In early March, the Foundation Trustees issued a challenge to all 29 of the IAVM committees to achieve 100% participation in Foundation giving by committee members by March 31. With the help of the committee chairs and IAVM staff liaisons, we were successful in raising the percentage of committee giving for the fiscal year 2019 with 4 committees hitting the magical 100% participation! The first committee to reach 100% was the Governance Committee, followed closely by the Executive VenuConnect Program Committee, the Board of Regents, and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. See the end- of-challenge percentages below.
Challenge % Committee
57% Amphitheaters & Fairgrounds
33% AVSS Faculty
71% Board of Directors
44% Board of Governors
100% Board of Regents
94% Board of Trustees
55% Certification Board
29% Convention Centers
50% Editorial Advisory
100% Executive Committee
100% Executive VC Program Committee
18% Guest X
71% Industry Affairs
71% Leadership Development
60% Performing Arts
69% Strategic Leadership & Resources
62% VenueConnect Program Committee
53% Venue Safety & Security
Whether you’re a member of a committee or not, it’s not too late to make a donation to the Foundation today.
Thank you to everyone who invested and all who worked to make this challenge a success.
By typing the word Golf Tournament, a dozen people just stopped scrolling and mentally putted that dimpled white ball across a green oasis towards the tinking sound at the bottom of the cup…happy place found. So when I tell those golf enthusiasts that we are golfing in Chicago this year, they pencil in the date, click on the REGISTER link, and it’s a done deal.
But what about You?
That twice a year golfer who likes the camaraderie of a tournament but hesitates to commit to time away from the conference you’ll have taken time out of your busy schedule to attend. Well… here’s why you should make time to join us.
So go ahead, stop right now and click the link to sign up to join us on sun day, July 21st for a morning round of golf with plenty of time to get back to the conferences evening events.
Join the fun, help the cause, and find your happy place with us in Chicago! Fore!!!!
The Golf Committee
*****Early Bird Registration Special – Register to play golf by May 15 and be entered in a drawing for a Scott Cameron Putter. Drawing to take place at the tournament.
Today, we are announcing that we are back, we are stronger than ever, and we are COMMITTED to getting and giving to the POWERFUL WOMEN in the industry. Starting today…right now… we are getting back together to continue what we started – 100+ WOMEN of IAVM | DONATE 100+.
Launched three years ago by your IAVM Foundation, the 100 + WOMEN of IAVM Campaign 2019 is committed to generating funds for five (5) women, one from each sector, to attend VenueConnect conference and two (2) women to attend AVSS (one woman for each year). The idea is simple – 100+ Women (or Men) each giving $100 (or any other amount), which means $10,000+ each year!
Together we will bring $10,000+ annually to this amazing initiative, and change six women’s lives. So commit right now and be the catalyst to change the future of women in our industry!
There is a new generation of female students, young professionals, and future female leaders, and this is OUR chance to help these women in our industry further develop their career and skill set. Support your IAVM Foundation and your industry by making a donation today. The process is fast, easy, and secure… and you can be sure that it will benefit a great cause. CLICK HERE to donate!
Thank you to Kerry Painter, CVE, CEM, CMP, for announcing our 2019 launch with THIS VIDEO!
2018 100+ Women Donors
Lori Marshall, Cow Palace
Brad Mayne, IAVM
Susan Jordan, Spectra
Chris Kibler, INTRUST Bank Arena
Leslee Stewart, Paramount Theatre
Jennifer Norris, San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
Courtney Egg, Lesher Center for the Arts
Dana Stoehr, San Mateo County Event Center
Lisa Elliott, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Kerry Painter, SMG Tulsa
Suzanne Goodman, SMG/Moscone Center
Antony Bonavita, Cavaliers Operating Company
Valorie Jones, Walton Arts Center
Amanda Gain, VenuWorks of Racine
Jodi Feder, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Kimberly Mahoney, University of New Haven
Daniel Huerta, Fair Park, TX!
Troy Thorn, VenuWorks/Chesapeake Conference Center
Jenn Poret, Female
Carly Cuene, PMI Entertainment Group
Paula Kirchman, Resch Center
Elisa Putman, Music City Center
Shannon Heaney Terrill, Ungerboeck Software International
Jennifer Turner, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Amy Rahja, VStar Entertainment Group
Wendy Riggs, Walton Arts Center
Laura Sweet, Des Moines Performing Arts
Abbie Jo Lady, Show Me Center
John Siehl, VenuWorks
Beth Wade, Berry Center
Kathryn Carlson, Infinite Energy Center
Maura Gast, Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau
Terry Funk, Smart City Networks
Dorothea Lischick, Broadmoor World Arena
Julia Slocombe, Smat City Networks
Robyn Williams, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts
Anastasia Volsko, Huntington Convention Center of cleveland
Lynda Reinhart, O’Connell Center-UF
Heather McAvoy, Schuler Shook
Carol Moore, Newnan Centre
Kim Bedier, City of Tacoma
Donna Miller-Brown, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Michele Swann, Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority
Joan LeMahieu, Retired
Carolyn Satter, San Diego Theaters, Inc.
