The 2013 Venue Excellence Awards were presented in New Orleans, La., July 29 at VenueConnect, IAVM’s 88th annual conference and trade show. These prestigious awards recognize venues including stadiums, convention centers, arenas, and performing arts centers, and academic institutions that demonstrate excellence in the following four criteria: service to the community, team building/professional development, safety and security, and operational excellence. The criteria used to evaluate the venues are at the core of IAVM’s mission, and are key components to the success and vitality of the venue industry. A committee of industry leaders chose the finalists for each venue type, and winners were approved by the IAVM Board of Directors.
The 2013 Venue Excellence Award Winners
In just five short weeks IAVM’s arena managers will be heading to beautiful and cool Toronto, Canada, for the 2013 Arena Management Conference (AMC). This year’s conference will take place Sept. 8-10 at the Westin Harbor Castle. AMC will be a great opportunity for attendees to tour the beautiful and diverse city of Toronto, network with other arena managers and listen to industry experts cover topics such as: ticketing and the use of social media, the unique challenges associated with live animal events, and the ever popular promoter and agent panel. We checked in with Todd Hunt, AMC Planning Committee Chair to see what he expects some of the highlights of this year’s conference will be.
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s AMC conference?
The cooler temps! Canada has to be cooler than Mississippi in September, right? Seriously, the city of Toronto is a fabulous setting for this year’s meeting.
How do you think Toronto will influence the conference?
We’ll certainly have more of a Canadian feel to this year’s meeting, eh. We’re adding Canadian experts in safety, security, and the concert business in addition to our traditional panelists.
What sessions do you think will provide the most animated discussions?
The promoter/agency forum is always a highlight of AMC. We’ve got a stellar lineup this year, with several major agencies and promoters confirmed. The Terry Butler Town Halls are also perennial discussion magnets.
What sessions are you personally looking forward to?
That’s like asking me which of my children is my favorite. The entire conference will be fantastic – from Tim Lieweke’s opening address to the closing party at the top of CN Tower.
What one thing do you hope to take home with you after the conference?
Other than maple syrup? It’s hard to pick just one takeaway but for me it would be a larger network of peers to reach out to in the future when those inevitable “interesting” challenges arise.
Early Bird Registration for AMC closes this Friday, August 9.
The mood has been generally upbeat at VenueConnect — the 88th annual conference and trade show for the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) — which is running July 27-30 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The conference, which attracts those in the business of public assembly and executives from convention centers, arenas, performing arts centers, civic centers, theaters, etc., was well attended (though trade show exhibitors were down), most noticeably among ticketing companies.
VenueConnect 2013 in New Orleans has come and gone. If you were there, you undoubtedly brought back home with you some new ideas, some extra motivation and likely some new friends that you made while at the industry’s premier conference and trade show.
If you were not in New Orleans, there is no reason for us to scold you after the fact, but we can already begin banging the drum to encourage you to plan to be in Portland in 2014 for the 89th annual meeting.
Before we tell you what went on, we want to share with you a comment from an attendee who obviously found the time spent at VenueConnect quite beneficial.