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.