By Emily Eades
Five long-time employees serving the Orange County Convention Center’s (OCCC) Security Division were recognized for their recent heroic actions at the Center by the Greater Orlando Chapter of American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International. Security Supervisor Charles Young, and Security Representatives Urbane Caleb, Robert Estevez, Jason Norfleet, and Gerry Nunez received the 2022 SOAR (Security Officer Awards and Recognition) Award in the Critical Incident Category during an award ceremony on May 26.
The ASIS International SOAR Awards recognize leaders in the security field for a wide range of achievements, including giving back to the community, outstanding service and life-saving decisions. Founded in 1955, ASIS International is a global community of security practitioners who have a role in the protection of assets, people, and property.
“It is with great pride that I recognize these five members of our Security Division staff,” said OCCC Security Director Isiah White. “Each security officer, whether supervisor or front line, were involved in a first aid and life-safety incident at the OCCC. Their training and commitment to safety and security at the OCCC ensured they could maintain situational control until first responders arrived.”
Each award recipient has dedicated at least five years with the OCCC Security Division. The awards recognized two scenarios where teamwork and quick thinking made a major impact.
· Charles Young recently assisted a contract service employee who was suffering a medical emergency. Jason Norfleet activated the automated external defibrillator (AED) on the employee while Robert Estevez and Gerry Nunez conducted crowd control measures while Young and Norfleet attended to the contract service employee. The four security team members worked together until paramedics arrived.
· Urbane Caleb performed CPR on a contracted decorator who was suffering a medical emergency until paramedics arrived. Caleb’s actions served a critical role in saving the decorator’s life.
The OCCC Security team’s mission is to provide a safe and friendly environment for guests at the OCCC, while maintaining 24-hour security, overseeing all public areas, concourses, back-of-house areas, parking lots, and exterior grounds.
Additionally, the OCCC maintains an excellent partnership with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) and several federal law enforcement agencies. The OCSO assigns deputies to the OCCC regularly.
Ensuring guest and employee safety is a cornerstone of security operations at the OCCC. The Center’s leadership team congratulates award recipients for their dedication and for their commitment to keeping guests and employees safe.
Emily Eades is Public Relations/Information Officer | Marketing & Communications at the Orange County Convention Center.
By Mary Tucker
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) are expanding their partnership to include GBAC’s Infection Disease Awareness Course in IAEE’s Certified in Exhibition Management® (CEM) Learning Program for exhibition and events professionals.
IAEE will offer the Infection Disease Awareness Course from GBAC Academy, designed to increase participants’ knowledge of infectious disease basics, including how they spread and how people become sick. The course will supplement the Security, Risk, and Crisis Management module within the CEM Learning Program curriculum.
“IAEE’s partnership with GBAC began in 2020 and has been instrumental in helping exhibition and event professionals feel confident in managing the challenges of not only the COVID-19 pandemic but any infectious diseases that may emerge,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP-F, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “With this new course offering, exhibitors, show organizers, and attendees can remain confident in their health and safety at these essential in-person events.”
The GBAC Infection Disease Awareness Course is approximately 30 minutes, and covers the following:
Increase awareness on the chain of infection
The importance of infectious disease or communicable disease prevention programs in the workplace
The hierarchy of control
Personal protective equipment (PPE).
Individuals who successfully complete the course within 30 days will receive a Certificate of Completion from GBAC. This course brings increased value to participants’ employers and customers because it demonstrates competence to carry out their responsibilities and their commitment to the standards of excellence and continuous learning.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with IAEE while educating events professionals on the intricacies of safe in-person events,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “As the world enters the post-COVID-19 pandemic phase, it’s more important than ever to remain diligent in health and safety efforts.”
The GBAC Infection Disease Awareness Course is offered in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Simplified Chinese, and Haitian Creole. Through the IAEE Referral Program, members of IAEE will receive ISSA membership pricing. For more information, visit learn.iaee.com.
Mary Tucker is Senior PR and Communications Manager for IAEE.
By Mike Achoki
Henderson Engineers, a national building systems design firm, celebrates the one-year anniversary of the June opening of Q2 Stadium, the first ever major league sports venue in Austin, Texas. The Kansas City-based company, which has offices in nearby Dallas and Houston, served as the lead engineer for the $260 million facility that is home to the Austin FC Major League Soccer (MLS) team.
