Don Clark, CEO of Provo, Utah-based BioSaphe, announced that industry veteran Chuck Rogers is now a member of the
“Chuck has a unique combination of knowing both sides of the business,” Clark said. “He will bring a wealth of
business acumen to our operation. Given his track record and enthusiasm, we look forward to his contribution as the newest member of our Business Development team.”
Rogers joins BioSaphe and carries on a distinguished career in the public assembly venue industry spanning nearly 40 years. During that time, he has sold and managed sales teams providing solutions from capital equipment to managed services from concessions to cleaning, security staffing, stages, and scoreboards.
Rogers is well known as an advocate of high levels of customer service, and has served on numerous committees for IAVM, as well as on the Board of Directors and as a Venue Management School Co-Class President. He currently serves on the Region 6 Board of Directors.
“I am thrilled and honored to join the BioSaphe team,” Rogers said. “This opportunity allows me to pursue a long-time passion for our industry, help facilities save valuable natural resources, and improve their playing surfaces. The incredible team Don has assembled is ready to grow and I am honored to play a role in that effort.”
By MIC Coalition
The MIC Coalition, a broad-based group of associations representing millions of restaurants, bars, hotels, wineries, breweries, local radio and television broadcasters, digital music services, retailers and other venues that bring music to consumers, announced the addition of three major organizations representing the exhibition and events industry.
International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) join the MIC Coalition’s robust membership, representing the trade show, meeting and event industry in the Coalition’s shared mission to create a more sustainable and transparent music licensing system to drive the future of music. IAVM is proud to be a member of the Coalition.
The expansion of MIC’s membership comes on the heels of a public workshop hosted by the Department of Justice which explored the importance of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. During the workshop, voices representing the U.S. hospitality industry and events and meeting industry were largely underrepresented. As these industries continue to experience financial strain as a result of the current outbreak of COVID-19, IAEE, MPI and SISO are dedicated to ensuring the voices of their members are heard by policymakers and regulators in Washington.
The new Coalition members commented:
“For decades, trade shows around the world have been instrumental to building brands, forging partnerships, providing education and so much more. Securing music licenses is a key process in making these events successful. As our industry begins to rebuild, we look forward to working with the MIC Coalition and bringing the stories of our members to policymakers and regulators. Now, more than ever, it is critical our members are protected from anticompetitive practices to ensure a fair and transparent music licensing ecosystem,” said David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, President and CEO, International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).
“The meetings and events industry has been devastated by recent cancellations of conferences, sporting events, and large gatherings. As our community prepares to host events again, once it is safe to do so, it is critical that they retain the ability to play music and pay for music licenses. Modification or termination of the existing structure will only act to undermine and further delay the progress that has been made towards creating a fair and transparent music licensing system. This system is critical to keeping our industry strong and we look forward to working with the MIC Coalition to ensure members like ours are given the same pro-competitive protections that have been provided for decades,” said Paul Van Deventer, President and CEO, Meeting Professionals International (MPI).
“Our members, who include companies, corporations and other for-profit entities that own, produce or provide full-service management of ‘face to face’ trade shows, consumer shows, expositions, conferences and similar events rely on music to make their events positive, well-rounded experiences for attendees. While the music licensing system is not perfect, we look forward to joining MIC Coalition in making the ecosystem a place where SISO’s members are able to secure licenses in a fair way,” said David Audrain, Executive Director, Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO).
For years, the Sports Events and Tourism Association (formerly the National Association of Sports Commissions) produced an annual state of the industry report in an effort to gauge the economic impact of the sports tourism industry. But association leaders were quick to note that the survey, while producing interesting results, was only as good as the number of member organizations willing to participate. Earlier this year, and before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the association set out to do something more ambitious with its research. Combining data from Tourism Economics, Longwoods International and U.S. government research, as well as valuable information culled from its members, Sports ETA, with the support of the Northstar Meetings Group, commissioned what is believed to be the most comprehensive research ever conducted about the sports tourism and sports-related travel industries. The end result: In 2019, sports-related travel accounted for more than $45 billion in direct spending, generating an estimated 69 million room nights across amateur sports and collegiate championship events.
In this podcast with SportsTravel Editor and Publisher Jason Gewirtz, Sports ETA President and CEO Al Kidd and Jennifer Stoll, the lead researcher on the project, discuss the data in the new survey and how destinations and event organizers can take advantage of the numbers that will serve as a benchmark as the industry continues its recovery.
Among the topics discussed in this episode:
Details of the 2019 State of the Industry study
What future studies from Sports ETA will address
Growth over the last five years in sports-related travel
The rise of sports complexes across the United States
The impacts already measured from COVID-19 on sports-related travel in 2020
How many hotel room nights are generated from sports-related travel
The impact the industry has on local economies in terms of jobs and attracting job candidates
The industry’s impact on tax generation for local and state governments
The role sports-related travel is playing in the overall economic recovery
Industries affected by sports-related travel
The average number of events held per destination
The trend of destinations owning their own sports events
The need for destinations to diversify their funding sources
The rise of community health-based programs
How the rightsholder-destination relationship may be changing
Expectations for the sports tourism industry in 2021
To access the full 2019 State of the Industry report, click here.
For more coverage of the State of the Industry report, click here.
To listen to the SportsTravel Podcast, click here.
David Ax is an Event Manager for the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tennessee. David started his career in the venue management industry with the unique opportunity to manage multiple venues and contribute to the success of many different types of events. Since joining the Memphis Grizzlies, he has driven the growth of private and corporate event bookings as well as developing and serving as chair of the Safety Committee.
“Winning this award gave me the opportunity to pull away from the intense mindset I was in with the pandemic and be excited that I was now part of a group that was going to help lead us out of it.”
Join your Foundation in congratulating David on being honored as one of the 30|UNDER|30 Class of 2020 and come back each Thursday as we spotlight another honoree!
By R.V. Baugus
Venue Professional magazine will publish in a digital format only through the end of IAVM’s fiscal year of March 31, 2021. The decision comes as the Association — like most of its members — faces challenges in producing events, a key component in IAVM revenues. A decision will be made at that time as to when the magazine can resume publishing in print.
The magazine has published digitally for years as a companion to the print magazine. Several new columns have been added to the magazine since the July/August issue, in addition to the name change from Facility Manager to Venue Professional.
The publication remains dedicated to providing IAVM members the news, information, and entertainment they want to help guide them professionally and even personally.
Please know that the goal is to resume printing the magazine as soon as fiscally possible. Print is quite costly and as not only stewards of your membership dues but in an effort to help maintain a staff to be able to meet your needs, the decision is sensible and logical during these difficult and challenging time of COVID-19 and as our industry tries to move towards reopening.
We will continue to remain in communication with you should there be further developments to announced regarding Venue Professional and its publishing situation. In the meantime, please know we will NOT sacrifice any of the coverage of the people and news in our fantastic industry.