"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 Officers

Nina Simmons - Region 5 Director

Halton Arena/UNC Charlotte

Todd Hunt, CFE - Region 5 Assistant Director

BancorpSouth Arena

Courtney Dyer, CFE  - Region 5 Treasurer

General Manager
Virginia Beach Convention Center

Brandi Quick, CFE - Region 5 Secretary

Assistant Director
Von Braun Center

John Rhamstine, CFE - Past Region 5 Director

Department of Cultural Facilities, Arts and Entertainment
City of Norfolk Virginia

Allied Rep

Andrew Rice

Committee Chairs

Alexis Berggren - Membership, Website, Newsletter

Karen Ehlinger - Scholarship

Carol Moore, CFE - Nominating, CFE Certification

Robert Rose, CFE - Chapter Planning

Tim Riddle, CFE - Audit

State Representatives/Chairs 

Alabama - Craig Maples

Florida - Robert Rose, CFE


Georgia - Carol Moore, CFE

Louisiana - Marco Perez


Mississippi - Donna Gray

Business/ HR Manager
Vicksburg Convention Center and Auditorium/VenuWorks

North Carolina - Bob Klaus


South Carolina - Mack Stone

Vice President/General Manager
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Tennessee - Eric Granger

Virginia - Mike Meyers, CFE

General Manager Global Spectrum/Greater Richmond Convention Center


Region 5 includes the entire states of Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana. Central and South America.

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