Convention Center Sector Committee
Matthew Hollander, CFE - VICE CHAIR
David Bevans, CFE
James Dark, CMA
Brad Gessner, CFE
Tammy Koolbeck, CFE
Bryan Miller, CMP, MBA
Julie Pazina, CEM
Robert Rose, CFE
Troy Thorn, CTA
The committee represents and advocates for the global interests of the convention center community, with a focus of working with staff to encourage and equip professionals in the discipline of convention center operation and management.
This committee has a chair and vice chair, and is composed of 12-20 convention center and/or allied members that are committed to furthering the mission of the sector committee.
The chair and vice chair each serve a term of two years. The incoming chair assumes the role at the conclusion of VenueConnect; however, to maintain continuity of the International Convention Center Conference (ICCC) planning, the immediate past chair will continue to function as chair until the awards luncheon on the final day of ICCC, when the incoming chair and vice chair will formally assume their roles.
Committee members serve a term of one year, which may be renewed for up to four years of total service on the committee. Committee members serving as chair or vice chair are expected to serve additional terms to fulfill their obligations.
Vacancies should be filled no later than June 30 annually. Incoming members will assume roles following the conclusion of VenueConnect. Outgoing members will still be considered active members of the committee until the conclusion of ICCC.
Volunteer Code of Conduct:
You are working with others as a team so be considerate of how your actions or contribution affects your colleagues and the association as a whole.
Treat other IAVM members, committee members and staff with respect in words, tone and action.
Check your e-mails regularly and answer them promptly—even if it's "I'll get back to you."
Sometimes the hardest thing to say is "no" or admit you've forgotten to do something. Be honest with each other and yourself with regards to what you say and what you can realistically commit to do.
Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of all proprietary or privileged information to which they are exposed while serving as a volunteer, whether this information involves a single staff, volunteer, client, or other person or involves overall association business. Failure to maintain confidentiality may result in termination of the volunteer's relationship with the committee or other corrective action.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Chair and Vice Chair:
Chair: Responsible for ensuring that committee members are effectively engaged in order to achieve the mission. Develops committee strategy, agendas and chairs meetings. Submits reports to the President/CEO and/or staff upon request. In collaboration with IAVM staff, establishes and coordinates the work of various sub-committees to further the work of the committee or to address a specific issue or need relative to the convention center sector. Evaluates members’ participation and contribution to committee work.
Vice Chair: Responsible for collaborating with IAVM staff to ensure the development of an outstanding conference, with a particular focus on highly valuable education for this sector. In the absence of the chair, the vice chair assumes the responsibilities of the chair as well.
Relative to the sector conference, the chair and vice chair will collaborate with IAVM staff to:
- Develop a budget that includes reasonable revenue goals.
- Determine the schedule and general format for the conference based on the established budget.
- Collaborate with staff to approve locations for the conference for the following two years, in accordance with specific criteria mutually established by committee leadership and IAVM staff.
- Oversee the work of the committee.
- Recruit and nominate potential local host committee member involvement and participation.
- Provide information on the sector for the IAVM newsletter and other methods of communication/marketing (eblasts, social media).
Roles and Responsibilities of Committee Members:
Contribute time, industry knowledge and expertise to further the mission of the committee by:
- Serving on a minimum of one subcommittee, as requested by the chair.
- Provide convention center venue specific programming at VenueConnect as required.
- Participating in at least 80% of regular committee conference calls.
- Attending VenueConnect, the committee meeting and governance training at VenueConect and the sector conference (required).
- Attending training sessions on Coherent Governance at VenueConnect, via webinar, or other options, if available.
- Reading the book “Good Governance is a Choice” by Randy Quinn and Linda Dawson (very quick read).
- Proactively sharing information and expertise relevant to the sector via IAVM’s social media platforms and printed materials (e.g., VenueNet, Facility Manager magazine, etc.).
- At the request of the vice chair, working with IAVM staff to develop programming content for the sector conference.
- Each individual committee / volunteer member will support JustOne, the annual leadership membership drive, by recruiting one new member.
- Complying with the established, mutually agreed upon deadlines.
- Each committee member will be evaluated annually by the chair and vice chair on completion of tasks, attendance, active participation, and commitment to the roles & responsibilities as discussed. Evaluations will be reviewed by the President/CEO in collaboration with the chair and vice chair to determine opportunity for term renewal(s).
Roles and Responsibilities of Staff:
Collaborate with the committee to:
- Conduct site visits and recommend potential sites for future sector conferences, based on mutually established criteria.
- Manage all budgets, sponsorship sales and revenue for the sector conference.
- Comply with mutually agreed upon deadlines as established in a coordinated effort between the staff and the committee.
- Present recommendations for receptions and activities for endorsement by the committee. Confirm event arrangements.
- Negotiate and sign agreements on behalf of the sector or conference.
- Participate in sector conference planning calls, take minutes, and assist with the formulation of the conference schedule and timeline.
- Staff and coordinate the sector conference.
- Solicit agenda items from the chair and distribute agendas and supporting materials at least 5 business days before any conference call or meeting.
- Provide minutes to the committee chair within 10 business days of each conference call/meeting, for distribution to the entire committee within 20 business days.
- As resources allow and in accordance with priorities established by the Board of Directors, support the work of the committee relative to projects and issues important to the sector.