World Wrestling Entertainment came to San Antonio and the Alamodome on January 29 as one of the WWE’s premier events turned 30. Nick Langella, Alamodome GM, carried the championship gold surrounded by (from left) Joe Flanagan, WWE SVP Live Events, Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, Paul Levesque, EVP Talent, Creative Writing, Live Events, and John Saboor, EVP Special Events.
Sharon Cummins announced her plans to retire as the executive director of the U.S. Cellular Center, Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids Ice Arena and McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa later this year. Cummins’ decision to retire will close a remarkable career of 30 years in public assembly management.
“On July 7, 2017 I will celebrate my 30th year in the public assembly management industry,” Cummins said. “Never would I have thought 30 years ago when I answered an ad for the City of Cedar Rapids looking for an Administrative Assistant at the Five Seasons Center what an exciting career I would have in this business. I have met incredible people, had the pleasure of working with great mentors and feel that I have made a positive contribution to the varied tasks that I have undertaken. I am now ready for
the next adventure in my life. Ron and I plan to travel the country, spend time with family and friends and just see what lies ahead.”
In addition to serving as the executive director of the U.S. Cellular Center, Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids Ice Arena and McGrath Amphitheatre during two time frames, Cummins also spent seven years working as the national director of planning and development at VenuWorks’ corporate office.
“Sharon Cummins has been a strong leader for our company. I am grateful for her innumerable contributions to the Cedar Rapid managed-venues and her distinguished tenure with VenuWorks,” said Steve Peters, president of VenuWorks.
Associate Executive Director Mike Silva will succeed Cummins at the helm effective July 1, 2017. “It is truly an honor to succeed Sharon as the next executive director in Cedar Rapids,” said Silva. “It has been a pleasure to work directly with Sharon. She has guided us with her leadership, integrity, and commitment to our community. I look forward to leading the team with this legacy of excellence.”
You, along with your co-workers, colleagues, and peers are invited to mix and mingle with the team at IAVM Headquarters.
Join us for a laid-back afternoon of networking, drinks, and a Tex-Mex taco bar. Meet up with venue professionals from all over the DFW metroplex, connect with local allied companies, and catch up with industry peers.
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The Venue Operations Summit (VOS) was created in 2014 for the sole purpose of addressing an acknowledged need for professional development in the areas of public assembly facility operations and engineering. From our first conference in 2015, we have been delighted with the response and support that we have received from the industry. We are looking forward to the third annual event:
Registration for the 2017 Venue Operations Summit is now open. The premier industry conference for public assembly facility operations and engineering professionals will convene with topics including venue sound systems, maintaining concrete and structural elements, preventive maintenance software, deploying appropriate security technology, ice plant/ice floor operations and much more. Regardless of venue type attendees can be assured of a program that will provide actionable information to assist them in their facility responsibilities along with very valuable networking opportunities. Keynote speakers include, industry veterans Sporty Jeralds who will talk about dealing with change in your job, as well as former Madison Square Garden executive Alex Diaz.
Submitted by: Russ Simons, Managing Partner, Venue Operations Summit