commission|
|Joe Durr / Portland’5 Centers for the Arts||Richard Haycock, CFE||Tim O’Connell, CFE / Cincinnati Reds Great American|
|Michael Henry / USA Hockey Arena||Dot Lischick, CFE / Colorado Springs World Arena and Pikes Peak Center||John Siehl, CFE / VenuWorks|
|Melanie Lee / Major League Baseball||Jessica Reid-Bateman / Capital One Arena||Tim O’Connell, CFE / Cincinnati Reds Great American|
|Sarina Sutton / University of Colorado Boulder||Sandy Richmond / Olympia Entertainment||Jeff Mann, CFE / Xfinity Center/ Orpheum Theater|
|Nicola Martinez / Del Mar Fairgrounds – 22nd District Agricultural Association||Daniel Huerta / Fair Park, TX||Larry Perkins, CFE, CMP, CPP / PNC Arena|
|Laura Zeeb / GES||Rob Henson, CFE / Scope Arena||Carol Wallace / Carol Wallace & Associates, Inc|
|Angie Hanley / Owensboro Convention Center||Karen Totaro, CFE / San Diego Convention Center||Carol Wallace / Carol Wallace & Associates, Inc|
|Nick Buchs / Georgia State University||Wendy Riggs / Walton Arts Center/ Walmart AMP||John Siehl, CFE / VenuWorks|
|Ryan Harder / Allen Event Center||Bryan Miller, CMP, MBA/ Virginia Beach Convention Center||Jimmy Earl, CFE / Frank Erwin Center|
|Zakiya Smith-Dore / Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – University of Florida||Kevin Dooley / Philips Arena||Jimmy Earl, CFE / Frank Erwin Center|
Are you looking for a 2018 New Year’s Resolution you will actually follow-through with? Participate in the MC Program! IAVM’s Mentor Connector Program is an excellent vehicle to enhance your venue management career. Both mentors and mentees benefit from participating in the program—mentors become better teachers and mentees benefit from the knowledge and direction they gain. The partnership introduces both individuals to a new network of colleagues.
Mentor Connector has no age limitations. You may want to learn about new safety & security technology, the latest techniques in ensuring the fan experience, advocacy laws that are applicable in your state or region, management & leadership trends, or navigating your way in to the industry—everyone can learn something from someone. If you’d like to learn more about the value of this free member benefit and fill out the application online, check out our webpage.
Congratulations to all who successfully completed the Mentor Connector Program in 2017.
We can’t wait to see who we meet in 2018!
Chair, IAVM Mentoring Committee