John Sweeney: Innovation at the Speed of Laughter

 Sweeney, closing keynote speaker at VenueConnect, will teach attendees how to use improv to influence innovation in their workplaces.​

Pam Borton to Speak at VenueConnect 2016

Pam Borton is the winningest coach in the University of Minnesota women’s basketball history.​

The $1 Billion Team

 DirectConnect brings qualified buyers to VenueConnect for FREE, and we already have more than $1 billion (yes, billion!) in confirmed buying power in the 2016 program.​

Jimmy Earl, CFE, Honored by IAVM with the Prestigious Charles A. McElravy Award

The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) is pleased to announce Jimmy Earl, CFE, senior associate director of the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, as the recipient of the 2016 Charles A. McElravy Award. The award will presented at VenueConnect.

VenueConnect announces Daymond John as Opening Keynote

With a multi-billion-dollar mind for business and brand, John takes the stage at #VC16 to discuss the power of hard work, perseverance, and entrepreneurial thinking. As the CEO of FUBU, a "shark" on ABC's Shark Tank, and author of the new book The Power of Broke, John will deliver his expert view on growing business, leveraging technology, and harnessing desperation and adversity to build powerful, meaningful brands.

Ritz-Carlton: Service Excellence Culture Session

Explore the award-winning business practices of The Ritz-Carlton and you will discover how a service excellence culture results in engaged employees and customers. You will be guided through The Ritz-Carlton Gold Standards—the foundation of our iconic, global brand—by Jennifer Blackmon, the Corporate Director of Culture Transformation at The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center.


VenueConnect in Minneapolis is a natural fit.
What better environment for fresh learning and inspired connections than the the healthiest city in the U.S.? Add a stunning theater district,  the new U.S. Bank Stadium, and the award-winning Minneapolis Convention Center, and you'll see that our 91st VenueConnect will be your biggest breath of fresh air in 2016. 
Discover Minneapolis
U.S. Bank Stadium (scheduled to be completed July 2016)
The VenueConnect Annual Conference & Trade Show:
  • includes venue executives, managers, and personnel from a spectrum of public assembly facilities around the world
  • features education that addresses the opportunities and challenges relevant to current facility operations
  • includes a vibrant trade show where professionals and companies can build meaningful connections and foster strong partnerships
  • celebrates the very best of our industry: our successes, our expertise, our commitment to exceptional venues
  • reinforces a great, long-lasting truth, that amazing things happen when we come together


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