In providing architectural lighting, electrical, fire and life safety, mechanical, plumbing, security, and telecom design services, Henderson was keen on elevating the fan experience.
Most striking of all Henderson-designed features are the lighting systems, which enabled Q2 to be the first ever stadium worldwide to be constructed with tunable RGB LED lights from the ground up. As a result, all 402 light fixtures throughout the facility have color changing and color tuning capabilities. The stadium’s operations team can instantaneously shift the lights from white to more than 16 million unique colors, allowing them to illuminate the pitch, the stands, and even attendees in numerous hues and patterns.
“Most stadiums use fireworks to boost excitement, so it’s an amazing experience to watch everything around you change color to red, white, and blue during the national anthem, to rainbow when commemorating PRIDE Month, and so on,” explained Mischa Haramia, Henderson’s entertainment practice director who project managed the firm’s work on Q2. “Austin FC fans are ravenous, and the full-color-tunable lights are a great complement to the passion they show for their team at every game. The operations team also really loves the experience it provides, so much so that they host tours for the general public and other major league sports teams to specifically
showcase the lighting.”
Adding to Q2’s stimulating atmosphere are several landscaped green spaces surrounding the stadium that serve as outdoor recreation areas on game days and public parks year-round. This includes a terraced 2,500 capacity amphitheater that doubles as a concert venue. To sustainably irrigate the greenery, excess rainwater is diverted from the soccer pitch via piping and pumping systems that were powered by Henderson and stored in nearby ponds, the stormwater catch basins designed by GarzaEMC, the civil engineer on the project. Henderson helped implement a HVAC condensate capture system that stores condensation in a holding tank and pumps it out to irrigate the landscaping as needed. Furthermore, the stadium’s electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems are fully equipped to allow the facility to install a SubAir System for the pitch if desired in the future to supply fresh air into the root zone to help maintain healthy turfgrass.
“In a relatively dry state like Texas, it’s important to make sure we’re using our natural resources responsibly,” noted Haramia. “We’re proud to have helped provide fans, families, and the surrounding community with beautiful green outdoor spaces that they can enjoy throughout the year while still limiting water usage. The amphitheater is an especially great addition in a city where live music is a beloved part of the local culture. And because we’re diverting rainwater, the City of Austin’s sewer systems are less strained whenever there’s unusually high rainfall
For a seamless technological experience for fans and the operation team, Henderson provided a public distributed antenna system (DAS) and WiFi throughout the 465,000 square foot venue to boost connectivity and power key stadium technology features including a large LED videoboard. Given the rapidly evolving technological landscape, the systems are designed to be readily adaptable to future innovations.
“Social media, video, and other communication tools are an integral part of the modern sports experience, and we made sure fans are able to engage with the game and each other from virtually every location at the stadium,” said Haramia. “Our venue experts work on projects for every major sports league, giving us firsthand experience on how fast technology is changing and the steps we can take to keep up. So, we consciously provided Q2 with the flexibility to upgrade its WiFi systems, cellular network, and DAS without needing major infrastructure upgrades. That helps ensure the venue can remain at the forefront of tech for years to come.”
The Q2 Stadium project team included Gensler as the lead architect, Walter P Moore as the structural engineer, and Austin Commercial as the general contractor. The facility is LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council owing to the sustainability efforts undertaken during design and construction.
Mike Achoki is Public Relations & Communications Specialist for Henderson Engineers.
By R.V. Baugus
It is with sadness that we share with IAVM members the passing of Donn Scott Mayne, brother of IAVM President and CEO Brad Mayne, CVE.
In a Facebook post shortly after his brother’s passing, Brad shared the following:
Thank you to the many individuals who have offered prayers and condolences over the past week. Scott and I were close, and he was loved by most. His family has met and discussed funny stories and wonderful experiences they had with Scott. It was great hearing their love for Scott. He will be missed by many, and I am grateful for his example and love.
Following is the obituary on Scott Mayne. We thank you for keeping the Mayne family in your thoughts and prayers at this time.
