The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)—representing thousands of venue managers and partner companies in stadiums, convention centers, performing arts centers, arenas, amphitheaters, stadiums and other public assembly venues continues to monitor the developments of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on Commercial Facilities (Venues) of all types. We are gathering information in order to understand the extent of its impact, learn more about the virus, and make recommended precautions. We remain committed through IAVM and the Department of Homeland Security Sub-Sector Coordinating Council to keep everyone informed because your health and safety is our top concern.

Coronavirus Resources

Please join your colleagues, for an ongoing COVID19 town hall. Each session will include comments from the sector leadership, an update from the COVID19 Working Group, poll questions, and an open Q&A forum. Prior to each session we will let you know if there is a particular topic focus.  All members types are encouraged to attend. The below registration links sign you up for all subsequent town halls.

Upcoming Sessions

Region Town Halls Sector thru July

  • Region 1 – Every month on the Third Tue, until Jul 20, 2021 @ 10 AM ET. 
  • Region 3 - Every month on the 3rd Thur until August 26, 2021 @ 11 AM ET.
  • Region 4 – Every month on the Second Tue, until Jul 13, 2021 @ 4pm ET.
  • Region 5 – Every month on the Fourth Wed, until Jul 28, 2021 @ 1 PM ET.
  • Region 6 - Starting July 15 @ 12 PM ET.

Sector Town Hall Registrations thru July, during the 1st week of the month.

Sector Small Group Discussions Registrations thru July, during the 3rd week of the month.

Ongoing Happy Hours thru July, during the 2nd week of the month.

Canadian Venues Town Hall Registrations thru April

Past Recordings

Special Guests

Town Hall 6

  • Performing Arts – May 26 (Special Focus, ADA considerations for reopening plans)
  • Arenas – May 27 (Special Focus, UFC 229)
  • Convention Centers – May 28 (Special Focus, Temperature checks of guests)

Town Hall 2

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

4-part series on Business Continuity & Resilience (BC&R) 
by Peter Ashwin, AVSS faculty member, and Wayne Middleton, CVE, Chair of VMA's VMS Committee.


3-part series on Legal Issues

Potential Claims and the Outlook of Special Legislation

Liability Considerations for Returning to Work

Contractual & Related Liability Considerations


Individual Topics

COVID-19 Science Update for Venue Manager

The Convergence of Cyber & Physical Security

Be The Change: Unmasking and Managing Communication Bias Within Crisis

Security Planning Considerations for Reopening Commercial Venues

Preparing for the 2020 Hurricane Season

Cleaning & Disinfection presented by Mr. Ken Bickerton, CIH, CSP, VP and Sr. Consultant, PHASE Associates, LLC.

Focus FOURward Series

Following last year’s 20/20 Vision, IAVM’s Academic Committee will offer a new series of ZOOMcasts, Focus FOURward, featuring conversations with industry executives, each focused on four points of interest for looking into the future of the industry.  Focus FOURward will be presented on the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. ET in 2021.  The sessions will be geared for an audience of young and aspiring professionals and students, while others in venue management are also welcome to participate.  Academic Committee Chair Bobby Goldwater, CVE, will lead these informative discussions along with a participatory question-and-answer segment. 

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Recordings

  • Episode 2: Four Ways for Diversity to be Included with special guest Andrias White Murdaugh, MBA, CMP, CSEP, CVP, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Vice President, Strategic Events. An IAVM 30 Under 30 Award recipient, Andrias will address the importance and value of purposeful leadership and the commitment to diversity and inclusion in the venue management industry. 
  • Episode 1:  Four Promotional Strategies for Reigniting Your Venue with special guest Cara Vanderhook, Vice President of Marketing & Communications for STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater. 

20/20 Vision Series

For the next seven Thursdays, IAVM will present the 20/20 Vision series which will feature an industry executive who will share her or his career insights and perspectives for the future in a 20-minute interview with Academic Committee Chair Bobby Goldwater, CVE followed by a 20-minute participatory question-and-answer session with undergraduate students, graduate students and young professionals. All other venue industry professionals are invited to listen in on the conversation.
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20/20 Vision Recordings

  • Episode 33 with Erin Wylie, Staffing and Student Engagement Coordinator for the Department of Event and Venue Management at Kennesaw State University & Member of the Young Professionals Committee & the GuestX Planning Committee.

  • Episode 32 with Lynda Reinhart, CVE, Senior Director of the Stephen C. O'Connell Center and member of the IAVM Industry Affairs Committee and Strategic Leadership & Resources Committee. 

