"Focus on making a contribution rather than on making a career."

-Brian Stovall, Allen Event Center

"The view is always better from the high road."

-Paul Turner, CFE, AT&T Stadium

"Fancy carpet and trendy art do not bring customers back ... a great experience does!"

-Bryan Chatterton, Sacramento Convention Center

"Another day in paradise."

-Allen Johnson, Orlando Venues

Enhanced patron experiences + loyal partners + enthusiastic employees = Stronger Business”

-Steve Hevern, Sydney Entertainment Centre

“The show is not confirmed until the artist goes on stage and stays.”

-Michael Marion, CFE, Verizon Arena

“It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit.”

-Eric D. Hart, CFE, Tampa Sports Authority

“What you allow is what will continue.”

-Stephanie Curran, Spokane Convention Center and INB Performing Arts Center

“Never try to teach a pig to fly.  You’re wasting your time and you’re annoying the pig.”

-John Rhamstine, CFE, Seven Venues

“High-performance teams succeed through leadership, communication and balance of purpose.”

-Mark Gnatovic, SearchWide

“Our Benchmark is to provide Excellent Quality and Service by retention of staff.”

-Joe Floreano, CFE, Rochester Riverside Convention Center

“The customer experience is at the heart of everything we do.”

-Brian Morris, CFE, Melbourne & Olympic Parks

“Success is not permanent and failure is not fatal so get the hell out there and just TRY!”

-Karen Totaro, CFE, Atlantic City Convention Center

“You are who you surround yourself with…hire wisely.”

-Karen Totaro, CFE, Atlantic City Convention Center

“You can do anything as long as you have the right people, a great plan and the right equipment.”

-Paul Cramer, CFE, Classic Center

You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

-Kim Bedier, CFE (via Dr. Seuss), City of Tacoma Public Assembly Facilities

“When faced with a choice, do what would make your mother proud.”

-Kevin Mattingly, Phoenix Convention Center & Venues

Region 1 Meeting Overview

IAVM Region 1 Meeting

After much anticipation we are happy to announce the lineup for our meeting on October 18th in Providence! We have a jammed-packed day with two amazing keynotes, two catered functions, and engaging sessions with wonderful curated member contributions! The evening will close with a venue tour of one of the most breathtaking PAC's you'll ever lay eyes on and a wonderful opportunity to wine and nosh with your peers along side the future leaders of the venue world from JWU's Event Management Program.

Where: Johnson & Wales University: Schneider Auditorium - Providence, RI
When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Early Bird Pricing (through October 1st):
  • IAVM Members: $75.00
  • Non-Members: $100.00
  • Students: $20.00
Regular Pricing (after October 1st):
  • IAVM Members: $100.00
  • Non-Members: $125.00
  • Students: $40.00
Click here for housing/travel information.
Registration is closed. Please register on-site.
If you're interested in having a booth at the JWU Hospitality Job Fair on Thursday, October 19th, please contact akasperitis01@wildcats.jwu.edu.


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