VMS at Oglebay
Oglebay Resort & Conference Center
Wheeling, West Virginia
May 31 – June 5, 2014
Venue Management School (VMS) and the Graduate Institute (VMS-GI), are considered two of the best professional education programs available for venue managers. Those new to the industry, or managers looking to expand their overall understanding, will find solid principles and practices for venue management in the VMS program. Venue professionals can further expand their universe of management and leadership skills and understanding by attending the Graduate Institute.
The VMS programs consist of two (2) week-long courses of intensive instruction held over two consecutive years. The VMS curriculum covers topics such as event management, life safety, marketing and advertising, crowd management and the guest experience. The second year of VMS covers areas such as leadership and image, cost control, risk management and insurance, and strategic business planning.
Since its beginning in 1987, over 2,800 venue managers have attended VMS and the Graduate Institute. Many attendees fondly refer to having had “That Wheeling Feeling” after completing the school. Describing the experience as rewarding, serious education, mixed with a sense of camaraderie, and a bond that exists among the students and faculty, making Venue Management School at Oglebay Resort a truly special place.
Certified Facilities Executive
VMS participants can earn credits toward IAVM's Certified Facilities Executive (CFE) program. Attendees who successfully complete VMS and the Graduate Institute can earn 40 points toward the 300 total points required for application to the CFE program.