Marion is general manager of the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where he has been employed since 1997. In 2004, Marion was named Pollstar magazine’s “Facility Executive of the Year.”
“To use a worn cliché, it’s an honor to be nominated. Working in the concert business has been a wonderful experience the last 40 years and I really have enjoyed the friendships I’ve made through IAVM,” Marion said. “I look forward to working with the current and future leadership of IAVM to advance our profession for a brighter future. This should be fun.”
Marion previously worked as program advisor at Mississippi State University, booking such artists as Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and Earth, Wind and Fire. In 1982, he moved to Los Angeles and worked as an agent for Triad Artists. In 1988, he moved back to his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, and became director of the Tupelo Coliseum, presenting such artists as Tom Petty, the Eagles, and Reba McEntire.
“Michael Marion is an esteemed professional colleague and valued personal friend to so many of us,” said Kim Bedier, CFE, chair of IAVM’s Leadership Development/Nominating Committee “I am excited for him to bring his unique style of leadership to influence the future of our association.”
Marion has been an IAVM member since 1992 and graduated from the Public Assembly Facility Management School (now called Venue Management School) in 1994. He received his Certified Facilities Executive (CFE) designation in 2006. He served on the Board of Regents since 2010 and was chair from 2014-2015. Marion has also served on the IAVM Board of Directors as the sector director for the arenas sector, the Arena Sector Committee, the Industry Affairs Committee, the Research Committee, the VenueConnect Program Committee, the Public Relations Committee, and the Board of Education.
He follows in the path of several predecessors who, over the past 90 years, have helped to shape the industry, and ultimately, the communities they serve. IAVM members will vote electronically on this nomination, and, if elected, Marion will take office in July during VenueConnect, IAVM’s annual conference and trade show, July 23-26, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Representing public assembly venues from around the globe, IAVM’s 5,400 active members include managers and senior executives from auditoriums, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts centers, university complexes, racetracks, and amphitheaters. IAVM’s mission is to educate, advocate for, and inspire public assembly venue professionals worldwide. More information about IAVM is available at www.IAVM.org or via @IAVMWHQ on Twitter.