Author: James Zoltak

Venue Voices: Frantzer LeBlanc

In the weeks after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the protests that followed, three Black professionals in venue management spoke to VenuesNow’s James Zoltak about their career paths and experiences, their thoughts on whether America has reached a tipping point regarding race, and what the industry must do to create positive change. Frantzer LeBlanc Director of Events and Operations UMBC Event Center   Frantzer LeBlanc serves as the director of events and operations at the Oak View Group Facilities-operated University of Maryland Baltimore County Event Center. Prior to UMBC, he was the assistant athletic director in charge of operations and events at Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware. Before that, LeBlanc was assistant director of athletics facilities at Hofstra University and has also held positions at Wagner College and American University. For the last three years, he has served on the university committee for… Continue Reading Venue Voices: Frantzer LeBlanc

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LAFC Finds New Use for Armored Things

Banc of California Stadium will use Armored Things’ system to monitor movement within the facility. (Courtesy LAFC) Crowd intelligence software system will help with safe opening When Major League Soccer eventually returns to home venues, Los Angeles FC will use Boston-based Armored Things’ crowd intelligence software system at its 22,000-seat Banc of California Stadium to help maximize the safety of fans and operations personnel. Armored Things had already been in talks with LAFC before the novel coronavirus pandemic, with an eye toward maximizing utilization efficiencies. The system, which uses existing cameras, Wi-Fi and other data inputs, took on new significance once the season was suspended in March after the team had played just two matches, according to LAFC/Banc of California Stadium Chief Technology Officer Christian Lau. Armored Things CEO Julie Johnson Roberts said: “We were talking to them about helping with security and operational efficiencies and then COVID hit and… Continue Reading LAFC Finds New Use for Armored Things

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Larry Perkins: ‘We Don’t Blaze Trails Alone’

Among the most accomplished black executives in the facilities industry, Larry Perkins speaks about his career, racism he has experienced in his own life and mentors who have helped him on his way to success.

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Orlando Convention Center Sets July 14 Reopening

The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will reopen to events July 14 when it hosts the 47th Amateur Athletic Union Junior National Volleyball Championships, putting it among the first convention centers in North America to host an event after the coronavirus outbreak.

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Basie Center Heads for the Track

PAC launching drive-in shows at Monmouth Park parking lots The Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, N.J., is launching a drive-in series of shows at Monmouth Park racetrack in nearby Oceanport, beginning with a July 11 performance by Garden State favorite Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. Within two days of announcing that show, a July 12 performance by comedian Jim Gaffigan was announced. The shows are being promoted in-house by The Basie Presents. The Drive-In Live at Monmouth Park series should provide much-needed economic relief for the Count Basie Theatre. The roughly 1,600-seat landmark has been shuttered since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. New Jersey has been one of the states hardest hit by the outbreak, with nearly 12,000 deaths, second only to the roughly 30,000 killed in neighboring New York, according to Johns Hopkins University. Both shows will benefit the nonprofit Basie Center, with… Continue Reading Basie Center Heads for the Track

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