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May 14-17
Senior Executive Symposium
Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

June 2-8
Venue Management School at Oglebay
Wheeling, W.Va.

June 2-8
Venue Management School Graduate Institute
Wheeling, W.Va.

July 21-24
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


Make a difference — Volunteer with IAVM!
By Richard L. Andersen, CFE    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We launched our Call for Volunteers two weeks ago and have had a slow response from you. It is through volunteerism, the giving of your time, knowledge and expertise, that we fulfill our promise to provide exceptional educational experiences, a vibrant community and essential tools to the venue management profession. Are you ready for a new challenge? Are you committed to getting a short-term (or long-term) project completed? Then this is the CALL for Volunteers that fits you. Let me share the vision I have for the role you might play. More

 Industry News

Live Nation continues expansion in Asia
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Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and Creativeman Productions in Tokyo announced the formation of Live Nation Japan, a joint venture between the two companies. "We are very pleased to announce Live Nation's entry into Japan and to have such a credible partner as Creativeman, which has a long and proven track record of promoting major artists as well as developing highly successful festivals," said Michael Rapino, president and chief executive of Live Nation Entertainment. More

Introducing the Orbio® 5000-Sc

The Orbio® 5000-Sc generates effective, sustainable cleaning solution on site, so you don’t have to ship, store, and prepare conventional cleaning chemical concentrates. 5000-Sc solution cleans as well or better than many all-purpose, glass, and stainless steel cleaners; and in automated machines, replacing a variety of chemicals. Learn more at

ProVenue by Inc. selected by Lakeland Center
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After 15 years of outsourcing their ticketing services, Florida's Lakeland Center has made the strategic decision to control their brand, fees and customer service operations by partnering with Inc., and using ProVenue, one of the industry's most advanced ticketing technology platforms. The Lakeland Center is the only multipurpose facility in Florida with four distinct venues under one roof, and features a 10,000-seat arena, a 2,186-seat theater and more than 100,000 square feet of flexible conference space. More

Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium receives National Weather Service lightning safety recognition
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Georgia Tech football fans have something new to cheer about. Officials at the team's home field — Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta — have developed a lightning safety plan for large outdoor venues based on NOAA's new lightning safety toolkit. Home to Georgia Tech football games for nearly 100 years, the historic sports facility now is safer for the nearly 60,000 patrons who gather there with the distinction of being the nation's first stadium to earn this achievement. The volunteer program is part of a National Weather Service lightning safety campaign for large outdoor venues. More

Arts community demands to be noticed in Las Vegas
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's a desert oasis that hangs its priciest paintings on casino walls, where neon signs are a point of a pride and theme hotels pay tribute to architecture's golden eras. Still, Las Vegas' cultural offerings have long taken a back seat to the glamour and crudity of its most notorious vices. Now a new $470 million arts complex is daring to challenge that. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, a gleaming art deco-inspired jewel, hopes to reintroduce Las Vegas as a cultural destination. More

Miami Dolphins, IBM team up for stadium of the future
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Text messages that tell fans when their usual parking lot is full and where to park instead. Automated alerts that avoid dangerous overcrowding by directing masses of spectators to specific gates to enter and exit. Inclement weather warnings that prepare people in the stands for a storm before it hits. All that and more soon will become real at South Florida's Sun Life Stadium, thanks to a high-tech partnership the Miami Dolphins and IBM announced. The agreement incorporates IBM's cutting-edge analytics technology into the Dolphins' home stadium, which also hosts many concerts and other events. It will make Sun Life Stadium the most advanced venue of its kind in North America, say IBM and Dolphins officials. More

A possible new vision for the Springfield Expo Center
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Springfield's Expo Center could change into a convention center complete with a new hotel, bigger ballroom and full service kitchen. In 2011, a study examined what it would take to have a successful complex and if it would have an economic impact on Springfield, Mo. A task force is now seeing if they should move forward with those ideas stated in the report or look in another direction. It's still very early in these plans, but the community is seeing the potential. More

 Association News

AVSS reinforces top principles of safety and security
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An eager group of 70 attendees, including instructors, convened Feb. 19-24 at the SuperMedia complex near Dallas/Fort Worth Airport for IAVM's Academy for Venue Safety & Security. The time was well spent as courses ranging from the Facility Management Law School to a number of classes and work sessions were presented. A graduation reception and banquet was held the last night of the academy. More

Internships available for IAVM student members
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Student members of IAVM are invited to apply for internship positions for the Venue Management Schools, which will be held June 2-7 at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, W.V. Students participate in a rewarding and fun week with future colleagues and mentors. "The VMS intern experience was very rewarding. Not only do I network with experienced professionals, but I also sat in on informative class sessions," said Andrew J. Maceda, a 2011 VMS student intern who also is security chief, hire coordinator and event coordinator at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center at the University of Florida. Application deadline is March 15.

 On the Move

Members in transition
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Several IAVM members are on the move and in transition throughout the industry, including Peggy Nieghorn and Daniel Coates, each appointed to top jobs at the Ottawa Convention Center; Vincent Lai, chef, recently named director of culinary services for Chicago's McCormick Place; and David Jones, new sales manager of the Lynnwood Convention Center in Washington state. More

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