  • Episode 31 with Russ Simons, Chair of IAVM’s COVID-19 Industry Executive Working Group & Chief Listening Officer & Managing Partner, Venue Solutions Group.
  • Episode 30 with Karen Totaro, CVE, Member of the IAVM Convention Centers Committee & IAVM Board Chair (2015-2016)
  • Episode 29 with Jim Wynkoop, General Manager of the OVG Facilities at the University of Houston.
  • Episode 28 with Ebony Hattix the Chair of the IAVM Diversity & Inclusive Leadership Committee & Sr. Manager, Box Office with the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Episode 27 with Brad Mayne, CVE, President & CEO of IAVM.
  • Episode 26 with Beth Wade, CVE, Director of the Berry Center & Vice Chair of the IAVM Certification Board.
  • Episode 25 with Kerry Painter, CFE , CEM, CMP, Director & General Manager of the Raleigh Convention & Performing Arts Complex, IAVM Foundation Trustee & VMS Regent.
  • Episode 24 with Paul Turner, CSSP, CVE, Senior Director of Event Operations at AT&T Stadium, AVSS Faculty Member and First Chair Elect of the Board of Regents.
  • Episode 23 with Jana Brooks, CVP, Manager of Events and Tenant Services with the Maryland Stadium Authority & a member of IAVM’s Governance Committee.
  • Episode 22 with Michael Marion, CVE, General Manager of the Simmons Bank Arena, VMS Instructor & IAVM Board Chair (2018-2019).
  • Episode 21 with Eboni Wilson, Co-Chair of the Reopening & Recovery Taskforce and a member of the Arenas Committee and the GuestX Committee.
  • Episode 20 with Eric Hart, CVE, President & CEO of the Tampa Sports Authority.
  • Episode 19 with Kim Stone, MBA, General Manager of the Chase Center
  • Episode 18 with Daniel Huerta, IAVM Amphitheater & Fairgrounds Committee Past Chair
  • Episode 17 with Cynthia Tucker, Vice Chair of the IAVM Diversity & Inclusive Leadership Committee and a member of the Academic Committee, and the Universities Committee. She is Assistant Director of Event Operations for Trojan Event Services at the University of Southern California. 
  • Episode 16 with Rip Rippetoe, CVE, Chair of the IAVM Board of Directors & President & CEO of the San Diego Convention Center.
  • Episode 15 with Adina Erwin, CVE, Senior VP of Business Operations for TD Garden & IAVM Foundation Board Chair. 
  • Episode 14 with Jason Poppe, Assistant Athletics Director - Events & Operations with Georgetown Athletics l McDonough Arena & Adjunct Faculty with the Sports Industry Management Program at Georgetown School of Continuing Studies.
  • Episode 13 with Zakiya Smith-Dore, MBA, CVP, Event Manager with Baughman Center at the University of Florida Performing Arts. Zakiya is also Vice Chair of IAVM’s University Committee and Vice Chair of the IAVM COVD19 
  • Episode 12 with Frantzer LeBlanc, MBA,CVP, Assistant General Manager of the UMBC Event Center & Region 1 Director of the IAVM Board.  
  • Episode 11 with Kim Bedier, CVE, Director of Venues & Events for the City of Tacoma. 
  • Episode 10 with Larry Perkins, CVE,CMP,CPP, Vice President of Guest Relations / Assistant GM for PNC Arena.
  • Episode 9 with Tammy Koolbeck, CVE, Chair of the IAVM Board of Directors & Executive Director of the Iowa State Center
  • Episode 8 with David Bennett, Associate Director of Event Services Department of 
  • Episode 7 with Julia Slocombe, Vice President, West Regional Operations with Smart City Networks
  • Episode 6 with Jimmy Earl, CVE, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Frank Erwin Center, University of Texas at Austin
  • Episode 5 with Jennifer Norris, CVE, Assistant Managing Director of San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
  • Episode 4 with Richard Andersen, CVE ICD.D, Chief Illuminations Officer with VSG Advantage Training
  • Episode 3 with Joyce Leveston, CMM, CVP, Senior Vice President of Convention Centers with Spectra
  • Episode 2 with Mac Campbell, CTA, CVP, Deputy Director, Baltimore Convention Center
  • Episode 1 with Angie Teel, CMP, Assistant General Manager, Cox Business Convention Center

UPCOMING

  • Leadership in Times of Crisis
  • Preparing for Upward Career Mobility
  • Venue Conversion Update
  • Preparation & Recovery

NOTICE: Use the code "IAVM2020" when applying for GBAC!

What is the Global Biorisk Advisory Council Accreditation Program?

The GBAC STAR™ Accreditation Program on Cleaning, Disinfection and Infectious Disease Prevention for Facilities (GBAC STAR™ Program) establishes requirements to assist facilities in the cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention work practices to control risks associated with infectious agents such as SARS-CoV-2, Influenza, MRSA, and TB.

This GBAC STAR™ Program is performance based and sets out requirements for and places responsibility on facilities to demonstrate that appropriate cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention work practices, protocols, procedures, and systems have been established and implemented.

The GBAC STAR™ Program is designed such that any size facility or organization can use it and it is considered scalable.

GBAC Accreditation Resource/Informational documents available to our members:

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GBAC STAR Accreditation Guide/Template-All Venue Template

Accreditation Submission Examples:

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