Category: Industry Awards

Congratulations to the 2019 Excellence in Concessions Honorees

The VenuesNow Excellence in Concessions Awards are a chance to recognize outstanding individuals making concessions sell in your venue or organization — the changemakers in concessions who create memorable fan experiences.  VenuesNow continues to honor exceptional teams and executives in food and drink operations at sport, entertainment, fairs and meeting venues internationally. Food for thought: Our annual for those who cooked up something new It’s always uncertain where a fork in the road may lead, but a fork in the concourse generally means a concession stand is nearby. That’s good news for hungry fans, who have come to expect far more than a hot dog served with ketchup packets or a beer just like the six they have in the fridge at home. Innovators in the industry work tirelessly to keep up with demand by creating new products, opening more inviting spaces and improving processes. Their work keeps us thinking […]

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Ryman Lands Third Major Award of ’19

Caylee Hammack performs Wednesday during the ACM Honors show at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. (Getty Images) Nashville building named small capacity venue of the year by Academy of Country Music Ryman Auditorium was named small capacity venue of the year by the Academy of Country Music, giving the legendary Nashville room its third major award in the category this year in addition to honors bestowed at the Country Music Association Awards and Pollstar Awards. The 13th Annual ACM Honors were awarded Wednesday, coincidently, at the 2,362-capacity Ryman, recognizing special and off-camera category winners from the 54th ACM Awards. The event featured a star-studded lineup of live performances and award presentations celebrating Special Awards recipients Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride (ACM Cliffie Stone Icon Award), Gayle Holcomb (ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Miranda Lambert (ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award), Kacey Musgraves (ACM Jim Reeves International Award), Rodney Crowell, Kye […]

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The Newswoman Behind the Headlines

Linda Deckard chronicles the events and personalities of this ‘relationship business’ Linda Deckard is the Triple Crown winner of venue awards. In January, she won the inaugural INTIX Impact Award in Dallas; on June 13 she received the Gigi Award of Excellence at the Event & Arena Marketing Conference in Toronto; and at the International Association of Venue Managers’ annual VenuesConnect Conference in Chicago in July,  she’ll be handed the Joseph J. Anzivino Distinguished Allied Award, which recognizes members who have made extraordinary contributions to the industry. “I’m thrilled,” Deckard said. “It’s quite an honor and I’m amazed that they are giving it to me. One of the best things about it is that I knew Joe Anzivino and his wife, Nita. I visited them at their house in Vegas after Joe retired from the Harlem Globetrotters; even my dad and stepmom met him. He was a great host who […]

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Making the Industry Better

A celebrated and diverse career garners IAVM’s McElravy honor for Mike McGee While working in broadcasting during high school and college, industry veteran Mike McGee had no aspirations of making his mark in this industry. Yet there may be no one more deserving of the International Association of Venue Managers’ Charles A. McElravy Award than McGee, founder of the Houston-based consulting firm Barmac Inc., which has served the industry since 1984. “Before I got into this business, I had aspirations of being in broadcasting,” he said. “I’m blown away by this recognition, since I never envisioned I’d be a recipient of this special award.” McGee will receive the McElravy Award, which recognizes professional, honorary or retired IAVM members who have made the greatest lifetime achievement to the welfare of the association or profession, during IAVM’s 94th annual conference July 21-24 in Chicago. “When you’re a part of an organization as […]

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Green Room: July 2019

The annual Event & Arena Marketing Conference hosted the fifth EAMC Awards ceremony June 13 in Toronto. Among the winners were Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., which took home the prize for Marketing and Publicity Campaign Under $10,000 for its WWE Easter Egg Hunt campaign. Above: Rupp’s Sheila Kenny and Paul Hooper with Maple Leafs mascot Carlton the Bear. Right: Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment were honored in the Marketing and Publicity Campaign Over $10,000 category for the campaign tied to the arena’s change in naming rights. (Courtesy EAMC X2) Live Nation executives Danny Eaton (left) and Anthony Nicolaidis (second from right) present ZZ Top (with manager Carl Stubner at right) a special recognition from the city of Dallas to celebrate their 50th anniversary show at Dos Equis Pavilion on May 17. (Courtesy Live Nation)

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