Why Attend

VenueConnect 2019 is the Venue Industry’s Premier Education and Networking Event of the Year!

IAVM’s VenueConnect Annual Conference and Trade Show in Chicago, July 21-24, will bring together more than 2,000 industry professionals from auditoriums, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts centers, university complexes, amphitheaters, racetracks, fairgrounds, and more for four days of education and networking. You will make valuable professional connections, explore new and innovative ideas in the venue management industry, tour venues across all sectors, and learn from leaders in the field.

It’s All About Education

This year, IAVM is bringing 100+ education sessions to Chicago!  Attendees can tailor their educational experience by following a sector track, or mixing it up and networking throughout all sectors.  Sessions are developed by top industry leaders and provide access to current trends and topics concerning industry professionals today.  Topics include venue safety and security, sales and marketing trends, ticketing, risk mitigation, ethics, leadership, guest services, diversity and inclusion, and so much more.  BootCamps are back again, and with even more options from which to choose, they are even better than ever!  These small-group sessions, held at venues across Chicago, will provide participants with hands-on learning experiences for a greater understanding of venue-specific operations, as well as valuable resources that can be taken back and used in their own venues. 

Meet with Vendors and Suppliers

VenueConnect 2019 in Chicago will connect you like never before with the products and services you need.  We have expanded the Trade Show to over 12 hours!  The floor will provide you and your venue with access to more than 150 exhibitors.  The Trade Show will also feature VenueChat education sessions, Career Center, Agent Alley, and so much more. 

Are you a venue professional seeking to make purchases for your venue soon?  Join us for DirectConnect at VC19! DirectConnect hosted buyer program allows venue managers in operational/purchasing positions to attend the annual conference free while accomplishing their buying objectives for the coming year. Professionals who qualify for DirectConnect will receive a complimentary full conference registration and two nights hotel accommodations at one of our host hotels in exchange for ten (10) brief appointments with companies who match your buying needs. 

Earn Points Toward CVE or CVP Certification

IAVM members seeking either Certified Venue Executive (CVE) or Certified Venue Professional (CVP) certification can receive points for attending VenueConnect 2019!


You can save up to $100 by registering at the Early Bird rate.  So don’t delay! Register today, and join over 2,000 of your colleagues in Chicago, July 21-24, to Learn. Lead. Excel!


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