Venue Professional magazine's September/October issue marks our second under the new name that we are proud of as it relates to and describes our membership and readership.
We take an opportunity in this issue to hard back to the formative days of the previously named Facility Manager by featuring Cliff Wallace, CVE, on the cover. Cliff, in fact, served as IAAM (as it was known at the time) President (now Chair) in 1984-85 when the magazine launched. Find out the full story of how the magazine came to be in a sidebar article, but also be sure to read the feature story written by Linda Deckard about Cliff and his interesting career that spanned decades and led to his being a major international figure in the public assembly venue industry.
We are still very much dealing with the ramifications of COVID-19, and as such is our duty to report on the myriad aspects of how the virus continues to impact our industry in a very challenging way. From surviving the financial strain to communicating change strategies to fever scanning to re-openings and restorations of venues, we have it all in this thick issue.
Venue Professional will arrive to you in a digital format ONLY through the end of IAVM's fiscal year of March 2021. Please know that we have every intention of being able to resume both print and digital, but as stewards of our finances, we must for the foreseeable months save the considerable expenses of printing and mailing. We ask for your patience and understanding, but also would like to remind you of the many features you can enjoy in the digital version. And, of course, you can always print out the magazine.
Our commitment always remains to provide you with the news you need to help you navigate through these ongoing challenging times. We firmly believe the September/October venue accomplishes exactly that.
I would like to conclude by asking that if you have any high res (at least 2MB or 2,000KB) pictures that tell any of the stories that have marked 2020, please email those to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered in a pictorial layout in our year-ending November/December magazine.
As always, do not hesitate to contact me with any suggestions or comments, and please let me know if you have a topic you would like to share in an article.
Venue Professional Senior Editor