"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

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Dan Meis on the Future of Stadium Design
. Wired.com recently published an interview with architect Dan Meis about the future of stadium design. His company, MEIS Architects, designed Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His best known work is the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles...
Promoter’s Point of View: Stadium Design
There are a few new stadium projects in the works with even more stadiums planning upgrades to their existing facilities. These projects are extremely costly, so withstanding the test of time, being relevant for next 30-plus years should be goal No. 1 for any upgrade or new stadium venture. This...
HKCEC Becomes First ISO 20121 Certified Venue in Hong Kong
Monica Lee-Müller, managing director of HML, announces at the HKCEC’s 27th anniversary cocktail reception that the HKCEC has become the first organisation in Hong Kong to attain the ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certificate. Congratulations to the Hong Kong Convention and...
Virtual Reality Arrives on Broadway
You know, if you’ve been following this blog closely, that I’m fascinated with virtual reality (VR) technology. Let’s be clear, though. I don’t believe it will kill the live event business. Humans are social animals, and we’ll always want to surrounded by friends, families, or complete strangers...

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