Please welcome our newest members who joined IAVM in November 2021. 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.
Javier Aguirre, Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo, UT
Bryan Arnecke, Trail Drive Management Corp./Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX
Yvette Audet, Sports & Recreation Management Services, Lindfield, NSW, Australia
Cameron Basila, Nationals Park – Washington Nationals, Washington, DC
Allison Black, Henderson Engineers, Lenexa, KS
Megan Brooke, Trail Drive Management Corp./Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX
Creighton Buhr, T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
Andrea Bushman, Resch Center, Green Bay, WI
Waykme Butler, Madison Square Garden Entertainment, New York, NY
Dennis Carew, Walter E Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
Adrienne Cleverley, Nationals Park – Washington Nationals, Washington, DC
Kristin Coffman, Walton Arts Center/Walmart AMP, Fayetteville, AR
Adam Cudal, Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB, Canada
Camila de Franca Morais, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON, Canada
Giselle Diaz, Nationals Park – Washington Nationals, Washington, DC
Brian Doll, T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
Meagan Drabik, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, IN
Scott Dunlap, Trail Drive Management Corp./Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX
Morgan Earley, Rice-Eccles Stadium/Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Samantha Faley, T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
Scott Fear, Nationals Park – Washington Nationals, Washington, DC
Elliott Fodera, Nationals Park – Washington Nationals, Washington, DC
Kali Fujanami, Nationals Park – Washington Nationals, Washington, DC
Josh Gann, Owensboro Convention Center, Owensboro, KY
Tony Gomez de la Casa, Trail Drive Management Corp./Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX
Kathy Grabowsky, Lethbridge & District Exhibition, Lethbridge, AB, Canada
Joshua Greene, Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, FL
Elizabeth Guptill, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
Zack Gutierrez, Rice-Eccles Stadium/Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Rena Hamilton, Owensboro Convention Center, Owensboro, KY
Anita Harrington, Bendigo Stadium Ltd, Bendigo, VIC, Australia
Logan Hehn, San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, San Francisco, CA
Vassie Hollamon, Nationals Park – Washington Nationals, Washington, DC
Eugene Holmes, T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
Drew Hurley, Nationals Park – Washington Nationals, Washington, DC
Stefen Huskinson, Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo, UT
Misty Hysolli, Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo, UT
Mattison Jameson, Columbia County Performing Arts Center, Evans, GA
Jerry Jeffries, Owensboro Convention Center, Owensboro, KY
Kurtis Kaskiw, Lethbridge & District Exhibition, Lethbridge, AB, Canada
Vinnie Khurana, VenuePro, London,
James Liberti, Trail Drive Management Corp./Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX
Dave Little, Lethbridge & District Exhibition, Lethbridge, AB, Canada
Bernie Malone, Trail Drive Management Corp./Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX
Abe Markin, T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
Meghan McCarron, Rice-Eccles Stadium/Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Nicole Mcnamara, Bendigo Stadium Ltd, Bendigo, VIC, Australia
Gregory Monahan, Nationals Park – Washington Nationals, Washington, DC
Michelle Moore, T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
Walter Moore, T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
Christina Mowe, T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
Jacob Nichols, Chaparral Center – Midland College, Midland, TX
Jillian Pekoske, Nationals Park – Washington Nationals, Washington, DC
Malori Rhones, Walter E Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
Kirk Roberts, Trail Drive Management Corp./Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX
Amanda Sanchez, University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA
Ruben Sanchez, UTA Special Event Facilities, Arlington, TX
Andy Schmidt, Trail Drive Management Corp./Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX
Kelly Schmidt, Gogue Performing Arts Center, Auburn, AL
Valerie Skarda, Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo, UT
Wesley Smith, Nationals Park – Washington Nationals, Washington, DC
Allison Sotelo, SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, CA
Juan Torres, Prism.fm, Austin, TX
Kerri Troyer, T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
Matt Warwick, Trail Drive Management Corp./Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX
Brittany Washington, Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex, Raleigh, NC
Michael Watts, AALRR, Cerritos, CA
Jacob Whitfill, Owensboro Convention Center, Owensboro, KY
Elisa Wong Shuk-fan, Hong Kong Coliseum & Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong, China
John Yagos, Lethbridge & District Exhibition, Lethbridge, AB, Canada
iCommit, IAVM’s annual member referral campaign, ran this year from July 1 through October 31, 2021. The goal of the campaign is for each existing member to recruit one or more individuals to join our community of venue professionals. The results are in!
We are pleased to report that 90 members have been entered into the raffle to win prizes for every new member they have recommended. Together with their support, we have added 196 additional members to IAVM!
The Region Director will select one recipient to have his/her CVP application fee waived (value $125). The candidate must apply by July 2022.
Thank you to the members who constantly answer the call to help us grow and continue to be the largest association serving the venue management industry.
We are particularly grateful and offer special thanks to Ungerboeck for their continued support of this membership initiative.
If you have any questions, contact IAVM’s Director of Membership, Gina Brydson.
By R.V. Baugus
IAVM sends it congratulations to Juan Gabriel Tamez, CVE, CEM, Managing Director, Expo Guadalajara, for being named the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award at IAEE’s Expo! Expo! recently held in Philadelphia.
The International Association of Exhibitions and Event’s® (IAEE) Awards recognize outstanding contributions by IAEE members to the organization and to the exhibitions and events industry. Recipients were selected after careful consideration and review by the IAEE Awards Committee and approval by the IAEE Board of Directors following an open call for nominations by IAEE members earlier in the year.
“It is a great pleasure to bestow these honors on our very deserving colleagues,” said 2021 IAEE Awards Committee Chairperson Kellie Shevlin, CEM. “These awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions IAEE members make to the advancement of the exhibitions and events industry.”
