03/18/2020: IAVM puts the health and well-being of its members first. We are closely monitoring advisories and updates regarding COVID-19 from the CDC, DHS, the WHO, other associations, as well as healthcare and regulatory organizations. Decisions regarding each IAVM event are being determined independently, as factors affecting one event may not affect another. Updates will be posted on this and the specific event pages.

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, during the months of April and May, 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 recording and poll question results will be uploaded to Venuenet afterward. The below registration links sign you up for next four town halls.

Upcoming ZOOM Sessions

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

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

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

Canadian Venues Town Hall Registrations thru December

  • Registration – Every other Friday at 1pm ET, starting May 22nd.

Past Recordings

Canada Town Halls

Sector Town Hall #7

Town Hall 6

Town Hall 5

Town Hall 4

Town Hall 3

Town Hall 2


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.


    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.
    Register Online

    • Episode 1 with Angie Teel, CMP, Assistant General Manager, Cox Business Convention Center
    • Episode 2 with Mac Campbell, CTA, CVP, Deputy Director, Baltimore Convention Center
    • Episode 3 with Joyce Leveston, CMM, CVP, Senior Vice President of Convention Centers with Spectra
    • Episode 4 with Richard Andersen, CVE ICD.D, Chief Illuminations Officer with VSG Advantage Training
    • Episode 5 with Jennifer Norris, CVE, Assistant Managing Director of San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
    • Episode 6 with Jimmy Earl, CVE, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Frank Erwin Center, University of Texas at Austin
    • Episode 7 will be with Julia Slocombe, Vice President, West Regional Operations with Smart City Networks
    • Episode 8 with David Bennett, Associate Director of Event Services
    • Episode 9 will be Tammy Koolbeck, CVE, Chair of the IAVM Board of Directors 
    • Episode 10 with Larry Perkins, CVE,CMP,CPP, Vice President of Guest Relations / Assistant GM for PNC Arena.
    • Episode 11 with Kim Bedier, CVE, Director of Venues & Events for the City of Tacoma. 
    • Episode 12 with Frantzer LeBlanc, MBA,CVP, Assistant General Manager of the UMBC Event Center & Region 1 Director of the IAVM Board.  
    • 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 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 15 with Adina Erwin, CVE, Senior VP of Business Operations for TD Garden & IAVM Foundation Board Chair. 
    • Episode 16 with Rip Rippetoe, CVE, Chair of the IAVM Board of Directors & President & CEO of the San Diego Convention Center.


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

    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:

    GBAC Updates & Submittal Feedback

    GBAC STAR Accreditation Guide/Template-All Venue Template

    Accreditation Submission Examples:

    Thank you to our global partners.