Tag: IAVM

IAVM Award Winner: Bill Powell

LIGHTNING THE MOOD: Bill Powell (second from right) with wife Sherry, with Eric Hart of the Tampa Sports Authority and wife Beth. ‘A Wonderful Career’: Longtime Feld executive played a key part in international expansion Bill Powell bleeds grease paint. The former Feld Entertainment executive spent 45 years working in the family show sector. It took a global pandemic for the final curtain to drop on his illustrious career producing circuses, ice shows and action sports events. It’s capped by a prestigious milestone. The International Association of Venues Managers recognized Powell with the 2020 Joseph J. Anzivino Distinguished Allied Award. It’s given to members of the service industries tied to sports, entertainment, conventions and exhibitions. Powell, 68, was Feld’s vice president of entertainment and sales before being laid off in March as COVID-19 began to grip North America. He was among more than 3,000 Feld employees, about 95 percent of […]

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IAVM Award Winner: Rick Haycock

“I’M HONORED”: Rick Haycock, shown at the Ottawa Civic Centre in 2009, is the recipient of the 2020 Charles A. McElreavy Award for extraordinary contributions to the industry. He’s no wallflower: Honoree came out of his shell at Landsdowne Park and in IAVM Rick Haycock spent 36 years working at Lansdowne Park, and the event that sticks out most in his mind had nothing to do with sports and entertainment. It was a memorial service for a fallen Ottawa, Ontario, police officer. On Dec. 29, 2009, Eric Czapnik was killed by a suspended member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He left behind a family and four children. The incident greatly affected the community, and his service was moved to the Ottawa Civic Centre, now TD Place Arena. The 10,000-capacity venue was full of mourners, including close to 3,000 police from across Canada and parts of the U.S. The arena is […]

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Video: Digital Sessions With Brad Mayne

IAVM leader describes how his group is lobbying Congress on behalf of members Brad Mayne stays busy these days coordinating conference calls with legislators to seek federal aid for public assembly venues and working with task forces to support his 7,100 constituents as they navigate the long, dark tunnel of COVID-19 to reopen their facilities. Mayne, president and CEO of the International Association of Venue Managers, spent one hour last week with VenuesNow discussing the shutdown of live events; its affect on IAVM members among the hundreds of arenas, stadiums, convention centers and amphitheaters; and where things are headed for the industry as a whole. “We’re doing a lot of lobbying with the House and Senate,” Mayne said. “We’ve hosted well over 30 phone calls with folks such as Marco Rubio, Bob Menendez and Mitch McConnell. We’ve applied for two things: an extension for that (stimulus) money as well as […]

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Venue Managers Share Virus Preparations

SIGN OF THE TIMES: A Miami Heat fan looks over a coronavirus poster outside the restroom before an NBA game at AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday. The league announced last night that it was suspending its season because of the COVID-19 threat. (Getty Images) All say they’re fielding calls asking about cancellations, postponements As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues its spread across the U.S., venue managers who gathered in Los Angeles this week for a regional industry association meeting said calls are pouring in from organizers and promoters seeking to cancel or postpone events or inquire about both. During a town hall-style discussion at the International Association of Venue Managers Region 7 Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center, some attendees said they were miffed that government officials in some jurisdictions have moved to prohibit large gatherings with little or no consultation with facilities severely affected by such decisions. Several who […]

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Hart Embraces IAVM Business Philosophies

Incoming second vice chair is head of Tampa Sports Authority Eric Hart became a member of the International Association of Venue Managers 21 years ago, and he credits the organization for his successful career. He’s currently the president and CEO of the Tampa Sports Authority, but his credentials in the venue profession include operating venues across the United States. Hart’s position at the Tampa authority puts him in charge of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the University of South Florida Bulls. The authority also manages three of Tampa’s municipal golf courses, the Hillsborough County Tournament Sportsplex and the Fairway Cafe and is the landlord for Amalie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Steinbrenner Field, spring home for the New York Yankees, according to the authority’s website. This year, Hart will become the second vice chair of IAVM’s board of directors. […]

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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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Talking Points: Brad Mayne

President and CEO, International Association of Venue Managers (Courtesy IAVM) From teenage hot dog vendor to IAVM’s leader, via MetLife Stadium, American Airlines Center and other venues. I thought I’d grow up to be An airline pilot.  First job in the industry Hot dog vendor in the stands of the University of Utah stadium. Favorite part of the job Serving diverse individuals who work in the events and entertainment industries in strengthening their knowledge and skill sets.    Least favorite part of the job Dealing with people and organizations that don’t understand that collaboration breeds success on a grander level.  If I weren’t doing this, I’d be … Working for a venue like the many I have worked for in the past.   Mentors My mother and father. They instilled in me a sense of strength, compassion, service and my core values.   Free-time pursuits Spend time with my wife, […]

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