The first full day of VenueConnect started on an upbeat note as three major awards were presented to three deserving individuals as recipients of the IAVM Foundation Legacy Award, Charles A. McElravy Award, and Joseph J. Anzivino Distinguished Allied Award. In addition to that celebration, those honored as in the 30 Under 30 were also recognized.
Steve Peters, CVE, was named recipient of the Legacy Award for his efforts and contributionsover the years in relationship to the IAVM Foundation. Peters was acknowledged for his leadership and as one of the early advocates of diversity and inclusion. Jack Hagler, ASTC, received the Anzivino Award as a true friend to the performing arts community dating to the 1990s. Hagler even took time to credit the bankruptcy of a past employer with placing him in a theater consulting role that he has come to love and cherish and given back so much to. Hagler thanked everyone in his comments, something noted by IAVM Chair Doug Booher, CVE, who called it “quintessential” Hagler to shower praise on others even as he is being honored.
Robyn Williams, CVE, received the association’s most prestigious award when she was selected toreceive the Charles A. McElravy Award. In a distinguished career in which she has accomplished about all there is, Williams called her most recent work with the Diversity & Inclusive Leadership Committee her most “important” to date.
“It is deeply personal for me,” she said. “When I look around like in this crowd, I see diversity in a room, but not in leadership roles. This seemed really wrong to me.”
To that end, Williams asked the audience to hold her accountable as she continues to promote diversity and inclusive leadership, and thanked her colleagues on the committee for their passion.
The History of Theatre in Toronto was completed in a world-record 75 minutes on Monday morning at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre under the astute leadership of presenters Robert Long, ASTC, principal consultant, Theatre Consultants Collaborative, and Scott Crossfield, ASTC, design principal, Theatre Projects.
OK, the actual history of theatre in a world-class city such as Toronto cannot be covered in such a short time span, but Long and Crossfield kept the session moving in their seventh installment of presenting the history of theatres of the host city in which they present. This one was no different, and a crowded room that had people standing at the back was only too happy to be a part of the proceedings.
Cue the first slide to reveal the topic of the session: History of Theatres in Toronto. Jumpimmediately to the second slide to reveal: As Told By Americans.
Once the laughter subsided, it was off to the races for a most informative morning of education and enlightenment.
The duo spend countless hours on researching the history of theatres, something quite evident as the slide show moves along and helps attendees understand not just how and why venues were built, but what has happened to many of them along the way. Some were gutted by fire, some faced the demolition wrecking ball, and in the case of Toronto, four long-standing theatres still stand.Long and Crossfield covered the turf in parts: the first part originating in 1825 with the city’s first theatre performance at the Franks Hotel. From there, it was a menagerie of examining some other local venues of the day, along with a footnote of how a great fire wiped out city hall in 1849.
The second part covered legitimate theatres in the city beginning also in 1849 with the Royal Lyceum, which was renamed the Prince of Wales in 1860, something that happened many times over the
years with local theatres.
Cinema debuted in 1896 with the first motion picture shown, and in 1910 silent movies popped up. Shea’s Hippodrome opened in 1914 at a cost of $245,000 as the “Home of Vaudeville, and in 1920 it was the Pantages Theatre opening as a combination vaudeville and motion picture house.
Finally, the third part examined performing arts centers, beginning in 1960 with the O’Keefe Centre and carrying forward to many of Toronto’s well-known venues of today.
Throughout Toronto’s rich history, the survivors include the Loew’s Yonge Street Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre, St. Lawrence Hall, and Massey Hall.
Do not think of the session as a hum-drum history lesson only. Long and Crossfield paint a true appreciation of performing arts theatres that is evident in their delivery and discussion. It was enough to send a full room to the exits with much to ponder and discuss and hopefully go see while in Toronto.
The Membership Committee is asking the leaders of IAVM to help us achieve a bigger, more diverse network. Our community is more than numbers. The venue management industry is comprised of influential individuals involved in every aspect of the sports and entertainment market. IAVM is the link to bring this unique, global community together — venue managers, our sponsors and allied partners — to have a passionate and vibrant exchange of ideas and best practices. You represent the very best of venue management. Now, it’s time to identify the next round of leaders that will propel IAVM to new heights, but more importantly, provide you with expanded connections to give you more vibrant experiences and discussions at our schools and conferences. By having a larger more diverse network, everyone benefits. We encourage you to share your unique vision and passion with the next generation to help them become trailblazers for our great industry. Encourage them to join today.
GOAL: Our goal is to have 100% participation by our volunteer leaders.
REWARD: The committee, council or task force and individual that refers the most members will be recognized at VenueConnect in Chicago 2019.