Donn Scott Mayne passed away peacefully on the morning of June 14, 2022. Born December 23, 1946, to Miles Donald Mayne and Beverly Edith Hansen Mayne in Salt Lake City. Utah. He was the first son born into the Mayne Family, with an older sister Teryl and 8 years later, a younger brother Brad. Scott grew up in SLC and attended Granite High School, graduating Class of 1965. Scott played sports most of his life, quarterback and catcher in high school. He received several offers for baseball Scholarships but decided on attending the University of Utah so that his parents could continue to support him. He played for the U of U until he graduated in 1969. He then went on to coach baseball and work in the Ticket Office at the U. He met his wife of nearly 53 years, Gloria Canning while attending the University of Utah, they married at Skaggs Memorial Chapel in July of 1969 and were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
Scott played fastpitch softball for many years, and then coached his sons Ryan & Randy, and also his grandchildren. He has been involved in sports all his life; playing, coaching, and cheering for the Utah Utes, Utah Jazz or any baseball, football, hockey, volleyball or dance team one of his grandchildren were playing for. Scott coached his two sons in Little League, high school and competitive fastpitch winning back-to-back ’23 & Under’ National Titles in 1997 & 1998. He also coached his oldest grandson, JT, and many other young men he considers as ‘honorary grandsons’ on the Utah Nighthawks – This team built strong ‘Baseball Family’ bonds and finished in the Top 4 of the Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 2008. Scott also served as secretary on the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.
Scott worked in the Financial Services, Sales and Leasing Business for many years – Working with FMA Leasing, Patagonia Leasing, Commercial Funding, Larson Trucking and Loomis. He has lived in Salt Lake City, Mesa Arizona, Sandy, and South Jordan. He has served in countless LDS Church callings throughout the years from Cubmaster to Teacher to Young Men’s President to various Presidency & Bishopric counselor positions. Scott & Gloria served as Advisors to the youth at ARTEC for 33 months and with the South Jordan Youth Council for just over 3 years. He also served as Bishop of the River Ridge 8th Ward for 5 years before falling ill with liver disease at the end of 2008. Scott and Gloria spent 5 Months living in Indianapolis while waiting for a liver transplant that became available on Father’s Day, June 2014. Scott has a strong testimony of the gospel built on his years of service. The Savior came first in his life followed by Gloria and his family.
Scott loves his family:
Son, Ryan & Jen Mayne – JT & Morgan, Harper, Stevie Anne and soon to be born great grandson Cash; Harley & Daycen and soon to be born great granddaughter Swayze; Callie & Carson
Son, Randy & Christine Mayne – Jaden & Karley; Alex, Gracie, and Kale
Sister, Teryl & Gene Bonella – St George
Brother, Brad & Cheryl Mayne – Texas
And many Nieces, Nephews, and extended family
Funeral Services will be held at the River Ridge 8th Ward, 1409 W Shields Lane, South Jordan UT 84095. Viewing and Visitation, Monday, June 20 6-8 PM. Funeral Services, Tuesday, June 21, 11 AM, Viewing prior from 9-10:45 AM. Interment at the Midvale City Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.jenkins-soffe.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating on Scott’s behalf to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, USHOFF.org.
Please welcome our newest members who joined IAVM in May 2022. Thank you for being a part of the association! Also, let us get to know you better by participating in the I Am Venue Management series. Please visit http://www.iavm.org/i-am-venue-management-share-your-story to share your story and photo.
