The IAVM Foundation Legacy Award may be awarded annually to an individual or organization that, in the opinion of the IAVM Foundation, has made a significant financial and/or non-financial contribution to benefit the mission and objectives of the IAVM Foundation, leaving a legacy for the advancement of the public assembly industry.
The winner will be selected by the Board of Trustees and Foundation Executive Director will provide evidence the nominee meets the criteria. Nominations for the 2016 Foundation Legacy Award have closed. 
Congratulations to the deserving award winners:
Joseph A. Floreano, CFE with the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center

On Friday, June 20, 2014, the IAVM Foundation along with industry peers, friends and family from the community had the honor of gathering in Rochester, NY to honor and present Joe Floreano, CFE with the 2014 Legacy Award. Throughout the event, Floreano was awarded with many accolades not only from the Foundation but also from the State of New York and Feld Entertainment. As the event progressed, the room began to fill with so much emotion – lots of tears of joy and even more tears of heartbreak – not because we were honoring an industry icon but because of Floreano’s failing health.      

"I was in California, and all of a sudden, I was having some problems, and come back to find out I have liver cancer and a short time to live," says Floreano. "So it's like wrap up your life. Wrap it up, put a nice bow on it, and leave it to the next generation." And that’s just what we did.

 2014 marks a special significance – it’s the start of the new Foundation campaign which Floreano was instrumental in developing but it’s also the year Floreano would take the gavel as the 2014 – 2015 IAVM Foundation Chairman of the Board. The contributions Floreano has made to the Foundation have been immeasurable and we certainly weren’t ready for him to walk away just yet – so naturally, the IAVM Foundation Board of Trustees named Joe Floreano the first ever Honorary Chairman. Floreano’ legacy will forever leave a mark on the Foundation. 

Bill Waldo with Irwin Seating Company

Waldo began his career path in 1969 working for Hoover Brother’s, Inc. selling school equipment to the state of Nebraska. In 1979, Waldo moved to Michigan to work for Country Roads, Inc. where he began his sales and marketing career within the auditorium and arena industry. By way of Country Roads, Inc. Waldo began attending IAVM conferences. In 2000, Irwin Seating Company purchased Country Roads, Inc. and two years later, Waldo was promoted to Director of Major Projects, which is still his role today. During his time as part of IAVM, Waldo has served on many committees and the recipient of several awards including; the Allied Members Chair, IAVM’s Board of Directors, the Foundation Chair, and the Distinguished Allied Award (which is now known as the Joe Anzivino Award).

“I would not be as successful in my career without IAVM programs. To which many of those programs have been funded and were generated through funds from companies and individuals who have made significant donations to the Foundation. If not for the support from the Foundation, we would not have an Association nor would many of us be where we are today,” said Waldo. 

Brad Mayne, CFE with American Airlines Center

Mayne has been a member of IAVM since 1987, earning his CFE in 1997.  Over the years, he has served in numerous volunteer capacities including Board of Regents, Board of Trustees, Nominating Committee, Board of Education, Certification Board, and an instructor for both Venue Management School and the Graduate Institute.   His professional career has spanned more than 30 years, serving numerous communities in leadership roles beginning in Salt Lake City, UT, then Tacoma, WA, Cedar Rapids, IA, Anaheim, CA, and now, Dallas, TX.

 “For me, a donation to the IAVM Foundation has always been an investment in my professional development. I assure you, I would not be as successful in my career without the IAVM programs. Many of those programs have been funded and started through funds from dedicated companies and individuals who have embraced donations to the Foundation. The Foundation has been the financial vehicle for making great strides in our industry and I am honored to be recognized for working with the industry professionals in raising funds to invest in our collective future,” said Mayne. 

Mich Sauers and Comcast Spectacor

Michel F. Sauers, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Comcast-Spectacor, the parent company of Global Spectrum, has been awarded the IAVM Foundation Legacy Award.  A member of IAVM since 1994 and former Vice Chair for the International Steering Committee and Chairman of the IAVM Foundation, Sauers has been recognized for his leadership, compassion and commitment to the public assembly industry.  With more than 30 years’ experience in facility management, Sauers has played an important role in the growth and development of Global Spectrum and Spectacor Management Group both internally and internationally. 

“Mich originally served on the Tickets to the Future committee and was then elected to the Foundation Board in 1999, progressively serving as a Board Member, Foundation Treasurer, Foundation Chair and Past Chair.  And while other board members “did their time” and then moved on, Mich remained an active and valuable advisor to succeeding Boards, founding and chairing both the Past Chair’s Committee and the Legacy Award Committee” said Chris Bigelow, Past Chair of the Foundation. 

Phil Blavat and MillerCoors

Phil Blavat is Director of National On-Premise Accounts for MillerCoors, which is the second largest Brewer in The US, holding a thirty per cent share of the US market with revenues exceeding 8 billion dollars.

Blavat began his involvement with the IAVM Foundation Golf Tournament over 20 years ago.  He has been in charge of draught beer sales and national draught programming for Miller Brewing Company for over 20 years, and with the company for nearly 30 years. A generous corporate citizen, MillerCoors has been a sponsor of the Foundation since 1997.  As of 2009, Miller Brewing Company donated over $426,000 to the IAVM Foundation, including a phenomenal $250,000 gift to the first 'Tickets to the Future' campaign.  

Phil graduated from Saint John’s University in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, and from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He spent 8 years as a high school teacher before joining MillerCoors. 

Phil lives outside Milwaukee with his wife Lynn. Their two grown children, Brad and Anne also live in the Milwaukee area.

Charlie Gillespie and ARAMARK

Through the Legacy Award, the IAVM Foundation recognizes and celebrates ARAMARK and Charlie Gillespie for the highest level of leadership, generosity and unwavering commitment to the public assembly industry, leaving a legacy for future generations. 

A longtime IAVM member and committed supporter of IAVM’s leadership development and workforce readiness programs, ARAMARK, and Charlie Gillespie specifically, have been instrumental in spearheading fundraising for the Foundation within the concessions industry, including a major financial contribution by ARAMARK and significant ongoing annual support.  Because of this leadership and commitment, thousands in the public assembly workforce have received valuable training in safety and security, customer service, and responsible business practices that result in a higher quality of life in their communities.  

Mike McGee, CFE and Ticketmaster

Mike McGee, CFE is Executive Vice President of North American Business Operations for Ticketmaster, the world’s leading ticketing company. He has been an active member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) since 1972, most recently served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the IAVM Foundation, chairing its Development Committee and its Tickets to the Future Act II Major Gift Campaign.  McGee has served on the IAVM Board of Directors as well as a member of the Board of Regents of the IAVM Venue Management School (VMS) at Oglebay, where he was also an instructor.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Visitors and Convention Bureau, Greater Houston Partnership, Houston Independent Bank and the Houston Super Bowl XXXVIII Host Committee.

Prior to joining Ticketmaster, Mr. McGee served as Chief Administrative Officer at Clear Channel Entertainment, overseeing all real estate and serving as the corporate interface with CCE’s operating divisions.  Before that, he held the position of Senior Vice President of ARAMARK’s Sports and Entertainment Group overseeing strategic initiatives and other business development areas for the Division in the domestic and international marketplace.  Mr. McGee also served as Chairman of the Board and CEO for Leisure Management International (LMI), a company he founded in 1984, which grew to become a global leader in the management of public assembly facilities.  Before that, he served for 17 years as President and General Manager of The Summit (Compaq Center) in Houston.  McGee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Louisiana-Monroe.

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