Region 6 - Program/Schedule

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The IAVM Region 6 Conference will feature concurrent sessions, geared to both senior level managers and mid-level managers/young professionals.  Sessions will include:

  • Venue Design & Renovation
  • Technology Trends in Venues
  • Executive Leadership & Mentorship
  • Venue Security
  • Understanding Risk Assessment
  • Conflict Management
  • Motivating Staff
  • Understanding Booking, Scheduling and Event Settlements
  • Recovery Efforts in the Houston/South Texas Region



9:30 AM - 2:00 PM Optional Activity: Golf Outing (additional fee required)
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration Open
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CVP Testing (pre-registration required)
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Optional Activity: Sea Turtle Inc. Rescue Center and Birding and Nature Center (additional fee required)
5:00 PM – 5:20 PM Buses Depart for Opening Reception
5:30 PM Opening Reception @ Pirate’s Landing
6:30 PM Opening Cruise on the Black Dragon
8:00 PM Buses Return to Hotel

Monday (Venue Tours)

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Registration Open
8:00 AM Depart Hotel
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM State Farm Arena Tour/Hands-on session
Session 1A: Marketing a Show in Two Countries
Session 1BEvent Security: An Overview of the Training and Technical Support provided to State Farm Arena
11:00 AM Depart SFA for McAllen, TX
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM Lunch/Tour McAllen CC and PAC
Session 2: Cultivating Tomorrow's Audience, Today
2:30 PM Depart McAllen for Edinburg
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Tour UT Rio Grande Valley PAC and Theater
5:30 PM Back at Hotel
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Registration Open
  Dinner on Your Own/Open Evening


7:30 AM – 4:30 PM Registration Open
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM Breakfast, Region 6 Business Meeting and IAVM Board Update
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Session 3A: Looking Ahead: Long-range Facility Planning
Session 3B: Understanding the In’s and Out’s of Booking
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Session 4A: Be a Better Buyer – Insider Tips and Hacks to Improve Your Technology Purchasing
Session 4B: Leading Where You Are: Making a Difference Now While Also Growing Professionally
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch and IAVM Updates
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Session 5A: An Honest Conversation about Safety, Security, Systems and Equipment for Public Assembly Facility Operators
Session 5B: New Manager/Young Professional Responsibilities: How to Effectively Handle Conflict
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Session 6A: The Mentoring Game Plan
Session 6B: Behind the Scene: A Look at Event Financials and the Settlement Process
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Evening Reception and South Texas Luau (Beach Side at Pearl)


7:30 AM – 11:30 AM Registration Open
8:00 AM – 8:50 AM Session 7:  Operational Impacts from Hurricane Harvey: A Look at the Impact and Lessons Learned from Region 6 Members and Colleagues
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Session 8: Closing Keynote – Hardwired Inhibitions: Hidden Forces that Keep us Silent in the Face of Disaster
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM Closing Session with Brunch
Session 9: What’s Next for the Industry: A Discussion of Trends and Questions Impacting Venue Managers with Region 6 Town Hall


Opening Reception/Cruise

Ahoy! Captain Black-Hearted Andy, “Scourge Of the Laguna Madre,” invites you to join him and his jolly crew of wastrels and brigands on this interactive pirate adventure cruise. Lots of entertainment, lots of excitement and lots of pure fun. This IAVM Region 6 Cruise includes a crew of professional pirates who entertain with pirate stories, face painting, treasure hunts, water pistol battles, sword fighting and music. Reception will include: Fajita Buffet (Beef and Chicken) Includes Rice, Beans, Potato Salad, Corn Tortillas, Pico De Gallo, Guacamole and Tortilla Chips , soft drinks, water, margaritas (frozen or rocks) and draft beer. Cash bar will also be available.


Sunday Optional Activies

Golf Outing

Join us at Region Six by the Beach and play a round of golf. Where sunsets have to be seen rather than described, where the third green looking east over The Laguna Madre Bay must be felt, not featured. Around every bend, after every hole at South Padre Island Golf Club, you will find reasons the golf course is one of the finest in the Rio Grande Valley. Enveloped by nature, the course at South Padre Island Golf Club is truly an oasis. South Padre Island Golf Club can only be celebrated first hand, through sight and sound and smell. The Eagle Package will include your green fee, shared cart, range balls, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato chips and all the fixings, iced tea and lemonade. Round trip transportation included.

Cost: $95 per person
Depart hotel at 9:30 AM
Tee Time – 10:00 AM
Return to hotel at 2:00 PM

Club rental options (if needed - rental fees paid onsite):

  • Basic set of clubs - $15
  • Premium set of 14 clubs - $25


Sea Turtle Inc. Rescue Center and Birding and Nature Center

Check out one of the most unique venues on Earth at IAVM Region 6 Conference this year! As the only nesting place in the world for the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle, at Sea Turtle Inc., our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles for release back into the wild, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species. As a guest of the South Padre Island CVB you will be able to participate in a "Turtle Talk" with one of the facilities' curators and go behind the scenes of the newly expanded rescue center. After cooling off with some of the rarest turtles in our oceans, we’ll walk right next door to the Birding and Nature Center. With Over 3300 linear feet of boardwalk, 5 Bird Blinds, a five (5) story tower with spectacular views of the Laguna Madre Bay, Beaches & dunes of South Padre Island, the Gulf of Mexico, & the South Padre Island Skyline, you'll get a guided tour of the facility and some of the local flora and fauna. Round trip transportation included.

Cost: $25 per person
Depart hotel at 1:00 PM
Return to hotel by 4:00 PM

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