By R.V. Baugus
If he will pardon me for invoking a chant by WWE fans after a favorite grappler wins a title, I say to Randy Brown, CVE, “You deserve it! You deserve it!” as he was presented with a Sagamore of the Wabash award on Monday, September 27, as part of Randy Brown Day to honor the contributions of the leader of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana and past IAVM Chair as he retires after a brilliant 31-year run as the venue’s general manager.
The award is one of Indiana’s highest and fitting for someone who has always been one of the industry’s true leaders and mentors to so many. The award is a tribute given to someone for distinguished service to the state or governor. Need we say more?
A number of Randy’s IAVM friends arrived from around the country to celebrate the big day and wish him well into the next chapter of his life, which if you read a recent issue of Venue Professional magazine you will know that his classic car Baby will be part of it along with his beautiful family.
The actual retirement day is Friday, October 1, so by the time you read this Fort Wayne’s finest will already be settling in to a new life, although Randy says and we believe he will still be around to help the Coliseum and give back to the community in his inimitable gracious way.
You have been, are, and will always be a friend, Randy. You better stay in touch with IAVM as well because we need you! Congratulations!