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IAVM Events

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.


VenueConnect: Real issues, real solutions, real results
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In just one long weekend, VenueConnect will deliver 28 hours of venue management education covering a wide variety of issues and eight dedicated trade-show hours providing attendees with the products and solutions they need for success and many quality networking opportunities. The conference will be July 21-24 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Early-bird registration ends April 12. More

 Industry News

Staging Concepts' equipment adds thousands of seats to NCAA Tournament
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Thanks to the temporary seating configuration constructed of custom seating riser equipment from Staging Concepts, 17,000 fans will be front and center during the NCAA Final Four at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. This seating configuration involved a major dramatic move of the basketball court from the end zone, where it was in 2003 when New Orleans last hosted the Final Four, to the middle of the arena, giving tens of thousands of fans — primarily students — a chance to be near the action. 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

ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment unveils new website
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ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment announced the launch of its new website. Designed with a distinct look that reflects ARAMARK sports and entertainment industry leadership, introduces the brand positioning — Insight to Impact — and provides visitors with an in-depth look at the company's commitment to boldly leading with insight, passion to exceed guest expectations and purpose of creating valuable impact for clients. "For more than 40 years, ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment has exceeded guests' expectations and driven meaningful impact for our clients," said Marc Bruno, president, ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment. "Our new website showcases our industry-leading food and beverage, retail, and facilities services capabilities and success, and gives the reader an inside look at our core vision — enriching the lives of our guests by delivering remarkable experiences."

University of South Florida selects Global Spectrum to manage Sun Dome
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With a $35.6 million renovation of the Sun Dome Arena nearing completion in May 2012, the University of South Florida selected Global Spectrum to operate the Sun Dome Arena in Tampa, Fla., for the university. Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of the internationally recognized sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor, named Trent Merritt, an eight-year Global Spectrum employee, as the facility's new general manager. More

DHS presents April 4 Risk Self-Assessment Tool webinar
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The Department of Homeland Security will offer a webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern April 4 titled "The Risk Self-Assessment Tool: What's In It for You?" The webinar will help people understand how completing a risk self-assessment can increase the security profile and resilience of a facility. The RSAT webinar will feature Federal and private sector experts including private sector facility owners and operators who already have used the tool. Presenters will explain how to use the tool and how their facilities have benefited from using it. Go to to register now for this important one-hour webinar.

 Association News

Time to submit nominations for Lifetime Achievement Award-Convention Centers/Exhibit Halls
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Nominations are being accepted for the Lifetime Achievement Award for Convention Centers and Exhibit Halls. Jan Addison, chair of the Convention Centers/Exhibit Halls Committee for IAVM, announced that the Lifetime Achievement Award Selection Committee will be receiving nominations through May 1. There have been seven previous recipients of the award: Tom Liegler, Don Jewell, Jimmie Fore, Dan Saunders, Cliff Wallace, John Christison and Dick Shaff have been honored for their outstanding contributions and service to the convention center industry. More

IAVM continues to oppose the Online Travel Companies on Hotel Occupancy Tax issues
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For the past three years, IAVM has successfully expressed strong opposition to draft legislation in Congress and in state legislatures that would prevent state and local governments from collecting hotel room taxes from online travel companies such as Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity,, and others. IAVM joined a coalition of entities, including the United States Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, the Government Finance Officers Association and the American Hotel and Lodging Association opposing the OTCs from reducing the taxes they owe for hotel rooms. More

Become a mentor in IAVM's Mentor Connector Program
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The Diversification Committee invites all interested individuals to become involved in the Mentor Connector Program. For many of us in venue management, we learned valuable and key components of our industry through individuals who took time to show us "How To." Whether you have been in venue management for five or 25 years, the Mentor Connector Program can benefit from your knowledge and experience which can be shared with those seeking to expand their skill set or map out their career goals. More

Congress passes law to protect the White House grounds and other areas
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On March 8, President Barack Obama signed into law the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. This law amends the federal criminal code to revise the prohibition against entering restricted federal buildings (the White House) or grounds to impose criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly enters any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. The reason for this law is that the U.S. Secret Service relied on the District of Columbia Code, which addresses only minor misdemeanor infractions, when someone attempts to or successfully trespasses upon the grounds of the White House or vice president's residence or, worse, breaches the White House or vice president's residence itself. More

 On the Move

Members in transition
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Many of our members are on the move and transitioning to new opportunities in our bustling industry. Click here to see who is going where and what is going on with your friends and fellow IAVM colleagues.

Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
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