"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 5 Chapter Meetings

Chapter Meetings Overview | Hosting a Meeting | Additional Resources



Creating opportunities for professional development and networking is so important for our emerging leaders. Take a moment to think about whether your venue might be able to host or partner with another facility in your state to create a Chapter Meeting.

Expanding the knowledge and relationship base within our Region will help us to create the leaders of tomorrow. Chapter Meetings are a great way to accomplish these things in a fun and cost effective way.

If you have any questions about creating a Chapter Meeting, please contact Robert Rose, Region 5 Chapter Planning Committee Chair.  

The Rewards are Great, the Risk is small. Step Right Up!


October 27, 2016

Chapter Meeting - Huntsville Area, Alabama - Full Details

June 3, 2016

Central Florida Chapter Meeting - Florida – Full Details

October 2, 2015

Atlanta Chapter Meeting - Georgia – Registration is $35 (inlcude lunch). Register Online Full Details

September 14, 2015

Hampton Roads Chapter Meeting Full Details

May 7, 2014 – 3:00-5:00 PM

Georgia – Georgia World Congress Center, Building C, Room 204 – Parking in the Gold Deck, $10 Register Online Full Details

January 21, 2014 – 2-5:30 PM

Virginia –  Virginia Beach Convention Center – Registration: $15.00; to register, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/233QFD8 . Click on the pdf for details about the itinerary. Also see the attached PDF to be linked with PDF icon image for Region 5

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