"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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Generation Next Winners Announced by Venues Today
Congratulations to the following IAVM members who were named 2015 Generation Next winners by Venues Today. Rebecca Bolton—general manager, Las Cruces Convention Center, New Mexico David Farrar—general manager, Santander Arena & Performing Arts Center, Reading, Pennsylvania Gunnar Fox—general...
The Renovation Roller Coaster
Capital improvements and renovations are happening throughout our industry and are arguably more important than ever as stadiums are constantly working to enhance guest experience. At Long Beach State, as we are finally set to break ground on a multi-phase renovation of our ballpark, I’m reminded...
In Search of “The P”
We all have that moment—that “I was there” moment. In the 1996 Rugby World Cup final in South Africa, Joel Stansky kicks the winning goal to give South Africa the World Cup against New Zealand. Watching Nelson Mandela, the South Africa’s first black president, dressed in team colours holding the...
How to Foster Word-of-Mouth Advertising
When you create memories, you get people talking. This was the launchpad for the 2015 GuestX session on memorable customer service from Jennifer Blackmon, corporate director with the Ritz-Carlton Leadership Institute. Blackmon shared amazing examples of service that have become synonymous with the...

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