VenuesNow revealed the names of their 2018 Women of Influence honorees, and it is noteworthy for among many reasons including the fact that four of the recipients are distinguished IAVM members.
In a voting from peers, the five join 42 previous winners who have had a positive impact on the public assembly venue industry. The awards will be made official at a reception at VenueConnect on July 24.
Jeanie Buss, one of the most powerful women in professional sports who serves as owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and counts on her resume managing The Forum in Inglewood, the previous home of the Lakers, was on a Women in Leadership panel last year in Nashville and this year is among the honorees.
Lynda Reinhart has long been associated with the University of Florida and is one of the most noteworthy names in university management as she leads the Stephen C. O’Connell Center at the Gainesville university.
Ingram serves as vice president of sales for EventBooking and counts a number of associations and corporations among her clients. It is that range and scope of work that has helped shape Ingram’s successful career.
Lischick is a well-known industry veteran and serves as general manager of the Broadmoor World Arena and Pike Peak Performing Arts Center in Colorado springs. She has been involved with the facility since its design inception and a familiar face in the local community.
DiBenedetto works as director of touring for AEG Presents in New York and is known for being very instrumental in the touring success of some of the most well-known musical artists including the likes of Carrie Underwood and Justin Bieber.
IAVM extends a hearty congratulations to all of the deserving and distinguished honorees and looks forward to helping share in the celebration of their accomplishments at VenueConnect in Toronto.
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Last Thursday night, 294 excited students (largest student attendance in the history of VMS) attending VMS and VMSGI officially finished up a spectacular week of networking and learning and celebrated the graduation of year two students and recognition of GI students completing their program in Glessner Hall. There was also a rotation of class reps, recognition of interns, and changing of leadership of the Board of Regents finishing their year of service.
Cheryl Swanson, CVE rolled off as Past Chair, Bob Hunter, CVE moves into Past Chair. Todd Hunt, CVE takes the helm as Chair, Phil Jordan, CVE steps up to First Vice Chair, and Paul Turner, CVE, CSSP steps in as the new Second Vice Chair. After a video of Ray Ward was shown, Michael Marion, CVE was awarded the Ray W. Ward award, being recognized for his contributions to the Venue Management School.
The Regents, Instructors, and IAVM Staff spend a full twelve months in preparation for the coming year’s school giving selfless amounts of time, offering their industry experience/leadership, and time away from their venue responsibilities to place Venue Management School in expert hands for future success.
Bob Hunter, CVE chaired the 2018 school with great success, which generated a very active atmosphere during the week and especially at the graduation ceremony. Bob’s passion and commitment to the school showed itself in many ways, and from the lectern on his last night of chair, his emotions were visible and ran deep. Job Well Done Robert Hunter, CVE.
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The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) announced the hiring of Joyce Leveston as general manager. She will begin on July 16.
In her new role, Leveston will be responsible for overseeing the MCCA’s overall business operations teams and contract partners with a major focus on leadership, management and direction to further enhance the customer’s experience at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hynes Convention Center, and Lawn On D.
She currently serves as director of convention services at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. where she leads a team of 14 and manages all aspects of convention services, event and facility operations, and coordination between the facility and its contract partners. Leveston has managed many signature events such as the Presidential Inaugural Balls, the Nuclear Security Summit for President Barack Obama, the Republican National Convention, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, and the AIPAC Policy Conference.
“It is a privilege and an honor to be welcomed into the MCCA family. I look forward to supporting the vision and growth of such well respected professionals in the industry,” Leveston said. “It is my intention to build on Boston’s outstanding industry reputation for customer service excellence as we welcome and host visitors from around the world to the MCCA’s award winning venues.”
Leveston brings a wealth of industry knowledge to her new role. She has prior experience in key leadership roles in several Tier 1 convention markets including the San Diego Convention Center, the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX, and the Miami Beach Convention Center. At each stop she took on additional responsibilities and earned the confidence of her peers within the organization while raising her professional profile through membership in multiple professional organizations. Leveston is a regular participant in industry task forces and has been a presenter at events both domestic and international.
“Boston is a premier global destination for meetings, conventions and events, and we are excited to welcome Joyce to our already strong leadership team,” said David Gibbons, executive director of the MCCA. “Joyce has the talent, knowledge, expertise, and experience to lead the team, take on new responsibilities, and create an environment that delivers service excellence to every customer.”