"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

iCommit - Let’s Build A Stronger IAVM

Campaign Active through December 31, 2016


  • iCommit is IAVM’s annual member-get-a-member campaign. With your assistance, we are building a stronger Association and a bigger network of like-minded leaders. More members means more collaboration, a bigger and more diverse network for you, and a greater pool of experts to create inspiring and motivating educational sessions at conferences. Will you commit to helping grow your association?
  • If every member strives to add just 1 new member, we could DOUBLE our membership, giving us more than 10K members!
  • Goal – add a minimum of 150 new members by December 31, 2016
  • Contact Gina Brydson, Director of Membership or Summer Beday, Member Care Manager for more details


What's In It For You?

Besides feeling good about supporting the industry, for each new member you refer that joins IAVM, your name will be entered into a raffle for the following prizes:

  • Grand prize will be a complimentary registration to VenueConnect 2017 in Nashville (value $895) – Winner: the member that brings in the most new members
  • One (1) of five (5), $500 Apple gift cards to apply towards the purchase of an Apple product, sponsored by Ungerboeck Software International
  • The IAVM Region that adds the most new members will have one CVP application fee waived; the Region Director will choose the recipient within their region, value $125
  • One (1) The IAVM Blueprint: Event Management publication, value $49.99


To ensure you are eligible to win one of the prizes, ask your new member to do the following:

  • Ask your referral to list your name in the Application Section titled, “Who Recommended IAVM To You/How Did You Hear About IAVM?”
  • Enter “iCommit” in the Promotional Code field in the Membership Application.
  • For new members only, the $150 one-time initiation fee will be waived, (Professional/Membership Applications only)*


*Some membership categories do not have an initiation fee; the dues will not be discounted


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