NBA Finals – From the GMs
Seven small Super Bowls. That’s how Kim Stone, GM for AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, looks at the National Basketball Association Finals, which can last a total of seven games.
This is Stone’s third year in a row hosting NBA Finals games. Last year, the building’s tenant Miami Heat won the championship at home.
“The more times you do something the easier it becomes, and we pride ourselves on being a learning organization,” said Stone. “We keep a lot of detailed notes and review them prior to the next time we have a similar event so we can make improvements. We’re big on always wanting to learn and get better.” Continue Reading →
Make your plans for VenueConnect on July 27-30, 2013 in New Orleans! Here are the Top 5 Links you’ll need to finalize your trip and the Top 5 Reasons to Attend. See you soon!
Top 5 Links
Top 5 Reasons to Attend
As reported in March, we closed out our fiscal year by achieving all of our organizational
goals. Below is brief list of highlights, with comparisons where possible to the goal and
prior fiscal year numbers. Look for a more complete list in our Annual Report, which is in
development. (Please note: all numbers are preliminary until the audit, currently
underway, is completed.)
All of these good things happened thanks to a lot of teamwork. Our Chairman, Richard
Andersen, CFE, was instrumental in setting our goals and ensuring staff and volunteers
were supported in achieving them. John Bolton, CFE, 1st Vice Chair, set us on a solid path
at the beginning of the year by leading the VenueConnect program committee in its development of a highly successful event. The other members of the Executive Committee – Immediate Past Chair Randy Brown, CFE; 2nd Vice Chair Kim Bedier, CFE; Mark Mettes; and Paul Davis, CFE – worked in concert along with the Board of Directors to guide our strategy. And of course, we have an outstanding group of volunteer leaders serving in many capacities, whether on the Foundation board, a school board, a sector program committee, or a project committee or task force. Continue Reading →
Dean Justice, CFE, knows his way around the sprawling University of Texas at Austin campus. But ever since Justice retired in 1990 from overseeing the Frank Erwin Center that he opened in 1977, one particular area has become especially near and dear to him: the archives of the Briscoe Center for American History, where the history of IAVM and the touring entertainment industry can both be found.
“This is basically the home for our history,” said Justice, who served as IAVM chairman (president) in 1974-75 and was awarded the Charles A. McElravy Award in 1987. “This is where you can find documentation of so much of our past and some of the earliest people who helped shape what we are today.”
The new federal health care law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) kicks in as of January 1, 2014 when most employers with the equivalent of 50 or more full-time employees must provide health insurance or face significant penalties.
For the public assembly venue industry, many are doing their due diligence in anticipation of the law and the areas of employer mandates, affordable coverage, potential penalties and tax implications.
The buzz about the ACA is being talked about on IAVM’s social networking forum, VenueNet. This is a great place to go to hear what your peers are doing in advance of the new law, and to share steps and implementations you are taking. The August/September issue of Facility Manager magazine will also feature expert commentary on the subject to help you make sure you are in compliance with the law.