"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

Chapter Meetings


Networking • Education • Resources

IAVM Chapter Meetings enhance member value by:

  • Supplementing networking experiences and education gained by attending Region meetings and VenueConnect
  • Offering an alternative for networking and educational opportunities for members unable to attend other IAVM programs


Whether you are meeting someone for the first time or getting reacquainted with an old friend, Chapter Meetings provide opportunities to share ideas and experiences with industry colleagues in your area. Chapter Meetings are not limited to members only, so you have an opportunity to broaden your own horizons or to bring a friend.


One of the keys to being successful in venue management is to continuously learn new approaches and the best practices of our industry. Chapter Meetings provide convenient opportunities for sharing the knowledge that IAVM is famous for. Whether the program is more structured or less formal, the local flavour of your Chapter Meeting can make it especially relevant and valuable for all attendees.

Chapters Meetings are a grassroots initiative with Region affiliation designed to enhance member value and to strengthen the industry. By including non-members in your meeting, you can also help to develop membership in IAVM.

Hosting a Chapter Meeting is easier than you think!

Select Hosting a Meeting from the menu, where you’ll find the basic steps you can follow to create a Chapter Meeting of your own. You’ll also find helpful hints, tools and people resources to support your efforts. It’s really that easy!

Development truly requires individuals that are passionate and will take ownership of making a meeting happen. Collaboration with peers and colleagues will make the process go a lot easier.

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