To receive credit for your new member, ask your referral to complete these fields in the online membership application:
JustOne affords you the opportunity to help someone reach their potential and have access to resources that ensures their success. Encourage your colleague, star employee, customer, etc. to become a part of our unique community. Encourage them to become an IAVM member. So, get your competitive juices flowing and help us meet our goal, 300 volunteers connecting 300 new members with IAVM.
Jason Stitt with the Stitt Feld Handy Group will lead two events at VenueConnect that will grab the interest of attendees. Those include both the Executive Bootcamp and well as a session on Upstart on Communication. His Canadian-based company offers professional development programs around the world and is the largest provider of dispute resolution services in the world.
With both on his schedule, he took a few minutes to share some thoughts about what to expect in Toronto at VenueConnect.
Knowing that you are doing a couple of different sessions, please share some main takeaways you would like for attendees to return to their venues with for both the boot camp on negotiation and the Upstart on Communication.
I find that one of the great things at the end of a workshop is hearing the wide variety of takeaways the participants have from the workshop. I believe that at the end of both sessions the participants are going to feel like they are well equipped to deal with a wide variety of difficult situations that will arise for them. People tend to report that they have been able to use the skills gained in a number of different aspect of their lives. I’d like to get people to approach difficult negotiations and conversations with more ease, as well as giving skills that will help to avoid being in those problematic positions from the beginning. I find that the takeaways from the talks will give the participants the ability to better understand where others are coming from and will put them in a better position to be successful and advance professionally.
What most often gets overlooked in negotiating tactics? This must be important as it could result in all kinds of monies lost (or not earned, etc.).
One key thing that I find people often overlook is the power of a relationship. An interesting thing that I’ve noticed is that it can be overlooked and misunderstood in two seemingly opposite ways.
1- The most common way people overlook the importance of a relationship is to think of a negotiation as a 0 sum game. They think that winning a negotiation is getting the best possible price for the good/service they are trying to buy or sell. The flaw with this approach to a negotiation is what happens with an ongoing relationship when the person that you are negotiating with has acted this way. After a deal is reached there is likely going to be an implementation component to the agreement and the person who got a bad deal is going to want to make some of that money back somehow. This is how we end up with people who brag about haggling to get great deals, also complaining about lousy service.
2-There is another side to the coin with this. Sometimes in negotiation people will overemphasize the impertinence of a relationship when negotiating. These people can sometimes be willing to take a bad deal to maintain the relationship when there is actually a better deal available to them.
Both of these forms of overlooking the importance of relationship can be potentially damaging in the long term.
Describe the general nature of your presentations and their interactivity with the audience, etc.
In my presentations I always want to keep the audience involved as much as possible. I’ve sat through enough presentations where someone is at the front of the room pontificating for three hours to know what the audience thinks of that. Throughout the presentations I give I will ask for audience feedback and experience. The people that I present to always bring a lot of valuable experience to the table and I know we can all learn from that. I also like to include an interactive exercise in my talks so that people are not just sitting there listening to me. This accomplishes a couple of things. It gets the participants actively involved in what’s happening (instead of checking their phones) and gives us a joint experience that we can then all discuss as a group.
Lastly, if there is anything else that attendees should know ahead of time about why they need to be at your session? Give that good sales pitch!
They should know that these will be fun interactive talks and they will learn a lot! I am going to give them a number of tools that they will be able to implement in various areas of their work. It won’t just be standing at the front of the room presenting on theory, it will keep everyone interested and engaged!
AEG Facilities announced that Chuck Steedman has been promoted to Chief Operating and Development Officer, AEG Facilities.
Steedman, who will continue to be based out of Los Angeles, will retain his current title of Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the division’sfinancial, content development, operational, commercial, and human resources functions. With his promotion, his responsibilities will now also include driving innovation in the areas of revenue enhancement, business intelligence, digital and social marketing and technology enhancements to AEG’s global family of venues. He also will increase his role in domestic and international business development.
“Chuck has been a significant driver in AEG Facilities’ recent and thoughtful expansion into several new markets and territories including our Latin America initiatives most recently in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina,” Newman said. “This expanded role will further capitalize on his leadership and drive for innovation enabling AEG Facilities to continue delivering the best fan experiences at our venues across the globe.”
Prior to assuming the COO role with AEG, Steedman served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company’s properties in Hartford, Connecticut, while also spearheading the organization’s growth in Latin America. He has also served in executive roles in professional sports (Boston Red Sox), resorts (American Skiing Company) media (Resort Sports Network and Raycom Media) and college athletics (University of Connecticut). “I am incredibly excited to expand my role within AEG’s network of world-class venues,” Steedman said. “I am very excited to work with our talented global team and delivering the very best amenities for fans.”
A native of East Brookfield, Massachusetts, Steedman graduated from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management and an MBA from the McColl School of Business at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Steedman and his wife, Lisa, reside in Pasadena, California.