"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 6 - Program/Schedule

Overview  |  Program/Schedule  |  Hotel/Travel  |  Registration


The IAVM Region 6 Conference will feature concurrent sessions, geared to both senior level managers and mid-level managers/young professionals.  Sessions will include:

  • Venue Design & Renovation
  • Technology Trends in Venues
  • Executive Leadership & Mentorship
  • Venue Security
  • Understanding Risk Assessment
  • Conflict Management
  • Motivating Staff
  • Understanding Booking, Scheduling and Event Settlements
  • Recovery Efforts in the Houston/South Texas Region


Below is am outline of the conference schedule.  Full conference details coming soon!

Sunday (Arrival Day)

9:30 AM - 2:00 PM Optional Activity: Golf Outing (additional fee required)
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CVP Testing (pre-registration required)
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Optional Activity: Sea Turtle Inc. Rescue Center and Birding and Nature Center (additional fee required)
Time TBD Registration Open
5:15 PM Buses Depart for Opening Reception
5:30 PM Opening Reception @ Pirate’s Landing
(6pm – show – acrobats, fire eaters, etc.)
6:30 PM Opening Cruise on the Black Dragon
8:00 PM Buses Return to Hotel

Monday (Venue Tours)

7:00 AM – 4:00 PM Registration Open
8:00 AM Depart Hotel
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM State Farm Arena Tour/Hands-on session
11:00 AM Depart SFA for McAllen, TX
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM Lunch/Tour McAllen CC and PAC
2:00 PM Depart McAllen for Edinburg
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Tour UT Rio Grande Valley PAC and Theater
5:00 PM Back at Hotel
  Dinner on Your Own/Open Evening


7:30 AM – 4:30 PM Registration Open
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM Breakfast/Business Meeting
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Education Session
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Education Session
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Education Session
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Education Session
Time TBD Evening Reception (Beach Side at Pearl)

Wednesday (Departure Day)

7:30 AM – 11:30 AM Registration Open
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Education Session
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Closing Session with Brunch


Sunday Optional Activies

Golf Outing

Join us at Region Six by the Beach and play a round of golf. Where sunsets have to be seen rather than described, where the third green looking east over The Laguna Madre Bay must be felt, not featured. Around every bend, after every hole at South Padre Island Golf Club, you will find reasons the golf course is one of the finest in the Rio Grande Valley. Enveloped by nature, the course at South Padre Island Golf Club is truly an oasis. South Padre Island Golf Club can only be celebrated first hand, through sight and sound and smell. The Eagle Package will include your green fee, shared cart, range balls, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato chips and all the fixings, iced tea and lemonade. Round trip transportation included.

Cost: $95 per person
Depart hotel at 9:30 AM
Tee Time – 10:00 AM
Return to hotel at 2:00 PM

Club rental options (if needed - rental fees paid onsite):

  • Basic set of clubs - $15
  • Premium set of 14 clubs - $25


Sea Turtle Inc. Rescue Center and Birding and Nature Center

Check out one of the most unique venues on Earth at IAVM Region 6 Conference this year! As the only nesting place in the world for the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle, at Sea Turtle Inc., our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles for release back into the wild, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species. As a guest of the South Padre Island CVB you will be able to participate in a "Turtle Talk" with one of the facilities' curators and go behind the scenes of the newly expanded rescue center. After cooling off with some of the rarest turtles in our oceans, we’ll walk right next door to the Birding and Nature Center. With Over 3300 linear feet of boardwalk, 5 Bird Blinds, a five (5) story tower with spectacular views of the Laguna Madre Bay, Beaches & dunes of South Padre Island, the Gulf of Mexico, & the South Padre Island Skyline, you'll get a guided tour of the facility and some of the local flora and fauna. Round trip transportation included.

Cost: $25 per person
Depart hotel at 1:00 PM
Return to hotel by 4:00 PM

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