Kelly Hadsall, City of Oklahoma City
Tammy Koolbeck, Iowa State Center/VenuWorks
Anne Wheat Castro, MetLife Stadium
Heidi Snyder, Female
Tom Hansen, SFJAZZ
Kristie Haney, Resch Center
Mary Klida, Cobo Center
John Bolton, SMG-Sports & Entertainment Division
Jody Ulich, Sacramento Convention Center
Kim Stone, American Airlines Arena
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS
Courtney Holcomb, BancorpSouth Arena & Conference Center
Patricia (Trish) Jelinski, BC Place
Donna Julian, Hornet sports & Entertainment/Spectrum Center
Tammy Turnipseed, City of San Jose
Alexis Berggren, Old National Events Plaza
Carolyn Gibson, Tortessa Tableware Solutions
JoAnn Armstrong, Honda Center
Donna Dowless, XOXO Media Group
Carol Wallace, Carol Wallace & Associates
Laura Womack, The Fairgrounds Nashville
Lisa Woods, City of Tacoma, Venues & Events
Rip & Leah Rippetoe, San Diego Convention Center
Julie Bunker, Portland 5 Center for the Arts
Vicki Key – Retired, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
Lynne King Smith, Ticketforce
Omolara Adelusi, Sheba Center LTD
Michele Powell, Capital One Arena
Robert Hunter, Scotia Bank Arena
Ashley Rose Schneider, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Cheryl Swanson, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Bill Powell, Feld Entertainment
Tom Tingle, DLR Group
Joyce Leveston, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
By Maria Talbert, CVE
All of us know how important connections outside our own organizations are — you wouldn’t be on the IAVM.org website reading this blog if you didn’t believe in the importance of learning from others outside your venue.
There are a number of ways that our amazing association facilitates connections, but the Mentor Connector program offers something truly special: the structure and support it provides mentors and mentees helps to appropriately match individuals and provides them with tools to ensure that their discussions are as beneficial as possible.
The Mentor Connector program creates the opportunity for an industry professional to provide guidance and encouragement to a member who has an identified professional development need. Together, the mentor and mentee create a one-on-one, tailored 12-month program that focuses on improving the skill set of the mentee, enhancing the mentor’s contribution to the industry, and provides a forum for an exchange of ideas between both participants.
Indeed, we ALL have wisdom we can impart and things we can learn from each other, and it is important to know that you are never too young or too old to be EITHER a mentor or mentee.
The next round of mentor/mentee pairings will be completed by Wednesday, May 15, so the application deadline for the spring cycle is in just a few months: Tuesday, April 30.
For more information about this incredible program, visit here or feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com.
Maria Talbert, CVE, serves as Managing Director at Indiana University Auditorium, a 3,200-seat theatre that has been a model of campus and community programming and engagement since it was built in 1941. She holds a master’s in Arts Administration from IU and has over 20 years of marketing, event, and venue management experience. When she’s not at the Auditorium, you can find her at Vibe Yoga, McCormick’s Creek State Park, or at home with her spouse, Brian, and their daughter, Emily.
Just as many IAVM members enter through the doors of World Headquarters and get a sense of how IAVM staff works for them, the favor is often returned when members serve as hosts to provide tours to IAVM staff to show how venues operate.
Staff was fortunate to receive such a tour on March 25 when Dave Brown, American Airlines Center/Center Operating Company Chief Operating Officer & General Manager, greeted the team from headquarters to provide a tour of the arena in Dallas that serves as home to the NBA Dallas Mavericks and NHL Dallas Stars.
Brown answered a series of questions as he led a tour that moved from the concourse level to suites to locker rooms and finally to indoor loading docks. Along the way, Brown recounted his own introduction to the venue that opened in 2001 at a cost of $420 million.
“Today, it would clearly cost more than $1 billion to build this,” Brown said.
Brown shared his career path working at nearby Reunion Arena as the sparkling American Airlines Center was being built under the auspices of Brad Mayne, CVE, now the IAVM president and CEO.
“I was fortunate to work with Brad for 16 years,” Brown said. “It was an interesting time because Brad and the finance team were officing nearby on Stemmons Freeway and I was in the bowels of Reunion Arena. We were scrambling and eventually got everybody under one roof.”
Brown shared some strategies for sponsor branding throughout the building, how over the years suites have evolved into smaller spaces, and even how the locker rooms for the hockey and basketball tenants differ.
“The hockey guys are seated at lockers so they all face in to each other,” Brown said. “They bleed and sweat together and that arrangement works for them.”
A few paces away is the showcase locker room for the Mavericks, complete with all the bells and whistles that owner Mark Cuban employs to give his team first-class treatment, complete with an under water treadmill.
Standing inside one of the arena’s signature dining areas, Brown was asked about his own favorite memory at the arena.
“It had to be getting the Eagles to open the building,” Brown said. “I was put in charge of finding someone to open the building and kept coming back to the Eagles. They had just gotten back together and I knew they would be the ‘wow” act.
“I contacted John Meglen (now co-CEO of Concerts West), who was tight with (band rep) Irving Azoff. They were touring in Europe. I gave John the date and he sent a note to Irving, who sent a fax back that simply said, ‘$5 million – Irving.’
“I was like, really? It might as well have been a billion. So I sent back an offer and we settled. I said that we could fly them back from Europe, so they cut some of their dates.
“I called (Mavs owner) Mark’s (Cuban) aviation guy, who told me the plane was not sea-worthy for a year. I called a contact at American Airlines. They said they didn’t have plans sitting around waiting to pick up bands.
“Finally, Irving said he would help, that they would fly commercial, but ‘You’ll have to (upon which Brown rubs his fingers together to make the money sign)’ …”
The afternoon’s education session complete, staffers left with a greater appreciation for IAVM members and the role they play at their venues. Call it an afternoon well spent.