Daria Aldridge, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Little Rock, AR
Sean Allaster, Amalie Arena, Tarpon Springs, FL
Sofi Armenakian, State Farm Arena – Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta, GA
Ron Austin, VVA LLC Project & Cost Managers, New York, NY
Andrea Austin-Thomas, Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Aaron Bailey, Arts and Venues Denver, Denver, CO
Lindsay Barker, Wichita Falls Multi-Purpose Event Center (MPEC), Wichita Falls, TX
Fernando Barranca, Mesa Convention Center, Mesa, AZ
Caroline Beegan, Dayton Live, Dayton, OH
Chris Berg, Town Toyota Center, Wenatchee, WA
Rachel Bergen, Arts and Venues Denver, Denver, CO
Vanessa Berlingeri, Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, PR
Kevin Brost, Kentucky Performing Arts, Louisville, KY
Danny Brown, Xenial, Charlotte, NC
Katina Brown, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Little Rock, AR
Andy Burke, State Farm Arena – Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta, GA
Javier Carrion, Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, PR
Alexandra Carver, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Boston, MA
John Castillo, AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Arelis Castro, Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, PR
Harry Centa, PartnerShip LLC, Oberlin, OH
Keith Chisolm, Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX
Dan Crew, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Antonio Cruz, Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex, Raleigh, NC
Catherine Curtin, Comprise Technologies, Navesink, NJ
Ashley De Souza, Laura Metaal Road Safety, Toronto, ON, Canada
Benjamin DeJohn, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
James Doolittle, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Little Rock, AR
Kevin Eastman, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Kendra Elder, Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX
Kevin Eshleman, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Melissa Figueroa, Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, PR
Gary Firlit, Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, NY
Christina Fitzgerald, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Boston, MA
Robert Friend, Activity Stream, Madison, CT
Justin Funke, DDS, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Pedro Galvez, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL
Melanie Garcia, Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, PR
Emily Gardner, University of Kentucky – Department of Arts Administration, Lexington, KY
Gina Gemberling, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Little Rock, AR
Lori Gittus, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN
James Gregoire, State Farm Arena – Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta, GA
Aaron Harvey, Town Toyota Center, Wenatchee, WA
Jesse Heilman, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Cindy Herdt, Town Toyota Center, Wenatchee, WA
Mariela Hernandez, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Little Rock, AR
Dani Higham, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Brett Hodgson, Los Angeles Auto Show, Los Angeles, CA
Lee Holland, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Mackenzie Huber, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Mark Kahn, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Kitty Lane, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Little Rock, AR
Melissa Lattin, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Little Rock, AR
Abigayle Lee, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Boston, MA
Alex Legg, Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
John Luton, Columbia County Performing Arts Center, Evans, GA
Haley Lynn, Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Nadia Maimon, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Rylee Maner, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
Nargis Martin, Yellow Dog Software, Norfolk, VA
McKenzie Masten, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Shandreka Matthews, FedExForum, Memphis, TN
Chris May, BC Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Meghan McDonald, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Boston, MA
Jackie McMahon, Kansas City Chiefs Football Club Inc., Kansas City, MO
Frances MelÃ©ndez, Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, PR
Brandon Miller, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Audrey Minch, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Edward Miranda, Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Jessica Nelson, Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
Trent North, Legacy Arena, Douglasville, GA
Aaron Olson, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Patrick Orndorff, Walton Arts Center/Walmart AMP, Fayetteville, AR
Taylor Oswalt, State Farm Arena – Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta, GA
Jahaziel Pagan, Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, PR
Christopher Parker, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Little Rock, AR
Shannon Pasco, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Boston, MA
Kara Powell, University of Kentucky – Department of Arts Administration, Lexington, KY
Angelo Powell-Sharp, Arts and Venues Denver, Denver, CO
Kevin Price, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Evan Raleigh, Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex, Raleigh, NC
Carlos Rivera, Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, PR
Cheri Robert, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Diana Rojas, 24/7 Software, Boca Raton, FL
Carlos Rosario, FTX Arena, Miami, FL
Elizabeth Rush, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Little Rock, AR
Jeremy Russell, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Mary Russell, Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX
Derek Schesnuk, City of Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat, AB, Canada
Michael Schwartz, Xenial, Charlotte, NC
Jeremy Shubrook, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, FL
Nikki Simmons, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Rashard Smith, AT&T Center, Converse, TX
Clay Stockton, Wichita Falls Multi-Purpose Event Center (MPEC), Wichita Falls, TX
Christina Such, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Richard Tamayo, M & T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Devin Taylor, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Boston, MA
Megan Tharp, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Little Rock, AR
Jouline Trotic, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Joy Truly Brown, Orpheum Theatre Group, Memphis, TN
Carrie Tsosie, Mesa Convention Center, Mesa, AZ
Matthew Uchtman, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Keisha Ussery, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Morgan Wanamaker, Gas South District, Duluth, GA
Benhard Wandugu, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Sharise Washington, State Farm Arena – Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta, GA
Kit Westerman, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas, TX
Kelly Williams, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Harrison Williams, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Little Rock, AR
Harrison Williams, Washington County Expo, Brenham, TX
Blake Woods, Hot Springs Convention Center & Bank OZK Arena, Hot Springs, AR