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an IAEE member in recognition of an individual who has rendered distinguished service to IAEE and to the exhibitions and events industry. Qualifying criteria includes extraordinary service and contributions at both the local and national levels that have furthered the growth and development of this organization. When representing IAEE, the honoree will have served as a role model for the industry.
As we all know, Juan Gabriel Tamez serves as a role model for several industries, IAVM included. Congratulations!
By Mary Klida
Karen Totaro, CVE, general manager for ASM Global, announced Huntington Place as the new name for Detroit’s world-class convention center. The new name signifies an important moment in the transformation of Detroit’s gathering place for conventions, meetings and special events, and is the 16th largest convention center in the country.
ASM Global has been managing the day-to-day operations for Detroit’s convention center since 2010, establishing the venue as a top convention center both nationally and internationally. The ASM team rebuilt the business model, resulting in a $20 million reduction of operating deficit, and quadrupled the number of major events held annually in the center from 2010 to 2019. The ASM team completed a transformation of the customer experience to one that is focused on creating lasting memories for every visitor to Detroit.
“Our partnership with Huntington Bank brings a wealth of opportunities to our community and visitors,” Totaro said. “As we continue to elevate this Detroit convention center as an industry gold standard, the creative, hardworking team at Huntington Place continues to make diversity a strength as it focuses entirely on the success of every event.”
Huntington merged with TCF Financial Corp. in June of 2021, creating a top 10 regional bank. This strengthens Huntington Place’s position in offering customers access to thought leaders in Fortune 100 companies, representative of major corporations and leaders in their industries for keynotes and education segments. The center also offers access to Michigan nonprofits to bring CSR initiatives to life during events, and community service resources such as fitness mini-events and job fairs.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the convention center now known as Huntington Place became a civic center for the Detroit region, serving as a field hospital, a day center for homeless services, a food distribution center for Food Rescue US, and the city’s largest vaccination site with a drive through facility in the Atwater Garage. The venue reopened with a strong event schedule, discovering that show managers want to partner with an organization that values the community they serve.
“We are proud that following the TCF-Huntington merger, the name of our new combined bank now graces the walls of this civic center that means so much to the people of Detroit and all of southeast Michigan. From high school graduations to the North American International Auto Show, from speeches by sitting presidents to the annual NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner, this venerable facility is part of the fabric of our community and Huntington is fortunate to now be a part of it,” said Gary Torgow, chairman, Huntington Bank.
Detroit’s Huntington Place completed its $279 million transformation in 2015, enhancing its view of one of the world’s busiest waterways, the Detroit River, with a view of an international destination on the other side of its banks – Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
The venue has hosted some of the most important meetings and conventions in the country, ranking it among the top 20 in the nation. In 2022 the venue looks forward to hosting several big trade shows such as Connect Marketplace and the Silicone Expo, the world’s first free-to-attend commercial trade show and conference for the silicone industry.
“Our naming rights agreement, which was a priority for the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority, began with TCF Bank and continues with Huntington Bank in strengthening the Center’s financial future. We are dedicated not only to being a contributor to our region’s economic vitality, but also to creating jobs and enhancing the attraction of our destination to visitors,” said Lisa Canada, chair of the DRCFA. “Both of our organizations have a deep commitment to the communities we serve.”
Against the backdrop of an international riverfront, Huntington Place projects continued future growth for world-class meetings, conventions and event business in 2022. Prior to 2020, Huntington Place attracted nearly 1.5 million visitors annually.
Just one week after the merger, Huntington unveiled a $40 billion Strategic Community Plan to improve financial opportunities for the customers, businesses, and communities it serves, with a focus on affordable housing, small business and increased capital to historically disadvantaged and low-to-moderate income communities.
Mary Klida is Senior Marketing & Communications Manager.
By Liberty Defense Holdings
Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd., a leading technology provider for concealed weapons and threat detection solutions, announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) to beta test Liberty’s flagship product HEXWAVE™ at the Camden Yards Sports Complex in the City of Baltimore. The MSA is a unit of the state government that owns and manages the sporting venues at the Camden Yards Sports Complex, which is home to the Baltimore Orioles MLB team and the Baltimore Ravens NFL team. The Camden Yard Sports Complex has seating capacity for approximately 45,000 and 72,000, respectively. Testing with the MSA is planned to begin in Q1, 2022 at the Camden Yards Sports Complex.
HEXWAVE uses low-power radar imaging and artificial intelligence to detect all types of concealedweapons for walkthrough, high throughput people screening that responds to evolving threats and the need for socially distanced contactless security that keeps lines flowing. It can be used indoor and outdoor as part of a layered defense so that threats can be detected early, at the perimeter of the property or at checkpoints, without compromising the enjoyment of fans.
“One of our key market verticals is sports and entertainment venues, and we are delighted to add Baltimore, home to two premier sports teams at the Camden Yards Sports Complex, to our beta testing program,” said Bill Frain, CEO of Liberty Defense. “Testing the system in operational facilities helps to ensure that the system is aligned to market needs, and we look forward to generating customer feedback at beta development sites.”
Beta testing involves testing HEXWAVE in a live environment such as the Camden Yards Sports Complex following the initial Alpha testing that is taking place at Liberty’s Center of Excellence for Engineering in Atlanta, Georgia, and at the new Company headquarters in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
“The safety of our guests is paramount, as well as ensuring they have a great experience,” said Vernon J. Conaway, Jr., Vice President, Safety and Security, Maryland Stadium Authority. “We believe this type of threat detection technology is the future of keeping fans safe at events. We are extremely confident in our current threat detection systems, and our participation in this collaboration agreement with HEXWAVE is about testing an emerging threat technology to enhance our existing systems. We look forward to testing this exciting new technology at the Camden Yards Sports Complex.”